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Teen with ISIS ties accused of planning attack on Coeur d'Alene churches claims he was self-radicalized

Posted on AllSides April 9th, 2024
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Like thousands of students, Alexander Mercurio spent his time during COVID browsing online. Unlike most students, the Coeur d’Alene teenager ended up in the dark corners of the internet. And for a time he “drank the Kool-aid” of white supremacy before turning to an extremist view of Islam and eventually the terrorist group known as the Islamic State group, according to federal criminal charges filed against him on Monday. “I’m 17 in USA … I know I try to keep secret, I’m in north Idaho very Christian and conservative parents...

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