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Eye on Extremism: November 13

“After the Islamic State declared that Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker from Arizona it was holding hostage, was killed in an airstrike in Syria in 2015, her parents became increasingly frustrated with the government’s slow hunt for answers about her death and turned to...
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Eye on Extremism: November 12

“As many as 600 U.S. troops will remain in northeastern Syria to continue counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State, Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday. “There will be less than 1,000 for sure,” Milley said, referring to the number present when...
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A US-born woman who says she regrets having joined the Islamic State group has appealed again to come home from the refugee camp where she lives with her small son in Syria. The government is refusing to let Hoda Muthana return to the US, arguing that she is not an American citizen. Secretary of...
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CEP Senior Advisor Ian Acheson writes: "And while IS has certainly lost territory, they have not lost the capacity to operate online, radicalising the vulnerable, aided and abetted by our global tech platforms. Forced out of outright denial that there was a problem at all after years of...
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Tech & Terrorism: Twitter Reverses Course, Suspends Hamas and Hezbollah

Twitter has suspended internationally designated terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah from its platform. The decision came in response to criticism and pressure from U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer , Tom Reed, Max Rose, and Brian Fitzpatrick, who demanded the tech giant eliminate the terrorist groups’ online privileges. “Unsurprisingly, Twitter’s abrupt course correction did not occur until after a public outcry, and we commend those members of Congress for their efforts to hold the company accountable,” said CEP Executive Director David Ibsen .
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Eye on Extremism: November 8

“Jessie Van Eetvelde was a Belgian supermarket cashier who heard the Muslim call to prayer on a vacation in Morocco 11 years ago and converted to Islam. Back home she married a Dutch Muslim man, and in 2014 the couple headed to Syria to join Islamic State’s self-professed holy war...
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This story from a French newspaper describes part of the the discussion at CEP's Nov. 7 event in Paris: Terrorism: Threats and Challenges after the fall of the Caliphate. " Jihadist movement, radicalization, online extremism ... At an international conference on terrorism in Paris, several...