Global Political Islam

  • OIC Ramps Up Presence in Bangladesh with Declaration of 2020 Youth Capital

    January 01, 2020

    The 57 member-state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has declared Bangladesh the OIC Youth Capital for 2020, ramping up the global Islamic entity's presence in the densely populated, Muslim-majority South Asian country.

  • Taliban Ratcheted Up 2019 Lethal Attacks on US Troops in Afghanistan To Five-Year Peak

    January 01, 2020

    Deaths of US military personnel in Afghanistan by Taliban attacks reached a five-year peak in 2019, as the Islamist group intensified its jihadist operations in an effort to get the US to quit Afghanistan as soon as possible.

  • Qatar-Turkey Alliance Broadens Transnational Islamist Extremism, Threatens US Strategic Interests

    December 31, 2019

    Competition for leadership of global Islamism between a Saudi-Emirati alliance versus a Turkish-Qatari axis has intensified over the past two years, with the latter relationship making measurable gains in the global expansion of Islamic Brotherhood-style Islamist ideology, illegal economic activities, and Islamist insurgencies and terrorist activities, all of which, according to a new report by Washington think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, constitute strategic threats to US strategic interests, given America’s reliance on Ankara and Doha for military operations in Eurasia and Africa.

  • Shiite Protestors Breach US Embassy Compound in Iraq as US-Iran Tensions Escalate

    December 31, 2019

    Evidencing escalated US-Iran tensions, Shiite Islamist protestors loyal to the Iranian-backed Kataeb Hezbollah Brigades breached the security perimeter at the US Embassy compound in Baghdad following US retaliatory strikes against Shiite militia who attacked US military and civilian personnel in Iraq.

  • Turkish Police Detain IS Suspects to Preempt New Year’s Eve Attack

    December 31, 2019

    Turkish police have detained more than 100 people suspected of ties to the Islamic State (IS) network, a security move to prevent a repetition of the 2017 New Year’s Eve attack by an IS sympathizer who murdered 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub.

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