Global Political Islam

  • Istanbul Mosque Ceremony Points to Deeper Turkey-Iran Islamist Ties

    June 08, 2022

    One of Istanbul’s largest Shiite mosques recently held a commemoration ceremony of the 33rd anniversary of the death of Iran’s Islamic revolution leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, with the mosque also the site of recent political meetings by members of Turkeys ruling Islamist regime, highlighting the deep ties between the intelligence and security networks between two of the Mideast’s most globally active Islamist regimes. 

  • Arabian Gulf Islamist Theocracies Expand Influence in African Maghreb

    June 03, 2022

    The Arabian Gulf Islamist theocracies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar have been pursing longterm strategy of political-economic and military penetration of the strategic African Maghreb region stretching from the Atlantic through the Mediterranean to the Middle East, using a series of policies that have increased the spread of Islamist extremist ideology.

  • Pakistan Negotiations with Local Taliban Branch Underscores Permissive Security Environment for Islamist Militants Seeking State Control

    June 03, 2022

    The government of Pakistan is engaged in negotiations with the Pakistani branch of the Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) about renewing a ceasefire agreement in order to ensure that the TTP refrains from the high-casuality, domestic attacks and cross-border cooperation with the Afghan Taliban, with the negotiations underscoring the permissive security environment of Af-Pak (Afghanistan-Pakistan) that has enabled non-state Islamist radicals to undermine state sovereignty in South Asia. 

  • Singapore Deports Extremist Islamist Preacher

    June 03, 2022

    The government of Singapore recently deported an Indonesian extremist Islamist preacher whose firebrand preaching and efficacious use of social media platforms have spread his message promoting a global Islamic caliphate, countenancing discrimination against non-Muslims, and endorsing suicide bombings, with the deportation undertaken as part of the East Asian state's effort to push back against the regional growth of radical Islamist ideology and practices.

  • Transnational Shiite Islamist Influence at Work in Iraq

    June 01, 2022

    The influence of transnational Islamism was evidenced in the recent decision by Iraq’s Parliament to criminalize normalization of political and business relations with Israel under a proposal submitted by Iraq’s high-prior Shiite cleric Mourad’s Al-Sadr, with the Iran’s Islamist theocracy and its Shia allies in Lebanon, along with Sunni jihadist groups in the Mideast, lauding the decision against normal relations with “the Zionist entity.”

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