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Extremist Content Online: Anti-Semitic Instagram Account That Has Advocated for Violence Against Jews Not Removed

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, an anti-Semitic Instagram account, that is a copy of a Telegram channel, was located. The Instagram account seeks to threaten and intimidate Jews, has posted content advocating for violence, and has denied the existence of the Holocaust. ISIS and Eco-Fascist content including propaganda news reports and photos of executions and captured weapons was located on Telegra.ph. Also, approximately 20 far-right Telegram channels that posted content praising mass shootings, and encouraged the intimidation of individuals based on their religion, race and ethnicity were blocked by Apple on January 20. Additionally, ISIS Amaq news videos including the execution of a Christian man in the Borno region of Nigeria were available on over nine different websites.
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Eye on Extremism: January 27, 2020

“Afghan forces used ground attacks and air strikes in multiple operations against the Taliban during the last 24 hours, killing 51 fighters in an escalation that signaled renewed deadlock in peace talks. Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that government forces had conducted...
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ICYMI: The Four Terrorism Trends That Will Mark 2020

The safety of Europeans and the security of Europe in 2020 will be marked by four trends in terrorism: the resurgence of ISIS in the Middle East along with the increased risk of terrorist attacks, returning foreign fighters and jihadists facing trials, Internet platform rules on online terrorist content, and terrorist financing.
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Iran-Backed Houthis Suspected Of Ballistic Missile Attack At Yemen

On January 18, 2020, ballistic missiles struck a mosque at the al-Estiqbal military camp in Marib, killing at least 116 people in what was reportedly one of the deadliest attacks in Yemen’s civil war. Although there was no immediate claim by the Houthi rebels, Yemen’s government condemned the Iran-backed extremist group for the attack. Two days later, government forces engaged Houthi rebels east of Marib and killed senior Houthi commander Jaber Al Muwaed. Attempts at any conflict resolution have made little progress since the Houthis began invading the country in 2014. Iran has historically supported the Houthi rebels with funding, training, and weapons, with some Yemeni officials believing Iran’s support has been ongoing since the Houthi uprising in 2004.
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Eye on Extremism: Jan 24, 2020

“Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday that Pakistan continued to give sanctuary to an insurgent group that helps the Taliban in its war against Kabul and the United States, directly contradicting an earlier statement by Pakistan's prime minister. On Wednesday, Prime Minister...
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Officials Detail The Base’s Plans For Violence At Richmond Gun Rally

Neo-Nazi Group Planned On Ambushing Attendees; Denounces Arrest On Telegram (New York, N.Y.) – Last week’s arrest of Patrik Jordan Mathews and two other members of the neo-Nazi group the Base shifted to the courtroom Tuesday, as federal prosecutors outlined how the accused planned on...
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Eye on Extremism: Jan 23, 2020

“Armed with rifles and explosives, about a dozen Shabab fighters destroyed an American surveillance plane as it was taking off and ignited an hourslong gunfight earlier this month on a sprawling military base in Kenya that houses United States troops. By the time the Shabab were done,...
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Tech and Terrorism: U.N.-Designated Individuals Maintain Social Media Presence

Facebook has made claims that it refers to international sanctions lists when working to remove terrorist content from their sites. However, researchers at the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) have discovered that U.N.-designated persons and organizations maintain a robust social media presence.