Global Political Islam

  • Expansion of Jihadism Across Africa's Sahel Requires Increased Western Cooperation

    December 16, 2019

    The steady expansion and escalation of jihadist militant activities and ideological radicalization in the Sahel region of West Africa is being facilitated by the failure of the Western security providers to provide adequate financing, training, and operational presence to support local states.

  • OIC 50th Anniversary Produces Calls for Roadmap for Islamic Solidarity, Security, & Sustainable Development

    December 16, 2019

    The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) produced calls by state leaders from the 57 member-states to develop a "roadmap for the Islamic World" in order to build greater unity and solidarity within the entity that claims to represent the world's 1.8 billion Muslims and to promote human and hard security and sustainable development according to the principles of the OIC Charter, which is based on sharia law.

  • Turkey Calls for OIC Reform and Greater Unity of Islamic World

    December 13, 2019

    Turkey's Foreign Minister used the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) underway in Morocco to call for improved cooperation among "Muslim countries," with a priority of unity of the Islamic world and, towards that goal, reform of the OIC.

  • With IS Caliphate War Meeting Defeat in Philippines, Government Will Remain on Jihadist Threat Watch

    December 13, 2019

    President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines announced the forthcoming lifting of martial law on the island of Mindanao after the national military's victory, facilitated by US and Australian intelligence support, in a two-year war against IS affiliated militants fighting to impose a local caliphate, but he cautioned that the longterm security threat from Islamist extremist groups to aiming to penetrate and expand into East Asia will require sustained military-intelligence vigilance.

  • Women Resort to Fake Marriages to Escape Islamist Extremists in Syria's Idlib Province

    December 13, 2019

    The imposition of extensive, sharia-law restrictions on women's rights and freedoms imposed by the al-Qaeda-affiliated, and then, IS-affiliated, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in control of Syria's Idlib Province has led to women to resort to fake marriages with men across the border in Turkey, a path fraught with dangers of illegal border crossings, cash payments, and possible confinement by the new "spouse."

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