Analysis of Pro-IS Media Group’s Threats to Twitter

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Recent threats to Twitter's top executives made by a pro-Islamic State (IS) jihadi media group are the latest developments of a long-lingering threat: jihadism on social media.

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Libya Failing

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The murder of twenty-one Christians in Libya by an affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) has brought the sad decline of that country back to international attention. A few months ago, I noted that the ongoing collapse of Libya was not random chaos, nor was it just the result of “militancy” or a lack of governance; rather there was purposeful action by al-Qaeda (AQ)-linked groups pushing the country in a direction that favors violent extremism.

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The Coming Fight for Khorasan: IS Gearing up Against the Taliban

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The Islamic State (IS) has received dozens of official pledges from in Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Indonesia, and several other countries. Perhaps the most interesting—not to mention alarming—of its pledges has been from former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and tribal leaders in the “Khorasan,” an old name for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

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Interactive Map: The Islamic State’s Global Network of Pledged and Supporting Groups

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Much of the West’s perception of Islamic State (IS) has been framed by beheading videos and its resilient presence on social media. But while these dimensions of IS do serve to inform us of its horrid brutality and flimsy ideology, many miss an urgent and often understated point: the group is spreading across the globe—and quickly. 
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IS Releases Video Showing the Beheading of Kidnapped Egyptian Christians in Libya

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The Islamic State (IS) released a video showing the beheading the 21 Egyptian Christians it kidnapped in Libya in January 2015. The video showed fighters beheading the prisoners in line on the beach and, after statements from the fighter, showed red-stained waves crashing into the beach.

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