Twitter Highlight: Rita Katz on How al-Qaeda Withheld News of its Second in Command's Assassination

Check out SITE Executive Director Rita Katz' latest tweets, which offer exclusive details about how al-Qaeda withheld news about the assassination of one of its top members, Abu Muhammad al-Masri.

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Twitter Highlight: Rita Katz on "Free Speech" Platforms as New Havens for QAnon, Far Right

Check out SITE Executive Director Rita Katz' latest tweets on how "free speech" social media platforms and ICT companies are creating new havens for misinformation and far-right conspiracy theories.

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Daily Beast: "Violent Protests Are a Neo-Nazi Fever Dream Come True" - by Rita Katz

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It’s hard not to feel disheartened as national divisions turn increasingly deadly.

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WIRED: "Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online" - By Rita Katz

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Telegram booting far-right groups from their hub proves that platforms can, in fact, help curb terrorist recruitment in the internet age.

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IS Expansion in the Philippines After the Marawi Siege

IS Expansion in the Philippines After the Marawi Seige

Introduction

Three years after the Islamic State (IS) sieged the Philippine city of Marawi, the terrorist threat to the Philippines and the wider Southeast Asian region has grown. IS central has asserted its reach, influence, and authority over diverse groups. This thereby signaled the beginning of a more extreme IS presence in Mindanao and IS’ East Asia Province (ISEAP) taking control of the propaganda machine. The siege in Marawi served as a dramatic rallying point for IS cells across the region to send support. The Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) was able to retake the city after five months of intense urban warfare. Despite the victory, at least four IS groups remain in Mindanao. These are: Hajan Sawadjaan-led IS Sulu, Furuji Indama-led IS Basilan, Abu Turaife, Salahuddin Hasaan and Bungos-led IS Maguindanao, and a leaderless IS Lanao. These groups continue to conduct widespread and increasingly sophisticated attacks, even using tactics previously confined to Afghanistan and Iraq. This indicates that the longstanding localized conflict in Mindanao is expanding to a wider regional conflict. 

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