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Islamic State Escalates Anti-Russian Militant Campaign

Islamic State Escalates Anti-Russian Militant Campaign

By Peter Smith, Lucas Webber, and Colin P. Clarke
The Islamic State organization and its violent progeny, ISKP, have viewed Moscow as their enemy since the group’s inception. 

After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia

After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The focus on and understanding of ISKP’s core area in Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be expanded to include the large frontiers of Central Asia.
Why Did the Islamic State Target Russia?

Why Did the Islamic State Target Russia?

Lucas Webber, the co-founder and editor of militantwire.com, discusses the horrific attack in Russia, and the links to Islamic State’s Afghan branch, also known as ISKP.

Crocus City Hall Attack: Deciphering Central Asian Jihadism and Russian Counterterrorism

Crocus City Hall Attack: Deciphering Central Asian Jihadism and Russian Counterterrorism

By Uran Botobekov
The Kremlin has made a concerted effort to implicate Ukraine, despite the absence of evidence linking Kyiv to the attack. Meanwhile, ISKP poses a clear threat to Russia.

Alleged ISKP Plot Foiled in Russia, 2 Kazakh Citizens Killed

Alleged ISKP Plot Foiled in Russia, 2 Kazakh Citizens Killed

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh authorities have confirmed the citizenship of two men killed in an FSB raid in Russia last week, allegedly forestalling an ISKP attack. 

Fratricidal Jihad: Assessing the Central Asian ISKP Attacks on Turkey

Fratricidal Jihad: Assessing the Central Asian ISKP Attacks on Turkey

By Uran Botobekov
Due to linguistic, religious, and cultural commonalities, members of the Islamic State and al-Qaida from Central Asia can often bypass security filters in the wider Turkic world.

Unveiling the Motivations: Tajik ISKP’s Calculated Strikes on Iran

Unveiling the Motivations: Tajik ISKP’s Calculated Strikes on Iran

By Uran Botobekov
The Gaza war has opened an unprecedented chapter in the bitter Shia-Sunni sectarian struggle. 
The Plight of Hazaras Under the Taliban Government

The Plight of Hazaras Under the Taliban Government

By Gul Hassan Mohammadi
Under the Taliban, the Hazara community in Afghanistan is subjected to extreme violence and systematic dehumanization.

Pakistan’s Never-ending Battle Against Terrorism

Pakistan’s Never-ending Battle Against Terrorism

By Qurat-ul-Ain Shabbir and Moneeb Mir
Terrorist attacks will continue to plague the country unless the state takes action against their common denominator: religious extremism.

Uzbekistan May Be America’s Key to Combating the Islamic State

Uzbekistan May Be America’s Key to Combating the Islamic State

By Adam Rousselle
Tashkent offers Washington a window through which to engage with the Taliban indirectly in their ongoing fight against the rising influence of the ISKP in the region.

Has Afghanistan Turned into a Sanctuary for Jihadist Groups?

Has Afghanistan Turned into a Sanctuary for Jihadist Groups?

By Abdul Basit
Unlike the mid-1990s, Afghanistan under the Taliban has not become a hub of jihadists. However, the threat level has risen.
Islamic State Khorasan Province Is a Growing Threat in Afghanistan and Beyond

Islamic State Khorasan Province Is a Growing Threat in Afghanistan and Beyond

By Colin P. Clarke
Within Afghanistan’s borders, a witch's brew of terrorist and insurgent groups is metastasizing, and the situation is beginning to feel eerily similar to the pre-9/11 era.

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