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Islam Is Both a Sword and a Shield to Violent Extremism

A recent UN study finds that religion is a potent factor in both fomenting and countering violent extremism in Africa.

Islamist extremism

Understanding Burkina Faso’s Jihadi Context

Following the recent attack in Ouagadougou, Rachel Bryson unpacks the jihadi-related fragility in Burkina Faso and explores which ...

Islamist extremism

The Jihadi Gender Imbalance

The lack of understanding of female jihadis has led to an over-simplified treatment of the topic, writes Rachel Bryson.

Women

Boko Haram: How Perpetrators Impersonate Victims

Boko Haram is shifting its insurgency tactics, impersonating refugees to carry out attacks across the Lake Chad basin, writes Bula...

Boko Haram
Boko Haram: How Perpetrators Impersonate Victims

A Battle for Influence in the Caucasus

Russia, Turkey, and Iran compete for control of the region's ethnic and religious landscape.

Global security
A Battle for Influence in the Caucasus

Latest London Attack: The Crest of an Anti-Muslim Wave

The Finsbury Park terror attack - the third to hit London since March - was a wake-up call to the pressing problem of Islamophobic...

UK

What Does an ISIS Claim Actually Mean?

The jihadi group claimed responsibility for the three recent attacks in the UK, but its direct involvement remains uncertain.

ISIS
What Does an ISIS Claim Actually Mean?

For First Time, ISIS Claims Iran Attack

Striking at the heart of the Iranian establishment, ISIS brings its sectarian violence to Tehran.

ISIS

London Bridge Attack: 24 Hours Later, ISIS Claims Responsibility

At least seven have been killed in the third attack to hit the UK since March. As in those earlier incidents, jihadi sympathisers ...

Briefing

The Libyan Links of the Manchester Attacker

The suicide bombing has had significant repercussions in Libya, with different factions attempting to use it to undermine their ri...

ISIS

ISIS in the Philippines? The Marawi Battle Intensifies

The raising of ISIS’ black flag over the city sent a strong message that despite setbacks in the Levant, the jihadi group remains ...

Philippines

How Islamist Terror Can Be Defeated

Terrorism

ISIS’ Latest Magazine Promotes New Terror Tactics

The new Rumiyah justifies attacks against Christians and encourages ISIS supporters to get hold of guns where possible and lure vi...

ISIS

Is an ISIS/al-Qaeda Merger on the Cards?

Iraq's vice president says the two jihadi groups have been in discussions, but while dialogue is one thing, a prospective alliance...

ISIS

ISIS’ Latest Magazine Smacks of Desperation

In issue eight of its propaganda publication Rumiyah, the jihadi group tries to boost militant morale amid setbacks, dwindling fin...

Briefing