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August 31, 2021

Extremist Content Online: ISIS Online Supporters Celebrate Kabul Airport Attack

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Over the last week, CEP researchers found ISIS supporters on RocketChat...

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August 28, 2021

ISIS-K And The Renewed Terrorist Threats In Afghanistan

Following the bombings on Thursday outside of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport that killed 13 U.S. service members and more than 170 Afghans and left even more wounded, international attention has turned to the perpetrators, ISIS Khorasan...

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August 26, 2021

CEP Statement On Kabul Terror Attacks And Evacuations

On Thursday, Counter Extremism Project (CEP) CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace and CEP President Frances F. Townsend released the following joint statement after two explosions outside of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport killed at least 60...

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August 23, 2021

C-REX-CEP Virtual Conference: 10th Anniversary of Oslo/Utøya and 20th Anniversary of 9/11 – Long-term Implications and Effects

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the horrific attacks in Oslo and the island of Utøya in Norway. These attacks perpetrated by a violent right-wing terrorist had long lasting and profound impacts on Norway as well as the transnational violent...

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August 20, 2021

Tech & Terrorism: No, Tech Companies Should Not Give The Taliban A Platform Online

Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, major tech companies are allegedly facing a dilemma about how to moderate the terror group’s online presence. At issue is whether to recognize a transfer of power to the group in the war-torn country...

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August 18, 2021

Taliban Return To Power Sparks Fears Of Al-Qaeda Resurgence

The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan is stoking renewed fear of a resurgence in terrorism from al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups. Al-Qaeda has long pledged allegiance to the Taliban, which provided sanctuary to the terror group before and...

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August 17, 2021

CEP Statement on the Anniversary of the Barcelona and Cambrils Attacks

Four years ago, on August 17, 2017, Islamist terrorists drove a rented white van down Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas boulevard at high speed, careering into pedestrians on the packed tourist street. The following day, five members of the same jihadist...

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August 16, 2021

Taliban Declares War Over Following U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Taliban forces seized Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Sunday, as the Western-backed government collapsed. That same day, President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Given the severity of the situation, the Pentagon authorized another 1,000 troops...

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August 12, 2021

Taliban Continues Sweeping Offensive In Afghanistan

This week, the Taliban seized the Afghan provincial capitals of Pul-i-Khumri, Farah, Faizabad, and Ghazni, giving them estimated control of more than two-thirds of the country. The Taliban’s victories bring the total number of major cities captured...

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August 11, 2021

Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, Former U.S. State Department Coordinator For Counterterrorism, Joins CEP Advisory Board

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today announced the addition of the former U.S. Department of State Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales to its Advisory Board.

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On September 20, 2020, Taliban militants ambushed a security checkpoint in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. The attack killed at least 24 members of the Afghan security forces.  

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