Category: Terrorism

Ethnic Albanian Foreign Fighters and the Islamic State


Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 10 May 15, 2015 01:44 PM Age: 6 days By: Ebi Spahiu In recent years, several hundred foreign fighters from the Balkans are believed to have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group (Institute…

In Balkans, threat of Islamic radicalisation, Russian influence converge


The White House says violent extremism and Russian aggression in Ukraine are two of the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. And one place those threats converge is the Balkan region, where political instability, outstanding ethnic tensions and economic fragility…

The Islamic State Threat in Central Asia: Reality or Spin?


By: Ryskeldi Satke, Casey Michel, Sertaç Canalp Korkmaz Screengrab of Kazakh militants fighting in Syria (Source: RFE/RL) The threat of Islamist radicalism in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia has been a topic of debate among the analyst community…

Syria urges intelligence sharing to fight terrorism: state media


(Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urged states fighting terrorism to share intelligence, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday, saying European policies were responsible for attacks by Islamist gunmen in France last week. 

Intensification of Libya’s civil war likely in 2015, increasing existing risks to oil and transportation assets


IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review Libyan military soldiers sweep an area of Benghazi as they battle with Islamist extremist militias in the Libyan city on 30 October 2014. Source: PA Key Points Hardliners are taking increasing control of both of Libya’s…

Spain Grapples with Growing Islamic State Threat

Share A recent report by the UN Security Council estimated that 15,000 people from over 80 countries have so far travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State organization and other extremist groups, “including… [from] countries that…

Why Do Jamaat Leaders Die so Often in North Caucasus Special Operations?

Share Rarely a week passes in Dagestan without the authorities launching a new special operation against militants. Some weeks, several special operations take place across the republic. In most instances, these law enforcement actions are based upon information received from…