To this man, Islamic State’s ideology ‘just made sense.’ Now, he rejects extremism

NEWARK, N.J. — On a rainy morning, Imran Rabbani returned to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center so he could reunite with his former keepers.


Four years before, Rabbani had arrived at the facility in shackles after being swept up in an Islamic State-inspired plot to set off a pressure-cooker bomb in New York. He was 17.


Now, just starting his third semester at New York University, the 22-year-old Rabbani wanted to give thanks to the people who guided him...