by Thomas Hegghammer and Petter Nesser

Abstract

How much of a terrorist threat does the Islamic State (IS) pose to Western countries? This article looks at what IS has said and done with regard to attacks in the West. We examine IS statements and take stock of IS-related attack plots in Western Europe, North America, and Australia from January 2011 through June 2015 using a new dataset of jihadi plots and a new typology of links between organizations and attackers. IS appears to have had a decentralized attack strategy based on encouraging sympathiser attacks while not mounting centrally directed operations of their own. There have also been more plots involving only IS sympathisers than plots involving returned foreign fighters. However, the organization’s formidable resources and verbal hints at future attacks give reason for vigilance. Dheeho inta ka hartay qormadaan →

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Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

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Wikileaks release: February 2, 2009

Publisher: United States Congressional Research Service

Title: SOMALIA: PROSPECTS FOR PEACE AND U.S. INVOLVEMENT

CRS report number: RL30065

Author(s): Theodros Dagne, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division

Date: February 17, 1999 Dheeho inta ka hartay qormadaan →

Release date
January 12, 2009

Summary

United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (UN OIOS) 27 Apr 2005 report titled “Allegation that a UN staff member obtained money on the promise that s/he would facilitate the installation of the New York tie-line connection to the RSG residence [ID Case No. 0575-03]” relating to the Political Office for Somalia. The report runs to 5 printed pages. Dheeho inta ka hartay qormadaan →

Release date
January 12, 2009

Summary

United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (UN OIOS) 30 Dec 2005 report titled “Audit of Operations in Somalia [AR2005-112-003]” relating to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The report runs to 15 printed pages. Dheeho inta ka hartay qormadaan →

Summary

This is a memo written from an official with the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2006 detailing a meeting with Jenday Frazer, Dheeho inta ka hartay qormadaan →

Is Somalia the next Iran? Or is it the next Afghanistan? While the west sleeps and celebrates the king of peace, the US‘s man on the ground, Ethiopia, has launched a covert invasion which may draw the entire horn of Africa into conflict. Somalia will soon be transformed, either into an Iranian-style Islamic republic or a reviled Ethiopian quisling, cursed with mujahideen and proxy wars. These events have been triggered by a remarkable new phenomenon. After 16 years of chaos and bloodshed, one faction in its civil war, the Union of Islamic Courts, has gone from being a minor player to being ready to wipe the last town held by the discredited UN-, US- and Ethiopian-backed regime from the map. Dheeho inta ka hartay qormadaan →