30 Nov 2022

An OODA Network Q&A Session on Domestic Political Extremism and Violence with OODA Network Member Brian Jenkins

The November OODA Network Member Monthly Call was held on Friday, November 18th.  The call was dedicated to opening remarks by OODA Network Member Brian Jenkins and a Q and A session with OODA Network Members on the topic of domestic political extremism, his most recent research on the topic, and lessons learned from Jenkins’ decades-long leadership on and expertise in the history, motivations and incentive structures of foreign political extremist organizations and individuals.  Jenkins also has a new book:  Plagues and Their Aftermath.

The Q and A session with OODA Network Members following Jenkins’ Opening Remarks is captured here.

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07 Jun 2021

Jihadists Massacre at Least 130 in Burkina Faso as West African Violence Surges

Over the weekend, jihadists surrounded a remote village located on Burkina Faso’s border with Niger and massacred at least 130 civilians, according to the government. The event marks the worst terrorist attack in the history of Burkina Faso despite a recent influx in extremist violence. The violence has prompted international

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21 May 2021

Nigerian army investigating reports that Boko Haram leader died blowing himself up to avoid capture

The Nigerian army is allegedly investigating reports that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau died after blowing himself up to avoid capture by a rival group. Shekau has to lead the extremist group for years, waging an insurgency in northeast Nigeria for more than a decade. There were multiple reports across

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29 Apr 2021

Germany puts anti-lockdown group under surveillance for possible extremist ties

Germany’s intelligence service has identified some anti-lockdown activists as having potential ties to extremism, declaring that the groups will be put under federal surveillance due to fears that they are attempting to undermine the leadership and legitimacy of the state. On Wednesday, the Federal office for the Protection of the

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12 Apr 2021

A Far-Right Extremist Allegedly Plotted to Blow Up Amazon Data Centers

Seth Pendley, a far-right extremist who was present at the January 6 Capitol Hill riot, has allegedly been plotting to blow up Amazon data centers, sparked by false patriotism. Pendley posted to the MyMilitia.com message board in the days following the Capitol Hill riot, stating that he was not a

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21 Oct 2020

Seven people to attend court over Samuel Paty’s death

According to French authorities, seven people connected to the beheading of French teacher Samual Paty are set to appear in court before an anti-terrorism judge following an investigation into the incident. The killer was an 18-year-old man named Abdullah Anzorov and was shot dead by police following the event. Two

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03 Apr 2020

DHS Issues Three Warnings on Terrorist, Extremists, and Cyber Threats Relating to COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a series of intelligence advisories associated with threat actors exploiting COVID-19 to engage in conventional and cyber attacks.  The three separate warnings range from ISIS exploiting the global crisis for violence to extremists intentionally trying to spread COVID-19 through minority populations to cyber attackers exploiting work from home technologies.  All decisions-makers need to be aware of these threats regardless of their organization size or sector.  Here are the details

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12 Dec 2019

New NYPD intelligence unit to tackle far-right extremist threats

The New York Police Department (NYPD) announced Wednesday that it has launched a new unit that will focus entirely on combating far-right extremists and neo-nazis named the Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism (R.E.M.E.). R.E.M.E. opened earlier this month and has since begun dozens of investigations into white supremacist groups and

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25 Oct 2018

Invisible and dangerous: The Salafist scene in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia bordering both the Netherlands and Belgium is home to more Salafists than any other German state. Of the 1,000 people who traveled from Germany to fight with ISIS, around 300 came from the state. Of the 3,000 Salafists in the state, its intelligence office has

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24 Oct 2018

Tanzania Arrests 104 for Plotting ‘Radical Camps’ in Mozambique

Highlighting the recent growth of Islamic extremism in the area, Tanzania has arrested 104 suspected militants for plans to establish a training base in Mozambique near the countries’ borders. Since October 2017, 40 attacks have been recorded in one Mozambique province, near where one of the largest untapped natural gas

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