Territory Archives: Middle East

Al Qaeda’s Affiliates Operating in Failed States: The Next Front in the War on Terror

The rise of Al Qaeda affiliates represents how jihadism has morphed into a multi-front struggle. Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) , Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al Shabaab represent an acceleration of jihadist efforts to attack near and far enemies. Often hailed as an Al Qaeda success making the war on […]

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New data: Assessing the global terrorist threat

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), has released new data from its Global Terrorism Database. Based at the University of Maryland, the consortium has compiled data on over 100,000 terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2011, and has just released new data on terrorist attacks across the globe in 2011. The […]

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The Rise of the Radical Right in Europe and the Jews

It may strike many as bizarre that Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prossor was pictured in November 2011 with Front National (FN) leader Marine le Pen at a reception at the French Mission in New York, in view of the multiple convictions of her father, previous FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, for inciting antisemitism. This episode demonstrates […]

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Special Tracker – Global Reaction to ‘Innocence of Muslims’ 28.09.12

Middle East: Washington Post: US intelligence agencies have concluded that the attack on the US mission in Benghazi involved a small number of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib (AQIM) militants, but claim that there is no evidence they directed the assault. “U.S. intelligence officials said the composition of the militant forces involved in the […]

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Special Tracker – Global Reaction to ‘Innocence of Muslims’ 27.09.12

Middle East: Analysis: Chase F. Robinson writing for the Huffington Post: Why has the anti-Islamic film drawn such extreme reactions in the Middle East, given the films amateurishness? “An altogether more promising explanation would begin by noting that the violence is concentrated in societies that are undergoing rapid change and are under severe, even revolutionary, […]

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Special Tracker – Global Reaction to ‘Innocence of Muslims’ 26.09.12

Middle East: Turkish Weekly: Turkish authorities have instituted legal procedures to remove video content of the Innocence of Muslims movie on certain URLs. “In a written statement released Tuesday, the Press and Public Relations Office of the Turkish Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications said that the movie “Innocence of Muslim” insulted religious values […]

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Special Tracker – Global Reaction to ‘Innocence of Muslims’ 25.09.12

Middle East: Rapsi News: A Lebanon court has prohibited the distribution of Innocence of Muslims. “The court demanded that the Lebanese Information Ministry and all Internet providers take all the necessary measures to block access to the film in Lebanon. The fine for violating the ruling may reach $1 million.” Analysis: Ruth Starkman writing for […]

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Special Tracker – Global Reaction to ‘Innocence of Muslims’ 24.09.12

Middle East: Jerusalem Post: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes, an Egyptian Salafi militant group, has claimed that its cross border attack launched from the Egyptian Sinai into Israel that claimed the life of one Israeli soldier was revenge for the now infamous anti-Muslim film. “‘As the defense of the honor of the messenger of Allah is one […]

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US Tracker 17.09.12

CNN: “A handful of recent events – including the deadly rampages at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and an Aurora, Colorado, theater – have left communities in grief and raised additional questions about whether we’re paying enough attention to domestic terrorism following the September 11, 2001 attacks.” The Guardian: The U.S. counter-jihad movement may be exacerbating tensions […]

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US Tracker 14.09.12

Mother Jones: The United States Marine Corps confirmed that a popular conspiracy theory circulated among right-wing bloggers about the embassy attack in Egypt is wrong, says Adam Weinstein. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson was rumoured to have not permitted US Marine security guards to carry live ammunition. CBS News: Federal authorities identified a California man as […]

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