14 Jan 2019

The Taliban and the Changing Nature of Pashtun Nationalism

Since the beginnings of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. has sought to understand the Taliban’s interactions with tribal structures and conceptions of Pashtun identity, using these understandings to build military strategy and diplomatic policy. Pashtuns make up over 40% of the heavily fragmented Afghani population, and drove

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14 Jan 2019

How the US and China collaborated to get nuclear material out of Nigeria — and away from terrorist groups

Over the past 6 months and through peak tensions in the U.S.-China trade war, the U.S. cooperated with China and several other countries to remove enriched, weapons-grade uranium out of Nigeria at risk of theft by terror groups or other malicious actors. While the facility did not contain enough of

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11 Jan 2019

Moscow’s Little-Noticed Islamic-Outreach Effort

Comprising nearly 15% of then population and a majority in several region, Russia is home to many Muslims. Conflicts in its Muslim areas like Chechnya have led it to lead many efforts to support moderate interpretations of the religion. Like the US, it has also made concerted efforts to fight

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09 Jan 2019

Afghan Taliban cancel peace talks with US officials in Qatar

The Taliban has cancelled peace talks with the US in Qatar after refusing to allow the inclusion of Afghani government officials in the talks, according to both the group and US officials. The Taliban claims that US is their adversary and that the existing Afghani government is a “puppet” government,

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07 Jan 2019

Kurdish forces: Two American ISIS fighters captured in Syria

“Kurdish-led forces battling Islamic State militants in Syria say they captured five foreign fighters, including an American who once sought to become an English teacher in the jihadi group’s Iraqi capital. The American, a Texan named Warren Christopher Clark, 34, was one of two reputed U.S. citizens captured in a

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03 Jan 2019

Xenephobia and mental illness suspected motive in most recent car attack in Germany

Mental illness and xenophobia views are seen as the leading motivations in a car-ramming attack in a western German city on New Year’s Day. Just after midnight, the perpetrator attempted to ram his car into a pedestrian, missing, before driving into the downtown area where he rammed a group of

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02 Jan 2019

Istanbul police: Judicial action taken against over 2,500 social media users in 2018

Government crackdowns against social media users continued in 2018. In Turkey, “Judicial actions have been taken against 2,793 social media users in 2018, Istanbul police have said in a statement. According to the written statement, judicial actions were taken against 750 people for conducting ‘terrorist propaganda’ on their social media

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31 Dec 2018

Egypt Kills 40 Suspected Militants After Deadly Bombing of Tour Bus

“Egyptian security forces killed at least 40 people suspected of being militants in North Sinai and Giza, officials said on Saturday, a day after an explosion hit a tour bus, leaving four people dead and 10 others wounded. The Ministry of Interior did not explicitly link the killing of the

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31 Dec 2018

Syria’s Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike ISIS in Syria

Syria and Iraq reached an agreement over the weekend that will allow Iraqi forces to attack ISIS forces inside Syria without having to first receive permission from Syrian authorities. The agreement illustrates the close relationship that has grown up between the two governments in their coordination of anti-ISIS efforts. The

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28 Dec 2018

New drone-hunting tech to roll out at major Australian airports

“New technology will be used to thwart drone attacks at Australia’s major airports as the aviation industry beefs up its fight against the increasing possibility that remote-controlled aircraft could bring down passenger planes. Peter Gibson of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said drones that breach 5½-kilometre exclusion zones around airports

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