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  • Turkey-AQ Human Rights Violations in Syria Reflect Transnational Islamist Collaboration

    May 04, 2021

    In a report released by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the human rights violations and broader destabilization of security environments associated with transnational Islamist extremist networks is reflected in the support of Turkey for the Al-Qaeda (AQ) affiliated militia that is perpetrating religious cleansing and rights atrocities in the Turkish occupation zone of northern Syria.

  • Algeria: Scholar's Conviction without Trial for Blasphemy

    May 04, 2021

    Amnesty International reports that hardline Islamist influences in Algeria were underscored by a conviction and three-year prison sentence, without trial, of a well-known Islamic scholar, charged with blaspheming against Islam's prophet Mohammed because of Facebook posts exploring pluralism in religious practice and interpretations.

  • Boko Haram’s Advance Puts Nigeria’s Capital at Risk

    May 04, 2021

    Nigeria’s jihadist group Boko Haram has captured a key city in the country’s Middle Belt Region, hoisting the group’s flag and taking local women as hostages, with this most recent advance in territorial control by Boko Haram fighters putting the capital of the oil-rich West African country at risk of Islamist siege and capture. 

  • New French Legislation based on Jihadist Website Activity

    May 03, 2021

    France’s Parliament has introduced counter-terrorism legislation to allow for algorithmic analysis of jihadist platforms and social media apps due to the multi-year pattern of Islamist extremist terror attacks in France that have demonstrated that jihadist websites are significant for predicting radicalization-recruitment and operational activities.

  • Saudi Drug Seizure Reveals Hezbollah’s Narcoterror Capacity

    May 03, 2021

    Evidence of Hezbollah’s narcoterrorism global network was highlighed by the recent seizures of produce shipments in major ports in Saudi Arabia from Lebanon containing Captagon amphetamine capsules, similar to those reported by European and a South American security authorities, revealing the group’s use of narcotics trade to finance international jihadism.

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