Violence and Security

  • Islamic State Moves to Control Oil and Water Resources May Heal Iraqi-Kurdish Rift

    August 06, 2014

    The jihadi leadership of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) has moved aggressively to capture control over income-generating oil and water resources in the areas around the key Iraqi city of Mosul, creating the possibility for a rapprochement between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government in order to face the security threat from the militant Islamist caliphate.

  • China Accuses Militant Islamists of Murdering Pro-Government Imam

    August 04, 2014

    Suggesting the growing radicalization and fragmentation of China's sizable Uighur Muslim minority population centered in Xinjiang Province, three Uighur militants have been accused of murdering China's leading pro-government imam and leader of the country's largest mosque.

  • Gaza War a Microcosm of Islamist Role in New Mideast Reconfiguration

    August 04, 2014

    There is growing consensus among Mideast experts that the Hamas-Israel war in Gaza reflects the contours of a regional balance-of-power struggle, pitting Israel and status-quo Islamic monarchies and secular authoritarian regimes (e.g. Saudi Arabia and Egypt) against hardline Islamist groups and their state patrons (e.g. Hamas, ISIS, Qatar, and Turkey).

  • Islamist Militants Consolidating Control in Libya

    August 04, 2014

    Western diplomatic missions are being closed in Libya, as Islamist forces connected to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens are consolidating their control over the city of Benghazi in the wake of last week's collapse of the capital city of Tripoli to radical Islamist militias.

  • New Islamic Caliphate a Threat to US Homeland Security

    August 04, 2014

    Senior US defense and intelligence officials publicly expressed agreement at the recent Aspen Security Forum that the newly established Islamic State, the caliphate established by the Islamist terror group ISIS that now controls large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory, constitutes a threat to both U.S. strategic interests and the American homeland.

  • EU Issues Sobering Report on Globalization of Salafist-Wahhabist Terror Funding

    August 04, 2014

    The destabilizing geopolitical effects caused by the globalization of violent-extremist Islamist groups, whose operational capacity is related to steady funding streams from Wahhabi-Salafi regimes in the Arabian Gulf region, is the subject of a sobering report issued by the Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Union.

  • UN Human Rights Council Inquiry into Israeli Actions in Gaza Fails to Mention Hamas

    August 04, 2014

    The decision by the UN Human Rights Council to initiate an inquiry into alleged Israeli war crimes in its current military offensive in Gaza fails to mention Hamas, the militant Islamist organization widely considered a terrorist group, thereby evoking charges of bias in the Geneva forum.

  • UN Commission Could Consider ISIS for War Crimes

    July 30, 2014

    The United Nations may take aim at commanders of the Islamist extremist group/state ISIS for perpetrating war crimes (including summary executions, kidnappings, and torture) in Iraq and Syria, according to a member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria, which has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Evidence of U.S. Failure to Take Preventive Action Against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    July 30, 2014

    Criticism of Washington's unwillingness to provide preventive drone support against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, now known as The Islamic State, since recently establishing a caliphate) has gained traction and credibility from a recent hearing of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, which revealed the timing of Baghdad's requests for anti-ISIS drones had stretched back to last year.

  • UN Security Council Considers Sanctions on Entities Trading Oil with Militant Islamic State

    July 30, 2014

    The UN Security Council is reviewing a draft statement that condemns UN member-states for conducting "direct or indirect trade" with terrorist groups such as the terrorist group the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (“ISIS,” now known as The Islamic State) and that calls on the UN to take "necessary measures" to prevent the current crude oil trade involving state and non-state actors and ISIS.

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