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Asia Watch: Crossing a line Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

The Islamic month of Ramadan is meant to be a period of physical sacrifice (fasting) in order to achieve deeper religiosity, but all too often it highlights excess. Indonesia and Malaysia may be far from Islam's Middle Eastern heartland, but are increasingly subject to its influences.

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Deconstruction Zone: After Orlando

Deconstruction Zone: After Orlando Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: David Harris

As the horrific events in Orlando unfolded on June 12, all Americans of good will reacted with horror and dismay... once again, we have witnessed a horrendous terrorist attack motivated, in part or in whole, by radical Islamic ideology. The killer was known to the FBI, and made clear his sympat

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Asia Watch: Spotfires

Asia Watch: Spotfires Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

While the Islamic State territory in Syria and Iraq is receding, IS-linked entities still pose a deadly threat not only in Europe but also Southeast Asia, with hotbeds of activity in the southern Philippines and Indonesia's Central Sulawesi region.

The Problem of Salafism

The Problem of Salafism Categories: Islamic Extremism     Author: Jacob Olidort

While the attacks in Brussels are a tragic reminder of the ambitions of ISIS, we have yet to understand the inner workings of its ideology. Just days prior to the tragedy, Belgian authorities raided the home of Algerian Mohamed Belkaid, who was linked to the Paris attacks. Among the items they found

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

For while Europeans are quick to differentiate between terrorists who strike within their borders and "militants" who strike in Israel, Israelis understand the fundamental nature of terrorism: whether it occurs in Europe or in Israel, it is essentially designed to visit indiscriminate death and dest

Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing?

Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Paul Berman

Why do people who are not clinically crazy throw themselves into campaigns of murder and suicide? The sociological answer to this question assumes a pettiness in human nature, such that even the slightest of humiliations and misfortunes may be regarded as sufficiently devastating, under certain cond

The Mind of a Terrorist

The Mind of a Terrorist Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

Allow me to paint a picture: The office of the Mayor of the Molenbeek municipality in Brussels sits alongside a picturesque, typically European cobblestone square. Across the square, within plain view of the municipal government, sits the family home of Salah Abdeslam, the Islamic State terrorist wh

ISIL's bid to unite Southeast Asian jihadists

ISIL's bid to unite Southeast Asian jihadists Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

The pathways to recruitment to ISIL are slightly different than in the past. In Indonesia, ISIL has been able to graft onto much of JI's social network, owing in large part to people such as Abu Bakar Ba'asyir and Abdurrahman Aman's early pledges of allegiance to ISIL. In addition to JI's mosques, m

Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma

Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

Daesh - also known as ISIS, ISIL and/or Islamic State - consists of a bunch of medieval psychopaths (add adjectives, as required). But how does Europe, which is bearing the brunt of the refugee flight, solve a problem like Daesh? Not as easily as the current crop of Europe's political leaders seem t

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