ISIS

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...

The Virtual Caliphate

On February 14, the Iraqi military announced that a wave of airstrikes directed at ISIS on February 11 in Anbar province near the border with Syria had killed 77 extremists, including 13 senior commanders. One of the airstrikes also targeted the terror group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...

CEP Releases Report on Abu Sayyaf Group Following Attack in South Philippines

CEP released a new resource on Islamist terrorist organization the Abu Sayyaf Group, known for its kidnappings and beheadings, as Philippine authorities investigate ASG’s murder of a German woman and the kidnapping of her husband from their sailboat. ASG seeks to establish an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. 

Losing Dabiq: Potholes on the Road to the Apocalypse

The small, quiet town of Dabiq, nestled in the countryside of northern Syria about 10 miles from the border with Turkey, held little military or strategic significance until 2014, when the birth and lightning conquests of ISIS placed it on the political world map.

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How do we defeat ISIS?

Dear friends,

In the past two years, ISIS has grown and spread like a cancer. ISIS is hijacking social media and other online tools to radicalize, recruit, spread propaganda, and plan attacks.

From California, to New York and from Texas to Minnesota, American youth are...