Violence and Security

  • Foreign Fighters & Homegrown Radicals Remain Greatest Threat from Globalized Islamism

    November 19, 2021

    Jihadist returnees and homegrown radicals inspired by foreign fighter narratives are incubator nodes for Islamist radicalization, recruitment, and violence, and pose an ongoing threat to both Western and non-Western societies that will require continuous dedication of intelligence and other resources to counter the threats of globalized Islamism. 

  • Islamist Violence Hits Africa Again with Attacks in Uganda

    November 19, 2021

    Islamist violence hit the African continent with two high-casualty attacks against government sites in Uganda’s capital of Kampala, perpetrated by local IS militants under the moniker of Allied Democratic Forces. 

  • Pakistani Police Among Casualties in Multiple Islamist Terrorist Attacks Destabilizing the Country

    November 17, 2021

    Pakistani police suffered casualties in an attack perpetrated by local Islamic State (IS) members, part of a spate of recent destabilizing attacks by Islamist militant groups, including the outlawed Tehrik-I-Taliban that aims to impose sharia law in the nuclear, South Asian state.  

  • Suspected Jihadists Escalate War in Burkina Faso

    November 17, 2021

    Burkina Faso’s vulnerability to jihadists waging a low-level war was underscored this weekend with a high-causality attack against civilian and military targets, the latest assault by Islamist militants whose operations stretch across the entire Sahel region of Africa. 

  • Islamists Repress Speech Freedoms in Syria’s Idlib Province

    November 16, 2021

     Islamist authoritarianism is being rooted in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province under the control of anti-Assad militants of the Hayat Tahrir al Sham, curbing all free speech forms including by deploying secret police to seek out criticism about living conditions and arbitrary imprisonment. 

  • Australian Parliament Considers Ban of Islamist Group

    November 16, 2021

    Australia’s Parliament is considering a ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global Islamist militant group whose leaders and members were documented by Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) in a local demonstration in New South Wales as using anti-Semitic hate speech and incitement to violence against Jews.

  • Africa’s Expanding Islamist Extremists Prompts Ivory Coast Counter with Investment, Jobs, Security

    November 12, 2021

    The steady expansion of Islamist extremist activities across Africa’s Sahel region has included targeted recruitment and radicalization of youth and intensified, anti-state violence, prompting the government of the Ivory Coast to counter with a preventive strategy that includes infrastructure investments that can generate jobs for youth.

  • Afghanistan’s Jihadist Conflict Zone Threats Intensify

    November 10, 2021

    The intensification of inter-jihadist conflict in Afghanistan among the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and IS-K (Islamic State - Khorasan Province) had produced a precipitous decline in the South Asian country’s human rights and humanitarian conditions and presents a growing international security threat, including to US homeland security. 

  • Oxford University Press: Jihadism a Sustained, Durable Threat

    November 10, 2021

    A new Oxford University Press study by a renowned Brandeis University scholar of terrorism uses extensive interview data from the Western Jihadism Project to provide a detailed analysis of the adaptive structures and tactics, as well as deep support networks in the US and Europe, that make Islamist extremism a durable, active threat worldwide.

  • Rubin: Turkey's Transregional Support for Islamist Extremism Endangers U.S. Geopolitical Interests

    November 03, 2021

    Writing in The National Interest, Michael Rubin explains how NATO-member Turkey's record of ideological and material support for Islamist extremism in Eurasia and Africa is undermining U.S. geopolitical interests and security strategy.

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