The multi-lingual staff at SITE has years of experience in the research and analysis of terrorist networks, including monitoring extremist propaganda, studying trends within online extremist communities, and understanding how these groups and individuals utilize the internet.

Ramadan in Progress: IS Expands Global Presence

The Islamic State (IS) promotes the month of Ramadan as a time of increased spiritual rewards for terror attacks, asserting that its followers should "yearn for martyrdom" during this time. The group and its supporters thus reserve attacks, military advances, announcements, and leadership speeches for this time, making Ramadan a month of high safety and stability concerns in various regions.

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Abu Sayyaf Group - Kidnapping Incorporated

German National Jurgen Kantner appearing in second ransom video

In 2008, German nationals Jurgen Kantner and Sabine Merz were sailing not far from the Gulf of Aden when they were captured by Somali pirates.The two were released safely, only to be confronted once again in November 2016 during an excursion off the coast of the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi, this time by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Members of the Philippines-based jihadi group attacked the sailing partners, killing Merz and capturing Kantner on November 7, 2016.

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Ahmad Rahami Leaves Behind a Scant Online Footprint

When observing Ahmad Khan Rahami’s history, the 28 year old’s bombings in New Jersey and New York seem like a fitting manifestation. There’s his long stay in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region, his history of violence, his reportedly intensified piety, and his father’s claim that he “told the F.B.I. to keep an eye on him.”

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SITE Director Rita Katz' Tweets on Copenhagen Shooting

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Attempted Canadian Suicide Attacker was Deeply Immersed in IS Social Media Community

Aaron Driver, a 23 year-old Canadian who reportedly attempted to perform a suicide attack in the Ontario town of Strathroy before being killed by police officers on August 10, was a highly active member of the pro-Islamic State (IS) social media community.

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