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Who takes responsibility for returning Foreign Fighters?

After numerous defeats Daesh were suddenly left with no territory after previously occupying large parts of Syria and Iraq in recent years. With the loss of territory a new phenomenom has gripped Europe in recent months; the return of Jihadi fighters. In recent months we have seen front pages dominated by ‘Former Jihadi’s’ seeking to return to their former home countries. Examples include Shamima Begum, Yago Riedijk, Jack Letts and Hoda Muthana. This phenomenon is not limited to a single state, as Begum and Letts seek to return to the UK, Riedijk to Holland and Muthana to the US. All of these people were a part of Daesh, and as such can they be held partly responsible for crimes the organisa

Racism & Violence in France

On Monday, October 28, the French police arrested a man suspected of arson and firing shots at a mosque in Bayonne, in the southwest of France. The individual, Claude Sinke, is an 84-year-old man who once stood as a far-right candidate in local elections when he was a member of Marine Le Pen’s party National Front. The Pyrénées-Atlantiques police stated that the man attempted to set fire to the door of the mosque and that, when interrupted by two other men, he opened fire. Before fleeing the scene, the man set fire to a car. He was arrested close to his home in the Landes, which is approximately 10 miles away from the crime scene. The two men who startled him and tried to prevent the fire, a

Impact of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Death on ISIS

On October 25, US special forces killed the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a raid that targeted his compound near the village of Brisha in Idlib province, Syria. Baghdadi, who had been the leader of ISIS since 2010, was responsible for splitting the group off from al-Qaeda, and oversaw the group’s swift territorial gains in Syria and Iraq, which culminated in his proclamation as caliph in June of 2014. As the head of ISIS, he was also directly responsible for the group’s campaign of terror and many war atrocities committed since the group’s rise in Syria in 2013. The death of Baghdadi is without a doubt an important step in the war against ISIS

ISIS Targeting Female Domestic Workers in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State is targeting Southeast Asia as a new destination for its large recruitment pool of female domestic workers, prompting a strong defensive response from authorities in the region. Following the collapse of The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East, the terrorist group has shifted its attention to Southeast Asia as a new breeding ground for extremism. The conflict in Syria has forced the group to look for a new destination where they could acquire the support of fellow Muslims. As a result, they have begun targeting female domestic workers in Hong Kong and Singapore whom are highly susceptible to radicalization because of their recent migration to the area.

Has Brexit Increased Hate Crimes in the UK?

Brexit has dominated news stories across the world since June 2016, when 51.9% of the country voted for the UK to leave the European Union. Since then, the process has been chaotic, with the timeline of the leave agreement continuously growing, and the date to leave continuously changing. In this time, an alarming trend has been growing and manifesting itself under the surface; since June 2016 there has been an increase in racism and hate crimes. Or you could potentially switch it around and say: During this time, there has been an increase in racism and crimes. Can Brexit be hiding this alarming trend that has been growing and manifesting? A nationwide survey by Opinium found a stark increa

The Journey of Change: Behavioral Trajectories Leading to Terrorism

Cultural, social and personal identities play a key role in terrorist recruitment. Cultural principles introduce certain types of behavior that help an individual overcome obstacles in everyday life. Social identity is established when a person feels an emotional bond between themselves, and the social group to which they belong. Personal identity is a mixture of cultural and social identity through which a person assigns goals, values, and beliefs based on his or her perspectives. All three identities define existence, purpose, and provide a sense of value, dignity, and togetherness; however, extremist recruiters exploit one’s vulnerability by introducing a "we against them" philosophy. Whe

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