Global Political Islam

  • Turkey Pressures Germany on IS Foreign Fighter Repatriations to Europe

    November 05, 2019

    Senior state officials in Turkey are demanding that Germany immediately repatriate 20 German nationals captured as IS foreign fighters by Turkish troops in Syria, with Turkey's Islamist government broadly condemning EU member-states claims about security as a rationale for unwillingness to repatriate their nationals now in custody in Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, after joining the jihadist caliphate.

  • IS Makes Initial Announcement about Successor to Al-Baghdadi

    November 05, 2019

    IS media outlets have made an initial announcement about the successor "caliph" to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering few details about new spiritual and operational leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraushi, but making sure to indicate that the caliphate project will continue in the aftermath of al-Baghdadi's demise and despite the loss of Iraq-Syria territory.

  • Lethal Islamist Attacks in Mali Underscore Resilience of AQ and IS & State Weakness in West Africa

    November 05, 2019

    A lethal terrorist attack by Islamist militants associated with IS (Islamic State) and AQ (al-Qaeda) against government soldiers and civilians in the West African country of Mali underscore how state failures—related to endemic poverty, human security needs, and ethnic cleavage—are being used as opportunities by Islamist extremists for ideological radicalization and operational resilience. 

  • Popular Anti-Government Protests in Lebanon Underscore Domestic Divisions Among Islamist Sects

    November 05, 2019

    The weeks of unflagging popular protests in Lebanon have included citizens from all communities in the country’s religiously plural ecosystem, but the Sunni-Shiite Islamist sectarian divides have been highlighted in the popular furor over corruption exemplified by the country’s Sunni president linked to patron-state Saudi Arabia and large Shiite constituency represented by Iran-supported Hezbollah. 

  • Radical Islamism Constitutes Sustained Threat in Southeast Asia

    November 01, 2019

    Government leaders across Southeast Asia are cautioning about the paradoxical boost to IS recruitment, popular support, and operations in the wake of the recent death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with state officials from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines warning that IS remains a sustained threat to security.

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