Islamic State

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

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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?

Islamic State’s South Asia Pivot: Rhetoric or Reality?

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ISIS has been trumpeting its growing presence in South Asia after the fall of its Middle East ‘caliphate.’ But is this just a case of empty propaganda?

Wilayat Khorasan: Past and Present Dynamics in the Af-Pak Region

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Tracing the rise of Islamic States Af-Pak affiliate, Wilayat Khorasan.

Global Forecast (01-28-2019)

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ISIS claims responsibility in the latest Philippines bombing, Trump’s coal renaissance crumbles in the United States, and a generous pre-election budget expected in India.

As Islamic State Retreats, the Battle to Rebuild Is Only Beginning

The ruins of Raqqa, cc VOA, modified, Mahmoud Bali , https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Destroyed_neighborhood_in_Raqqa.png

Large swathes of Iraq and Syria remain utterly devastated by the war with Islamic State.

Is Abu Sayyaf Making a Comeback in the Philippines?

Philippine Army Pfc. Alex Jatass, center, waits to start helicopter insert and extract training with U.S. soldiers on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, April 29, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Pete Thibodeau , modified, public domain

Do recent attacks from Abu Sayyaf indicate a resurgent campaign, or are they a desperate cry for attention as the once-powerful militant group fades into irrelevance?

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