Tagged: ISIL

Islamic State and a Pattern of Violence

A new background report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland provides a detailed breakdown of the history of attacks by ISIL predecessors, affiliates, and inspired persons. The Islamic State has gathered an international following, with affiliate groups popping...

Terror Threat Snapshot: March 2016

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security Committee released the 2016 Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly newsletter focusing on data and the statistics regarding terrorism. This issue illustrates ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and the related arrests happening in the United States, homegrown jihadist cases, the converts who travel to become...

ISIL and al-Qaeda: “Protagonists in Today’s Deadliest Crises”

On March 14, 2016, the International Crisis Group (ICG) released a report regarding the roots and expansion of two deadliest extremist groups, ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] (also known as ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] or IS [Islamic State]) and al-Qaeda. Groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda (like Boko Haram and...

The Rise and Fall of Terrorist Organizations

In years past, the terrorist organization al-Qaeda dominated newscasts, striking fear and concern across the world as the foremost focus in the war against terror. While al-Qaeda is still a cause for alarm, the recent rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has shifted terrorism fears...

How Social Media Crackdowns are Decreasing Access to pro-ISIS Material

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS, ISIS, or ISIL) has been unquestionably the most adept terrorist group at utilizing mainstream social media. By promoting its “cyber caliphate” on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the group has been able to recruit both active and passive support and disseminate...

Analyzing ISIS Activity in the U.S.

In light of last month’s attacks in Paris and recent political discourse on Syrian refugee policies, substantial attention has been given to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and its influence throughout the west. Despite the geographic displacement compared to European nations, the U.S. is still a major target...

The Current Islamist Threat in the United States

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security recently released their Terror Threat Snapshot for September 2015. This monthly newsletter is one of the avenues the Committee uses to inform the American public of the terrorist threat across the nation. Each Snapshot contains a variety of pertinent information, such...

Fatal Attraction: Western Muslimas and ISIS

This issue of Perspectives on Terrorism focuses on the increasing membership of ISIL (Islamic State of the Levant (a.k.a ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria))) …specifically the number of women from Western countries. A rough estimate states that there have been at least 500 Muslim women who have decided...