04 Nov 2018

A Year After Marawi, What’s Left of ISIS in the Philippines?

It has been a year since the five-month-long takeover and siege in the Philippine city of Marawi by ISIS-aligned terrorist organizations ended. While news coverage of the event has largely ended, what has been the impact of the siege on the city? How has it impacted national politics? What has

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25 Oct 2018

Al-Qaeda and Deash recruiting high-level professionals

“In the Muslim world, jihadist groups are made up of individuals with higher degrees on average than in society as a whole,” says Marc Hecker, a researcher at the French Institute of International Relations. But for recruits from the West the opposite is true, especially in France, where the average

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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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22 Oct 2018

Italy: Schools monitored for extremist recruitment

Italian police and local sources have stated that authorities have begun to monitor schools for their risk of jihadi recruitment. Investigators argue that this context is where young “vulnerable individuals” are “most exposed to the risks of radicalization” and could be targeted and connected to broader extremist networks.  Source: Schools

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19 Oct 2018

ISIS vows Eiffel Tower drone attack

Only months after Paris installed a massive glass bullet proof wall and anti-terrorism defense system around its iconic landmark, ISIS propaganda has threatened a suicide drone attack on the Eiffel Tower. In a striking image released by an ISIS-affiliated group, the Tower sits within a set of crosshairs while a

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18 Oct 2018

US: Foreign fighters still joining ISIS in Syria

“Foreign fighters continue to flow into Syria to join ISIS despite its forces being largely decimated, Pentagon Joint Chiefs chairman Joe Dunford said Tuesday. Even though the extremist group’s territory has shrunk to a fraction of what it once was, new followers arrive, mostly over the Turkish border, at a

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17 Oct 2018

DoD knows future terror groups will seek to copy ISIS, turn social media into a weapon

“The Islamic State’s 2014 invasion of Iraq, military futurist Peter Singer writes, ‘was launched with a hashtag.’ #AllEyesOnISIS became a viral propaganda machine that inspired followers, generated bots and is credited in part with driving enough fear to lead thousands of U.S.-trained and equipped Iraqi forces to abandon their posts.

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17 Oct 2018

Iran says it has killed mastermind of parade attack: was he with ISIS or a secession movement?

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced that they have killed the alleged “mastermind” of the recent military parade attack that killed 25. “Both Islamic State and an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahwaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, have claimed responsibility for

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12 Oct 2018

Indictment Reveals ISIS-Backed Plans for Attacks in Kosovo, Belgium, and France

In a police statement, one of six ISIS-linked Kosovo nationals indicted for terrorism in the country described plans for attacks within Kosovo, Belgium, and France, plans that included suicide drones and automatic weapons. Targets included an Orthodox Church, a nightclub, and the Israeli football team during a match. Aspects of

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01 Oct 2018

Is ISIS buying valuable military equipment in Western Europe?

Studies have uncovered that several individuals used front organizations to purchase drones and equipment in Western Europe for shipment to ISIS. In one instance, two Bangladeshi brothers used their business activities in the UK, Bangladesh, Spain, Australia, the US, and Denmark to supply IT services and drones to ISIS. Elsewhere,

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