A U.S.-backed Syrian soldier reacts as an airstrike hits territory held by Islamic State militants outside Baghouz, Syria, in February 2019. The Islamic State group has been reduced from its self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq at its height in 2014 to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border.
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Only by prosecuting extremists will the world be able to marginalize those who carry out violent acts and those who give credence to their ideas.
A weak Malian state prompted local ethnic communities to organise armed self-defence groups.
The absence of a strong government in Mali
allows jihadists to enter new areas and flourish.
People had to run for cover during the exchange of fire between al-Shabaab and Kenyan security forces.
Kenya has done a great deal to prevent and manage terror attacks but there are still many problems that need to be addressed.
Young Muslims protest in 2012 after the killing of a cleric accused of supporting Al-Shabaab.
The jihadi initiative remains a loose political force in Kenya. This is dangerous for a few reasons.
In Mali, pastoralists have become increasingly disgruntled with a predatory and corrupt state.
Herders and farmers are unhappy about the way a corrupt state exploits rural peasants.
Platforms for radicalisation?
Companies, such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft are working together to take down terrorist propaganda.
Telegram, an encrypted messaging app.
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These attacks do not involve direct contact with terrorists in the Middle East. Instead, individuals already living in the US are learning the “how-tos” of jihad online.
Videos serving up jihadi content are being targeted by the Home Office.
Machine learning isn't reliable enough yet – and it's short-sighted to only train this detection tech on jihadi content.
Members of the Iraqi police forces sit outside a building in the city of Fallujah on June 30, 2016 after they’ve recaptured the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
A cemetery where victims of the November 24 mosque attack were laid to rest.
Much of Sinai is almost beyond Egyptian state control altogether.
Don’t jump to conclusions: protesters in Kashmir with a mocked-up IS flag.
Just because a group waves the IS flag or claims to be its friend doesn't mean a global insurgency is underway.
A US army team carry the remains of Sgt. Dustin Wright, one of the soldiers killed in Niger.
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If the US, simply focuses on trying to hunt down jihadist leaders in Niger it will be missing an opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in the region.
When it comes to Islamist extremism and terrorism, change is a constant.
Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London.
Was the London attacker acting alone? Was he really a soldier of the Islamic State? Research on the nature of jihadism in the West reveals possible answers.
Iraqi special forces soldier advancing toward Mosul, Iraq.
AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
What happens to the Islamic State if it loses the battle for territory in Iraq and Syria? Here's a list of ways it might go down.
The US seems stuck in War-on-Terror mode even though reality has moved on.
Jose Louis Morales sits and prays under his brother Edward Sotomayor Jr.‘s cross for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Are Americans at increasing risk of being killed in a terrorist attack? A sociologist explains how the way we remember the dead may make it feel that way.
Akbar Maulana, an Indonesian high school student in Turkey, talks with his teacher. Akbar is the main character in the newly released documentary Jihad Selfie.
Why do boys decide to join Islamic State? A new documentary focusses on an Indonesian teenager who considers becoming a foreign fighter but takes another path. The film is now being screened to young people across the nation.
Hate crime or terrorism?
Was this a crime about hate or political ideology? Extremist experts use data to explain what type of crime took place in Florida, and why it matters.
Not everyone is impressed.
At first, it seems like IS has an image perfect for driving recruitment – but in fact, its image has very limited appeal.