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'Tracking Terror' UNO students study extremists for Department of Defense

by Sarah Fili

OMAHA, Neb. — A group of local college students believes their work may stop the next terrorist attack, both within the country and abroad.

The Department of Defense funds the project at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The students come from all around the United States, and all different majors, to work in the program.

It's all online, tracking social media, educational articles and even terrorist autobiographies to figure out who's who in a terror organization and what they want.

It’s housed inside a small computer lab on the UNO campus. But it’s home to some of the government's most important work.

“We focus on a variety of issues related to violent extremism, terrorism,” said Michael Logan, a research associate and criminology student.

The group researches ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and others.

Logan is a Ph.D. candidate with a background in criminology. He's on the team of undergraduates, master’s students and doctors who are tracking terrorists.

“We look at characteristics of those individuals, background factors and how that can predict their entrance into violent extremism,” Logan said.

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