IS Fighters Continue Tweeting Threats After Texas Attack and Twitter Won’t Stop Them

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A few days ago, I watched Sen. Ron Johnson, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in an interview on CNN, wherein he discussed the Islamic State (Isis) threat in the wake of the Texas shooting.

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The Kouachi Brothers: Inaugurating a New Era of Jihad

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On January 7, 2015 Cherif and Said Kouachi, whose ties to the French jihadi scene extend for a decade, made history by storming the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, France, and massacring many of those they found inside. The two brothers’ attack may have inaugurated a new era, wedding operations carried out with available tools to high-visibility civilian targets in the West.

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The Power of a Tweet: Elton Simpson and the #TexasAttack

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On May 3, the Twitter account of “Shariah is Light”—later revealed to be an Arizona man and subject of terror investigations, Elton Simpson—would hint at responsibility for an upcoming terror attack in Garland, Texas and claim allegiance to IS on behalf of himself and the other attacker:

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What If Baghdadi Is Incapacitated?

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A recent Guardian report states that the head of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was seriously injured in an air strike by the US-led coalition in Iraq. A more detailed report from Newsweek suggests that Baghdadi has been incapacitated—at least temporarily—and is currently unable to lead IS. An Iraqi expert on IS says that a new leader, Abu ‘Ala al-‘Afri, who trained in Afghanistan and who seems to be open to working with al-Qaeda (AQ), has taken over the day-to-day running of the group.

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The Disintegration of Libya and the Tale of Twenty Tribes

IS-fighters.jpg The mercury level of the national violence continues to rise in Libya, with a constantly growing number of significant armed political groups coming to prominence. Two rival national governments continue to claim legitimacy: one in Tobruk (the duly elected Council of Deputies) and one in Tripoli (the non-elected New General Congress, a self-proclaimed continuation of the previous General Congress elected in 2012 that agreed to dissolve itself after the June 2014 elections).

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