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Asia Watch: On the Crest of a Wave?

Asia Watch: On the Crest of a Wave? Categories: Asia, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

The explosions that rocked downtown Jakarta in broad daylight on Jan. 14 surprised only those who were unlucky enough to be in the vicinity at that time. There had been hints of what was to come for weeks. After the coordinated attacks across Paris in November, Bahrun Naim, a former Internet caf&ea

ISIL's bid to unite Southeast Asian jihadists

ISIL's bid to unite Southeast Asian jihadists Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

The pathways to recruitment to ISIL are slightly different than in the past. In Indonesia, ISIL has been able to graft onto much of JI's social network, owing in large part to people such as Abu Bakar Ba'asyir and Abdurrahman Aman's early pledges of allegiance to ISIL. In addition to JI's mosques, m

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Palestinian Authority incitement continues to fuel murder - and even children are a target: not newsworthy?

Palestinian Authority incitement continues to fuel murder - and even children are a target: not newsworthy? Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The wave of attacks on Israeli civilians is sadly still ongoing. On Sunday Dafna Meir, a nurse and mum of six, was brutally stabbed to death outside her home in Otniel. On Monday, Michal Fruman was attacked and moderately wounded by a teen terrorist. Neither of these attacks made the major papers i

Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma

Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

Daesh - also known as ISIS, ISIL and/or Islamic State - consists of a bunch of medieval psychopaths (add adjectives, as required). But how does Europe, which is bearing the brunt of the refugee flight, solve a problem like Daesh? Not as easily as the current crop of Europe's political leaders seem t

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The 2014 Gaza War: Top military leaders say Israel “met and in some respects exceeded the highest standards” in its military conduct

The 2014 Gaza War: Top military leaders say Israel “met and in some respects exceeded the highest standards” in its military conduct Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The High Level Military Group (HLMG) report is a thorough assessment of the conduct of the Israel defence forces during the 2014 conflict with Gaza. Authored by military experts and professionals with in depth knowledge and experience in warfare and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), it concluded tha

Essay: Terror and Territory

Essay: Terror and Territory Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Weiss

ISIS's global ambition [has always been] to export its holy war well beyond its immediate precincts or purview. The domestic pillar of ISIS's project is what it calls "remaining and expanding" - the pushing of the borders of the caliphate in the Levant and Mesopotamia and the swelling of the ranks o

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

Asia Watch: Paying The Price

Asia Watch: Paying The Price Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

A two-minute video posted on a shortlived Facebook account of Abu Sayyaf leader Muammar Askali provided enough evidence as to how a small, radical Islamist terror group in an obscure, isolated corner of the Philippines can survive and even thrive.

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism

The Last Word: Standing Up to Terrorism Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

In mid-November 2005, Australians came together as never before. Women in hijabs hugging Jewish men in caps, Doc Martens-heeled youths locking arms with Indigenous elders - celebrating together as Australia defeated Uruguay at the Sydney Olympic Stadium to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A dec

How ISIS can be Defeated Categories: America, Europe, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Matthew Levitt

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, US President Barack Obama rejected calls to change his strategy to counter the Islamic State - specifically the idea of putting large numbers of US troops in the battlefield. "We have the right strategy and we're gonna see it through," Obama said at the G-20 Summ

Deconstruction Zone: Selective Condemnation

Deconstruction Zone: Selective Condemnation Categories: Europe, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Judith Bergman

As Israelis and human beings, we... show solidarity with the French. We only wish this solidarity was truly universal and not something reserved only for Western Europeans or Americans. The Facebook community does not add the colours of the Israeli flag to profile pictures when Israelis are murdered

The New Normal?

The New Normal? Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Walter Russell Mead

Regardless of what kind of response the West ultimately launches, military efforts in the wake of Paris will not spell an end to terrorism. There is no chance for a cure for the causes of terrorism anytime soon, no matter how much Paris may have stiffened Europe's resolve. Across the Middle East, de

ISIS’s Terror Strategy

ISIS’s Terror Strategy Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Oded Eran & Adam Hoffman

The Islamic State cited two justifications for the attacks. The first was ideological. Paris was described by the jihadist organisation as "the capital of prostitution and vice, the lead carrier of the cross in Europe." It appears that France's liberal values - including strong secularism, democracy

Editorial: “Containing” ISIS Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The barbaric, coordinated attacks in Paris by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists on November 13, which claimed the lives of over 130 people, may well be more than just the latest barbaric atrocity carried out in the name of extremist Islamism. It may signal that ISIS has decided on a

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