Global Political Islam

  • IS Gains in Mozambique Highlight Goal of Capturing Natural Resource Wealth

    February 10, 2021

    The incremental territorial gains by Mozambique's local IS-affiliated militants reflects the strategic goal of full capture and control over the country's natural resources for financing jihadist operations as well as the growing collaboration between local, regional, and transnational Islamist extremist groups in expanding the geography of jihadism. 

  • US Treasury-Defense Update Reveals Key Facilitators of Global Islamist Terrorism

    February 08, 2021

    The US Treasury Department's recent update to the US Department of Defense on international terrorist financing and operations identifies Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey as key facilitators of global Islamist financing, extremism, and violence.

  • Survey Data on Iran Show Trend of Societal Demands for Reform

    February 08, 2021

    A detailed online survey on Iranians' attitudes towards religion conducted by a Dutch non-profit organization indicates widespread support for rolling back state interference in society, including an end to Islamic religious limits on individual freedoms around gender, speech, and family life, and education.

  • HRW: UAE's Human Rights Violations Continue Despite Regime Rebrand

    February 08, 2021

    In a detailed report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) diplomatic rebrand as a liberalizing, tolerant Islamic theocracy stands in sharp contrast to the widespread repression of human rights that targets free speech and labor rights activists across the Wahhabi Islamic kingdom.

  • Al Shabaab Expands Islamist Extremist Control in Kenya

    February 03, 2021

    Kenyan state officials are warning about the expanding territorial control of al Shabaab, the al Qaeda affiliate, over large portions of the country's northeast, highlighting the deteriorating security environment in East Africa.

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