The Taliban’s Devastating Attack in Kandahar

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  Bottom Line Up Front On October 18, the Taliban assassinated General Abdul Raziq, the extremely powerful and controversial police chief of Kandahar Province. The Governor of Kandahar, Zalmai...

The Rising Trend of State-Sponsored Assassination Attempts

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Bottom Line Up Front As the details continue to emerge, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi appears to be a political assassination, potentially orchestrated by the Saudi government. There are reports,...

The Forgotten Affiliate: The Islamic State in the Sinai

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Bottom Line Up Front Although it receives less attention than the so-called Islamic State or IS franchise groups in places like Libya and Afghanistan, the IS affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula...

Erdogan Positioning Turkey as the Center of the Muslim World

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Bottom Line Up Front The disappearance and likely murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is the latest episode in an on-again, off-again struggle between Turkey and Saudi...

China’s ‘Heavy Hand’ in Xinjiang

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  Bottom Line Up Front  China just recently legalized ‘vocational training centers’ in Xinjiang province in the western part of the country, intended to engineer ‘thought...

Iran’s Proxies in Iraq

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Bottom Line Up Front Iran’s Shi’a militia allies in Iraq enable the mullahs to exert substantial influence over Baghdad, and will continue to do so no matter the composition of the new Iraqi...

Russian Cyber Espionage, Crimes, and Hooliganism

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Bottom Line Up Front Russia continues to attack the data and computer networks of Western countries and organizations. Moscow will target any organization that seeks to report the truth on the...

The High Operational Tempo of European Counterterrorism Operations

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Bottom Line Up Front: On September 26, Danish police arrested two men on charges of trying to send money and drones to the Islamic State in Syria. On September 27, police in the Netherlands arrested...

Allies Resist U.S. Pressure on Iran

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Bottom Line Up Front The United States is alienating its European allies by insisting that they comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. Iran is attracting international support by remaining, at...

Terrorists’ Use of Drones and Other Emerging Technologies

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Bottom Line Up Front Last week, it was revealed that several individuals in Denmark were arrested trying to purchase drones they intended to send to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The use of...