Violence and Security

  • Advocates Seek Collection of IS War Crimes Evidence

    March 30, 2017

    International human rights advocates are raising alarm bells about the urgency of collecting forensics evidence for use in the prosecution of what are believed to be unprecedented war crimes committed by Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq and Syria.

  • UNESCO Guides Media on How to Cover Terror Attacks

    March 29, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a "step-by-step guide" for journalists around the world on how to avoid engaging in "sensationalism and fear-mongering" and how to steer clear of "incendiary speech" when reporting on terrorist attacks.

  • OSCE Develops Educational Resources on "Tolerance"

    March 29, 2017

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) hosted meetings this week to develop a curriculum for teachers to counter "the devastating effects of prejudice, hatred and discrimination" against Muslims and to promote “international human rights and non-discrimination standards” among children.

  • IS Prepares for Comeback in Mosul

    March 27, 2017

    Islamic State (IS) militants have their eye on the long game in Iraq through the recapture of their caliphate city of Mosul, taking advantage of internecine squabbling among the various branches of the Iraqi government's military and security apparatus by launching a tactical campaign of suicide attacks and by developing political contacts with Iraqi Sunni militias.

  • London Attacker Fits Profile of Western Jihadi

    March 27, 2017

    The profile of the perpetrator of this week's truck terror attack in London shares many features with other "lone wolf" attackers in Western countries who are claimed by the Islamic State (IS) as soldiers of the caliphate encouraged to carry our low-tech, high-casualty assaults on soft targets.

  • IS Targets Christians with Violence as a Recruiting Tool

    March 24, 2017

    An article from the Washington Institute explains how the noticeable increase in Islamic State (IS) attacks against Christian sites in the Middle East and Europe is part of a deliberate IS tactic to amplify a civilizational narrative pitting "the West against Islam" as a recruiting tactic and propaganda ploy aimed to divert attention from IS military losses in its core Mideast territories.

  • Taliban Captures Key Afghan District

    March 24, 2017

    Reports that Taliban insurgents have captured a key district in Afghanistan's geopolitically crucial Helmand Province from US-supported Afghan government forces indicates the resiliency and long-term vision of Islamist militancy in the face of the international community's efforts to erode jihadism.

  • European Bodies Call for Countering "Hate Speech"

    March 23, 2017

    Three European transnational human rights bodies recently issued a joint statement calling on “political and community leaders” to implement policies, such as the conditioning of children, designed to counter “hate speech,” or rhetoric perceived by some as offensive or intolerant.

  • Mayor Points to Radicalization in Brussels Mosques

    March 23, 2017

    Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur has signaled problems facing law enforcement and security agencies from foreign support of mosques in European cities by asserting that all of the mosques in Brussels are "in the hands of the Salafists," and arguing for the establishment of mosques that "follow our democratic rules" and are "controlled by the government."

  • IS Gateway to NATO Nukes Runs Through Turkey

    March 23, 2017

    The anti-Western rhetoric, authoritarian politics, and, until recently, open-door policy for jihadis traveling in and out of Turkey, have made the country's Islamist government a welcoming platform for Islamic State (IS) infrastructure to attack NATO member-states, and raise realistic concerns about IS access to nuclear weapons stored at the NATO airbase in Turkey.

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