Author: Robin Simcox

04 Sep 2014

Understanding The Islamic State

Following reports that up to 500 UK citizens are fighting abroad in Syria and Iraq, the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism (CRT) at The Henry Jackson Society released the the briefing Understanding The Islamic State. The briefing addresses the rise of the Islamic State (IS) and its modus operandi including leadership structure, how it … Continued

29 Aug 2014

Pentagon Is Also Waiting for Islamic State Strategy From the White House

Originally published in US News and World Report ‘Westerners woke up Friday to news that the British government had upgraded its terrorist threat alert to “severe,” indicating that a domestic attack is highly likely. Meanwhile, the White House is still reeling from comments President Barack Obama made Thursday evening indicating that the U.S. does not yet have … Continued

21 Aug 2014

Police officer leading Britain’s anti-terror force: ‘I’m seeing evidence that atrocities like James Foley’s beheading will repel more people than they attract’

Originally published in London Evening Standard ‘At Scotland Yard, a woman who made her name fighting gangs and talking down hostage-takers is the person in charge of preventing Britain’s young Islamists from becoming the next “Black Beatle” — the name given today to the home-grown jihadist who beheaded American journalist James Foley, the gruesome video … Continued

20 Aug 2014

The Perils of Obama’s Vacillating Strategy Toward ISIS

Originally published in the Huffington Post ‘Although turmoil in the Middle East long predates President Obama, his strategy of conciliation and retrenchment has made matters considerably worse. Obama remains obtuse to the threat radical Islamists pose: that includes the Shiite theocracy in Iran bent on crossing the nuclear threshold, the virulently anti-American Muslim Brotherhood in … Continued

12 Aug 2014

Go Big or Go Home: Iraq Needs U.S. Ground Troops More Than Ever

Originally published in Foreign Affairs ‘The U.S. government has set entirely understandable political goals for Iraq, but it has almost certainly chosen the wrong strategy for achieving them. Since the Iraqi city of Mosul fell to the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in June, U.S. President Barack Obama has insisted that … Continued

09 Aug 2014

Remember Us?

Originally published in the Huffington Post ‘There has been understandable focus in recent months on events in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State. Yet we must not forget that al-Qaeda – still the most prominent terrorist network out there – also has the West in its sights. On Wednesday, al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri … Continued

08 Aug 2014

‘Wish You Were Here’: Western Jihadis Unmask to Lure Others to Fight

Originally published in ABC News ‘From the same extremists slaughtering their way across Syria and Iraq, who post daily gruesome videos of mass executions of “non-believers,” comes a new message this week to the west, with a tone that is more tourism bureau than army of darkness: “I wish you were here.” And that blunt invitation in … Continued

25 Jul 2014

Rising Threat Of Jihadist Safe Havens Demands US Response

Originally published in Homeland Security Today ‘With the rise of Americans leaving for Syria to join Islamist extremist groups, the Syrian conflict has metastasized into a hotbed for radical jihadist training, prompting grave concerns about the possibility of Westerners returning to the US to launch a terrorist attack on their own soil… Robin Simcox, research … Continued

21 Jul 2014

The evidence shows that Cage is a pro-terrorist group

Originally published in The Telegraph ‘Last week, Peter Oborne penned a love letter to “independent advocacy organisation” Cage (formerly Cage Prisoners). Oborne spoke out because, earlier this year, after Cage’s outreach director Moazzam Begg was arrested in relation to Syria-linked offences, Cage had their bank accounts closed and their assets frozen. An investigation has been launched by … Continued

04 Jul 2014

ISIL’s New ‘Caliphate’ a Real Threat or Semantics?

Originally published in U.S. news and World Report ‘The Western world is still figuring out what to make of a new proclamation by the militant extremists laying siege to Iraq, who now claim to have established a new Islamic caliphate. Top U.S. military officials – currently parrying questions about how a steadily increasing troop presence … Continued

03 Jul 2014

Iraq: What Now?

An Assessment by The Henry Jackson Society The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is an al-Qaeda offshoot which now controls a state the size of Jordan, spanning eastern Syria and northern Iraq. On 29 June, it declared this territory an Islamic caliphate, and the group’s emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph. ISIS … Continued

19 Jun 2014

Robin Simcox on BBC 5Live on ISIS

On the 19th June Robin Simcox, HJS Research Fellow and al-Qaeda expert, discussed the rapid advance of ISIS in Iraq, as more towns and cities fall into their control.


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