Violence and Security

  • Qatar Imbroglio Lays Bare Gulf Support for Extremism

    June 06, 2017

    The rupture in diplomatic relations by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Egypt with Qatar due to Qatar's financing of Islamist radical and jihadi groups came on the heels of intensified British calls to address the comprehensive security threat posed by Saudi funding for the globalization of Islamist extremism and terror.

  • IS Hits London with Soft-Target Strategy

    June 06, 2017

    The Islamic State's (IS) claim that a British IS detachment perpetrated the recent, lethal van-and-knife attack in London is consistent with the jihadi group's intensified strategy of using vehicles and common weapons to execute sensational attacks against civilian soft targets in Western countries, raising new security challenges in combating violent Islamist extremism.

  • Authorities Link Manchester Bomber to IS Libya Franchise

    June 06, 2017

    Intelligence reports show that the Islamic State (IS) sympathizer who perpetrated the recent Manchester concert suicide attack was linked actively to the IS franchise in Libya, which has shown strong success in recruiting and radicalizing militants in a transnational network across the Mideast, Africa, and Europe.

  • Rising Profile of Bin Laden Son Signals Revitalized al-Qaeda

    June 06, 2017

    The rising profile of Hamza bin Laden, the favorite son of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda heir apparent, on jihadi social media sites signals the revitalization of the global Islamist terror movement, now rebranded with youthful leadership and flexible tactics designed to appeal to Muslims worldwide.

  • Cyberattack Raises Specter of Jihadi Biotech Terrorism

    June 02, 2017

    The recent WannaCry ransomware cyber episodes has raised alarm bells among international security experts warning that jihadi groups may be developing the capacity to design bioweapons that could degrade and destroy Western food and water supplies and that could cripple Western cybertechnology and infrastructure.

  • Boko Haram Attack Continues Islamist Violence in West Africa

    June 02, 2017

    A suicide bombing attack perpetrated in Cameroon by Boko Haram underscored the continuing effort by Islamist militant groups to destabilize the security environment in West Africa and to spread sharia regimes across the African Continent.

  • Irish Court Sentences IS Supporter

    June 02, 2017

    An Irish Criminal Court judge issued a five-year jail sentence to a Dutch national living in Ireland for applauding Islamic State (IS) terror attacks in France and threatening to behead Jews.

  • US Government Announces Mosque Settlement

    June 02, 2017

    The US Justice Department has announced that Bernards Township in New Jersey will pay a $3.25 million settlement to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to resolve a dispute over the site of a mosque complex, reflecting a growing trend of lawsuits related to US mosque complexes that involve polarized arguments about zoning laws and religious tolerance.

  • UN Observer Criticizes Saudi "Terror" Definition

    June 02, 2017

    The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, has criticized Saudi Arabia for its "unacceptably broad definition of terrorism" and called for the country's government to adopt a new definition in line with international human rights norms.

  • Facebook Criticizes German "Hate Speech" Law

    May 31, 2017

    Internet giant Facebook has issued a statement warning that German legislation that would provide for fining social media platforms up to 50 million euros for failing promptly to delete "illegal hate speech" gives companies the incentive to delete speech that is legal in Germany and elsewhere to avoid disproportionate penalties.

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