For months now, Western counterterrorism experts have sounded the alarm: as ISIS loses ground, foreign fighters from America and Europe may try returning home. When they do, the experts cautioned, they will carry the terror threat with them, ready and willing to strike. Law enforcement needs to be prepared.
Now, with the fall of the Iraqi city of Harija, the Islamic State’s last major stronghold, and the impending collapse of its Syrian capital, Raqqa, the time has finally come. But is law enforcement prepared?
The Henry Jackson Society report claims the sanctioning of systemic sexual abuse served as a way of ‘attracting, retaining, mobilising and rewarding fighters’.
It was also used as a means of delivering cruel punishment to ‘kafir’ – non-Muslims – and as a form of terrorism.
A few years ago, Arif Dewji, owner of House of Flags and Banners in Coquitlam, B.C., got an odd request from a prospective customer.
A man who seemed to be based in New York sent over the design of a flag he wanted printed.
Thousands of civilians fleeing the Iraqi military’s push to evict Isis from its last major urban stronghold in Iraq now include hundreds of suspected fighters for the extremist group, dirty and dishevelled, who arrive at checkpoints claiming innocence and begging for mercy.
Ismael Habib is first Canadian to be convicted of trying to join a terror organization. In his particular case, he tried to leave Canada with a fake passport.
But Raqqa was not all it was made out to be. Khadija’s first husband was killed in battles with the Free Syrian Army, and the widow was transferred to a dormitory were unmarried women wait to be selected by ISIS fighters.
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“I want to hold Trump’s head in my hands like this.”
Sadiq Khan has accused Donald Trump of adopting language similar to that used by Islamic State when he suggested a “total and complete shutdown” of US borders to Muslims.
Singaporean member of Syria-based jihadist group says British royal should ‘come here and fight us if you’re man enough’.
Now that the Islamic State’s caliphate is collapsing in Iraq and Syria, Europe is bracing for an influx of foreign fighters attempting to return home to their respective countries of origin. Many of the Islamic State’s European cadres have a criminal past, and tracking and arresting them in the criminal underworld will be vital for preventing potential attacks and longer-term counterterrorism success.
This is the moment a group of ISIS jihadis are blown to smithereens after being hunted down by a Syrian government tank. Footage filmed on a head-cam inside an armoured car shows the moment the death cult troops spot a tank.
When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening “Trump: puppet of the Jews,” it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.
Returning foreign fighters to Europe are of deep concern to Western intelligence agencies, who fear some will not have renounced Jihad and will pursue terrorist operations at home. Worse, many of the fighters will have combat skills, weapons, or explosives experience which could be put to good use.
On Wednesday and Thursday, police in a Paris suburb arrested three men who were in possession of explosives. A construction worker raised the alarm after seeing suspicious materials through the window of an apartment belonging to one of the suspects. French authorities say the men were planning attacks on banks and had been talking with someone in Syria.
Coming just two weeks after the terror attacks in Barcelona, these arrests suggest there might be an undetected Islamic State cell operating on European soil. The possibility has to be considered for a number of reasons.