Extremist Content Online: ISIS Releases Propaganda Video Displaying Military Action And Executions From Self-Proclaimed Province In Syria

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, ISIS released a new propaganda video titled “The Epic Battles...

ISIS Redux: The Central Syria Insurgency in April 2023

Following is the April 2023 installment of “ISIS Redux: The Central Syria Insurgency,” a monthly chronicle of attacks by the terrorist group ISIS in central Syria. A review of developments throughout 2022 and 2021 can be found here and here. The...


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May 3, 2023
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April 27, 2023

New CEP Resource: Armed Opposition Groups In Northwest Syria

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) published a new resource today, Armed Opposition Groups In Northwest Syria, examining the structure, composition, ideologies, means of communication and recruitment, and violent activities of armed opposition...


"In Syria, the terror group 'has generally increased or maintained a higher tempo of attacks' since an initial jump in activity last August, according to an assessment earlier this month by the Counter Extremism Project, a New York and Berlin-based non-profit.

'There are increasingly many similarities between attacks over the past months and the period of initial ISIS expansion in late 2019 and early 2020,' the CEP report added, though it cautioned the terror group appears to be increasingly focused on attacking civilians as opposed to security forces."

April 25, 2023
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CEP Research Analyst Gregory Waters writes: "While recent massacres of civilians in central Syria have refocused some international attention on the desert region, known as the Badia, the renewed widespread battles between militants and regime security forces that have occurred in parallel to these attacks have gone unnoticed. The most significant of these was the recent battle for the village of al-Kawm between ISIS cells and Syrian military units led by the Russian private military company Wagner Group. The fighting has, as of the time of this writing, ended in a stalemate, with ISIS militants retaining control of the mountains overlooking the village."

April 21, 2023
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On May 27, 2018, Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (ASWJ) militants carried out an attack in Monjane, Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique. The assailants beheaded over 10 villagers.   

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