Violence and Security

  • US Blacklists IS Finance Official

    August 31, 2017

    The US Treasury Department continues its efforts to dismantle Islamic State (IS) financial networks, most recently by cooperating with the government of Iraq in sanctioning a Turkey-based IS financier as a "specially designated global terrorist," a classification that freezes any of his assets within the US and Iraq.

  • Trauma Programs Emerge in Post-IS Normalization

    August 31, 2017

    Governments and nongovernmental organizations are investing resources in traumatology programs designed to assist former Islamic State (IS) victims with the psychological and physical rehabilitation counseling needs crucial to social normalization and sustainable peacebuilding in a post-radical Islamist Iraq and Syria.

  • Iran-Hezbollah Alliance Strengthens Global Shiite Jihadism

    August 28, 2017

    More than three decades of continuous cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Lebanon's militant Islamist group Hezbollah has evolved into a highly sophisticated, Persian-Arabic alliance with a global network of ideological, socioeconomic, and military activities committed to Shiite jihadism.

  • IS Attacks Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan

    August 28, 2017

    A weekend Islamic State (IS) blast targeting a major Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's capital city is the latest in a spike of sectarian violence driven by Sunni jihadis and is part of the expansion of the radical Islamist theater of operations in the key Southwest Asian countries Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • Pakistani Taliban Launches English-Language Magazine for Women

    August 28, 2017

    Pakistan's branch of the Afghan-based Taliban has launched an English-language online magazine that specifically aims at upper-middle-class, well-educated women as a potential recruiting windfall for spreading radical Islamist ideas at home and for carrying out global jihad.

  • Dutch Authorities Arrest Suspect in IS Concert Plot

    August 28, 2017

    Dutch counter-terrorism officials have apprehended a suspect who they say made threats on technologies favored by Islamic State (IS) actors and targeted a concert of an American rock band scheduled to perform in Rotterdam for an Islamist terror attack.

  • IS Uses American Child to Threaten West

    August 28, 2017

    The Islamic State (IS) has, for the first time, used an American child in its propaganda messages with a newly released video in which a young boy identifies himself as the son of a former US soldier and threatens violence on American soil against US President Donald Trump.

  • Internet Companies Face Pressure on "Hate" Websites, Posts

    August 23, 2017

    The Guardian reports that, in the wake of recent violent protests in Charlottesville, internet companies and web hosting services are facing pressure to revoke the registration of white supremacist websites and shut down the social media pages of organizations deemed to be "hate groups."

  • Report Cites Islamist Radicalization in Belgian Nursery Schools

    August 23, 2017

    Belgian media report that an internal review by an East Flanders nursery school has raised red flags about Islamist radicalization among children, who are using "gestures of throat-slitting and making declarations of death to non-Muslims."

  • Al-Shabaab Targets Kenyan Christians

    August 23, 2017

    The Somali-based Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab is continuing its campaign to implement sharia law in East Africa with expanded guerrilla operations in Kenya that focus on a terror campaign of beheadings and immolations targeted at Christians.

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