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April 26, 2017

Analysis: France Presents Evidence Assad Committed Chemical Weapons Atrocity

The French government has released its assessment of the 4 April chemical weapons attack in Syria, and “independently and categorically confirms that sarin was used”. France “deployed the required resources to obtain its own samples,” the report notes, and “collected …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report

Event: ‘Bernard-Henri Lévy on Mosul and the French elections’

TIME: 12:30 – 13:45, 26th April 2017
VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Bernard–Henri Lévy, Philosopher, Journalist and Writer
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Posted in Event, Spotlight, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
April 25, 2017

Analysis: Russia and Iran Use Terrorism Against Western Interests

The evidence is mounting that Vladimir Putin’s government supports the Taliban as a means of thwarting NATO interests in Afghanistan. Russia has long manipulated terrorists, internally and abroad, to suit its policy aims, but as Moscow solidifies its relationship with …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
April 22, 2017

Analysis: ‘Signs of Recovery for the Islamic State’

The operation to clear the Islamic State (IS) from its Iraqi capital, Mosul, began on 17 October and is now 188 days old. IS was announced cleared from east Mosul on 25 January, and the offensive that began on 19 …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
April 20, 2017

Event: ‘Islamism’

TIME: 18:00 – 19:00, 20th April 2017
VENUE: Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower,
21-24 Millbank, London,SW1P 4QP
SPEAKER
Tarek Osman
Author, Islamism
To read a summary of this event click here
A political, social, and cultural battle is currently raging in the Middle East. On one …

Posted in Event, Spotlight, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
April 15, 2017

Analysis: ‘Islamic State Operative Connected to Charlie Hebdo Attack Might Still Be Alive’

Earlier today, an Iraqi military statement made public that the Iraqi government had provided coordinates to Bashar al-Assad’s air force, via the intelligence-sharing cell set up in Baghdad with Russia and Iran, for targets in Raqqa and al-Bukamal. One of …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
April 14, 2017

Analysis: ‘State Department Designates Two Canadian Jihadists in Syria’

The U.S. State Department added two Canadians to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) on 13 April. One of them, Tarek Sakr, of Syrian descent, is associated with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, which has since been through …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
April 9, 2017

Analysis: ‘An American Jihadist At the Top of the Islamic State’

The eighth edition of the Islamic State’s magazine, Rumiyah (Rome), was released on 5 April 2017, and contained an obituary for one of the architects of the magazine itself. Named by his kunyas, Abu Sulayman al-Shami, Abu Sulayman al-Halabi, and …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
March 31, 2017

Analysis: ‘America Sanctions British Islamic State Jihadists, Terrorist Guides, Others’

The State Department designated five individuals on 30 March 2017 as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), imposing sanctions on them for having “committed, or [for] pos[ing] a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
March 23, 2017

Analysis: ‘The Caliphate is Crumbling Yet Islamic State’s Foreign Reach is Increasing’

Just after 2:30pm yesterday afternoon, a terrorist mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before jumping out near Parliament and stabbing a police officer to death. Three people were murdered, forty were injured, and the attacker was shot …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
March 21, 2017

Mitigating the Risks? An Assessment of University Speaker Policies

A new report from The Henry Jackson Society and its Student Rights campaign, Mitigating the Risks? An Assessment of University Speaker Policies, analyses the speaker policies of 76 English universities to assess the extent to which the higher education sector …

Posted in Publication, Spotlight
March 20, 2017

Extremism in the Community: The Case of Shakeel Begg

Shakeel Begg, described in court by a judge as “an extremist Islamic speaker who espouses extremist Islamic positions”, has established himself as an influential figure within numerous public bodies and groups – even after the ruling, where he lost a …

Posted in CRT Report, Publication, Spotlight
March 18, 2017

Analysis: ‘Western Allies and Terrorism Financing’

The United States Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it had designated Muhammad Hadi al-Anizi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) due to his fundraising for, and facilitating the travel of, terrorists on behalf of al-Qaeda in Syria (AQS). This …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
March 16, 2017

Analysis: ‘Repression Increases in the Syrian Kurdish Areas’

The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian front of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), is the leading group in the administration of the Kurdish areas in north-eastern Syria. The PYD and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
March 10, 2017

Analysis: ‘Outcome Uncertain as American Involvement in Syria Deepens’

American ground forces are getting more deeply entangled in Syria as the offensive to push the Islamic State (IS) out of its de facto capital city, Raqqa, approaches. It remains unclear exactly which actors in Syria these troops will be …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
March 9, 2017

Dr Andrew Foxall provides evidence to House of Commons’ Defence sub-Committee on the Arctic

Dr Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia Studies Centre at HJS provided written evidence to the House of Commons’ Defence sub-Committee on the Arctic.
Dr Foxall’s research has covered potential threats to Western security in the region.
You can read his submissions …

Posted in Russia, Spotlight
March 7, 2017

Statement from Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who had hoped to be on the panel for today’s launch of the Islamist Terrorism report, issued the following statement:
“This report provides a factual, impartial and highly useful resource for many working in counter terrorism and counter …

Posted in Spotlight
March 6, 2017

Event: ‘Populism and Policy: A Watershed Moment?’

TIME: 17:00 – 18:00, 6th March 2017

VENUE: Committee Room 15, House of Commons,
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER
Dr Charles Kupchan
Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University

For a summary of this event click here
For a transcript of this event click here
The Brexit …

Posted in Event, Spotlight, United Kingdom, United States, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
March 5, 2017

Infographic: Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of Offences and Attacks in the UK (1998-2015)

Click here to see an infographic based on the conclusions of our report, ‘Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of Offences and Attacks in the UK (1998 – 2015)‘.
Sources for the infographic can be found the full report, which is available for purchase …

Posted in CRT Research, Infographics, Spotlight

Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of Offences and Attacks in the UK (1998-2015)

Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of Offences and Attacks in the UK (1998-2015), a new research project from The Henry Jackson Society, presents the most comprehensive ever overview of the threat from Islamism-inspired terrorism in the United Kingdom.
Islamist terrorism remains the principal …

Posted in CRT, CRT Highlight, CRT Report, CRT Research, Publication, Research, Spotlight
March 4, 2017

Analysis: ‘The West Helped the Assad Regime and Its Allies Take Palmyra’

For the second March in a row, the Islamic State (IS) was driven from control of Palmyra this week in an operation led by Iranian ground forces and supported by Russian airstrikes—the actual instruments of power that remain to the …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
March 1, 2017

Analysis: ‘The Fall of Al-Bab and the Road to Raqqa’

The Syrian opposition, backed by Turkey, pushed the Islamic State out of al-Bab, its last important Syrian stronghold outside of its capital, Raqqa, on 23 February. Important as this victory was, even more important is the aftermath, which now pits …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
February 27, 2017

Analysis: ‘Al-Qaeda’s Deputy Killed in Syria’

Last night it was reported that al-Qaeda’s overall deputy, Abu Khayr al-Masri, had been killed by the U.S.-led Coalition in Syria with a drone strike. This was soon seemingly confirmed by pro-Qaeda channels, and Abu al-Khayr was said to have …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
February 24, 2017

Analysis: ‘U.S. Treasury Targets Al-Qaeda in Syria’

The U.S. Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on two senior operatives associated with al-Qaeda in Syria (AQS). This is undoubtedly part of the escalating campaign against AQS. The two men are interesting on their own account, however, and give a …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
February 21, 2017

Analysis: ‘The Need for Caution in Releasing Guantanamo Inmates’

Since the offensive against Mosul, the Iraqi capital of the Islamic State (IS), began five months ago, IS has expended a high number of lives quite deliberately in suicide attacks. One of the suicide-attacks conducted on 20 February 2017 was …

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