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Eye on Extremism: August 17

“Hostile forces in the Middle East are targeting American pilots with laser pointers at a growing rate, imperiling aircrews and reflecting a problem more widespread and longstanding than the Pentagon has previously acknowledged. American pilots operating in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the three...
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On Anniversary Of Barcelona Attacks, ISIS Continues Its Expansion

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Barcelona terror attack, which killed 16 people and wounded more than 100 others. A day before the vehicle attack in Barcelona, a house used to make TATP bombs in Alacanar exploded. The attack was claimed by ISIS and the group released a video praising the perpetrators later in August 2017. According to the BBC, French investigators are still looking for links between the Barcelona attackers and a suspected French terror cell. ISIS supporters on Telegram have marked the anniversary by recently sharing news stories from major Western publications related to the Barcelona attacks and Spain, as well as old content and ISIS news in Spanish.
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Zuckerberg’s 99% Myth Exposed: Experts Question Facebook’s Misleading Claims On Content Moderation

Since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in April to Congress, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) has repeatedly called out the company for its overly optimistic and misleading claim that 99 percent of ISIS and Al Qaeda content is removed from the platform. And now, other voices have also followed suit. Speaking to The Washington Times, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Julian Sanchez stated that it should be questioned “how meaningful the figure is.” Brennan Center for Justice’s Faiza Patel echoed those sentiments, saying “given the universe of content, and what we don’t know about it, that doesn’t tell you much.”
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Eye on Extremism: August 16

“A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. The bombing, blamed on the Islamic State...
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Eye on Extremism: August 15

“Syrian rebels are readying for a government assault on the country’s northwestern Idlib province, their last major stronghold in a country that’s been wracked by a seven-year war, leaving half a million dead and more than 5 million Syrians languishing as refugees in neighboring countries. Rebel...
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Eye on Extremism: August 14

“The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaeda, which is much stronger in places, a United Nations report says. The report by U.N. experts circulated Monday said that...
Malians went to the polls in the country's runoff presidential election on Sunday with threats of terror attacks on their minds, just as they were two weeks ago during the first round of elections when terror attacks disrupted several polling stations across the country. Malians thought not...
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Eye on Extremism: August 13

“Afghan government forces lost more than 200 officers and soldiers in fighting over the past three days as Taliban insurgents launched sustained attacks on four different fronts. The hardest-hit area was the southeastern city of Ghazni, where more than 100 police officers and soldiers had been...