Violence and Security

  • IS Targets Bosnia for Islamist Radicalization

    August 15, 2017

    One month after a major Islamic State (IS) online propaganda magazine called on returning Bosniak caliphate fighters to "spill the dirty blood of apostate" Muslims, the country's Islamic religious and political leaders are calling for counter-radicalization measures to prevent the further penetration of militant Islamism in the center of Europe.

  • Returning Balkan Jihadis Present Security Challenges

    August 15, 2017

    Balkan jihadis returning to Bosnia and surrounding countries from their fight to support the Islamic State caliphate in Syria are a complex amalgam of Islamist extremists, criminals, and mercenaries who present a sociopolitical integration and security challenge for Europe.

  • China Blocks UN Efforts Against Militant Islamism in Pakistan

    August 15, 2017

    China extended its hold on a proposal at the UN to designate a widely known Pakistani Islamist militant as a terrorist, thereby intensifying US concerns that China and Pakistan are willing to pursue their shared geopolitical objectives in Southwest Asia by supporting radical Islamist groups.

  • Burkina Faso Attack Confirms Expanding Islamist Footprint

    August 14, 2017

    Authorities suspect a coalition of radical Islamist groups as the perpetrator of a suicide attack against a restaurant popular with foreigners in Burkina Faso's capital city, signaling the spreading footprint of jihadi operations across West Africa.

  • IS Continues Kidnapping to Fund Resistance in Iraq

    August 14, 2017

    Iraqi parliamentary officials are reporting an escalation in the practice of civilian kidnappings by Islamic State (IS) militants, who are using ransom funds, some laundered through criminal networks, to finance resistance cells aimed at preventing the reconsolidation of Iraqi state control over territories captured from the IS caliphate.

  • Jihadis Continue Assaults to Weaken Pakistani State

    August 14, 2017

    Islamic State jihadis staged a lethal suicide attack against a Pakistani military truck, continuing the uptick in Islamist militant assaults aimed at crippling state institutions and legitimacy.

  • Switzerland Charges Imam with Incitement

    August 14, 2017

    Swiss authorities charged an imam with inciting violence in sermons calling for "non-praying Muslims" to be burned alive, a decision reflecting officials' growing concerns over signs of Islamist radicalization among the country's Muslim population.

  • Al-Qaeda Offshoot Bans Smoking in Idlib

    August 14, 2017

    Fighting to control parts of Syria still subordinate to Islamist extremist ideology, the Syrian al-Qaeda offshoot Hay'at Tahrir a-Sham has announced a smoking ban as part of its ongoing social-control mechanisms justified by sharia law.

  • ECJ Approves Hamas Terror Designation

    August 11, 2017

    The underlying facts of the Court of Justice of the EU's (ECJ) decision to continue the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization reveal both the group's funding support from the Islamic theocracy of Iran and its cooperation with Islamic State (IS) militants in the Egyptian Sinai for purposes of global jihad.

  • Experts Call for Economic Development to Secure Post-Islamist Syria

    August 11, 2017

    US security experts are arguing for the swift, sizable commitment of funds by Western powers for the reconstruction and economic development of Syria as a smart diplomatic move to minimize the chance of Islamist extremist resurgence after the military defeat of Islamic State.

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