Violence and Security

  • Leaked British Report Generates Controversy About Scope of Islamist Extremist

    May 25, 2022

    A forthcoming evaluative report commissioned by Britain’s Home Office, which is responsible for immigration, security, and domestic law and order, on the efficacy and direction of the Prevent Strategy designed as a counter-terrorism program, is generating controversy because of the conclusions by the task force head that Prevent should recommit to focus on Islamist extremism as a clear and present danger to Europe, rather than divert focus and resources to rightwing extremism. 

  • Arrest of Islamist Militants Shows IS Threat Remains Active in Indonesia

    May 25, 2022

    Indonesia’s counter-terrorism task force arrested two dozen individuals for suspected affiliation with the Islamic State (IS), with the suspects belonging to the East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) extremist group that has perpetrated violence against police and Christian minority communities in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. 

  • VOA: US Special Forces Deploy to Somalia to Battle Terrorism

    May 23, 2022

    A decision by the US government to deploy to a 500-strong special forces unit to Somalia as part of America’s global counter-terrorism strategy reflects an acknowledgment by Euro-American and African intelligence experts that Al-Shabab, the Somali homegrown Islamist extremist group affiliated with al-Qaeda, constitutes a clear and present danger to global stability, given the organization’s ongoing jihadi operations in Somalia and the Sahel and Horn of Africa regions and in view of the transnational, extra-regional Islamist terror networks in which Al-Shabab is actively engaged. 

  • Afghanistan’s Expanding Islamist Ecosystem Security Threat for Central Asia

    May 23, 2022

    The expanding ecosystem of Islamist extremist and jihadist organizations inside Afghanistan, led by the intensification of Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK) recruitment and violent operations inside the South Asian country, is generating transnational networks in the geopolitically critical region of Central Asia, presenting a security threat through radicalization that is causing political volatility, economic disruption, and social tensions. 

  • Islamist Extremist Groups in Burkina Faso Murder, Rape, Pillage in Campaign Aimed at State Takeover

    May 18, 2022

    Internationally renowned Human Rights Watch reports that Islamist extremist groups affiliated with with AQ (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM) and IS (Islamic State on the Greater Sahara, ISGS) continue to wage a years-long armed campaign aimed at state takeover of the African Sahel country, with AQIM and ISGS violence having displaced over 1.8 million people and Islamist militants engaging widespread murder and systemic rape, pillaging and destruction of local economies and infrastructure.

  • Social Violence in Indonesia Highlights Islamists’ Rejection of Pluralism

    May 18, 2022

    Recent episodes of social violence in Indonesia, the worlds most populous Muslim-majority country, involving Islamist attacks against individuals, religious minority sites, and Islamic organizations advocating religious tolerance all share the common theme of rejection of pluralism as expressed in rule of law and equality before the state, pointing to the urgency of developing best practices for law enforcement, judicial neutrality, and inter-religious dialogue, in order to combat hardline Islamist ideas and groups that reject the principles and practices I’d pluralism. 

  • Islamist Attack at Suez Canal Signals Shift Towards Disruption of Domestic & International Economies

    May 18, 2022

    The attack by IS militants on a water pumping station in the vicinity of the Suez Canal suggest a shift in strategy towards economic disruption and damage, since attacks on civilian economic infrastructure will bring inevitable damage to the domestic Egyptian economy, which is reliant on Suez Canal activity, and will also undermine the international economy, as confidence in and unfettered access through the Suez Canal is critical to international trade and commerce. 

  • Joint Communiqué by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

    May 16, 2022

  • Global Anti-ISIS Coalition Warns of Ongoing International Threat & Africa as Key Operations Theatre

    May 16, 2022

    The leaders of the Global Coalition to defeat Deash/ISIS meeting in Morocco presented a sobering assessment of the internationalization of the Islamist extremist group, which is a rapidly growing presence in the Mideast, South Asia, and Africa, with the African Continent emerging as a key theatre of activity by a proliferation of ISIS franchises and competing Islamist militant groups that take advantage of the vulnerabilities of Africa’s weak states and authoritarian regimes. 

  • Life Sentence for IS Beatle for Kidnapping & Murder of Americans in Syria

    May 02, 2022

    A US federal court in Virginia sentenced Alexanda Kotey, a British national part of of the IS terror cell known as the Beatles, to life in prison for crimes of kidnapping, rape, torture, and beheading of American citizens abducted in Syria by the caliphate foreign fighters, the outcome of a trial that underscores the international security threat posed by extremist Islamism. 

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