Tajikistan: Militant Islamists Seen Mainly Among Migrant Laborers

Tajikistan’s top prosecutor decided this week to flesh out the official explanation for where the country’s volunteers to militant groups in Middle Eastern war zones are coming from. As General Prosecutor Yusuf Rahmon explained in an interview to state-owned newspaper Jumuhuriat, some 85 percent of the fighters are former migrant laborers. Rahmon presented a few … More Tajikistan: Militant Islamists Seen Mainly Among Migrant Laborers

The North Caucasus Insurgency And Syria: An Exported Jihad?

Violence in Russia’s North Caucasus, which has experienced deadly conflict for two decades, is down substantially the last two years – partly because most of its radicals have joined the foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. By June 2015, most North Caucasus insurgent groups had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), later to be … More The North Caucasus Insurgency And Syria: An Exported Jihad?

ISIS Claims Orphanage Being Used to Train Next Generation of Jihadis

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has released a video that shows children being groomed to become its next generation of jihadis at an orphanage in the Iraqi city of Mosul. With a background of Arabic prayer music, the propaganda video portrays ISIS as looking after the children, who they claim have lost their parents … More ISIS Claims Orphanage Being Used to Train Next Generation of Jihadis

Iraq launches major anti-ISIL op north of Baghdad

Thousands of Iraqi security personnel launched an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking areas north of Baghdad from the ISIL extremist group, officials said. Counter-terrorism forces, soldiers, police and allied paramilitaries are taking part in the operation, which is backed by artillery and both Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition aircraft, the Joint Operations Command announced. An Iraqi army … More Iraq launches major anti-ISIL op north of Baghdad

Stolen radioactive material in Iraq brings fears of Daesh “dirty bomb”

According to a document seen by Reuters and confirmed by environmental and provincial officials, fear is escalating over the theft of what officials are calling “highly dangerous” radioactive material from a storage facility belonging to US oilfield services company Weatherford near Basra, Iraq. The material, which is contained in a protective case about the size … More Stolen radioactive material in Iraq brings fears of Daesh “dirty bomb”

ISIS sending children to die at unprecedented rate

Islamic State has been dispatching children and teenagers into battle and sending them as suicide bombers at an unprecedented rate, analysis by US researchers has found. Examining Isis death notices of 89 children and youths on Twitter and the encrypted communications app Telegram, a study by Georgia State University found that the minors came from … More ISIS sending children to die at unprecedented rate

Dutch F-16s used in first bombing missions over Syria

Dutch fighter jets were involved in ten different bombing missions against ISIS military targets last week, including locations in Syria. It is the first time the Netherlands permitted Dutch F-16s to join missions in Syria. The country first approved sendinf fighter jets to take part in missions over Iraq in September 2014. Members of Parliament … More Dutch F-16s used in first bombing missions over Syria