The Connectivity between Terrorism, Insurgency, and Civil War


The recent expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) into Mosul, Tikrit, Tal Afar, and other areas of Iraq has been accompanied by reports of gruesome violence and serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing relevance of terrorism as a tactic. But it also raises a conceptual question: Is ISIS best described as a terrorist group?

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The US Fails to Recognize the Terrorist Threat in the Syrian Conflict


The current conventional wisdom in Washington is that al-Qaeda (AQ) is no longer a real threat and that it has been dismantled by the US drone attacks in conflict areas. That is nothing but wishful thinking and shortsightedness.

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Assessing the ISIS - al-Qaeda Split: Introduction


Over the past five months, critical events have occurred in the on-going dispute between al-Qaeda’s leadership and the Syrian-Iraqi jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). 

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Brazilian Hackers Persist with Operation World Cup

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Brazilian cyber activists have combined efforts under various divisions of the Anonymous hacking collective in protest of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament. The hacking campaign, “Operation World Cup,” also referred to as “Operation Hacking Cup” or “OpMundial2014,” addresses various issues surrounding the effects of the tournament on Brazilians in a grass-roots, decentralized operation.

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Las Vegas Shooters’ Facebook Profiles Offer Insight into Motive


The Facebook pages of Jared Miller and Amanda Woodruff Miller, who conducted a shooting spree that killed two police officers and an innocent civilian in Las Vegas, Nevada, provide significant insight into the reasons the led the couple to carry out the violent act.

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