Violence and Security

  • UK, France Pledge Action on "Extremist" Speech

    June 14, 2017

    Raising questions about the breadth of European government plans to tackle "extremist" content on the internet, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed at a recent meeting to launch a joint campaign to punish social media companies for failure to tackle "online radicalization."

  • IS Resists US Cyberweapons

    June 14, 2017

    Islamic State (IS) cyber technologies and strategies for radicalization, recruitment, financing, and planning have proven remarkably resilient and adaptable against American efforts to use cyber techniques to impede the spread of Islamist ideas and the execution of IS terrorist operations.

  • Germany Arrests Suspected IS Media Leader

    June 14, 2017

    German authorities have arrested a Syrian man who entered the country almost two years ago as a suspected key actor in the Islamic State's (IS) news agency Amaq, pointing to the robust presence of IS media operations in Western Europe and to IS's expanding capacity to use diverse media in a global strategy to expand radical Islamism.

  • Al-Shabaab Attacks Somali Military Base

    June 14, 2017

    The Islamic State (IS)-affiliated faction of the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab carried out a deadly attack on a Somali military base in the northeast corner of Somalia, a geostrategically important location in East Africa besieged by warfare between competing IS and al-Qaeda factions of al-Shabaab.

  • Boko Haram Shows Resilience with Nigeria Attack

    June 14, 2017

    The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram demonstrated its resilience in the war to establish a caliphate in West Africa by staging a massive attack on the key northeast Nigerian town of Maiduguri designed to disrupt the visit of Nigeria's Acting President to deliver food aid to Chad Basin refugees created by the jihadi group's terror attacks.

  • UK Reportedly Links Michigan Imam to Bridge Attacks

    June 14, 2017

    British authorities investigating last week's Islamic State-affiliated terror attack on London Bridge are exploring reports that one of the perpetrators had been radicalized by watching YouTube videos of a Michigan-base imam known for his online preaching sympathetic to jihadists fighting in Syria.

  • Pakistani Islamic Clerics Condemn Suicide Attacks

    June 14, 2017

    A group of 31 religious scholars from Pakistan's well-known Islamic Research Institute at the International Islamic University in Islamabad issued a fatwa clarifying the limits of violence in jihad and enforcement of blasphemy laws, including rejection of suicide bombings, terrorist activities, and vigilante mob justice.

  • Iranian-Backed Forces Capture IS Leader's HQ

    June 06, 2017

    The capture by Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite forces of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad's headquarters in the Iraqi town of Baaj is a victory that will allow a shift in anti-IS military efforts to the Syrian front but also raises questions about the likely expansion of Iranian Shiite influence in any post-caliphate Iraq and Syria.

  • Australian Criminal Stages IS Hostage Incident

    June 06, 2017

    Melbourne police killed an Australian citizen with a long criminal record in a shootout after he staged an abduction and murder in support of Islamic State (IS) calls to its worldwide supporters to attack all countries fighting in the anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria.

  • Mosque Refuses to Funeralize Manchester Terrorist

    June 06, 2017

    The Manchester Central Mosque's refusal to funeralize the Islamic-State (IS) perpetrator of the attack on a Manchester concert site has renewed debate among Islamic scholars about the Koranic permissibility of high-casualty, jihadist violence against civilian targets.

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