One Year After San Bernardino Attack: Path to Radicalization Little Changed

CEP released a statement on the one-year anniversary of the terror attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people. One of the attackers, Syed Rizwan Farook, Like a growing number of terrorists, was radicalized in part by the late al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose lectures and sermons are ubiquitous online. This must change, or more tragedies like San Bernardino will occur.

CEP Issues Updated Resources on ISIS Online Recruiter Neil Prakash Following Arrest in Turkey

CEP is releasing updated resources on Neil Prakash, an Australian online recruiter and facilitator for ISIS, following his arrest in Turkey. Prakash was thought to have been killed by a U.S. airstrike in April. CEP has long tracked Prakash on various online platforms as he has worked to recruit Muslims to ISIS-held territory and incite them to violence domestically. 

Three of Nine Minnesota Men Sentenced For Roles in ISIS Conspiracy Case

CEP released updated reports on three Somali–American men from Minnesota who were sentenced by a federal judge in Minneapolis after pleading guilty to supporting and conspiring to provide material support to ISIS. Prosecutors say in spring of 2014, a group of friends began inspiring and recruiting each other to join ISIS. At least two made it to Syria, but the remaining nine did not.

CEP Releases Updated Afghanistan Resources Following Recent Taliban and ISIS Attacks

CEP released updated resources on Afghanistan following recent Taliban and ISIS attacks that left at least 32 people dead and more than 180 wounded. According to the U.N., Afghanistan suffered a record number of casualties in 2015, with 3,500 civilians killed and almost 7,500 wounded, as both the Taliban and ISIS increased attacks following the end of NATO combat operations in 2014.

ICYMI: Is PasteThis.At A Pro-ISIS Website?

The nature of extremists’ ongoing misuse of the Internet continues to evolve. From social media platforms to encrypted messaging channels to dedicated websites, extremists—in particular ISIS—have adapted all types of sites and online services to promote their hateful, violent ideologies. Interestingly, the website PasteThis.At, a text-based bulletin board, has recently become an online haven for ISIS propaganda. The site is similar in layout and functionality to other sites like JustPaste.It, a well-known text and image sharing site commonly used to share computer code and a wide variety of information, which has become an important conduit for spreading ISIS content.