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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?

Has the Islamic State Threat Bypassed India?

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India’s security and intelligence communities have remained one step ahead of Islamic State so far. But has the threat actually passed?

Egypt’s Samir Al Ghatas on the Nature of Terrorism

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Is terrorism fueled by economic, social, religious, or psychological factors?

Focus Shifts to Manbij as Turkey Moves into Afrin Unopposed

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An attack on Manbij would put President Erdogan in direct conflict with the US military and its Syrian allies.

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Assume ISIS’ Mantle in the Philippines’ Troubled South

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An ISIS-linked extremist group is threatening the peace process in the Philippines’ restive Mindanao region.

Malaysia’s Counterterrorism Strategy: Keeping ISIS in Check

080715-N-4431B-568 BUKIT TIOMAN DARAT, Malaysia (July 15, 2008) Malaysian Army Rangers and Marines assigned to Combat Assault Co., 3rd Marine Regiment, wade ashore from Landing Craft Unit (LCU) 1634 during a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008 amphibious assault exercise. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises involving the U.S. and several Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance operational readiness. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist (Released)

What can we learn from Malaysia’s counterterrorism successes?

Egypt Struggles to Quell the Sinai Insurgency

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A bloody mosque attack may have brought the Sinai insurgency back into global headlines, but on the ground it never left.

Gauging the Success of Bangladesh’s Anti-Terror Crackdown

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The 2016 Dhaka café attack was a wake-up call on the threat of extremism in Bangladesh. But did the authorities get the message?

Indonesia Faced with a Resurgence of Islamist Terrorism

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Indonesia has enjoyed peace on the terrorism front since the days of Jemaah Islamiyah and its bloody campaign of the 1990s and 2000s. But that might be about to change.

Historical Holocaust: Daesh’s Lasting Legacy

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Daesh’s wanton destruction of cultural relics helped fray the national fabric of countries like Syria and Iraq. It’s now up to the international community to help mend them.

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