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ISIS Redux: The Central Syria Insurgency in September 2020

Following is the September installment of “ISIS Redux: The Central Syria Insurgency,” a monthly chronicle of attacks by the terrorist group ISIS in central Syria. August’s update can be read ...

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Eye on Extremism: October 1, 2020

“The Manchester Arena suicide bomber was identified associating with six separate MI5 “subjects of interest”, visited a terrorist twice in jails and regularly travelled to war-torn Libya, a public inquiry heard. Intelligence on Salman Abedi came in to MI5 for six years and right...
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Tech & Terrorism: Online Propaganda Shown As Factor In Deadly Manchester Bombing

This month, the Manchester Magistrates’ Court launched a public inquiry examining alleged failures to prevent the May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing , in which Salman Abedi killed 22 people and wounded 250 in a suicide bombing. The inquiry has partly focused on Abedi’s younger brother, Hashem Abedi , who in March was found “jointly responsible” for the attack and convicted on charges of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life. Now, the inquiry has revealed new evidence that Hashem Abedi repeatedly consumed and participated in the spread of ISIS propaganda from his phone, including recruitment videos and literature, for several years prior to the attack. Salman Abedi was also known to use Hashem’s phone.
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Eye on Extremism: September 30, 2020

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to close the American Embassy in Baghdad within weeks if Iraqi leaders fail to prevent Iranian-backed militias from firing rockets at the compound, three U.S. officials said. The move would place U.S. diplomats out of harm’s way but could...
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Stabbing Attack In Paris With Charlie Hebdo Trial Underway

Last week, a man wielding a butcher’s knife stabbed two bystanders outside of the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo , where assailants affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) killed 12 people in January 2015 after the magazine published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. At the time, the shooting was the deadliest terrorist incident on French soil in 50 years.
CEP Senior Director Hans-Jakob Schindler discusses what happened this past week when Paris was rattled by a stabbing attack at the very location where 12 people were killed during the Charlie Hebdo attacks in 2015.
Extremism News Roundup

Eye on Extremism: September 29, 2020

“The suspect in the stabbing of two people outside the former Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has confessed and said his attack was directed at the publication because it printed cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, a French judicial official said on Saturday. Charlie...