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Eye on Extremism: October 19, 2018

“Taliban insurgents assassinated one of southern Afghanistan’s most powerful leaders, and narrowly missed the top U.S. commander in the country, in the latest deadly attack to deal a setback to U.S. efforts to show progress in America’s longest-running war. The assailant was a...
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Eye on Extremism: October 18, 2018

“U.S. officials said Tuesday they will keep working to stabilize areas they helped liberate from Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. With IS's so-called caliphate crumbled, the U.S. and its allies now seek long-term solutions for the region, emphasizing that the next phase will focus on...
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Eye on Extremism: October 17, 2018

“The Trump administration is developing a new strategy for the war in Syria that would focus more heavily on pushing Iran's military and its proxy forces out of the country, according to five people familiar with the plan. The new strategy would not involve the U.S. military directly...
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Outdated Regulations & Utilization of Encryption: ISIS’ Perfect Storm

While it has appeared that ISIS’ long-standing dominance may be dwindling, many are urging caution regarding this theory. Early last week, the Daily Beast reflected on the group’s genesis and outreach techniques. “The group gained notoriety worldwide for cultivating its brutal propaganda online. But because it denied the people living in its self-proclaimed caliphate access to the internet, disseminating videos of beheadings or mass shootings had to be done the old way in Mosul,” Florian Neuhof wrote. No matter the medium, one thing is clear: ISIS will spread its propaganda to as many people as it can, attempting to radicalize any impressionable individual.
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Eye on Extremism: October 16, 2018

“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday designated five groups, including the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Central American street gang MS-13, as “top transnational organized crime threats,” targeting them for stepped up prosecutions by the Justice Department. Sessions...
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Convicted ISIS Propagandist Anjem Choudary to be Released Early from Prison

Convicted ISIS propagandist Anjem Choudary will be freed this month after serving only half his prison sentence. ​Choudary is a founding member of extremist group al-Muhajiroun, which was subsequently banned in the United Kingdom. He has been linked to many extremists and multiple terrorist-related cases in the United Kingdom and Europe, including the 2017 London Bridge attack and the 2013 murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. He was sentenced in 2016 to ​five-and-a-half years in jail. His expected release is due to a British law that allows prisoners with non-life sentences to be released on probation after completing 50 percent of their sentences.​​​