Violence and Security

  • Islamist Violence in West Africa Generates Population Displacement & Food Insecurity

    May 02, 2022

    Expanding jihadist violence in the West African and African Sahel regions is contributing to massive population displacement and intense food insecurity, with Burkina Faso representative of the broader regional trend whereby anti-government violence by al-Qaeda and IS jihadists has disrupted farming, generated millions of internally displace persons (IDPs), and contributed to food insecurity for what the UN agencies estimate is 3.5 million people.

  • Jihadists Taking Aim at China's Belt and Road Initiative, Destablize Security Environment

    May 02, 2022

    As the expansion of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) expands the country's economic footprint in South Asia and the Middle East, diverse jihadist groups, most specifically, those affiliated with Islamic State - Khorasan Province (IS-K) and jihadis critical of Afghan Taliban and Pakistani cooperation with Beijing, have begun to ratchet up anti-colonialist-anti-BRI discourse and to escalate violent attacks on high-value, BRI infrastructure, a trend that is likely to continue and to destabalize the Eurasian security environment. 

  • Turkey's Islamist President Perpetuates Genocide Denial

    April 27, 2022

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called out US President Joseph Biden for America's recognition of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks, with the president of Turkey's Islamist regime condemning the US for relying on "false information and the absence of historical knowledge."

  • IS & Al-Qaeda Leaderships View Ukraine as Strategic Opportunity for Islamist Ops But Disagree on Tactics

    April 27, 2022

     Leaderships of both IS and Al-Qaeda (AQ) are using their propaganda sites to celebrate the Russian war in Ukraine as a strategic opportunity for jihadist operations worldwide, but has disagreed about Chechen jihadists’ participation in support of Russia’s engagement, with IS urging a tactical focus on maximizing operations in Europe and rejecting any collaboration with “infidels” and AQ urging use of tactical opportunities in all contexts. 

  • Palestinian Islamist Groups Raise Tensions Around Al-Aqua Mosur and Temple Mount in Israel

    April 27, 2022

    Palestinian Islamist militant groups have intensified escalatory discourse related to the status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Temple Mount site in Israel, implying that engagement between Muslim worshipers and Israeli security forces at the shared site could lead to actions against Israel by Islamist groups and supportive state patrons in the Mideast. 

  • Nigeria Train Attack Points to Jihadist-Bandit Collaboration

    April 26, 2022

    With over 160 people still reported missing after two weeks since an armed attack and abductions from a train attack on a major rail line in Nigeria, there is increasing evidence that the spate of similar attacks over the past two years suggests active collaboration by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP)- affiliated Boko Haram jihadist group and local Fulani tribe-affiliated bandits, further destabilizing the oil-producing country's security environment.

  • IS Supporter Gets Life Imprisonment for Murder of British Minister of Parliament

    April 19, 2022

    A London court has sentenced a 26-year-old British IS supporter to life imprisonment for the 2021 crime of murdering Concervative Member of Parliament Sir David Amess in a lone-wolf knife attack that the perpetrator described as revenge for the MP's support for action against the IS caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

  • IS Leadership Views Ukraine as Opportunity for New Attacks in Europe

    April 19, 2022

    The current leadership of the Islamic State (IS) views the Russian war in Ukraine as an opportunity to stage new jihadist attacks against Europe while the "crusaders are fighting each other," with IS social media propaganda calling on supporters of the Islamist group to ramp up violent operations in Europe as revenge for  previous IS leader's suicide to avoid capture in Syria by US forces.   

  • AQ Affiliate Al-Shabaab Attacks Somalia's Parliament

    April 19, 2022

    Somalia's al-Qaeda (AQ) affiliate Al-Shabaab continued the jihadist campaign for control of the geopolitically crucial Horn of Africa region, with a mortar attack on the country's parliament, in an effort to disrupt newly elected officials' efforts to sustain the election process for a new president and prime minister in the war torn country destabilized by Islamist militancy.

  • Islamist Extremist Threat Intensifies in Nuclear Pakistan

    April 11, 2022

    The threat of Islamists in Pakistan is intensifying due to IS-led attacks on civil society, corroding the public confidence in the state’s ability to protect its citizens, sowing sectarian divisions resulting from the Sunni IS’ targeting of Pakistan’s large Shiite minority community, as well as the IS project of capturing control of the nuclear-armed Pakistani state.

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