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  • BBC: Pandemic Helps IS Resurgence in NE Syria

    February 15, 2021

    IS militants, who reconstituted their forces underground, are making gains towards the goal of recapturing control in northeast Syria, expanding practices of beheadings, kidnaps for ransom, and suicide bombings, following the ejection of Syrian government and Kurdish resistance forces as well as local police’s focus on pandemic security priorities. 

  • Experts Brief UN Security Council on Potential Islamist Attacks in COVID Context

    February 15, 2021

    ABC News reports that a a panel of security experts briefed the UN Security Council on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the threat of violent Islamism, with empirical evidence showing how redirection of law enforcement resources towards pandemic management actually created permissive conditions for Islamist extremism in already existing conflict zones.

  • Death Sentence for Murder of Bloggers by Islamists in Bangledesh

    February 15, 2021

    AP news reports that Bangladesh's Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal meted out the death sentence to eight Islamist extremists convicted for a murder spree that saw publishers and bloggers hacked to death because of ideas deemed anti-Islamic by the local IS militants.

  • Saudi Arabia Attempts Rebrand of Wahhabi Extremism

    February 15, 2021

    The blog Mideastsoccer writes that Saudi Arabia’s political leadership has launched a series of actions designed to appeal to Western state leaders and investors critical of the country’s poor human rights record, including the removal of anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-Shiite hate speech, while maintaining the restriction of non-Muslim houses of worship and arbitrary arrests.

  • Pakistan Released US Journalist's Killers

    February 15, 2021

    The Islamic Republic of Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled in favor of acquitting and releasing all four Islamist militants accused of the 2002 killing and beheading of US Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl, in a move underscoring Pakistan's permissive environment for Islamist terrorism.

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