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Summit to focus on reducing terror recruitment

Some analysts say the use of the term “violent extremists” reflects excessive political correctness and that the US government is not properly organized to prevent young people from joining jihadist groups.

Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo. 2014 saw the rise of the Sunni militant group Islamic State, which has seized swathes of territory in both Syria and Iraq.   REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4IIGL

WASHINGTON — Many of the invitations have yet to go out and the outcome remains a bit vague for an upcoming White House conference intended to showcase efforts to prevent young people from joining terrorist organizations.

Announced on Jan. 11 in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, the so-called Summit on Confronting Violent Extremism (CVE) was initially planned last year to be a largely American affair and has now been broadened to include foreign guests.

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