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'Islamic State'

'Islamic State' video

BBC Monitoring, IS killing video sends warning to Iraq's Sunnis, 11 Jun 2019 Discover More…

Kotey & Elsheikh Interview

CNN, One of the ISIS 'Beatles' says he's sorry. Will confessions save these fighters from death row? Discover More…

Mosul Eye profile

ABC Australia, 'The normal day, you would see beheadings': Why Omar risked his life to expose IS atrocities Discover More…

'IS' rocket research

The Standard, Haisem Zahab, electrician from Young, jailed for missile research to help Islamic State
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From Battlefront to Cyberspace

One for future reading:

Asaad Almohammad & Charlie Winter, From Battlefront to Cyberspace: Demystifying the Islamic State’s Propaganda Machine, CTI, June 2019


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Australia 'IS' Court Case

ABC News (Australia), Bangladeshi student Momena Shoma sentenced to 42 years for terror attack on homestay landlord
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West Bank IS arrest

Al-Monitor, West Bank security arrests alleged IS recruit targeting Israel Discover More…

Lyon suspect's 'IS allegiance

France 24, Lyon blast suspect ‘pledged allegiance’ to IS group
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Countering net-terrorism

Nikhil Raj Aggrawal, Observer Research Foundation (Delhi), The urgent need to counter terrorism on the internet Discover More…

USB Stick Manuals

The National, ISIS fanatic jailed for planting terror manuals in shoes of worshippers at mosques during Ramadan Discover More…

'IS' Research

James A. Piazza & Ahmet Guler, The Online Caliphate: Internet Usage and ISIS Support in the Arab World, Terrorism and Political Violence https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2019.1606801 for the reading list Discover More…

'IS' analysis

Deutsche Welle, German intelligence agency warns of 'Islamic State' attacks
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Australian jihadists online

Richard Wood, News9, What motivates Australian jihadists to take up IS cause Discover More…

'Jihadist academies'

The New Arab, Fears of new jihadist 'academies' as Iraqi jails fill up with IS militants Discover More…

'IS' round-up

'Islamic State': round-up of activities/articles relating to online materials: Discover More…

Sri Lanka Bombers

WSJ, Sri Lanka Bombers Blew Up Motorcycles, Lost Fingers Honing Deadly Skills
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US IS supporter & social media

Ellie Hall, Buzzfeed, An Alabama “ISIS Bride” Wants To Come Home. Can We Forgive Her Horrifying Social Media Posts? Discover More…

Sri Lanka bombing (updated)

CNN, Sri Lanka's social media ban won't solve its misinformation problem
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Online bomb-making tutorial

Reuters, Wisconsin woman taught bomb-making online for Islamic State: prosecutors
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Begum Legal Aid

BBC, Shamima Begum: IS bride set to be granted legal aid
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Shamima Begum Update

Richard Hall & Lizzie Dearden, Independent, Shamima Begum 'was member of feared Isis morality police' in Syria Discover More…

Al Hol camp, Syria

Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, The children no-one wants. Discover More…

Defence Committee

Talkradio, 'Extreme neo-Nazis' viewed ISIS bomb manuals online Discover More…

Abu Hamza al-Britani

Washington Post/SCMP, Is there a McDonald’s here? Once-pudgy jihadi ‘Hungry Hamza’ asks about fast food after capture in Syria Discover More…

'IS' Fighters Interview

BBC, British IS fighters speak after defeat

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'IS' recruit killed

Times, Baby-faced Coventry jihadist killed by Isis as western spy Discover More…

'IS' Activity Profile

Mina al-Lami, BBC Monitoring, Where is the Islamic State group still active around the world?
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al-Baghdadi

Time, Islamic State Leader Still at Large After IS Loses Its Territory in Iraq and Syria Discover More…

'IS' profile

AFP, Islamic State: pioneers of the 'digital caliphate'

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IS 'caliphate' 'ended'

Guardian, Isis defeated, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announce
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IS 'e-jihad'

Washington Post, She seemed like a normal Web-savvy teen. She was actually waging ‘e-jihad’ with ISIS hackers.
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Dagestan

BBC News, Russia's IS families: 'Why are the children being punished?'
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IS and Aftermath

Arab Weekly, After Baghouz, what do you do with ISIS families? Discover More…

'IS' "Passport to Paradise"

Middle East Eye, Former captive Iraqi doctor tells of dissent and despair within Islamic State's ranks
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Denmark Prosecution

CNN, Denmark prosecutes 14 people who shared murder video
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IS reconfiguration

Washington Post, As the ‘caliphate crumbles,’ the Islamic State is seeding a new insurgency Discover More…

UK IS Case

BBC News, Lewis Ludlow: How the Oxford Street terror plotter was caught
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IS Returnees

A couple of pieces about IS Returnees to Europe (with tech elements): Discover More…

IS - Analysis

Eurasia Review, Assessment Of Islamic State Ideological Threat – Analysis
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Islamic State's caliphate online

LA Times, Islamic State's caliphate is all but finished, but its online presence endures [opinion] Discover More…

'Islamic State' surrender

Telegraph, 'You're the first infidel I've seen in four years': Isil women emerge defiant from last scrap of Syria territory


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Yazidi Quest for Justice

Buzzfeed, The Whole World Is Debating Whether “ISIS Brides” Should Go Home. But Yazidi Women Want Them Brought To Justice. Discover More…

Yazidi Victims

Mail on Sunday, 'It was like Apocalypse Now': SAS troops find severed heads of 50 Yazidi sex slaves as they close in on last of barbaric ISIS ‘tunnel rats’ Discover More…

'Jihadi Jack'

ITV, Exclusive: Homesick ‘Jihadi Jack’ wants to return to UK but 'no one cares' about him | ITV News Discover More…

Shamima Begum Case - update

For details of the Shamima Begum case, click here:
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'IS' children

Guardian/Observer, Agonising hunt by US father for children trapped in Isis enclave

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German ISIS wife interview

CNN, German teenage ISIS wife wed at 15. Two children later she faces uncertain future Discover More…

'IS' online activities

Edith M Lederer, Associated Press, UN warns Islamic State losses shouldn't lead to complacency

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'IS' Media Reassertion/Recycle

Mail Online, Islamic State 'on verge of collapse': Militants ramp up internet war Discover More…

Syria post-IS

Ben Wedeman, CNN, As ISIS shrinks, Syrians return home and discover a wasteland

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IS 'haven'?

Rita Katz, Washington Post, The Islamic State may have a new propaganda haven
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The enduring appeal of violent jihad

Frank Gardner, BBC News, The enduring appeal of violent jihad Discover More…

'IS' Ideological Origins

Tore Hamming, CTC, The Hardline Stream of Global Jihad: Revisiting the Ideological Origin of the Islamic State
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ISIL Rehab

Sinem Koseoglu, al-Jazeera, Should ex-ISIL fighters be rehabilitated?
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UK IS members captured

Telegraph, British family among latest suspected Isil members captured in Syria  Discover More…

New IS media group

Tweet from Jihadoscope on new IS media group:

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IS hacks

Economic Times/IANS, Hackers hijacking dormant Twitter accounts to spread IS propaganda
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De-radicalisation Resisted

BBC News, Oxford Street terror attack plotter 'resisted' de-radicalisation, 3 Jan 2019
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Scandinavian Student Murders

The Guardian, Scandinavian student murders: nine more arrested in Morocco, 21 Dec 2018
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e-Jihad Florida

Miami Herald, Florida man charged with distributing bomb-making designs for Islamic extremists
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'IS' kill 700 prisoners

Reuters, Islamic State kills 700 prisoners in east Syria - Syrian Observatory
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Iraq's Post ISIS Campaign of Revenge

A sobering essential long-read by Ben Taub (and associated photographers): New Yorker, Shallow Graves/Iraq's Post ISIS Campaign of Revenge Discover More…

Abu Ali al-Anbari

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, The Biography of Abu Ali al-Anbari: Full Translation and Analysis


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ISIS-obsessed teenager jailed over online terror videos

Birmingham Live, ISIS-obsessed teenager Sudesh Amman jailed over online terror videos
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Gille Kepel's Analysis

Gavin Mortimer, Spectator, The link between the gilet jaunes and the Strasbourg attack, 13 Dec 2018
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Russia detains 7 alleged IS, Al-Nusra supporters

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Seven Detained In Russia For Allegedly Supporting Islamic State, Al-Nusra Front, 13 Dec 2018
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Jihadology

Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, Don't Shut Down the Internet's Biggest Jihadi Archive, 10 Dec 2018 Discover More…

UAE deportation policy

Economic Times, UAE quietly deporting IS sympathisers of Indian origin, 6 Dec 2018

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IS 'History'

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, The Islamic State Research Office's Self-History

Long read, with lots of interesting detail. I haven't gone through it all yet.
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Online Radicalisation in Hawaii

USDOJ, U.S. Soldier Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS
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UK: Prosecution for spreading IS propaganda

Telegraph & Argus, CCTV operative spread graphic Islamic State propaganda, court told
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IS Telegram

BBC Monitoring, Analysis: IS steps up use of Telegram 'groups' feature
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'IS' Case

Mail Online, Muslim woman, 23, who chatted online with jihadi brides and knew about a terror attack BEFORE it happened 'didn't understand' she was a member of ISIS
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True Origins of ISIS

Hassan Hassan, The Atlantic, The True Origins of ISIS: A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person, 30 Nov 2018
Important article from Hassan Hassan.

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Building pictures of online activity

phys.org, 'Big picture' platforms boost fight against online terror activity, 29 Nov 2018
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Austrian Islamic State figure reportedly killed in Syria coalition strike

BBC Monitoring, Austrian Islamic State figure reportedly killed in Syria coalition strike
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Australia ISIS sentencing

The National, Australian court sentences ISIS supporter to 38 years in jail
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Dawn of the Code War

John P. Carlin, Inside the hunt for the world’s most dangerous terrorist, Politico Discover More…

“Of Fathers and Sons” film

Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, “Of Fathers and Sons” — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria

What appears to be a depressing but essential piece of cinema (I have only viewed the trailer so far).

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IS responsibility issues

Mina Al-Lami‏ @Minalami has a significant Twitter thread on IS responsibility issues Discover More…

IS Gab

Jihadoscope, Islamic State supporters boast of presence on controversial social media network Gab [via Twitter]

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The Cost of Crying Victory: Policy Implications of the Islamic State’s Territorial Collapse

Liesbeth van der Heide, Charlie Winter and Shiraz Maher, The Cost of Crying Victory: Policy Implications of the Islamic State’s Territorial Collapse report "In light of the territorial demise of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, this report analyses the continued risks posed by IS. " Discover More…

'Islamic State' Genocide: Report

NPR, Islamic State Dumped At Least 6,000 Bodies In Mass Graves In Iraq, U.N. Says

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ISIS still a 'problem' online

CNBC, ISIS may be quashed on the ground, but it's still a 'problem' online, EU security official says

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Explosive device features IS parody

Explosive device features IS parody Discover More…

Anjem Choudary net restrictions

Guardian, Jailed preacher Anjem Choudary faces strict controls after release, 18 Oct 2018
"Restrictions on convicted Isis supporter cover using the internet and speaking in public."

E-jihad storage issues

E-jihad storage issues unpacked, discussing Google Drive and Dropbox. Discover More…

Canadian social media IS captive

Muhammed Ali was active on IS social media: GlobalNews.ca, ‘I just want to go back’: Canadian ISIS fighter captured in northern Syria speaks out



Gender specific propaganda

Nikita Malik, Forbes.com, Why Do We Underestimate The Role Of Women In Terrorist Organizations?, 26 Sep 2018 "It is important to remember, moreover, that Islamic State was the first terrorist organization to spearhead a systematic campaign to reach out to women – using gender specific propaganda to do so. The group later inspired others, including the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban, or TTP) to follow suit and produce content tailored specifically for its ‘jihadi sisters’, and elaborate on their role in promoting the mujahideen (fighters)."

Afaq - IT support for IS

9News, The secretive IT unit helping Islamic State supporters hide in dark corners of Internet, 24 Sep 2018 "Afaq's purpose is to help Islamic State jihadists and supporters to remain safe and secure online, while they actively recruit would-be fighters and spread violent propaganda across the Internet."

Mosul Eye

Guardian, Lucy Lamble, Small Changes, The Mosul historian who risked his life to blog about life under Isis – podcast, 26 Sep 2018 "When his beloved city was occupied by Islamic State, Iraqi Omar Mohammed was determined to document every atrocity – as anonymous blogger Mosul Eye" Essential listening

Bitcoin and IS

Kurdistan24, Islamic State using cryptocurrencies but not to launch attacks in Europe: Europol, 20 Sep 2018 "The Islamic State (IS) has used cryptocurrency such as Zcash to fund its terrorist activities online, but has not done so directly to finance attacks in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said in a recent report.

"In its 2018 Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), the law enforcement agency found that, while IS continues to use the internet and cyber-tools “to spread and inspire acts of terrorism,” it had not used such means in direct attacks on European soil."

Debunking Myths on Gender and Extremism

Rachel Bryson, Debunking Myths on Gender and Extremism, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, "In this collection of papers, experts weigh in on assumptions about women’s roles in violent Islamist extremism that hold back informed policymaking."
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