A US drone, painted on a wall in Yemen, where raids have killed IS fighters.
What should the UK do with foreign jihadis who return home?
A sign in Arabic on the way into Raqqa, Syria reads: ‘Attention, Islamic State check point’.
Youssef Rabih Youssef/EPA
As Islamic State territory in Iraq and Syria shrinks, concerns are mounting about the number of foreign fighters who may return.
Mosul, in Iraq, is one of two declared ‘no-go’ zones.
There are many obstacles to successful prosecution, including obtaining evidence in a war zone and using foreign intelligence in court.
Tunisians demonstrate against the return of jihadists fighting for extremist groups abroad
Trying to reintegrate foreign fighters who return home shouldn't be considered the soft option. Governments in countries like Morocco and Tunisia need to respond realistically to a complex problem.
Under proposed changes, the war crime of murder would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
EPA/Zouhir Al Shimale
Under proposed changes, the war crime offence of murder, in a non-international armed conflict, would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic (right) is close to deposed prime minister Tony Abbott.
In an era of ever-increasing counter-terrorism powers, what is Andrew Nikolic’s appointment to a powerful parliamentary committee likely to mean for its scrutiny of national security legislation?
Islamic State propaganda lures both friends and foes into disproportionately focusing on the group’s strengths and overlooking its weakness.
Islamic State uses propaganda to coax its enemies into misguided politico-military and strategic communications efforts.
The government is set to extend control orders to children as young as 14.
A control order is only useful where the police have sufficient intelligence about a person’s activity to apply for an order.
Karen Nettleton, whose daughter and grandchildren are currently in Syria, has a made a public plea for her family to be allowed to return to Australia.
Whatever we think of the family of foreign fighter Khaled Sharrouf or their circumstances, they enjoy the right to return on the same footing as every other Australian citizen.
If their deaths fighting for Islamic State in Iraq are confirmed, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar would be far from the first foreign fighters to be killed in the history of combat.
Foreign fighters have always posed a dual challenge: how to stop them going and what to do if they return. History offers lessons on managing these problems, including that it's hard to stop them leaving.
Australia has been reluctant to treat Islamic State as a sovereign entity under international law.
In its rush to deny overseas fighters their Australian citizenship, the government must ensure it doesn't end up endorsing the very thing it wants to repudiate.
The Abbott government has announced a plan to strip dual nationals involved in terrorism of their Australian citizenship.
A number of countries – including Canada, France, the US and the UK – allow for the deprivation of citizenship on national security grounds. But the scope of ministerial discretion varies significantly.
New Zealand citizen Kadhem Chilab Abbas paid with his life by answering Iraq’s call to arms against Islamic State.
The death of a New Zealand citizen who returned to Iraq has led some to query his status as a refugee. We need to be clear about what it means to be granted asylum and the rights of citizenship.
Tony Abbott’s proposed national security measures include significant changes to Australia’s citizenship regime.
The proposal to revoke the citizenship of dual citizens who fight for terrorist groups would materially expand upon the existing grounds for citizenship loss.
Tony Abbott’s proposed national security changes have the potential to exacerbate the underlying causes of violent extremism and further damage Australia’s social cohesion.
Australia’s response to terrorism must not be rooted in short-term political gains, but in a larger strategy that takes into account the problems leading to social disaffection.
Three Australian IS fighters may have been killed in the last month, including Mohammad Ali Baryalei.
Estimates are that there are more than 60 Australian citizens in the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) armies sweeping through Syria and Iraq. In a recent case, reported by the Sydney Morning Herald last…
In matters of ‘security’ social problems, the persistent undesirable condition has been that of the ‘boat people’.
In matters of national security, who is deviant and poses a threat to our safety depends on the claims made by those in positions of power and the sociopolitical climate. The news media are crucial in…
A military campaign against Islamic State forces will offer no long-term resolution to Iraq’s extremist problem.
To explain the disaster befalling Iraq, as well as the rise of Islamic State (IS), you have to go back a century – before modern Iraq even existed. That’s not to discount the shared culpability of Iraq’s…
Governments have generally invested much more in hard-edged military and policing responses than in smarter and more sustainable ‘soft power’ approaches to countering violent extremism.
More than a decade of security-based transnational approaches to combating terrorist activity and propaganda have demonstrated that these alone are ineffective. Sometimes, security measures can actually…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and US president Barack Obama meeting in Washington earlier this year.
Tony Abbott and US president Barack Obama discussed the Ebola crisis in a telephone conversation on Wednesday morning. But the Prime Minister’s Office declined to say whether there had been any presidential…