Results for Category: Extremism

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Islamic State is Wounded but not Dead

The survival of IS’ media outlets will determine the capacity of the group to rebound from its losses in Iraq and Syria, rally its supporters and inspire continued allegiance. IS’ Amaq news agency remains active online, helping to spawn the lone wolf attacks that have plagued IS’ enemies from Australia to Brazil. These ardent followers represent a potent new global threat, one as difficult to calculate as it is to counter.

Islamic State’s Loss of Territory Does Not Mean Its Demise

The loss of Islamic State’s jihadists to their territorial bases does not signal the end of the group, but their warped ideology has not been vanquished. The group will continue to propagate its hateful ideas online. Its fighters will probably continue to wage an insurgent campaign. And they may now be additionally motivated to take the fight to the “enemy”, meaning a possible future rise in attacks on European soil.’

Make Laughs Not War: The Comedy Groups Fighting Islamic State with Humour

Many of the comedians producing anti-IS comedy say they have a political mission to combat the group’s message by pointing out the inconsistencies in its ideology and making adherents look ridiculous. Certainly some of the comedy pieces poking fun at IS have found commercial success in the Middle East, but it is unclear what impact they are having on the group’s recruitment efforts.

Islamic State on the Retreat Yet Still Dangerous

Western security officials see IS threats to Europe as a sign of weakness on the ground rather than of strength. US coalition officials say that their anti-IS strategy is working and IS has increasing problems paying their fighters, controlling their territory, and maintaining their manpower. Although IS is becoming weaker in Iraq and Syria, security officials suggest that IS remains a threat outside of those countries.

Redrawing the Map of the Middle East to Defeat the Islamic State

The complicated rivalries among Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia and the increasingly sectarian outlook of the conflict in Syria opened the door for proposals to redraw the borders of the region’s countries, perhaps going as far as to suggest the establishment of both a new “Sunni” state in areas now under the control of IS in Syria and Iraq and a Kurdish state. While countries such as Libya do not suffer the kinds of sectarian division that prevail in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, these are replaced by tribal and regional rivalries that open the door to possible divisions of the countries.

‘Cocktail of Motivations’ Drives Suicide Terrorists, Say Experts

“The evidence from the database largely discredits the common wisdom that the personality of suicide bombers and their religion are the principal cause,”prof. Riaz Hassan said, adding, “Though religion can play a vital role in recruiting and motivating potential future suicide bombers, the driving force is not religion but a cocktail of motivations including politics, humiliation, revenge, retaliation and altruism.”

The Indoctrination of Children by Islamic State

Under international law, a state bears primary responsibility for protecting its children from exploitation or abuse. In IS strongholds, this responsibility is nearly impossible to maintain and has resulted in the abduction of hundreds of children. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which documents kidnappings, executions and other human rights abuses in Syria, estimates that IS recruited at least 400 children in the first three months of 2015 alone.