Violence and Security

  • Al-Qaeda in North Africa Double Down With New Leaders who are Wanted by U.S.

    November 25, 2020

    Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has doubled down on its commitment to jihad on the African Continent by naming a US-wanted international terrorist as the new AQIM leader to replace their head who was killed by France's anti-jihadist military forces in Africa.

  • Iraq Braces for More Islamist Violence in Unstable Security Environment

    November 25, 2020

    In the face of the impending U.S. troop withdrawal and one year anniversary of the U.S. targeted assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, rocket attacks are escalating in Baghdad's Green Zone by Iranian Backed Shiite Militia.

  • Israeli-American Hit Reminds of Cooperation Between Al-Qaeda & Iran

    November 24, 2020

    A joint US-Israeli operation culminated in the assassination of al-Qaeda's (AQ) second in command in his safe haven of Iran, reminding of the strong financial and ideological ties between AQ's Sunni Islamist terror group and Iran's Shiite Islamist revolutionary regime, which facilitated AQ's high-casuality attacks on US targets in Kenya and Tanzania and 9/11 assault on the United States.

  • IS Terrorism in Afghanistan Continues Apace with US-Taliban-Kabul Peace Negotiations

    November 24, 2020

    The Islamic State branch in Afghanistan perpetrated a high-casualty rocket attack in the heavily fortified internationalized Green Zone in Kabul, signaling their ongoing commitment of imposing sharia law in Afghanistan as the US-Taliban-Kabu government peace negotiations continue.

  • Iran Makes a Show of Drone & Military Tech

    November 24, 2020

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps launched a heavy warship last week in a show of the regime's expanding domestic production of advanced military technologies, including a growing drone force to go with missile launchers and helicopters, signaling that Tehran remains committed to asymmetrical warfare as a mechanism for exporting the Islamist revolution. 

  • Saudi-Iran Islamist Rivalry Intensifies with Appeals for International Action

    November 20, 2020

    According to Aljazeera, The Islamist regime rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran intensifies in the wake of the US presidential elections as Riyadh signals for a US-led, International military strike against Iran.

  • Utah Man Charged as IS Plotter Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

    November 20, 2020

    A Utah man entered a guilty plea in federal court to charges that he recruited and trained individuals in bomb making for a planned IS terrorist attack inside the United States.

  • IS Claims Veterans Day Attack on Foreign Consular Officials at Cemetery in Saudi Arabia

    November 16, 2020

    According to the Business Standard, IS posted to its online Telegram channel that they had carried out the improvised explosive attack on a Veterans Day commemoration held at the main cemetery in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah,  heralding the targeting of French, British, Italian, and Greek consular dignitaries as an assault on “Crusader countries.”

  • Paris Memorials Underscore Threat of Islamist Violence in France

    November 16, 2020

    Following a wave of recent terrorist attacks, the Prime Minister of France and Mayor of Paris led remembrance ceremonies across the country’s capital city to commemorate a series of high-casualty, soft-target attacks perpetrated in 2015 by Islamic State cells.

  • IS Attacks Over Speech Rights Reveal Strengths of Virtual Caliphate

    November 13, 2020

    The recent attacks in Europe over free speech is a warning of the deeper structural challenges of the IS “virtual caliphate,” which is increasingly global and effective at using social media platforms and AI (artificial intelligence) tools to recruit, radicalize, and activate Islamist extremists. 

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