Violence and Security

  • Radical Islamists Making Headway in Youth Internet Recruiting in Europe

    December 03, 2014

    French intelligence officials are warning that radical Islamist groups are making measurable headway in internet recruiting that targets Muslim youth in Europe, raising particular concerns about recruitment appeals to teen girls to undertake jihadi activities within Europe as well as to fight in Syria and Iraq.

  • Islamist Sectarianism Sparks Violence in Australia

    December 03, 2014

    A Shiite Muslim community leader was shot in the face outside a local prayer hall in Sydney, Australia, by vigilantes claiming to support The Islamic State (“IS”), raising the possibility of Islamist sectarian violence as far afield as Oceania.

  • Islamic State Launches Attack from Turkey on Kobani

    December 03, 2014

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (“SOHR”) is reporting that the Islamist jihadi group known as The Islamic State (“IS”) has launched attacks against Kobani, the predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria, from inside Turkey's borders.

  • Islamist Militants Expanding Attacks in Egyptian Sinai

    December 03, 2014

    Islamist militants are ratcheting up attacks against Egypt's military in the Sinai Peninsula, signaling the expanding footprint of jihadi-salafist ideas and non-state actors committed to overthrowing the current government in Cairo.

  • Internet and Education Are Essential for Countering Violent Islamist Message and Recruitment

    December 03, 2014

    In the face of robust data indicating that Islamist extremists are effectively using the Internet and new social media to radicalize and recruit, experts in countering violent extremism are proposing the deployment of innovative internet analytics and educational reform policies to weaken the global networks and appeals of militant Islamism.

  • Nigerian Teen Girls as Suicide Bombers Points to Expanded Recruitment by Boko Haram

    November 26, 2014

    Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group committed to establishing sharia law throughout Nigeria, appears to have expanded its recruitment to young women, evidenced in the recent suicide bombing attack by teen girls in an urban marketplace in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

  • UAE Stands by Terrorist Designations of U.S. and U.K. Islamist Groups

    November 26, 2014

    Evidencing the possibility of finding common ground with Middle East allies in the fight against global terrorism, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) has reiterated its support of the U.S. Government's designation of the Council on American Relations (“CAIR”) and Britain's designation of Islamic Relief (“IR”) as terrorist groups that are supporting political Islamist ideology and secretly funding violent Islamism.

  • Jihadis Continue to Use Turkey as Safe Haven and Transit Point into Syria

    November 26, 2014

    The Lebanese satellite television network al-Mayadeen posted website footage this week showing Islamist militants crossing from Turkey into the fitting zones of Syria, corroborating the many local and international reports that Turkey is a safe haven for jihadis transiting to Syria and a supporter of violent Islamist activities in the Levant.

  • UN Outs Jihadi Groups on Kidnapping-Ransom Revenue Policy

    November 26, 2014

    The UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee has identified kidnapping-for-ransom as a core policy for generating multi-million-dollar revenue streams by violent Islamist extremist groups like al-Qaeda and The Islamic State (“IS”).

  • Islamist Extremist Recruitment Gains Traction in United States

    November 26, 2014

    The announcement by U.S. prosecutors of terrorism charges against two Somali-Americans alleged to be heading to Syria to fight with jihadi groups there suggests that radicalization and recruitment efforts by extremist Islamist groups may be gaining traction within the United States.

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