Violence and Security

  • Islamist Terror Attack in Tunisia Provokes Anti-Democratic Security Measures by Government

    May 06, 2015

    Tunisian and international human rights watchers are expressing concerns about the Tunis government's draft law that dramatically curbs constitutional civil liberties in the name of security and counter-terrorism, which is widely viewed as blowback that risks making democracy a casualty to the recent deadly terrorist attack by Islamist extremists on Tunisia's Bardo National Museum.

  • Local Muslim Communities in U.S. Launch Initiatives to Counter Radical Islamist Youth Recruiting Efforts

    May 05, 2015

    Local Muslim community organizations in major U.S. cities, such as Boston and Minneapolis, are launching and coordinating initiatives that include anti-bullying/harrassment support programs and religious curricular materials for Muslim youth, in a preventive effort to counter youth recruitment efforts by the Islamic State ("IS") and other extremist Islamist groups active around the world.

  • IS Uses Sharia Courts to Commit Mass Executions of Iraqi Yezidis

    May 04, 2015

    The jihadi organization known as The Islamic State ("IS") executed 600 Yezidi hostages in Iraq's Nineveh Plain, based on the decision of the fanatic Islamist group's Sharia Court, thereby further endangering the religious minority targeted by IS for violent religious cleansing.

  • Boko Haram's African Jihad Takes Aim at Children

    May 04, 2015

    Boko Haram, the violent Islamist extremist movement waging jihad in West Africa, is using multiple terror tactics which target children, including school kidnappings, forced conscription into militias, and systematic physical and psychological abuse of child hostages and conscripts.

  • Radical Islamists Planned Terror Attack in Germany

    May 01, 2015

    German authorities detained a couple with ties to extremist Islamist networks, including Salafists and al-Qaeda, in a preventive action aimed at thwarting a Boston Marathon-style attack planned for Frankfurt and facilitated by the expansion of radical Islamism in Europe.

  • Pakistani Courts Convict Taliban Members for Assault on Malala Yousafzai

    May 01, 2015

    A Pakistani court has convicted 10 members of the country's violent Islamist extremist Taliban for the attempted murder of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who had been targeted as "a symbol of the infidels and obscenity" because of her advocacy on behalf of education for girls.

  • Violent Islamist Threat Spawns Intense Debate in Canada about Intel and Security Reform

    April 27, 2015

    In response to two Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in late 2014 in Canada, the Ottawa government has introduced Bill C-51, aimed at countering the threat of Islamist radicalization and terror, but what is being called Canada's equivalent of the USA Patriot Act is provoking heated political debate about how to balance security and intelligence priorities with civil liberties protections.

  • Islamist Radicals Thwarted in Terror Attack Planned for France

    April 22, 2015

    Members of an Islamist terror cell alleged to have been planning coordinated attacks and assassinations in France have been arrested by the French police, prompting French judicial officials to identify violent Islamism as the country's most urgent threat to national security.

  • Somali Islamist Extremists Undermine Stability and Development

    April 22, 2015

    Al-Shabaab, the Somali Islamist terror that recently massacred nearly 150 Christians at a Kenyan university, is using an endless campaign of targeted terror operations, kidnappings and extortions, and the imposition of hardline sharia practices, to undermine efforts to establish order and to undermine prospects for sustainable development in Somalia and neighboring East African countries.

  • Jordan Faces Expanding Array of Islamist Radical and Extremist Groups

    April 22, 2015

    The Jordanian government is facing new political and security threats due to a significant transformation in the allegiances and alliances of the country's diverse Islamist groups, driven by a shift in Jordan's radical Salafist groups away from the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front battling the Syrian government and toward the Islamic State's ("IS") program of jihad aimed to replace existing Mideast regimes with a transnational caliphate.

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