Global Political Islam

  • New Report on Human Rights Abuses in Iran Identifies Judiciary

    November 01, 2019

    A new report by well-known US think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies analyzes the type, scope, institutional mechanisms and primary perpetrators of human rights abuses in the four-decades-regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran, indicating the crucial significance of the judicial system in twisting rule of law through sharia principles that restrict foundational civil and political liberties codified in international law.

  • US CENTCOM Chief Briefs Pentagon on IS Resilience

    November 01, 2019

    The head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) has briefed the US Defense Department about the ongoing threats from IS inside Syria, even in the aftermath of the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emphasizing that the durability of the Islamist entity's ideology and resilience of IS capacity requires US troops to "continue to maintain a presence and partnershi" with Kurdish forces to prevent IS' recapture of revenue-generating oil fields in eastern Syria.

  • Saudi Arabia Uses Soft Power of Religious Diplomacy with Albania to Spread Islamist Ties

    October 30, 2019

    Officials from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia touted the signing of a bilateral memorandum of understanding with Albania for cooperation on joint cultural and scientific projects, calling the cooperation on Islamic works with Muslims in the Balkan state as a means by which the Saudi Wahhabi theocracy uses diplomacy to promote "the true image of Islam as a religion that rejects extremism and terrorism."

  • French Police Warn of Retaliatory Attacks by IS in Aftermath of Baghdadi Death

    October 30, 2019

    Police across France are on high alert for possible retaliatory attacks by Islamic (IS) state actors and homegrown Islamist extremists to avenge the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, following a warning from France's Interior Minister about revenge attacks targeting the country's civilians and security forces.   

  • Elimination of IS Leader Does Not Mean End of Caliphate Jihadists

    October 30, 2019

    The US operation that eliminated the ideological and organizational leader of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is a blow to the caliphate's jihadist project accelerating the transformation of the territorial entity into decentralized terrorist network, but the likelihood that the IS will soon designate a successor leader will likely support the resilience and sustained destabilization of the caliphate ideology and operations.

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