ISIS

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.

ISIS’s Struggling Media Strategy

ISIS’s media arm is struggling to find a way to report on the group’s recent military encounters, specifically its humiliating losses to the Syrian and Iraqi armies in Abu Kamal and al-Qaim, respectively. This problem is clearly reflected by ISIS’s coverage of recent battles in...

Losing Raqqa: ISIS’s PR Crisis

In the latest blow to ISIS’s military prowess, U.S.-backed forces recaptured Raqqa, Syria, on October 17. In July, the terror group lost control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which it captured in 2014. These major territorial losses present a serious PR problem for the group...

ISIS Claims Credit for New York Deaths

ISIS officially claimed credit late on November 2 for the October 31 attack in Manhattan, in which Sayfullo Saipov drove a rental truck down a busy bicycle path, killing eight people. CEP has translated from Arabic and analyzed ISIS’s announcement, which is unique in a number of ways....

Cars and Trucks as Weapons of Terror

On March 22, 2017, terrorist assailant Khalid Masood killed five people during a vehicle and stabbing attack in London. The following day, a similar attack was thwarted in Antwerp, Belgium. On April 7, another assailant...