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Eye on Extremism: August 14, 2020

“The Justice Department said Thursday that it has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant groups, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State, used to finance their organizations and violent plots. Law enforcement officials said the groups used the accounts to...
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Eye on Extremism: August 13, 2020

“The Trump administration is preparing to impose anticorruption sanctions against prominent Lebanese politicians and businessmen in an effort to weaken Hezbollah’s influence in the aftermath of last week’s explosion in Beirut’s port, according to U.S. officials and others...
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Tech & Terrorism: Facebook Accounts Hijacked To Spread Pro-ISIS Propaganda

Hackers have hijacked Facebook accounts of prominent individuals to post ISIS propaganda. Australian journalist Julia Baird became the most recent victim this week, when her Facebook profile was compromised by unknown individuals. Baird’s profile was altered to feature an ISIS flag as the profile and cover photos, and her account was subsequently deleted by the platform after the ISIS content was uploaded.
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Eye on Extremism: August 12, 2020

“At least two explosions have hit convoys supplying U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq in the last 24 hours, security sources said, the first on Monday evening near the southern border with Kuwait and the second on Tuesday north of Baghdad. The explosions, which caused no casualties but did...
Press Release

Beirut Explosion Increases Scrutiny Of Lebanese Political Class, Role Of Hezbollah

Last week’s deadly explosion in Beirut intensified scrutiny of Hezbollah’s role in Lebanon’s state security, the armed forces, financial resources, and political landscape. Since the explosion, several port officials have been placed under house arrest after investigators suggested negligence was involved in the storage of explosive fertilizer chemical ammonium nitrate.