Assessing the Threat of Al-Muhajiroun

Will Baldet, a fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and Prevent coordinator The residual threat posed by the banned terrorist group al-Muhajiroun (ALM) group is matched by the enduring public curiosity that it provokes. The symbiotic relationship between the threatening rhetoric that the group employs and the resulting fascination with its activities has played to the group’s strategy of courting attention and transmitting their ideology to a larger audience. For many years the

Is Ayman al-Zawahiri Really the Future of Al-Qaida?

By Colin P. Clarke and Asfandyar Mir Nineteen years after 9/11, al Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has yet to achieve the household notoriety evoked by his immediate predecessor, Osama bin Laden. In part that's because the United States hasn't cared enough to focus attention on him. Aside from massive financial overtures for intelligence on his whereabouts—there's currently a $25 million bounty offered for his head, higher than the reward for any other terrorist in the world—the U.S. government

19 years after 9/11: Rethinking radicalism beyond nation-states

by Mohamad Ika Danial Abdullah This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States for which al-Qaida claimed full responsibility. Our thoughts and remembrance will always be with all the families of the innocent lives sacrificed in the tragic events. Nevertheless, even after almost two decades, there are still ongoing criticisms over the United States' response and its “global war on terror.” First, the 9/11 commission report produced by the U.S. government and

Tackling the Islamophobia embedded in ‘terrorism’ labelling won’t happen through using it more broadly

By Azfar Shafi, CAGE Researcher The latest report by the Muslim Council of Britain’s Centre for Media Monitoring’s (CfMM), How the British Media Reports Terrorism, is an important exercise in tracking how Islamophobia is communicated and disseminated through the mainstream media in its coverage of ‘terrorist’ incidents. The CfMM rightly points out that media coverage, driven by the battle for attention spans and rightwing political agendas, has fanned Islamophobia through British society, and has

Assessing Al-Qaeda on the Nineteenth Anniversary of 9/11

A week ago, it was the nineteenth anniversary of 9/11, Al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. This solemn time of year is a useful point at which to step back and examine the big picture of where we are with Al-Qaeda. A number of experts have weighed in over the past week or so on this matter. A RESILIENT TREND With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014, after it split from Al-Qaeda and declared war on its parent organization, it had seemed to many that

Stateless and Leftover ISIS Brides

While the World is busy fighting the pandemic and the economic devastation caused by it, one of the important problem that has been pushed to dormancy, is the status of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) brides. The Pandemic has crippled the capacity of the law enforcement and exploiting this the ISIS executed attacks in Maldives, Iraq, and the Philippines. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 Pandemic. Albeit the

9/11 incident the outcome of hybrid war: experts

Speaking to webinar, the experts termed the 9/11 incident as the high outcome of the hybrid war that intensified 5th generation warfare all around the globe. It was a human tragedy intentionally created by the unfair geopolitical interventions taken up by the so-called super power and its unwise allies. The incident changed the entire landscape of peace and prosperity globally, especially an unrepairable dent to the region of Pakistan and Afghanistan. While talking and negotiating the peace

Terrorism from Syria, Iraq still poses threat to security in Europe, analysts say

The terrorist threat against Europe has mutated in the last half-decade as terrorist groups have seen their Middle East sanctuaries eroded, but analysts say the West must remain braced for more attacks. Both al-Qaida and the Daesh terrorist group – together responsible for the highest-profile and most horrific terror attacks of the past two decades – have lost potency as global organizations. Despite splintering into branches and franchises, their murderous ideology is still able to inspire

A Local and Global Threat: The White Racially and Ethnically Motivated Terrorism

By Zakir Gul and Dr. Ferhat Goktepe* Far-right violence, right-wing extremism, and racially and ethnically motivated terrorism are on the rise globally—including Western countries such as the United States. FBI Director Christopher Wray has implied that the white-supremacist threat is significant and increasing. A 2020United Nations report and a 2019 report from The Soufan Center show that compared with some Islamic extremist terrorism, racially and ethnically motivated terrorism have occurred

‘Strengthen multilateralism’ to combat global terrorism

Although the pandemic has posed one of the greatest challenges since the UN’s founding 75 years ago, Vladimir Voronkov, head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) closed a week of events devoted online to countering the scourge, by echoing the Secretary-General in stating the “need to keep up the momentum” in countering the global threat of terrorism. Key conclusions Setting out key conclusions of the discussions, the counter-terrorism chief spoke of the need to invest in strategic

Terrorism in the EU: Terror attacks, deaths and arrests in 2019

The number of terrorist attacks and victims of terror in the EU continued to decrease in 2019. Check out the graph to see the evolution of jihadist terrorism since 2014. There were 119 terrorist attempts in Europe in 2019 counting the ones that were successfully carried out and those that failed or were foiled. Of those, 21 are attributed to jihadist terrorism. Although they represent only a sixth of all attacks in the EU, jihadist terrorists were responsible for all 10 deaths and 26 out 27

How elite US newspapers ignore Muslim victims of terrorism

Cases involving non-Muslim victims of terrorism are more likely to be covered and humanised, as compared with attacks involving Muslim victims. For years, my research collaborator, Mohammed el-Nawawy, and I have closely followed the intense debate over alleged double standards in US news coverage of terrorism. We have been specifically interested in public discussions on alleged contradictions in US newspaper reportage of Muslim and non-Muslim terrorism victims. Surprisingly, prior to a study we

Pakistan as both terror perpetrator and victim

Many terrorist groups were formed by the Pakistani state to serve its purposes; some have turned against the creator The recent encounter, at Handwara in northern Kashmir, where Indian security forces took on terrorists, left five security personnel, including a colonel, dead. This has once again brought to the fore the terrorist threat emanating from Pakistan. Analysts of terrorism are well aware of the paradox that Pakistan is both possibly the leading perpetrator of terrorism and a major

Explained: Why IS and al-Qaeda are battling for control in Africa’s Sahel

The tussle between IS and al-Qaeda is not just a battle for influence, resources and recruits in the context of the Jihadist movement in various parts of the world. The two terrorist groups are ideologically different and they also have differing perceptions of whom they see as their “enemies” and their operational tactics. Africa’s Sahel, a region running across the breadth of the continent, between the Sahara in the north and the Sudanian Savanna in the south, has become the latest

Defining terrorism

The political, ideological, moral, social and emotional connotation of ‘terrorism’ makes its definition challenging in any legal system. M. Cherif Bassiouni, an eminent professor of criminal law, said that “to define terrorism in a way that is both all-inclusive and unambiguous is very difficult, if not impossible. One of the principle difficulties lies in the fundamental values at stake in the acceptance or rejection of terror-inspiring violence as a means of accomplishing a given goal. That is

Terrorism under Covid-19

WHILE the world continues its struggle against the pandemic, nations and organisations are also evaluating its human, economic and socio-psychological costs. The security threat matrix is increasingly being oriented around the perils of the virus, placing less focus on other non-traditional security challenges. Though the threat of terrorism has not shown any visible retreat — in some places it has even enlarged such as in Afghanistan — the world is failing to give it the consideration it did

A New Strain of White Supremacist Terrorism

By Luv Puri In a development that could reshape the counter-terrorism (CT) agenda and narrative of two decades in the United States of America, white supremacist terrorism is now institutionally listed as one of the prime national terrorism threats. Domestically, the de facto CT reality in the post 9/11 phase had been centred on meeting the threat from persons who were radicalized because of real or perceived grievance of the US’s foreign policy. In this regard, young Muslims in the US

Hizb ut-Tahrir: A Growing Threat in Afghanistan

Founded in 1952 in Jordan-ruled Jerusalem by Sheikh al-Taqi Nabahani, Hizb ut-Tahrir heavily advocates for the formation of an Islamic state or caliphate. Nabahani penned his beliefs into a thesis entitled Islamic State.  In this state, the calipha would have total say on all aspects of society including personal, social and political affairs. The group rejects all things it deems as un-Islamic such as democracy and the current political system in Afghanistan. Hizb ut-Tahrir believes that the

A Tale of Two Fears: Comparing Terrorism and the Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is causing deaths all over the world, upsetting society, the economy, and politics, changing our lives. At this level of intensity, it is destined to reach and arguably replace terrorism in the position of great fear of our time, especially during a phase of apparent decline of jihadism, at least in the West.[1] Similarities It can then be useful to compare these two risks: terrorism and coronavirus. They have some similarities worthy of interest, and it is

Terrorism in the Age of Tech

By Reinier Bergema, Olivia Kearney Drones are becoming powerful and smarter, which makes them increasingly attractive for legitimate use, but also for hostile acts. Future commercial-off-the-shelf drones will be able to carry heavier payloads, fly and loiter longer, venture farther afield from their controllers and be able to do so via more-secure communications links. On the other hand, new technologies will significantly enhance states’ ability to counter terrorism. And as it advances further
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