CBRN Terrorism: An Interim Threat Assessment

When ISIS took over Iraq’s second city of Mosul, Western intelligence agencies were concerned that the terrorist group could potentially get its hands on radioactive sources located on a college campus, which would be sufficient to build a “dirty...

July 17, 2020 Lara Maassen

Bioterrorism: A Historical Perspective

Following is the latest blogpost analysis on the threat of bioterrorism with a historical perspective of bioweapons used by extremist groups, individuals, and states. The previous update, which provides a broad overview of that threat, can be read...

June 25, 2020 Lara Maassen

Bioterrorism: A Clear and Imminent Threat

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made the dangers of biological pathogens undeniable to the general public. However, long before this global outbreak, bioterrorism was recognized as a credible threat. Current global events have highlighted that...

Terrorism in the Age of Coronavirus

Earlier this month, ISIS warned its followers through its al-Naba newsletter to “stay away from the land of the epidemic” by avoiding Europe and other areas affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While this initially seemed like a silver...

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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On February 4, 2020, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants launched a missile attack in Afrin, northwestern Syria. The missiles targeted two schools and a mosque, killing one and wounding seven others.   

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