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September 20, 2016

Study: Former Al-Qaida Terrorists Training Islamic State Cells in Europe

Originally posted in Voice of America
The study by the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based research institution, looked at the al-Qaida-linked terror networks in Europe in the early 2000s, around the time of the NATO-led invasion of Afghanistan, and the current networks …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Europe, Extremism, ISIS, News Coverage, Syria, United Kingdom
September 12, 2016

Assad vows to retake whole of Syria hours before start of ceasefire

A defiant President Bashar al-Assad on Monday vowed to retake the whole of Syria, hours before a ceasefire aimed at bringing an end to the bloodshed took effect.
In a rare public appearance at a mosque in the Damascus suburb of …

Posted in Human Rights, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security
September 8, 2016

After suffering military defeats and the loss of several leaders, is this the beginning of the end for Islamic State?

Isis’s statelet is faltering. But unfortunately, the way Isis is losing its urban strongholds is legitimising it, laying the groundwork for a military recovery.
Isis is waging a revolutionary war that prioritises politics and focuses on the long term, exhausting its …

Posted in Extremism, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
September 7, 2016

2 dead, scores wounded in alleged Syrian gas attack

Syrian government forces carried out a chlorine attack Wednesday that killed two civilians, including a 13-year-old girl, and caused respiratory injuries in scores of others in a rebel-held area near the besieged city of Aleppo, anti-government activists alleged.
Mohammed Abu Jaafar, head of forensics in the war-torn …

Posted in Human Rights, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria

Preacher Choudary brainwashed up to 600 Brits into going to Syria for ISIS

ANJEM Choudary brainwashed up to 600 Brits into going to Syria to join Islamic State, security experts revealed yesterday.
And nearly a quarter of Islamic terror offenders in the UK since 1999 were inspired by the jailed hate preacher or his …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 31, 2016

Death of Isil propaganda chief ‘could see decline in attacks on West’

Islamic State’s ability to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe will be damaged by the death of the group’s deputy leader, experts say.
Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, killed this week in a US air strike near al-Bab in Aleppo province, was the …

Posted in Europe, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, North America, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 29, 2016

Kim’s missile supermarket: North Korea will sell nukes to anyone – even ISIS

Multiple missile tests have been ordered by Kim Jong-un in recent months in a bid to boost the range of his rockets.
The defiant North Korean also detonated a hydrogen bomb in January and restarted the Yongbyon nuclear reactor.

Kyle Orton, a …

Posted in Defence, Iraq, ISIS, News Coverage, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 28, 2016

Major powers take the reins in Syria as Turkey joins battle for control of its border

After capturing the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State, Syrian rebel fighters sat awaiting instructions from their Turkish commander. None of them quite knew where they were heading next.
“We were told there would be multiple stages in the offensive, …

Posted in Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey
August 27, 2016

Inside the ‘Caliphate Cubs’: ISIS grooming kid suicide bombers to wreak havoc in Europe

Only yesterday, ISIS released a vile propaganda clip of child executioners, one reported to be British, shooting prisoners in the back of the head.
Meanwhile, disturbing pictures emerged last week of a 15-year-old boy desperately trying to detonate his explosive belt …

Posted in Extremism, Human Rights, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 25, 2016

Bashar al-Assad has normalised the use of chemical weapons in Syria – and we rewarded him for it

Originally published in the International Business Times. 
This week, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed what everyone already suspected: the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad had lied repeatedly about its adherence to a deal worked out in …

Posted in ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 16, 2016

Revealed: how Anjem Choudary influenced at least 100 British jihadis

Anjem Choudary and his extremist groups are believed to have motivated at least 100 people from Britain to pursue terrorism, including organisations committed to campaigns of murder against the west, the Guardian has learned.
Choudary avoided serious criminal charges for years, …

Posted in Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 15, 2016

The Intellectual Roots of ISIS

Originally published in the Wall Street Journal.
Why did Prohibition in America fail? The Pakistani Islamic scholar Abul Ala Mawdudi argued that it was because the law “required people to accept human rather divine reasoning.” What was needed was a harsh …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Libya, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 13, 2016

Matt Johnson: U.S. wasted countless opportunities in Syria

A week ago, Syrian rebels seized a major military installation in Aleppo and ended a month-long siege of the city. Afterward, citizens of east Aleppo rushed into the streets to celebrate, rebels captured a large stockpile of weapons and equipment …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, United States
August 12, 2016

Why the Prevent strategy isn’t the problem

Originally published in the Spectator.
Earlier this week the Times had a leader column entitled ‘Protect Prevent’. As a defence of the government’s counter-extremism strategy it was all well and good, but it missed a very crucial point. It said:
‘The …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 9, 2016

Assad sends in more fighters to crush Aleppo rebels

BEIRUT: The Syrian regime has sent thousands of reinforcements to Aleppo, after suffering one of its most significant setbacks in the five-year war.
Rebel forces made a breakthrough at the weekend, relieving the siege on the east of the city, where …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 8, 2016

What’s the future of the Kurds in Aleppo?

Following the closure of the remaining entry point that Syrian militant and rebel groups had into Aleppo’s east last month it seemed the regime might prevail in that key city.

Kyle Orton, a Middle East analyst and research fellow at the …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria

Syrian regime sends thousands of reinforcements to ‘Great Battle of Aleppo’ after major setback

The Syrian regime has sent thousands of reinforcements to join the battle for Aleppo, after suffering one of its most significant setbacks in the five-year war.
Rebel forces made a major breakthrough over the weekend in relieving the siege on the …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 7, 2016

Rebel coalition breaks siege of Aleppo

After months of being pummeled from the air and by Syrian artillery, an Islamist-led rebel coalition has made a dramatic breakthrough in relieving the siege of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Their assault — the first test for a new group …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 6, 2016

Syria’s rebels unite to break Assad’s siege of Aleppo

A Syrian military academy in the heart of Aleppo made for a bold, even reckless target for opposition forces trying to break a devastating siege, but the rebels gambled on a double advantage: surprise and suicide bombers.
Soon the rebels were …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 1, 2016

Why do Europeans join ISIS?

Why do Europeans join ISIS or ISIL? That’s a question that keeps coming up and bewilders governments, intelligence agencies, and counter-terrorism experts alike.
One of the most common theories out there suggests that Muslim immigrants in Europe often face discrimination when …

Posted in Europe, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
July 29, 2016

Profiles of Islamic State Leaders

The Henry Jackson Society has released a report which provides the most comprehensive compilation yet of what is known about the Islamic State’s leadership. The report provides detailed profiles and biographical details of the key figures within the caliphate’s government, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Publication, Syria
July 28, 2016

Despite Split from al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Remains Threat to Syrian Population, and to the West

The split will enable al-Nusra’s propaganda machine, and will not make it any easier to challenge the terrorist organisation
Jabhat al-Nusra, a major Islamist faction fighting on the ground in Syria just announced a split with al-Qaeda. Within Syria this move …

Posted in Islamism, Press Release, Syria, Terrorism & Security

Syrian regime ‘opens up safe passages’ out of besieged Aleppo but many afraid to leave

Corridors are to be opened to allow civilians and unarmed rebels to leave besieged Aleppo, the Syrian government and its Russian backers said on Thursday, as they closed in on one of the most important cities in the war.
Leaflets were …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
July 17, 2016

‘The nightmare has become a reality’: residents of besieged Aleppo fear the worst as regime cuts off last road into city

“The nightmare has become a reality,” Ismail al-Abdullah said breathlessly in a call that came in the dead of the night. “The city of Aleppo has been cut off from the world and we are completely surrounded. We will die …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
July 12, 2016

State Department officials are ‘baffled’ by John Kerry’s latest comments that have ‘muddied the waters’ in Syria

The State Department is reportedly trying to walk back comments that Secretary of State John Kerry made about Syria during an appearance in Aspen, Colorado, last month.
When asked about the US’s anti-ISIS strategy in Syria, Kerry said that “the most important …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, United States
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