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Political Extremist Groups and Islamic Movements in the Middle East and North Africa

Main Groups and Leaders Brief Overview The crisis developments in Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria are destabilizing countries in the Middle East. The growing turbulence and unpredictability threaten the very model of the nation state, which is struggling to react to the challenges posed by non-state actors in international relations – primarily by extremist groups. The inability of the state to counter the terrorist threat leads to an increase in the activities of radical elements, whose actions take...


Afghanistan: New Mission, Old Problems

... defend their territory. In fact, IS is a powerful, well financed entity not a political organization. Historically funded in part by Qatar and other actors in the Arab world, it is trying to establish a state in the territory of other countries using al-Qaeda-esque methods, i.e. recruiting supporters, using intimidation, attacks, seizing cities, training combatants, propaganda through media, etc. It appears to have replaced al-Qaeda some time ago an omnipotent structure, and al-Qaeda has in many respects ...


Divisions within the Global Jihad

al-Qaeda vs ISIS In late April 2015, the media reported that the leaders of Islamic State (IS) and Taliban declared jihad against each other. Earlier, there had been violent clashes between supporters of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Jabhat ...


Yemen: Following in Afghanistan’s Footsteps?

... carrying out a ground operation in Yemen is fraught with the possibility of escalation into a protracted and exhausting war for all the parties to the conflict, which will require a lot of resources, including human lives. Another threat comes from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) that has recently sworn allegiance to the Islamic State and taken responsibility for the mosque bombings on March 20, 2015 in Sana'a, which killed more than 150 people, mostly Huthis. After Ali Saleh’s resignation ...


Tunisia – Exploding History?

... is an ongoing fight between radical Islam and the rest of society inside Tunisia, which includes supporters of the Islamic party Ennahda, and is trying to build a secular democratic state. At the same time, the groups of Okba Ibn Nafaa, a branch of al-Qaeda, are active in some parts of the country (for example, on the Algeria border) and IS brigades are active in others (for example, on the Libyan border). One can only speculate about which organization the terrorists belonged to, for the dead cannot ...


Yemeni Islamists’ Triumph

Nasr al-Ansi, a commander of the predominantly Yemen-based terrorist organisation al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recently made a statement in which he announced the organisation’s involvement in the shootings of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff on 7 January, 2015 in Paris [1] . . This act of terrorism was the biggest ...


A Lethal Threat

Terrorism in 100 Years In the 2000s, fighting global terrorism has become a key area for international cooperation. Although the achievements of international world community in this area are tangible, the threat still looms over both individual nation-states and the entire international system. Moreover, in the next 100 years, the menace of terrorism is likely to increase scope and level of violence. Terrorism in the 20th Century: from National to Worldwide Over the past decade, terrorism has...


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