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Eye on Extremism: September 13

“The Pentagon is preparing to send about 150 troops to northeastern Syria to conduct ground patrols with Turkish forces, reversing at least temporarily a withdrawal from Syria that President Trump ordered last December. The new troop deployment, which has not been previously reported, is part of an...
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Tech & Terrorism: Australia Begins Enforcing its Online Extremist Content Law

Australia has ordered five websites to remove extremist material, in an move to enforce its new law to combat online extremism. The new law holds social media companies, websites, and Internet service providers liable for fines of up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover if they fail to promptly remove the offending material. Company executives could face possible jail time for non-compliance.
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Eye on Extremism: September 12

“He has managed to evade authorities for more than 18 years, but Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri is still using his platform to call for bloodshed from the shadows. To mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the terror leader called on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and...
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18 Years After 9/11, Al-Qaeda Remains Malevolent Force Worldwide

Eighteen years ago, 19 al-Qaeda operatives hijacked U.S. commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked airplane crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania. The attacks—the deadliest ever on American soil—killed nearly 3,000 civilians and injured thousands more. Within weeks, the U.S. launched military operations against al-Qaeda’s suspected safe havens in Afghanistan. That December, al-Qaeda’s co-founder Osama bin Laden is believed to have escaped U.S. bombing in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora Mountains and fled to Pakistan.
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Eye on Extremism: September 11

“The U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State "infested" island in Iraq on Tuesday in order to deny what had become a safe haven for the terror group, according to Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. F-15 and F-35 aircraft dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island,...
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Extremist Content Online: Last Edition of ISIS Magazine Youth of the Caliphate Released

CEP reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, a pro-ISIS group, Abd al-Faqir, released what it claims to be the last edition of the Youth of the Caliphate magazine and ISIS itself released two videos on multiple websites. Additionally, a white supremacist Telegram channel threatened synagogues and praised the Midland-Odessa shooting on August 31.
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Eye on Extremism: September 10

“President Trump declared on Monday that peace talks with the Taliban were “dead,” but signaled that he would still withdraw United States troops from America’s longest war, following the collapse this weekend of a monthslong effort to ease violence in Afghanistan. Expressing impatience with the...