Violence and Security

  • Violence Spike at Af-Pak Border Reveals Global Security Threat from Islamists in South Asia

    July 12, 2022

    Since the Taliban resurgence and eventual establishment of an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan, the North Waziristan provincial border between Afghanistan and Pakistan (Af-Pak) has become a renewed global security threat from Islamist extremist groups using the proofs space to launch attacks against both Pakistani military forces and civilian targets.

  • Afghan Citizens Suffer Widespread Human Return Rights Abuses Due to Taliban-IS Extremist War

    July 12, 2022

    Human Rights Watch reports that the Islamist civil war between Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban regime and competitor Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) have produced comprehensive human rights violations in the form of widespread extrajudicial killings by Taliban forces accusing residents of pro-ISKP orientations and by ISKP militants targeting non-Sunni Muslims and non-Muslim minorities. 

  • Hezbollah’s Islamist Agenda Shapes Lebanon-Israel East Med Energy Dispute

    July 11, 2022

    Iran-friendly, Shiite extenuating group Hezbollah continues to exert determinant influence within the Lebanese state and, by extension, in the volatile geopolitics if the Eastern Mediterranean, most recently using drone attacks against Israel‘s offshore natural gas rigs to pressure Washington and Jerusalem into a maritime borders agreement that favors Lebanon and that gives Hezbollah leverage over East Med energy security assets. 

  • IS Prison Attack in Nigeria Highlights Resilience & Adaptation of Islamist Threat to State Security

    July 11, 2022

    IS militants in Nigeria claimed responsibility for a prison break that saw almost all the inmates escape into the capital city coming on the heels of an armed assault on a presidential convoy demonstrating the expanding cooperation between jihadists and other non-state groups as well as pointing to the resilience and adaptation of violent Islamist groups committed to the overthrow of the international order based in sovereign states.  

  • Turkey’s Islamo-Nationalists Threaten NATO Allies in

    July 06, 2022

    Turkey’s Islamist President and his nationalist cohort are threatening NATO Allies Greece and America with military action in the Eastern Mediterranean, rejecting the former’s sovereignty and condemning US military bases in Greece as a “direct threat” to Turkey, with Ankara’s Islamo-nationalist saber rattling articulated as Turkey’s push-back against the “infidel West.”

  • French Court Convictions of 2015 IS Terrorists Highlights Europe’s Islamist Radicalization Problem

    July 01, 2022

    The conviction by a French special court this week of 20 individuals associated with executing the Islamic State’s (IS) multi-site, high-casualty terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 brought the trial to a close, but reminded Europe of the complexities of understanding the origins and security risks of Islamist radicalization and transnationalism, given that almost all of the IS perpetrators were born in either Belgium or France and not in IS caliphate territories of Iraq and Syria. 

  • Hamas & Hezbollah Meet to Reaffirm Abri-Israel Islamist Axis

    June 30, 2022

    Leadership from the Shiite Hezbollah and Sunni Hamas Islamist extremist organizations issued a joint communique follow their recent meeting in Lebanon, affirming their shared commitment to an “axis of resistance” against Israel, including military cooperation through use of Lebanon for attacks against Israeli territory. 

  • Afghanistan Platform for Jihadist Groups With Presence of Uighur Islamist Militant Organization

    June 29, 2022

    Afghanistan’s consolidation as a transregional platform for jihadist groups operating from South to West Asia was again on display with the recent presence of the head of the al-Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) for Eid al-Fitr celebrations at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, pointing to the Afghan Taliban as a permissive security regime for the TIP’s operational planning to establish an independent Uighur Muslim Islamic state in what is currently western China. 

  • FBI Reports Iran’s Plan for Cyber Attack Against Boston’s Children’s Hospital

    June 24, 2022

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned recently that the Bureau’s discovery last year of a plan by Iran’s Islamist regime to perpetrate a cyber attack against Boston’s Children Hospital is indicative of the sharp increase in Tehran’s efforts to utilize cyber activities to cripple US critical infrastructure and for WEBINT (web intelligence) aimed at gaining access to data useful for recruiting assets and for compromising the personal and corporate security of Western interests. 

  • UN Flags Transnational Expansion of Radical Islamism into Resource-Rich DRC

    June 22, 2022

     UN security experts are flagging the growing transnational operational networks of IS into the Central African Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), warning that the IS cooperation with the Islamist militant Allied Defence Forces (ADF) is destabilizing the DRC-Uganda border, generating radicalization and recruitment into the broader Central African region, and is threatening the takeover of rich natural resource riches and trade and commercial networks of the DRC, the Continent’s second largest country.  

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