Islamic State

Will the Makassar Suicide Bombing Spark a New Wave of Terror in Indonesia?

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After a married couple linked to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) bombed a Catholic church in Sulawesi, Indonesia is on high alert to prevent repeat attacks by Islamist militants.

ISIS-Linked Insurgency Opens a Vacuum in Northeast Mozambique

PEMBA, Mozambique (Jan. 29, 2019) General of the Army Lazaro Menete, chief of staff of the Mozambican Armed Forces, speaks during the opening ceremony of exercise Cutlass Express 2019 in Pemba, Mozambique, Jan. 29, 2019. Cutlass Express is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness and information sharing practices to increase capabilities between the U.S., East African and Western Indian Ocean nations to counter illicit maritime activity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kyle Steckler/Released), cc Flickr modified, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, https://flickr.com/photos/cne-cna-c6f/46004465185/in/photolist-2kNQP1b-2h7cNbz-8uNQKo-7WrvjL-9ptDm4-9s7aPC-8uNPNs-8uKMLK-8EqYsv-8EqYkH-8Eu8zd-7Wofq6-8uNPLJ-8vgTKg-8uKLGt-6tCvpF-8uNR1o-8uKMkt-8uKN4r-8uKLDc-8ygV66-8yjYqJ-8uKKTx-8uKNiK-nSVh8c-8uKLt6-8uNQYG-8uNQH9-8uKNav-8uNPk3-8uKLBc-9phppg-8uNPX9-9s4bCX-9s4bR8-9s4bzR-8ygUZV-cXEWDW-cXEWpm-RhoVPm-cXEWdo-cXEVVL-2d6fUpB-2d6fUJe-cXEW6b-cXEW2o-cXEWjm-cXEVSu-9qhgiS

Last week’s brutal Palma attack is fueling concerns of state collapse in northeast Mozambique.

The Limits of Military Intelligence in the Sahel

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In the absence of a multilateral approach targeting transnational factors destabilizing the Sahel, even the best military intelligence won’t be enough to stem the tide of extremism.

Family Ties and New Recruits: Abu Sayyaf Proves Hard to Dislodge in the Philippines

Military honors bestowed on 15 AFP soldiers killed in combat against Abu Sayyaf in 2016, public domain, ROBINSON NIÑAL/PPD, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_15_gallant_soldiers_killed_in_combat_with_the_Abu_Sayyaf_in_Sulu_are_given_full_military_honors.jpg

It was hoped the defeat of Abu Sayyaf and their Maute allies in Marawi in October 2017 would extinguish the threat of Islamist militancy in the Philippines. Three years later, ISIS-affiliated groups remain active.

Assessing President Duterte’s Controversial New Anti-Terror Law

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The president’s supporters maintain the law is necessary for combating terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf. Detractors worry that it could further chip away at the foundation of the Philippines’ democratic character.

Islamic State and Al-Qaeda Clash in the Sahel

Operation Flintlock training in 2018, cc Flickr USAFRICOM, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Background on the worsening clashes between Al Qaeda and Islamic State’s regional affiliates in the Sahel.

In the Southern Philippines, Delays to Rebuilding Marawi Threaten a Fragile Peace

Officials visit the Main Battle Area in Marawi, cc Philippine Information Agency, modfied, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=marawi&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=2n7ygrhzxiej9o2zrc9ig7gka#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3AMarawi_Ground_Zero.jpg

The longer Marawi is left in ruins, the higher the chance that history could repeat itself.

How the Islamic State Fractures Afghanistan’s Peace Prospects

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Geranen, of 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Brigade (Long Range Surveillance Detachment), engages a Taliban fighting positions with an AT4 rocket near the village of Allah Say, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel) www.army.mil

ISIS-K wants to undermine any Afghan peace prospects. To achieve this, ISIS-K relies on a strategy of intimidation and division.

Is Islamic State Still a Threat?

cc Flickr U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, modified, public domain, Iraqi security forces soldiers pause for a photo during react to enemy contact training at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 25, 2017. The soldiers attended a Junior Leaders Course led by Coalition forces designed to enhance basic combat skills in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)

Is Islamic State a spent force or a globe-spanning “al-Qaeda on steroids”?

The Evolving Threat of ISIS in the Philippines

Bombing of Marawi City, cc Sariling gawa, modified, https://tl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talaksan:Bombing_on_Marawi_City.jpg

After a lull, could Islamic State rebound in the Philippines?

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