Violence and Security

  • Local Informants Push back with Anti-IS Intel

    May 22, 2017

    Networks of local informants opposed to the Islamic State's (IS) caliphate are relaying, at risk of their lives, real-time, local intelligence to Iraqi government and international coalition forces as an act of defiance against the violent Islamism promoted by IS.

  • Plan for Laptop Ban Shows Extended Terrorist Threat

    May 18, 2017

    The US plan to expand the ban on laptops to incoming flights from Europe underscores the extent of the danger posed by the ability of radicalized Islamist fighters returning from Syria to Europe to weaponize electronic devices as a jihadi tool against America.

  • UN Roundtable Targets "Hate Speech" in South Sudan

    May 17, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently celebrated World Press Freedom Day by holding a roundtable conference in South Sudan on how the media and others must work to eliminate "hate speech" in online and offline fora.

  • US May Expand Laptop Ban to Flights from Europe

    May 15, 2017

    The US Department of Homeland Security is reviewing plans to expand the ban on in-cabin laptops flights originating in the Middle East to include all incoming flights from Europe, based on intelligence of credible threats by Islamist jihadi groups planning to convert laptops into lethal explosives.

  • EU Legislators Debate Proposals to Combat "Fake News"

    May 12, 2017

    The European Parliament recently held a debate during which multiple Members called for government regulation to combat "fake news" on social media platforms and funding for law enforcement to clamp down on online "hate speech," while others expressed concern that social media giants would become the arbiters of determining what is unacceptable content.

  • Iran Sees Levant as Strategic Beachhead

    May 11, 2017

    Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has used its penetration into Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon as the preliminary stage in a broader strategy of exporting its Shiite version of Islamism, with the objective of establishing a geopolitical corridor between Iran and the Mediterranean and an ideological beachhead to project radical Islamism in Eurasia and Africa.

  • Al-Shabaab Progresses 25 Years After "Black Hawk Down"

    May 11, 2017

    A quarter-century after downing US Black Hawk military helicopters in the battle to push the al-Qaeda affiliate from Somalia, al-Shabaab is making headway in its ongoing war to capture the geostrategically important state in the Horn of Africa.

  • IS Beheads Russian Serviceman in Syria

    May 11, 2017

    A newly released Islamic State (IS) video shows the beheading of a Russian serviceman captured in Syria, accompanied by IS claims that the victim was an "agent of Russian state intelligence."

  • Austrian Court Orders Facebook Removal of "Hate Speech"

    May 10, 2017

    Reuters reports that an appeals court in Vienna has ordered social media giant Facebook to remove from its global platform a post about the leader of the country's Green Party the court considered to be "hate speech," as well as any identical posts.

  • IS Leaders Announce Planned Attacks on Egyptian Christians

    May 09, 2017

    Leaders of Sinai Province, the Egypt branch of the Islamic State (IS), announced the jihadi group's plans to launch more attacks on the country's Christian population, while warning Egyptian Muslims to avoid Christian gatherings and sites.

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