Are the Charleston and Chattanooga Shootings Acts of Terrorism, or Not?Security, Defense & Terrorism
In the space of a month this summer, the United States witnessed two horrific mass shootings in its southern cities of Charleston, South Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee. On June 17, Dylann Roof, a young white male, murdered nine black citizens during a religious study meeting at a famous African...
30 Aug 2015
The Use of Social Media Bots and Automated (AI Based) Text Generators: Key Technologies in Winning the Propaganda War Against Islamic State/Daesh?Security, Defense & Terrorism
This essay in the TRENDS Terrorism Futures series will discuss Islamic State(IS)/Daesh’s use of social media along with recent trends in commercial bot and automated text systems. It will then highlight the relationship of IS/Daesh to computer algorithms and similar bot-like applications in social media along with automated text...
10 Aug 2015
Separating the Lone Wolf from the PackSecurity, Defense & Terrorism
The 16 July shooting in Tennessee, a state in the United States south, captured the attention of US political leaders and opinion shapers and of their American audiences, causing many to connect it with ongoing crises in the Middle East. Meanwhile, on the same day, over 100 Iraqis celebrating...
30 Jul 2015
Understanding radicalisation – Constructing counter-narratives to tackle terrorSecurity, Defense & Terrorism
On 13 June a group of Daesh/Islamic State (Daesh) suicide bombers delivered a deadly attack near the city of Baji in the Salahuddin province of Iraq. A four-strong terrorist cell killed eleven people in two separate explosions as they detonated bombs placed in their vehicles at an oil refinery....
19 Jul 2015
Counterterrorism in France: Recent Attacks and the Vigipirate systemSecurity, Defense & Terrorism
On 26 June, France was again hit by a terrorist attack. A French citizen, Yassin Salhi, decapitated his boss and then attempted a suicide attack by using a car to blow up a factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, east of Lyon. Salhi was arrested immediately after the failure to destroy the...
09 Jul 2015
France and Algeria – Renewed Cooperation for CounterterrorismSecurity, Defense & Terrorism
On 15 June, French President François Hollande made a brief official visit to Algeria to discuss Paris and Algiers’ coordination against terrorism in the Sahel region. Hollande claimed that the Franco-Algerian relationship is ‘exceptional’, and that a ‘real friendship’ exists between the two countries. While it is true that...
30 Jun 2015
Defining Daesh is Essential to Defeating ItSecurity, Defense & Terrorism
In a May 2015 recording purportedly made by Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s apocalyptic vision was made abundantly clear: “Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting…No one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the...
09 Jun 2015