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A Palestinian militant rides on the back of a motorcycle near a crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip on Oct. 7, 2023. Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Is Hamas the same as ISIS, the Islamic State group? No − and yes

A scholar of the Islamic State group says Hamas has undergone a radical ISIS-inspired transformation that has not yet gotten widespread public attention.
The exterior of Shifa hospital in Gaza City is seen on Nov. 10, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and Hamas near the facility. AFP via Getty Images

Hamas isn’t the first military group to hide behind civilians as a way to wage war

The Taliban and the Islamic State group are among the militant groups that have been known to use civilians as human shields in the past, in order to try to shift their opponents’ war calculations.
A crowd outside a cinema in Mumbai. A recent low-budget film about a discredited anti-Muslim conspiracy has sparked national debates and unrest. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

‘The Kerala Story’: How an Indian film ignited violence against Muslims and challenges to interfaith marriage

A controversial low-budget Indian feature film about a discredited anti-Muslim conspiracy theory has been causing a political storm, going all the way to India’s Supreme Court.
A woman and a child stand in a detention camp in northeast Syria in 2022. Tens of thousands of ISIS-affiliated foreign nationals are in the camps, including four Canadian men. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

How a Canadian judge erred in ordering the repatriation of suspected ISIS members

A Federal Court justice ruled four men, suspected ISIS members, must be repatriated to Canada from a Syrian detention camp. Here’s why the decision is flawed and an ongoing appeal is justified.
A woman walks in Raqa, the former Syrian capital of the Islamic State, in December 2020. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 restrictions unexpectedly reduced Islamic State violence – political science experts explain why

While some world leaders and foreign policy experts expected IS to increase its attacks during COVID-19’s early days, travel bans and curfews helped slow violence.
Bali Bomber Umar Patek is released from prison. AAP/Firdia Lisnawati

Is the terrorism threat over?

For the time being, terrorism is a reduced threat in Australia. But the threat is not going away entirely.

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