Violence and Security

  • Tajikistan Rejects Engagement with Taliban Regime as Threat to Central and South Asian Stability

    October 20, 2021

    The President of Tajikistan has taken a categorical position against recognition of the Taliban Islamist regime of Afghanistan, warning that the Taliban is a clear and present threat of Islamist radicalization and security destabilization for all of Central and South Asia.

  • IS in Afghanistan Escalates Islamist Sectarian Violence

    October 20, 2021

    Islamist extremist groups are using high-casualty sectarian attacks to intensify what is developing as a low-level jihadist civil war in Afghanistan, as Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-K) carried out a series of attacks on Shiite mosques.

  • Iran’s New Cabinet Signals Strength of Islamist Hardliners

    October 13, 2021

    Iran’s new Cabinet under President Ebrahim Raisi is comprised of Islamist hardliners who are veterans of the security and military-intelligence apparatus, as well as individuals sanctioned by Western governments because of human rights violations and terrorist-related economic activities.

  • Globalized Al-Qaeda Threat Keeps United States in Africa as Afghan Outcome Echoes

    October 13, 2021

    The globalized nature of the security threat from al-Qaeda has United States special forces hunkered down in the Horn of Africa, where the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan may embolden al-Shabab, a branch AQ in Solamia.

  • Taliban Reject Cooperation with US in Combatting IS Extremism

    October 13, 2021

    Taliban officials have rejected the possibility of cooperation with America in countering the influence of Islamic State (IS) influence in operations within and from Afghanistan, despite the uptick in IS anti-Shiite sectarian violence in the South Asian country.

  • Boko Haram Expands Control in Nigeria

    October 06, 2021

    Operating since 2009 in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous, oil-rich state, the Boko Haram jihadist group is demonstrating operational resilience and ideological staying power.

  • IS Shows Durability and Sustained Threat in Syria

    October 06, 2021

    Islamic State (“IS”) forces continue to demonstrate durability and resilience that makes the group a sustained threat in Syria.
     

  • Taliban Islamization Targets Women and Judiciary

    September 29, 2021

    According to Claire Press at BBC News, after receiving death threats following the Taliban's takeover of Afhanistan and with a forthcoming wholesale release of men convicted by female judges of rape, torture, and forced marriage, over 220 female judges have gone into hiding.

  • Taliban Win in Afghanistan Likely to Encourage Radical Islamization in Pakistan

    September 29, 2021

    According to a DW report, the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan is likely to encourage Islamist and jihadist forces inside neighboring nuclear Pakistan, where the country government has already catered its social discourse and legislative agenda to hardline Islamist groups.

  • AQ 9/11 Video Underscores Islamists' Long-term Commitment to Jihadist Activities

    September 22, 2021

    One of Al Qaeda's (AQ) media entities ran a 9/11 20th anniversary video to celebrate the jihadists' terror attack on the United States, in a media production that reflected a commitment to ideas and a great narrative themes of jihadist resilience and perseverance.

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