Category: Terrorism

Middle East and North Africa risk: Alert – Islamic State displays its reach

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The series of attacks that hit three countries on June 26th—France, Kuwait and Tunisia—has highlighted the growing global threat posed by Islamic State. The extreme jihadi group’s declaration of a self-styled caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq, and its…

Can the Islamic State Establish a Foothold in Mainland Egypt?

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Executive Summary The Islamic State, via its Sinai-based branch, Wilayat Sinai, continues to attack the Egyptian military and security services despite a surge in the number of army and security personnel. Northern Sinai is an ideal operational environment for an…

Rise of Islamic State Reignites British Radicalization Threat

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During much of the 1990s and 2000s, the United Kingdom was the undisputed hub of much of the jihadist radicalization and activism in Western Europe. This was caused by a confluence of factors, including active and entrenched Islamist and Salafist…

Kuwait fears increased violence

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Kuwaiti authorities announced on 13 August that they had discovered a large arms cache in the al-Abdali area in northern Kuwait, close to the Iraqi border.

African nations gear up to counter Islamic terror groups

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Key Points New Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is close to making good on his promise to attack Boko Haram, after months of intensive preparations. Unprecedented co-operation with, and assistance from, regional neighbours is likely to give Nigeria the chance to…

Al-Shabaab’s Foothold in Kenya’s Northeast

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On June 14, the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militant group (better known as al-Shabaab) launched a major attack on a Kenya Defense Force (KDF) camp in Lamu County. The attack failed badly and exposed the militant group’s weak military capabilities. However,…

Moscow Appears to Be Playing a Most Dangerous Game With the Islamic State

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Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 122 By: Paul Goble In the wake of terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) across the Middle East and Europe, Russian diplomats and the Kremlin-controlled media have been working overtime to suggest that…

Hackers allegedly attack Polish LOT airline, 10 flights and over 1,400 people grounded

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After Polish airline LOT suffered an IT attack on ground operation systems, 10 flights were canceled, another dozen were delayed and over 1,400 passengers were grounded at Warsaw Chopin Airport. LOT said the attack on its ‘state-of-the-art computer systems’ was…

The Jihadist Threat in Italy

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Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 11 By: Stefano Maria Torelli  In recent months, a number of incidents have brought attention to the possible threat to Italy from cells or individuals linked to the Islamic State. For instance, since mid-April, some…