Violence and Security

  • OSCE Teaching Materials Combat Anti-Islam "Intolerance"

    May 03, 2017

    The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights recently hosted in Dublin the first round of consultations on the development of materials for teachers around the world aimed at combating intolerance toward Muslims in line with global human rights standards.

  • Deadly Attack on Military Base Underscores re-Talibanization of Afghanistan

    April 26, 2017

    Despite 16 years of massive US security and development assistance aimed at consolidating the Afghan government's control of the country, the Taliban has demonstrated its resilience and expanding rural-urban footprint by perpetrating a high-casualty attack on one of Afghanistan's largest military bases.

  • Philippine Military Pressures IS-linked Criminal-Terror Group

    April 26, 2017

    The Philippine military has intensified its security operation against the Islamist militants of Abu Sayyaf after last week's clashes, indicating that the Islamic State (IS)-affiliated group was aiming to expand its criminal-terror activities, including abductions, beheadings, and piracy, into the country's tourist-heavy islands.

  • Afghans Welcome US MOAB Strike to End IS Penetration

    April 26, 2017

    Local tribal officials in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province have welcomed the recent US strike with the MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or the “Mother of All Bombs”) on IS (Islamic State) underground tunnels as a means to end the penetration of the Islamist jihadi group whose practices are viewed as too brutal even in comparison with the Taliban.

  • Boeing Aircraft Sale Shows Complications of 2015 Iran Deal

    April 19, 2017

    Boeing Airlines' planned $3 billion sale of aircraft to a major Iranian carrier has revealed the unanticipated complications of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal given that the sale is now legal despite the known ties of the Iranian buyer’s CEO to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

  • Chinese State Heightens Security in the Face of Uighur Islamists

    April 19, 2017

    Chinese authorities have implemented a range of security measures to combat the growing threat of terrorist attacks by the country's radicalizing Uighur Islamists.  

  • IS Propaganda Message Shifts Focus to Long War

    April 19, 2017

    The most recent issue of the Islamic State's online propaganda journal, Rumiyah, suggests a messaging shift in line with recent battlefield losses, by encouraging followers to adopt a long-war strategy that combines endurance for jihad, warns of punishments for jihadi defectors, and urges theft and plunder of enemy "wealth, weapons, women, and children."

  • IS Affiliate in Philippines Clashes with Military

    April 19, 2017

    Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic State (IS) affiliate responsible for a series of beheadings and kidnappings of civilians in the Philippines, has recently engaged in lethal clashes with Philippine military forces following warnings by the US Embassy in Manila of credible threats by the jihadi group against civilians.

  • US Law Enforcement Expresses Concern over Domestic Jihadi Group

    April 19, 2017

    US law enforcement officials have reported that a Pakistani-linked jihadi group listed by the US State Department as a terrorist organization, Muslims of the Americas, continues to be a focus of concern for possible weapons purchases and tactical training for coordinating militant action within the United States.

  • Attack on Copts Shows Islamist Geopolitics of Religious Cleansing

    April 12, 2017

    The Islamic State's (IS) latest lethal attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt signals the shift from episodic communal violence targeting Christians to a pattern of sustained terror using a model of jihadist geopolitics aiming at the religious cleansing of Christians from the entire Mideast.  

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