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On the Trail of the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka: How, Why and Who Organized the Attacks?

Interview with a retired FBI Special Agent Bobby Chacon Bobby Chacon is a retired FBI Special Agent and an expert in criminal and counter-terrorism investigations. He joined the FBI in 1987. His first assignment was in the New York City Field Office where he worked with the Italian mafia and Asian criminal gangs and became an international expert in Jamaican Posses. Mr. Chacon was selected for duty assignments to bother Salt Lake City in 2002 and Athens, Greece in 2004 for the FBI Counterterrorism...


The Three Phases of Jihadism

... website.” They became the terrorist, the executioner, the movie maker, and the distributer simultaneously. Moreover, they could target people far more precisely through phishing actions. This allowed them to build a mechanism that would lead to the Islamic State and to the Caliphate which was proclaimed in June 2014. However the post-millenarian organization, after a series of atrocities that did not resemble followers idea of “Allah on Earth,” began to lose support rapidly. Saudi Arabia, which ...


Escape from Responsibility: the U.S. Is Looking for a Way Out of Afghanistan

The United States offers other forces to take responsibility for the situation in Afghanistan U.S. senators Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Tom Udall proposed to Congress the draft American Forces Going Home After Noble Service Act (AFGHAN, 2019) . In fact, this step allowed lawmakers to start the process of securing a legal base in the Congress for the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on the almost halved (from 14 000 persons) reduction of military presence in Afghanistan. The project...


Russia and Turkey: Approaches to Regional Security in the Middle East

Pragmatic partnership between the two states is characterized by de-ideologization and independence from the global conjuncture and previous trends Transformational processes in the Arab world in the beginning of the 2010s led Russia and Turkey to an understanding of the need to form new foreign policy approaches towards the Middle East. This article seeks to identify the impact of the approaches Russia and Turkey have taken on this issue on relations between Moscow and Ankara. This topic is not...


Europe’s Attempts to Understand Online Extremism

... further “lone-wolf” theory ( Paul Gill ), and introducing historical perspectives ( Pieter Nanninga ). What technologies and methods are considered to be the most effective and are suggested for use in combating online extremism? Joseph Fitsanakis: Islamic State after ISIS. Colonies without Metropole or Cyber Activism? In terms of technology and counter-terrorism solutions, we have to continue to deeply invest in a global partnership between tech companies (independently of their size and audience ...


Revival of the Caliphate: Soon or Even Sooner?

... possible US withdrawal from Syria, previously announced by President Trump. It more likely means quite the opposite: preserving the US military bases, as well as the further reinforcement of the US-supported forces in the region. Joseph Fitsanakis: Islamic State after ISIS. Colonies without Metropole or Cyber Activism? Another issue is the fact that former ISIS militants surrender to the SDF – and Americans are very much likely to be aware of that. They are not put on trial (or the process is ...


Cyber Caliphate: What Apps Are the Islamic State Using?

... repeatedly accused of being the messaging application of terrorists, and in the context of the messaging service’s being blocked, the discussion surrounding the rights of citizens to engage in private correspondence grew more heated. The example of the Islamic State, however, only goes to show that militants shall not live by Telegram alone: they act much more competently and work to keep a step ahead of law enforcement agencies. What tools do terrorists actually use and how should we fight against ...


Moscow’s Iraq strategy: Make lots of friends

... against it interfered with the Russia-Iraq weapons relationship. Then, after the US-led coalition’s overthrow of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq got most of its weapons from the United States. Ambassador of Iraq to Russia: the War against Islamic State in Iraq is Won Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has been trying to gradually rebuild its ties with Iraq on numerous levels. Moscow sees Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary elections as an opportunity to breathe new life into relations to ...


The Evolution of the Peshmerga vs. the Case of Islamic State in Iraq

... surrounding the interrelation of foreign policy and security and the contemporary nature of conventional and unconventional war, both in terms of conflict typology and the relevant actors [ 1 ]. This debate has been further stimulated by the rise of Islamic State (IS), as both state and non-state entities fight ‘small wars’ which have become inextricably linked to the concept of ‘hybrid war’. This increasingly common type of warfare involves both conventional military force and the employment ...


Islamic State after ISIS. Colonies without Metropole or Cyber Activism?

Interview with Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis With the world constantly following the events in the Middle East, much now depends on the shape, form and ‘policy’ Islamic State is going to take. What form will the IS take? What role will cryptocurrencies play in funding terrorists? How can Russia and the US cooperate in fighting mutual security threats? RIAC expert Tatyana Kanunnikova discusses these issues with ...


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