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Boko Haram: National or Transnational Aspirations?

Boko Haram rose to international prominence in April 2014 following its abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in the Nigerian town of Chibok. The radical Islamist sect had previously gained notoriety through countless acts of violence, including...

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AQIM: The Schism Between al-Qaeda and ISIS

Evidence of a schism between ISIS and al-Qaeda can be seen in the structure and operations of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). On July 2, 2014 the central region judge for AQIM, Abu Abdullah Othman al-Asemi, released a video expressing support...


December 19, 2014

CEP Executive Director David Ibsen on Al Jazeera America

CEP Executive Director David Ibsen discusses how social media is used by extremist on Al Jazeera America

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Who is Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Why Should We Care?

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an 88-year-old Qatar-based radical Islamic scholar and Muslim Brotherhood ideologue. He has acquired a worldwide following by disseminating his message using radio, television and the Internet.

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December 18, 2014

Counter Extremism Project Launches Arabic and Turkish Language Websites

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP), a not-for-profit, international policy organization dedicated to combatting the global threat of extremism, today launched Arabic and Turkish language versions of its resource-rich website. "The reach of many...

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From Iran to Khorasan

In September 2014, American military officials disclosed that they were targeting “the Khorasan Group,” a Syria-based al-Qaeda cell plotting terror attacks against targets in the U.S. and Europe. Since then, U.S. and European officials have released...

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December 16, 2014

Counter Extremist Project Condemns Despicable Attack on School in Pakistan

The following is a statement from the Counter Extremism Project: "The Counter Extremism Project condemns in the strongest terms possible today’s brutal, horrific and merciless murder of more than 140 children at the Army Public School in Peshawar...

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December 15, 2014

Counter Extremism Project Condemns Violence in Sydney

COUNTER EXTREMISM PROJECT CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN SYDNEY The following is a statement from the Counter Extremism Project: “The Counter Extremism Project strongly condemns the violent attack that occurred in Sydney, Australia. While we wait for more...


December 14, 2014

“He became a hub for ISIS recruits and propaganda,” that’s how Frances Townsend, president of the “Counter extremism Project” (CEP), sums up the rise and fall of Shami Witness, who raked up more than 18,000 followers on Twitter in the last two years...

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Who is Golden Dawn?

Golden Dawn is a Greek neo-Nazi party that began gaining popularity in the wake of the 2008-09 global financial crisis. In 2012, capitalizing on voter discontent with austerity measures imposed as part of an EU financial bailout plan, Golden Dawn...

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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On October 27, 2018, domestic terrorist Robert D. Bowers carried out an anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. He fired on congregants as they gathered for worship, killing 11 people and wounding six others.

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