Tagged: ISIS

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: New Tactics in Terrorism

The European Union’s First Response Network (FRN) recently convened to discuss the evolving methods of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Europe.  Comprised of counter-terrorism experts from every EU member state, the FRN met in response to the series of coordinated attacks that took place on November 13, 2015 in Paris...

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...

Paris and the Threat of the Islamic State: Background and Context

The gruesome acts of violence perpetrated against innocent civilians in Paris last Friday night have fixed the world’s attention on the Islamic State.  With an estimated 129 killed and nearly three times as many injured, the international community has responded with grief, outrage, and shows of solidarity with the people...

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...

2014: Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional Threats

Although the terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) remains in the forefront of our national headlines, the dominance of the former news headline regular al-Qaeda has significantly waned since 9/11. This month, the non-profit Bipartisan Policy Center organization released the report 2014: Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional...

Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale

Fleeing possible capture, abduction, death, Islamic conversion or separation from family are just some of the conditions that northern Iraq communities are now facing. Amnesty International just released a report, “Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale: Islamic State’s Systematic Targeting of Minorities in Northern Iraq” describing the terror situation of thousands of ethnic...

New CSIS Report Forecasts Dissolution of Iraq Security Forces, Signals Necessary Reforms

On Friday June 12th, the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a report, Shaping Iraq’s Security Forces which sheds light on the current state of Iraqi Security Forces and the observable decline since 2011. In light of recent events involving militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and...