College campuses across the United States are increasingly becoming targets for extremist groups seeking to recruit young, impressionable minds and legitimize their movements. This appeal to students reflects an evolving strategy by hate groups in...
Extremist Content Online: White Supremacist Street Fighting Gang Creates Telegram Channel Promoting Anti-Immigrant & Anti-Semitic Content
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, the white supremacist street fighting gang, Rise Above...
CEP Senior Advisor Ian Acheson writes: "But now, our high-security jails are filled with Islamist extremists who operate by markedly different standards. While the U.K. and Spain grappled with Irish and Basque separatists, these terrorists were not aiming for a worldwide caliphate that would subjugate all other faiths and make war on liberal democracy as such. Nor, despite their immense cruelty, did the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) or Basque Homeland and Liberty (ETA) operate under the pretext of divine permission to murder civilians."
On Saturday, Zaniar Matapour opened fire outside a popular LGBTQ+ bar in Oslo, Norway killing two and injuring 21. Matapour, a Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin, was taken into custody shortly after the attack and has since been accused of...
CEP Senior Advisor Ian Acheson writes: "Hall’s report critically examines the contemporary threat of violent extremism from within the prison walls – where at the last count reside some 230 offenders convicted of terrorist offences and a greater number who are at risk of radicalisation or already radicalised. The vast majority of these offenders are motivated by Islamist extremism which explains his report’s focus."
CEP Senior Advisor Ian Acheson writes: "The headline findings of this latest report — which included the incredible fact that terrorists are setting up Sharia courts inside — did not surprise me though.
Six years ago I led an independent review of the same problem and made 69 recommendations for change, many of which were either ignored or watered down."
"Ian Acheson, a former prison governor and senior adviser at the Counter Extremism Project, said the official narrative that the far-right is the fastest growing threat is a 'comfort blanket' obscuring the 'patently more potent threat of Islamist extremism'."
Last Friday, Conservative British MP David Amess was stabbed to death while meeting with constituents. The suspect, Ali Harbi Ali, is a British citizen. Ali had previously been referred to the government program Prevent, which works to divert...
Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.
On November 29, 2020, an assailant detonated an explosives-filled military vehicle on an Afghan army base, killing at least 31 and wounding 24.
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Today, for the first time in eight years, Australia lowered its terrorism threat level to “possible” from “probable… https://t.co/1R9hrTJx5M
Somali forces today stormed the Villa Rosa hotel in Mogadishu, where al-Shabaab militants had taken siege for more… https://t.co/YYULNYQd0n
Lastly, the infamous case of the American who traveled to Somalia in 2005 to join al-Shabaab. The reward for Jehad… https://t.co/SpRSmHumor
The State Dept. also announced that the reward leading to the capture of current emir of the terror group, Ahmed Di… https://t.co/xbUldySrn3
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