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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

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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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Hamas and ISIS in Sinai

Hamas and ISIS in Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update is devoted to new evidence of increasing cooperation between Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, and ISIS - especially in terms of their branch in Sinai fighting the Egyptian regime, calling itself their Sinai Province ("Wilayat Sinai"). It also looks at Israel's challenges in confrontin

Essay: Terror and Territory

Essay: Terror and Territory Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Weiss

ISIS's global ambition [has always been] to export its holy war well beyond its immediate precincts or purview. The domestic pillar of ISIS's project is what it calls "remaining and expanding" - the pushing of the borders of the caliphate in the Levant and Mesopotamia and the swelling of the ranks o

Scribblings: ISIS's Hatred of Music

Scribblings: ISIS's Hatred of Music Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the Paris terror attack on November 13, why did ISIS target a concert by the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan concert hall, where most of the 130 victims died? Was it just an easy target? Maybe, but there is likely another reason - one that has featured in hardly any of t

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

Asia Watch: Paying The Price

Asia Watch: Paying The Price Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

A two-minute video posted on a shortlived Facebook account of Abu Sayyaf leader Muammar Askali provided enough evidence as to how a small, radical Islamist terror group in an obscure, isolated corner of the Philippines can survive and even thrive.

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

In mid-November 2005, Australians came together as never before. Women in hijabs hugging Jewish men in caps, Doc Martens-heeled youths locking arms with Indigenous elders - celebrating together as Australia defeated Uruguay at the Sydney Olympic Stadium to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A dec

The New Normal?

The New Normal? Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Walter Russell Mead

Regardless of what kind of response the West ultimately launches, military efforts in the wake of Paris will not spell an end to terrorism. There is no chance for a cure for the causes of terrorism anytime soon, no matter how much Paris may have stiffened Europe's resolve. Across the Middle East, de

ISIS’s Terror Strategy

ISIS’s Terror Strategy Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Oded Eran & Adam Hoffman

The Islamic State cited two justifications for the attacks. The first was ideological. Paris was described by the jihadist organisation as "the capital of prostitution and vice, the lead carrier of the cross in Europe." It appears that France's liberal values - including strong secularism, democracy

Editorial: “Containing” ISIS Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The barbaric, coordinated attacks in Paris by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists on November 13, which claimed the lives of over 130 people, may well be more than just the latest barbaric atrocity carried out in the name of extremist Islamism. It may signal that ISIS has decided on a

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