Violence and Security

  • Islamic State Deepens Regional Presence in Central and East Africa

    April 11, 2022

    The Islamic State’s transnational presence in Central and East Africa (Islamic State Central Africa Province—ISCAP) continues to intensify, evidenced in a recent video in which the leader of the IS branch in the Democratic Republic of the Congo pledged allegiance to the new global leader of IS.

  • Taliban-IS Internecine Battles Illustrate Expanding Presence of Islamist extremism in Asia

    April 11, 2022

    The Islamist extremist Taliban regime in control of Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrawal in August 2021 is waging a steady war against its main ideological rival, IS-K (Islamic State in Khorasan Province) at the porous borders between Afghanistan and Pakistan, revealing the expanding presence of a complex network of competing jihadist groups spreading across China, Central Asia, and South Asia.

  • IS Radicalization in Israel Discussed by Israel’s Defense Establishment

    April 08, 2022

    The recent spate of attacks perpetrated by IS sympathizers in Israel reflect a mixed profile when it comes to IS radicalization in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, according to a recent threat assessment provided by Israel’s defense establishment, which identified an estimated 20 possible terrorist plotters among 200 IS sympathizers identified by Israeli intelligence and security services.

  • Evolution in Jihadist Warfare to Include Conventional & Insurgent Models

    April 08, 2022

    The Islamist extremist Taliban's seizure of Afghanistan in August 2022 was a crucial indicator of the significant evolution in jihadist warfare over the past several decades, as IS, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other jihadist groups worldwide remain a longterm security threat because of their demonstrated flexibility in adopting either insurgent or conventional models of warfare, in order to sustain their penultimate goal of territorial capture and governance.  

  • UN Mission in Africa Warns of Expanding Jihadist Operations

    April 06, 2022

    The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is warning about the expanding operations in the African Sahel region of diverse jihadist groups associated with al-Qaeda and IS, with Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso at the epicenter of Islamist violence, with consequent high numbers of civilian casualties and internally displaced populations, as well as weakening state capacity to defend borders and provide human security.  

  • IS Commando Attack Disrupts Regional Security Summit in Israel

    April 04, 2022

    IS fighters carried out a lethal commando attack in Israel, designed to disrupt the regional summit of key MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Morocco, with the attack generating a collective statement of condemnation by the countries aiming to advance their security and intelligence cooperation in the face of threats from radical Islamist groups.

  • IS Announces New Caliph in Signal of Durability and Threat

    April 04, 2022

    The Islamic State's (IS) announcement this month of a new caliph-leader in the aftermath of the US strike in northern Syria earlier this year signals the durability and adaptability of the Islamist terror group and its continuing commitment to the establishment of an Islamic caliphate rooted in the Near East and with global scope, with IS' ability to withstand top leadership disruption underscoring the sustained security and ideological threat presented by the group's geographical spread, local support, and transnationalized bureaucratic structures. 

  • Haqqani Terrorists Emerge as Kingmakers in Afghan Taliban Regime

    April 04, 2022

    Afghanistan's Minister of the Interior Sirajuddin Haqqani, listed on both US and UN most-wanted terrorists lists, is both a key official in the Taliban Islamist regime ruling Afghanistan and in the international Islamist terror grou, and his recent public appearance at a police trainee parade signals that the Haqqani network, with its close links to al-Qaeda, is emerging as kingmakers in the Afghan regime and its geopolitical networks across the region of South Asia.   

  • US Court Trial of IS Beatles Reveals Brutality Inflicted on American Hostages

    April 04, 2022

    The US federal trial of British IS fighters known by the moniker of "the Beatles" heard testimony about the brutal, punitive treatment inflicted by the IS militants on American hostages, including being forced to engage in extended fighting with each other, waterboarding and forms of torture and humiliation.

  • US CENTCOM Commande Warns Afghanistan A Platform for Islamist Terror Groups

    March 29, 2022

    This week's testimony by Gen. Kenneth McKenize, Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed that Taliban-controlled Afghanistan has evolved into an operational space for competing jihadi groups such as IS and al-Qaeda as well as a base for diverse Islamist groups to potentially launch attacks on the United States.

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