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September 27, 2017

Anwar al-Awlaki Videos Ubiquitous on Google’s YouTube

Six years after his death, American-born cleric and al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki continues to radicalize U.S. and European extremists in part due to the ubiquity of his sermons and lectures on Google-owned YouTube, CEP said in releasing the...

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September 26, 2017

YouTube Inconsistently Applying “Warning Labels” to Awlaki Material

After years of refusing to remove lectures by radical cleric and all-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki on its platform, YouTube appears to have at least reluctantly acknowledged the influence of Awlaki’s radicalizing material. CEP discovered a warning...

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September 25, 2017

Anwar al-Awlaki’s Violent Legacy Continues Years After His Death

CEP highlighted Anwar al-Awlaki’s Violent Legacy in a collection of resources on the U.S.-born cleric who became a radicalizing figure tied to scores of extremists in the U.S. and Europe. Awlaki, the leader of external operations for al-Qaeda in the...

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September 8, 2017

Remembering the September 11 Attacks

CEP issued a statement today honoring the September 11 victims, which read in part: "While much has changed in the years since 19 hijackers deliberately crashed four jetliners in a deadly plot against the United States, the challenges posed by...

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August 24, 2017

The Violent Legacy of Sayyid Qutb

The world’s most dangerous terror groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda, share a common ideological foundation in the writings and teachings of Egyptian author and Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb. More than 50 years after his death, Qutbism...

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August 17, 2017

CEP Condemns Vehicle Terrorist Attack in Barcelona

CEP today condemned the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, where a van was deliberately driven into a crowd of tourists. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which was similar to past vehicle-related incidents directed or encouraged by ISIS...

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August 14, 2017

CEP Condemns Extremist Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

CEP issued a statement condemning the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia and the and the ideology of hate and intolerance that fueled it, calling it "contrary to the values imbued in our nation’s founding principles and the ideals...

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July 25, 2017

Extremists Free to Plan Attacks Without Detection on Encrypted Applications

When two ISIS terrorists killed a Catholic priest in Normandy, France one year ago, it initially appeared to be an isolated incident. It was later found that both attackers were guided by an ISIS recruiter using an encrypted “chat” room on Telegram...

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July 13, 2017

ISIS Continues Brutal Campaign Despite Mosul Loss

ISIS’s loss of Mosul after a three-year reign of terror does not end the group’s presence in Iraq and Syria, nor its ability to spread its extremist ideology targeting women, gay people, and members of other religions through affiliates in Africa and...

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July 11, 2017

Nice, France Truck Ramming Began Wave of Deadly Vehicle Terror Attacks

On July 14, 2016, 31-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Lahouajej-Bouhlel rammed a truck into a crowd of people watching a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, France, killing 86 people. In the year since the Nice attack, at least nine high-profile...

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On September 30, 2017, there was a small explosion at Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, Egypt, though there were no casualties. Hasm later claimed responsibility for the attack, the militant group’s first on a civilian target, saying it was a warning in response to the Myanmar’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. 

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