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Islamic State in Egypt: Sinai Province

On June 19, 2019, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sinai Province (ISIL-SP) or ‘@Wilayat Sinai’ (Sinai Province) publicly renewed their allegiance to ISIL’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In a published video, the group stated that they will remain committed to ISIL’s caliphate despite the claims that it had been defeated. The video was posted 4 days after the Islamic State’s West Africa province (ISWAP) posted a similar video, renewing their allegiance to al-Baghdadi. This indicates an organised effort among ISIL’s branches to continue fighting to establish ISIL’s caliphate. ISIL-SP is among the most dangerous militant groups in Egypt. Analyzing their activity is important in under

Military Influence of Attackers and Groups, Past and Present

The issue of Right Wing Extremist (RWE) groups taking advantage of military veterans and service members is not new. The military represents the aspirations of many RWE groups as a symbol of power and force which they view as good and legitimate. RWE groups in turn seek to exploit service members whose identities have been destabilized by their military experiences and who have difficulty reintegrating by offering them continuity of mission. Although this issue is limited to a very small minority within the military, the question of how and why these groups find fertile ground in niche populations of the military is vital to prevent and respond to infiltration of the armed forces by RWE elem

The Impact of Natural Disasters on Terrorism: Mozambique and Philippines as Case Studies

Critical to international security, is a question that is posed by RAND and several other scholars recently, as to how national disasters impact the fluctuation of terrorism around the world, specifically in developing countries. It is speculated that there tends to be a substantial increase in terrorist-related deaths in countries that have experienced natural disasters of a certain destructive degree, according to RAND. Using this concept, how can we identify where these increases in terrorist activities will occur? Philippines in particular, has seen devastating disasters in 2018, and has also begun to see an increase in terrorist activity, piracy attacks, and will likely continue to grow

The Gulf of Tonkin vs. The Gulf of Oman Incidents

Gulf of Tonkin (1964) On July 31, 1964, a U.S. backed military boat launched an attack against the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin. The USS Maddox headed to the area shortly after. As it headed deeper into the Gulf on August 2, three Soviet-built torpedo boats under the control of the North Vietnamese approached the USS Maddox. The ship claimed it fired warning shots at the torpedo boats in order to deter the vessels, however, the Soviet-built ships continued to approach the U.S. destroyer. With air support, the Maddox and an F-8 Crusader jet fired and damaged all three North Vietnamese vessel. After this first encounter in the Gulf of Tonkin, a second U.S. naval asset was sent to sup

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