Turning technology from an asset into a liability: using big data to fight ISIS
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Turning technology from an asset into a liability: using big data to fight ISIS

By: Sabina Ciofu Unlike any other terrorist organisation, the so-called Islamic State has consistently and efficiently made use of social media tools for self-promotion and recruitment. With an estimated 200,000 tweets a day for at least the last couple of years, it is by far the most aggressive social media offensive we have ever seen … Continue reading

IDPs in Iraq and the progress of the Islamic State: An interview with Hebatalla Taha (IISS)
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IDPs in Iraq and the progress of the Islamic State: An interview with Hebatalla Taha (IISS)

By: Jack Curran-Persell Hebatalla Taha is a Research Analyst for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London where she focuses on the Middle-East and North Africa. Jack Curran-Persell: Earlier this month, you wrote a very interesting article for IISS on the situation for IDPs in Iraq. With the UN estimating over 3 million Iraqis have … Continue reading

From the frontline against IS: playing the waiting game with the Kurdish Peshmerga
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From the frontline against IS: playing the waiting game with the Kurdish Peshmerga

By Christiaan Triebert: Christiaan Triebert recently returned from the frontline between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. This is his account of his time with the Peshmerga.  *** “Get the brothers ready for tonight’s position.” “Yes I will, inshallah.” “Inshallah.” A group of Peshmerga soldiers stand around a walkie-talkie. They listen to the Arabic … Continue reading

North Africa – between security and democracy
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North Africa – between security and democracy

By: Umberto Profazio Photo: Flickr under creative commons license. Recent security developments in North Africa show how terrorism is gradually spreading in the region. On 20th August one police officer was killed in a terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, and the very same day a car-bomb exploded near a courthouse and a national security building in … Continue reading

What does the fall of Ramadi mean for Iraq?
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What does the fall of Ramadi mean for Iraq?

By Victoria Fontan: Dr. Victoria Fontan writes this article from Duhok, Kurdistan. EDITORS NOTE: On May 20, following the publication of this article, the Iraqi government granted conditional entry to Baghdad for IDPs fleeing the violence in Ramadi. However, as of May 22, Sharqia News, Iraqi TV was reporting the bridge had only been opened for 1,000 IDP’s, leaving 5,000 remaining … Continue reading