06 Dec 2018

In Somalia, Businesses Face Triple ‘Taxation’ by Militants

Competition between Al-Shabab and pro-Islamic State groups in Somalia is further stifling economic activity across the area through forced taxation. “Business are paying three taxes today, Al-Shabab taxes, Daesh taxes, and the normal government taxes,” according to the former director of the National Intelligence Agency in Somalia. “If they don’t

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04 Dec 2018

Threat from Islamic State-Affiliated Group Reason DRC US Embassy Closed

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been closed for over a week due to “credible” terror threat against U.S. government facilities in the capital. The nature of the threat was previously unspecified, but a U.S. official speaking with VOA under the condition of anonymity has

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21 Nov 2018

Melbourne ‘terror plot’: Three held over ‘chilling’ gun plan, police say

Australian police have arrested three suspects allegedly plotting to commit a terror attack with a semi-automatic rifle in Melbourne. The suspects were reportedly “inspired” by ISIS, although any connection or funding to the organization has not been reported. The trio had not picked a location, but were planning to attack

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19 Nov 2018

Islamic State warns Al-Shabaab of impending battle in Somalia

“The most recent issue of the Islamic State’s weekly Al Naba newsletter directly threatens Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa. Al Naba’s authors warn Shabaab of an impending clash, saying the al Qaeda arm has restarted its campaign to rout Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization from Somalia. ‘As we

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19 Nov 2018

Report: Islamic State Financier Paid Money to Eastern Congo Rebel Group

“An Islamist rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo received money from a financier linked to Islamic State, suggesting tentative ties between the Congo insurgents and other jihadists in Africa and beyond, a report said on Thursday. Islamist ‘financial facilitator’ Waleed Ahmed Zein paid the Allied Democratic Forces at

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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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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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