Tagged: jihadist

Midyear “Snapshot” of Terror

With primaries coming to an end and the general election in sight, the continued threat of terrorism will be fiercely debated in the weeks and months to come. Candidates will, hopefully, submit policy recommendations based on current trends and data. Luckily for the electorate, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)...

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...

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...

RAND Report Argues that al Qaeda is Still a “Persistent Threat” to U.S. Security

Since concerted and comprehensive counterterrorism efforts were launched by the United States following the 9/11 attacks, many military officials and policymakers have asserted that terrorism, specifically Salafi Jihadism exhibited by al Qaeda and like groups, has been on the decline. Some have gone on as far as stating that “al...

New Report on the Jihadist Network in Syria

A new report on Syria has been released by Qulliam, a counter-extremism think tank that seeks to “address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and belonging in a globalized world.” The report, titled “The Jihadist Network in the Syrian Revolution: A Strategic Briefing,” highlights Syrian rebel fighters and the jihadist...

CRS Report: Homegrown Jihadists and U.S. Efforts to Combat the Threat

American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat Over the last few years it has become increasingly evident that there remains a substantial threat to the U.S. homeland from violent homegrown jihadists. In fact, from May 2009 through October 2011, there were 32 arrests of homegrown, radicalized jihadists, who all had...