Recent Online Resources for the Analysis of Terrorism and Related Subjects

Compiled and Selected by Berto Jongman

Introductory Note by the Editor

The amount of new publications, reports, policy papers, lectures, presentations, videos and briefings in the field of terrorism and counter-terrorism can be overwhelming for the untrained researcher as well as for young counterterrorist professionals. In the following, a selection of recent open-source online publications, grouped into a dozen categories, has been made by a seasoned former intelligence analyst. An attempt has been made to select items from a variety of sources and positions, presenting different perspectives. Selection not necessarily means endorsement for certain positions or specific lines of argumentation. In addition, an attempt has been made to include also a number of non-terrorist items from the broader spectrum of political violence and armed conflicts.

All the items included here surfaced online in the period beginning of April to beginning of June 2017. ‘Perspectives on Terrorism’ plans to offer its readers regular updates in future issues of our journal, categorised in the same format:

1. Non-Religious Terrorism: Actors, Groups, Incidents and Campaigns

2. Religious (mainly Jihadi) Terrorism: Actors, Groups, Incidents and Campaigns

3. Terrorist Strategies and Tactics

4. Conflict, Crime and Political Violence other than Terrorism

5. Counter-Terrorism – General

6. Counter-Terrorist Strategies, Tactics and Operations

7. State Repression and Civil War at Home and Clandestine & Open Warfare Abroad 8. Prevention and Preparedness Studies (including Countering Violent Extremism, De-Radicalization, Counter-Narratives)

9. Intelligence

10. Cyber Operations

11. Risk & Threat Assessments, Forecasts, Analytical Studies

12. Also Worth Reading

1. Non-religious Terrorism: Actors, Groups, Incidents and Campaigns

A. Carassava. Greek extremists go abroad for training in revolution. Deutsche Welle, June 4, 2017. URL:

L. Marshall. Domestic terrorists, gang members have little in common, study says. University of Colorado Boulder. May 18, 2017. URL:

A. Perliger. The rising homegrown terror threat on the right. The Conversation, May 30, 2017. URL:

L. Beckett, J. Burke. Pathway to extremism: what neo-Nazis and jihadis have in common. The Guardian, May 27, 2017. URL:

L. Surugue. Terrorism psychology: how terrorists justify carrying out atrocities to themselves. IB Times, May 26, 2017. URL:

S. Labbé, C. Seucharan, A.Villegas. Disarmed and dangerous: can former FARC guerrillas adjust to civilian life? The Guardian, May 24, 2017. URL:

A. Alsema. All eyes on Santos as Colombia’s peace process spirals out of control. Colombia reports, May 22, 2017. URL:

J. Chase. Study links far-right extremism and eastern German mentality. Deutsche Welle, May 18, 2017. URL:

L. Iaccino. Nigerian president Buhari increases budget to give amnesty to Niger Delta militants. Newsweek, May 8, 2017. URL:

2. Religious (mainly Jihadi) Terrorism: Actors, Groups, Incidents and Campaigns

D. Lerner. It’s not Islam that drives young Europeans to jihad, France’s top terrorism expert explains. Haaretz, June 4, 2017. URL:

M. Weinger. Terror in London: ISIS threat to West intensifying. The Cipher Brief, June 4, 2017. URL:

B. Hoffman. ISIS intent on an even deadlier Ramadan this year. The Cipher Brief, June 6, 2017. URL:

C. Gaffey. Which jihadi groups operate in Africa’s Sahel region? Newsweek, June 6, 2017. URL:

R. Kanwal. ‘Everything allowed in Sharia is done here’: Indian ‘ISIS recruiter offers youngsters back home women in a bid to lure them into joining him in Afghanistan terror camps.’ Mail Online, May 31, 2017. URL:

S. E. Lamzouwaq. ISIS, AQIM and POLISARIO: how do terrorist threats in the Sahel affect Morocco? Morocco World News, June 2, 2017. URL:

Security agencies gear up to fight ‘bedroom jihadis’ in Kashmir. The Times of India, June 2, 2017. URL:

The Manchester attack: assessing threats to major events and soft targets. The Soufan Group, May 31, 2017. URL:

C. Gaffey. How al-Shabab overtook Boko Haram to become Africa’s deadliest militants. Newsweek, June 2, 2017. URL:

P. Escobar. Jihad 2.0: the making of the next nightmare. URL:

J. Head. Maute rebel group: a rising threat to Philippines. BBC, May 31, 2017. URL:

Russian Muslims and jihad. Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS), YouTube, May 31, 2017. URL:

C. Lin. Chinese Uyghur colonies in Syria a challenge for Beijing. Strategic Culture, May 31, 2017. URL:

P. Cockburn. As ISIS massacres families enjoying ice cream in Baghdad, this Ramadan could be even bloodier than previous years. The Independent, May 31, 2017. URL:

J. Stern. Attacks on soft targets likely to get worse. The Boston Globe, May 23, 2017. URL:

S. May. Are we really seeing the rise of a ‘new jihad’? The Conversation, May 26, 2017. URL:

B. Georgievski. Could Balkan nations become the new hotbeds of Islamist extremism? Deutsche Welle, May 30, 2017. URL:

Double threat? ISIS and al-Qaeda are in talks to join forces, Iraq’s VP says. Shafaaq, April 18, 2017. URL:

K. Rekawek (Ed.) Ebook: Not only Syria? The phenomenon of foreign fighters in comparative perspective. IO Press, NATO Science for Peace and Security Studies –E; Human and societal dynamics, vol. 134, 2017. URL:

C.P. Clarke, C.C. Serena. What happens after ISIS goes underground. The National Interest, May 29, 2017. URL:

J. Burke. Hamza bin Laden – a potent weapon in the rivalry between al-Qaida and ISIS. The Guardian, May 30, 2017. URL:

A. Hamer. What can save Mali? IRIN, May 29, 2017. URL:

ISIL: target Russia. Al Jazeera, May 27, 2017. URL:

J. Hayward. Shia vs Sunni: the schism Western politicians don’t understand and won’t discuss. Breitbart, May 25, 2017. URL:

Yemen’s Houthis: new members of Iran’s anti-Israeli/anti-American axis. Jerusalem Post, May 28, 2017. URL:

D. Pelz. Is Islamic extremism on the rise in Africa? Deutsche Welle, May 28, 2017. URL:

J. Warrick, S. Mekhennet. Bin Laden’s son steps into father’s shoes as al-Qaeda attempts a comeback. Washington Post, May 27, 2017. URL:

K. Knipp. Discord in the Persian Gulf: Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood. Deutsche Welle, May 25, 2017. URL:

S. Shams. The Islamization of Kashmir’s separatist movement. Deutsche Welle, May 26. 2017. URL:

J. Easterly, J. A. Geltzer. The Islamic State and the end of lone-wolf terrorism. Foreign Policy, May 23, 2017. URL:

A. Brahimi. Why Libya is still a global terror threat. The Guardian, May 25, 2017.

M. Safi. Kashmir conflict shifts with top militant vowing fight is for an Islamic State. The Guardian, May 22, 2017. URL:

R. Augestad Knudsen. Radicalization and foreign fighters in the Kosovo context: an analysis of international media coverage of the phenomena. NUPI Working paper, May 10, 2017. URL:

C.P. Clarke. ISIS – From the ground to cyber space. The Cipher Brief, May 18, 2017. URL:

C.P. Clarke. Hamas’ strategic rebranding. Foreign Affairs, May 17, 2017. URL:

P.B. Johnston, C.P. Clarke. Can the Islamic State survive financially? Lawfare, May 14, 2017. URL:

Noor Zahid, Mehdi Jedinia. What drives anti-Iranian militant group ‘Army of Justice’? VOA, May 15, 2017. URL:

H. Feyerabend publishes documents showing how Google helped al-Qaeda in Syria. Al Masdar News, May 16, 207. URL:

Caliphate system outdated: MUI leader. Jakarta Post, May 15, 2017,

T. Allard, A Beo Da Costa. Indonesian Islamist leader says ethnic Chinese wealth is next target. Reuters, May 12, 2017. URL:

E. Francis, L. Bassam. Hezbollah says future war would be on Israeli territory. Reuters, May 11, 2017. URL:

Syria: Terrorist groups forming new coalition in Eastern Damascus to face Faylaq al-Rahman rival group. FARS, May 12, 2017. URL:

P. Neumann. Die neuen Dschihadisten: IS, Europa and die nächste Welle des Terrorismus. Ringvorlesung Dresden im Rahmen ‘Politik and Kultur in Zeiten der Ungewissheit.’ YouTube, May 31, 2016. URL:

P. Bax, O. Monnier. West Africa scrambles to contain surge in militant attacks. Bloomberg, May 10, 2017. URL:

F. al-Muslimi, A. Baron. The limits of US military power in Yemen: why al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues to thrive. Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, March 27, 2017. URL:

C. Putz. Fighting along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan borderlands: cause for concern in Central Asia? The Diplomat, May 8, 2017. URL:

M. Bachir. Notorious leader of Saharan al-Qaeda group loses power. Middle East Eye, May 9, 2017. URL:

A. Soufan. Al Qaeda stronger now than when Bin Laden was killed. The Daily Beast, May 7, 2017. URL:

C Scott-Clark, A. Levy. Osama bin Laden’s family on the run: ‘I never stopped praying our lives might return to normal.’ The Guardian, URL:

C. Alexander Ohlers. What to expect in Iraq after the liberation of Mosul. Terrorism Monitor, May 5, 2017. URL:

D. Cristiani. Ten years of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: evolution and prospects. Terrorism Monitor, 15(9), May 5, 2017. URL:

C. Clarke, C. Whiteside. Charting the future of the modern caliphate. War on the Rocks, May 3, 2017. URL:

Boko Haram planning foreign kidnaps in NE Nigeria: US, UK. Mail One, May 5, 2017. URL:

R. Maclean. Dressed for death: the women Boko Haram sent to blow themselves up. The Guardian, May 5, 2017. URL:

A. Moghadam. Nexus of global jihad. Understanding cooperation among terrorist actors. Colombia University Press, 2017, 400p. URL:

F. Milburns. Iranian Kurdish militias: terrorist insurgents, ethno freedom fighters or knights on the regional chessboard? CTC Sentinel, 10(5), May 2017. URL:

ISIS insurgency in the Sinai. Middle East Institute, 2017. URL:

S. Shams. Six years since bin Laden’s death, al-Qaeda weakened – but not finished. Deutsche Welle, May 1, 2017. URL:

T. Westcott. ISIS trained ‘Caliphate cubs’ to behead their victims by practicing on a child’s head taped onto sinister mannequin in historic Iraqi desert city. Mail Online, May 2, 2017. URL:

P. Wintour. Hamas presents new charter accepting a Palestine based on 1967 borders. The Guardian, May 1, 2017. URL:

3. Terrorist Strategies and Tactics

A. P. Acharya, A. Acharya. Cyber terrorism and biotechnology. When ISIS meets CRISPR. Foreign Affairs, June 1, 2017. URL:

D. Manheim, P. B. Johnston, J. Baron, C. Dion-Schwarz. Are terrorists using cryptocurrencies? The RAND Blog, April 21, 2017. URL:

J. Russell, J. Ebner. ISIS want us to implement more anti-extremism laws – that’s the bigger plan. The Independent, May 24, 2017. URL:

D. Gartenstein-Ross. The Manchester attack shows how terrorists learn. The Atlantic, May 23, 2017. URL:

J. Le Miere. ISIS wants to attack the West’s food supply, practiced by poisoning prisoners in Iraq. Newsweek, May 22, 2017. URL:

Z. O’Brien. ISIS in plot to blow up British ports by planting bombs on fuel tankers. Express, May 22, 2017. URL:

D. Burke. ISIS tested ‘chemical weapons’ on live victims in horrific ‘Nazi style’ experiments, documents found at university in Mosul reveal. Mail Online, May 20, 2017. URL:

Laptop bombs a question of when, not if – UN official. BBC, May 18, 2017. URL:–_=_

R. Browne, B. Starr. ISIS creating chemical weapons cell in new de facto capital, US official says. CNN, May 17, 2017. URL:

C. Paton. Yazidis starved by ISIS told they would eat in paradise after suicide attacks. Newsweek, May 10, 2017. URL:

A.S. Yayla, A. Speckhard. Telegram: the mighty application that ISIS loves. ICSVE, May 9, 2017. URL:

K. McLaughlin. ISIS tells lone jihadists to use Craigslist and eBay to lure hostages to their homes and murder them by listing studio apartments for rent. Mail Online, May 5, 2017. URL:

A.H. Almohammad, A. Speckhard. ISIS drones: evolution, leadership, bases, operations and logistics. ICSVE Research Reports, May 4, 2017. URL:

J. Horgan, M. Bloom, C. Daymon, W. Kaczkowski, H. Tiflati. A new age of terror? Older fighters in the caliphate. CTC Sentinel, May 4, 2017. URL:

M. Holden. Islamic State militants developing own social media platform: EUROPOL. Reuters, May 3, 2017. URL:

Militants using gift cards to bankroll terrorism, intelligence agency says. The Guardian, May 2, 2017. URL:

4. Conflict, Crime and Political Violence other than Terrorism

J. Kryt. Mexico’s war is hell. It’s next door. It’s getting worse. Why? The Daily Beast, June 4, 2017. URL:

Maduro pushes ahead with referendum as protests go on. Deutsche Welle, June 2, 2017. URL:

TSG IntelBrief. A deadly and confusing attack in Manila. The Soufan Group, June 2, 2017. URL:

Nagorno-Karabakh’s gathering war clouds. International Crisis Group (ICG), Report #244, June 1, 2017. URL:

Narco song of Sinaloa (documentary). RT, May 28, 2017. URL:

K. Gänsler. Biafra: dreaming of a new state. Deutsche Welle, May 30, 2017. URL:

Leader of the Crimean Tatars: The Crimea will return to Ukraine within our lifetime. UAwire, May 29, 2017. URL:

Almost 100 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas I 2017 – Ukraine’s defense ministry. UAposition, May 29, 2017. URL:

C. Oduah. Biafran secessionist movement grows stronger in Nigeria. VOA, May 28, 2017. URL:

Transnistria will never become federal subject of Russia–Moldova’s president. Uaposition, May 26, 2017. URL:

A. Korybko. The Macedonian crisis isn’t over, and a bigger Balkan one is just beginning. Sputnik, May 21, 2017. URL:

M. Ilyas Khan. Is heroin being smuggled on Pakistani planes into Heathrow? BBC, May 25, 2017. URL:

Legal victory for Kenya hunter-gatherers. BBC, May 26, 2017. URL:

P. Beaumont. Mass Palestinian hungerstrike in Israeli jails ends after visitation deal. The Guardian, May 27, 2017. URL:

M. Kindzeka. Nigeria-Cameroon joint efforts to fight piracy. Deutsche Welle, May 25, 2017. URL:

Fierce clashes as rival factions battle in Libyan capital. Reuters, May 26, 2017. URL:

Pro-Biafra protests: police vow to deal with MASSOB, IPOB, others. Sahara Reporters, May 26, 2017. URL:

J. Bavier, A. Aboa. Signs of more trouble in Ivory Coast as hidden hand saves mutineers. Reuters, May 26, 2017. URL:

Militia violence in Central African Republic leaves 300 dead. Reuters, May 25, 2017. URL:

M. Fisher, A. Taub. How Venezuela went from the richest economy in South America to the brink of financial ruin. The Independent, May 24, 2017. URL:

P. Paganini. Europol arrested 27 for jackpotting attacks on ATM across the Europe. Security Affairs, May 22, 2017. URL:

J.C. Wong. America’s obsession with rooting out communism is making a comeback. The Guardian, May 22, 2017. URL:

Illicit financial flows to and from developing countries: 2005-2014. Global Financial Integrity, April 2017. URL:

The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Exploring the crime-conflict nexus. May 16, 2017. URL:

Christian sect attacks Congo prison, frees leader, 50 more. VOA, May 17, 2017. URL:

Noor Zahid, Akmal Dawi. Afghanistan’s deadly poppy harvest on rise again. VOA, May 16, 2017. URL:

Ivory Coast rebel troops say they accept deal to end mutiny. Deutsche Welle, May 16, 2017. URL:

D. Hearst. A king’s ransom. The Middle East Eye, May 17, 2017. URL:

T. Oladipo. Is Africa facing a new wave of piracy? BBC, May 15, 2017. URL:

T. Jones. Seventeen shot dead in mass jail break in Papua New Guinea. Deutsche Welle, May 15, 2017. URL:

S. Al Sayed. Former Palestinian prisoner and Barghouti’s wife explain inner workings of hunger strikes. The National, May 15, 2017. URL:

Israeli forces fire rubber bullets at Palestinians marching on Nakba Day. The National, May 16, 2017. URL:

Twenty killed in mosque attack in Nigeria over land dispute. ABC News, May 15, 2017. URL:

P. Yeung. UK is most corrupt country in the world, says mafia expert Roberto Saviano. The Independent, May 29, 2016. URL:

Dossier: Nord-Kivu: au dessous du volcan. Jeune Afrique, May 2017. URL:

B. Cummings. A murderous history of Korea. London Review of Books, 39(10), May 18, 2017. URL:

K. Lyons. Killings by Brazilian police branded a human rights crisis as body count rises. URL:

C. Orta, L. Goi. Brazil’s UPP struggles as criminal titans continue fight. InSight Crime, May 5, 2017. URL:

M. Mukhashaf. Thousands protest at Yemen president’s sacking of southern leaders. Reuters, May 4, 2017. URL:

Algeria election –what you need to know. BBC, May 2, 2017. URL:

The constitutional court of Moldova recognized the presence of Russian soldiers in Transdnistria as illegal. UAWire, May 3, 2017. URL:

P. Musvanhi. Zimbabwe protest movements team up against Mugabe. Deutsche Welle, May 2, 2017. URL:

J. Burke. Inequality, drought and the deadly fight for precious grazing land in Kenya. The Guardian. May 3, 2017. URL:

P. Wintour. Libya’s rival factions appear to reach outline agreement. The Guardian, May 3, 2017. URL:

J. Watts. Brazilian farmers attack indigenous tribe with machetes in brutal land dispute. The Guardian, May 1, 2017. URL:

5. Counter-Terrorism – General

S. Hewitt. Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so. The Conversation, June 2, 2017. URL:

A. Roussinos. Even with increased surveillance, there is more of this to come. Vice, June 5, 2017. URL:

M. Shurkin, S. Pezard, S.R. Zimmerman. Mali’s next battle. Improving counterterrorism capabilities. Santa Monica: RAND, RR-12410OSD, 2017, 142 pp. URL:

B. Connable, N. Lander, K. Jackson. Beating the Islamic State. Selecting a new strategy for Iran and Syria. Santa Monica: RAND, RR-1562-OSD, 2017, 98 pp. URL:

T. Karasik. Is the time up for Iran’s forays in the Middle East? Al Arabiya, May 30, 2017. URL:

P. Burke. Just how many civilians are we comfortably killing in war? Armies that accept human rights rarely backslide. War is Boring, May 30, 2017. URL:

K. Baron, M. Weisgerber. New tactics, quicker decisions are helping to ‘annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon says. Defense One, May 19, 2017. URL:

S. Mabon. Anger at failed states and foreign interference fan the flames of terror. Newsweek, May 29, 2017. URL:

H. de Bretton-Gordon. Safe zones give Europe a chance to rebuild Syria. Europe’s World, March 15, 2017. URL:–.WSvw5ldYlns

P. Cockburn. To prevent another week of terror, our state must not become a vast ISIS recruiting sergeant. The Independent, May 27, 2017. URL:

Why stopping terror attacks against soft targets is so hard. PBS Newshour, May 23, 2017. URL:

J. Corbyn speech on terrorism and foreign policy: full text. New Statesman, May 26, 2017. URL:

L. Markay, K. Dozier. P.C. Trump abandons ‘radical Islamic terror.’ The Daily Beast, May 21, 2017. URL:

G. LaFree. ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram: why is terrorism so hard to beat? Newsweek, May 22, 2017. URL:

SMA Project Noor Overview Video. YouTube, May 17, 2017. URL:

M. Lynch. In the same basket, or not? The White House has recently hosted two very different views about how to deal with Islamism. Carnegie Middle East Center, April 28, 2017. URL:

D. Byman. Trump and the next terrorist attack. Lawfare, May 2, 2017. URL:

J. Rogers. Drone warfare: the death of precision. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, May 12, 2017. URL:

S.G. Jones, J. Dobbins, D. Byman, C.S. Chivvis, B. Connable, J. Martini, C. Robinson, N. Chandler. Rolling back the Islamic State. Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2017, 296p. URL:

6. Counter-terrorist Strategies, Tactics and Operations

C. Doctorow. Theresa May wants to ban crypto: here’s what that would cost, and here’s why it won’t work anyway., June 4, 2017. URL:

R. Revesz. UK bombs sold to Saudi Arabia contributed to ’81 unlawful attacks in Yemen’, say human rights activists. The Independent, June 6, 2017. URL:

L. Dearden. London attack linked to hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s extremist network. June 6, 2017. URL:

L. Pasha-Robinson. Theresa May says she will tear up any human rights laws that obstruct new terror legislation. The Independent, June 6, 2017. URL:

E. Solomon. The $1 billion hostage deal that enraged Qatar’s Gulf rivals. Financial Times, June 5, 2017. URL:

T. Rosenblum. ‘Lone wolves’ never really act alone. The Cipher Brief, June 6, 2017. URL:

M. Leiter. Pressure in UK building for crackdown on suspected ISIS sympathizers. The Cipher Brief, June 4, 2017. URL:

Laptop bombs could be detonated on aircraft, warns United CEO. Reuters, June 6, 2017. URL:

B. McKernan. Raqqa assault: US-backed Syrian rebels launch attack to liberate ISIS stronghold. The Independent, June 6, 2017. URL:

H. Tworek. How Germany is tackling hate speech. New legislation targets US social media. Foreign Affairs, May 16, 2017. URL:

A. Damon. Mosul: as the battle against ISIS rages on, so does terror, suffering for civilians. CNN, June 6, 2017. URL:

B. Hoffman. Can Britain stop terrorists while defending civil liberties? The National Interest, June 5, 2017. URL:

‘How can 3,000 US troops help Afghanistan if 100,000 US troops couldn’t?’ RT, June 4, 2017. URL:

Six nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over claims it’s backing ISIS and al-Qaeda as fears mount for 2022 World Cup being held in the country. Mail Online, June 5, 2017. URL:

J. Cheatie. Special agent talks about lessons learned from 9/11 terror attacks on Inside the FBI: New York. Monsters & Critics, June 1, 2017. URL:

R. Barrett. Theresa May’s ‘enough is enough’ risks making the extremist threat worse. The Guardian, June 5, 2017. URL:

D. Cheong. Terrorists marked two Singapore spots as targets last year. The Straits Times, June 2, 2017. URL:

Post-ISIS ‘Iraqi instability’ predicted in Pentagon request for $1.8bn to arm & train fighters. RT, June 2, 2017. URL:

A. Majidyar. Iran looks to expand influence in Iraq when Mosul falls. The Cipher Brief, June 2, 2017. URL:

Facebook, Twitter and Google crackdown on hate speech following EU pressure. Newsweek, June 1, 2017. URL:

Terrorism-related crimes down 90% in past five years – Russian security committee. RT, May 24, 2017. URL:

Blow back – Manchester and the Libya connection. Medialens, June 1, 2017. URL:

France using state of emergency against peaceful protests, Amnesty says. BBC, May 31, 2017. URL:

‘Terrorist groups in Afghanistan strengthened, security deteriorating’ RT, May 31, 2017. URL:

Fragmented lives. Humanitarian overview 2016. OCHA, May 2017. URL:

Israel is ‘key driver’ of Palestinian hardships in occupied territories–UN report. RT, June 1, 2017. URL:

T. Lazaroff. UN: Palestinian, Israeli fatalities drop in 2016. The Jerusalem Post, May 31, 2017. URL:

A. Levin. New airport scanners could end bans on laptops and liquids. Bloomberg, May 26, 2017. URL:

P. Feaver. Could ISIS have been averted? Foreign Policy, May 31, 2017. URL:

J. Pilger. ‘Manchester atrocity lifts rock of British foreign policy, reveals Faustian alliance with extreme Islam’ – 21st Century Wire, May 31, 2017. URL:

M.S. Smith II. Containing ISIS’ Online campaigns after Manchester. The simple tools we can use but choose not to. Foreign Affairs, May 27, 2017. URL:

Putin signs bill introducing tougher surveillance of convicted terrorists. RT, May 29, 2017. URL:

‘US ‘annihilation tactics’ will make matters worse in Syria.’ RT, May 30, 2017. URL:

C. Tomson. Kurds reach the gates of Raqqa as 4,000 ISIS fighters gear up for apocalyptic battle. Al Masdar News, May 31, 2017. URL:

D. Freedman. The terror news cycle. LRB Blog, May 24, 2017. URL:

J. Robinson, P. Allen. France enlists Iraqi soldiers to ‘kill French militants fighting for ISIS before they return home and carry out terror attacks’ as shipment of ‘jihadi drug which makes fighters fearless’ is intercepted in Paris. Mail Online, May 30, 2017. URL:

J. Russell, D. Hamilton. National security is the issue that may decide the election – so where are the new ideas? The Independent, May 29, 2017. URL:

NATO record in fighting terror in Afghanistan study in failure – ex-USAF colonel. Sputnik, May 30, 2017. URL:

P. Layton. Trapped in a long war. The Strategist, May 29, 2017. URL:

US holds off on laptop ban on flights from Europe for now. Deutsche Welle, May 30, 2017. URL:

Egypt, Libya create operational headquarters for anti-terrorist airstrikes. Sputnik, May 30, 2017. URL:

I. Lazareva. Kidnapped to be a doctor to a warlord: the man now on a mission to catch Kony. The Guardian, May 30, 2017. URL:

L. Barnes. Mosul to be freed from ISIS by June 10 – exactly three years since fanatics took over the city, Iraqi forces claim. Mail Online, May 29, 2017. URL:

M. Martina. Blackwater founder’s FSG buys stake in Chinese security school. Reuters, May 30, 2017. URL:

C. Cole. ‘It was incessant.’ Former RAF Reaper pilot speaks to Drone Wars., May 30, 2017. URL:

Indonesia must revise antiterrorism law, early action necessary: top spook. Jakarta Globe, May 28, 2017. URL:

Y. Oluwadare. Boko Haram remains defeated. Today, May 30, 2017. URL:

I. Craig. Villagers say Yemeni child was shot as he tried to flee Navy SEAL raid. The Intercept, May 28, 2017. URL:

K. Nimmo. 9/11, Saudi Arabia, and the 28 pages. Newsbud, May 29, 2017. URL:

Indonesian president Joko Widodo calls for greater military role in war on terror. The Straits Times, May 30, 2017. URL:

S. Westall. Pt.1, Wrong side of history – Over 4 million slaughtered if Syria falls w/Senator Richard Black. YouTube, May 3, 2017. URL:

M. Weisgerber. NATO laying groundwork to send more troops to Iraq, Afghanistan. Defense One, May 18, 2017. URL:

P. Tucker. In urgent request, US special ops adds 350 kamikaze drones to fight ISIS. Defense One, May 18, 2017. URL:

E. Zuesse. Shifting the blame: how US made Iran responsible for 9/11. Strategic Culture, May 29, 2017. URL:

M. Reza Behnam. Rethinking Iran’s terrorism designation. Counterpunch, May 26, 2017. URL:

V. Prashad. The Afghan toll. Counterpunch, May 29, 2017. URL:

T. el-Ghobashy, M. Abi-Habib, B. Faucon. France’s Special Forces hunt French militants fighting for Islamic State. The Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2017. URL:

C. Reuter. A visit to the Mosul front. Spiegel Online, May 29, 2017. URL:–ref=nl-international

J. Rankin. Will the UK lose access to EU’s crime-fighting database after Brexit? The Guardian, May 29, 2017. URL:

P. Walker. Rudd admits anti-terror exclusion powers used only once since 2015. The Guardian, May 29, 2017. URL:

US ‘might’ expand laptop ban to all flights. Al Jazeera, May 28, 2017. URL:

Global paradox: ‘US involved in military conflicts as actor & referee at same time.’ RT, May 27, 2017. URL:

K. Watson. Fight against ISIS has shifted to ‘annihilation tactics,’ Mattis says. CBS News, May 28, 2017. URL:

B. Stinchfield. The creeping privatization of America’s armed forces. Newsweek, May 28, 2017. URL:

J. Moore. The Manchester attack network: Abedi, his accomplices and trail across Europe. Newsweek, May 25, 2017. URL:

Laptop ban could apply to all flights to US, homeland security chief says. The Guardian, May 28, 2017. URL:

B. Kentish. FBI ‘warned MI5 in January that Salman Abedi was planning terror attack in UK.’ The Independent, May 28, 2017. URL:

S. Shams. India kills top Kashmiri rebel – A setback or a stimulus for separatists? Deutsche Welle, May 28, 2017. URL:

US considers laptop ban on all international flights. Deutsche Welle, May 28, 2017. URL:

Philippines’ Duterte asks separatists, Maoist rebels to join in fight against Daesh. Daily Sabah, May 28, 2017. URL:

J. Austin. Terror in Manchester: 3,500 potential terrorists & 400 ISIS fighters back from Syria in UK. Express, May 23, 2017. URL:

R. Kassam, V. Friedman. 2017 has seen a terror attack attempted in Europe every nine days. Breitbart, May 23, 2017. URL:

Leaked docs prove counter-terror ops used to silence ‘jihadist’ water protectors at Standing Rock. Activist Post, May 27, 2017. URL:

Iraq a ‘black hole’ for billions in US arms. The New Arab, May 24, 2017. URL:

‘Hundreds’ of British fighters remain in IS ranks: defector. The New Arab, May 1, 2017. URL:

West to lose Russia as partner in fight against terrorism if sanctions enhanced. May 27, 2017. URL:

P. Escobar. Daesh and the West’s solid stench of death. Sputnik, May 25, 2017. URL:

D. Casciani. Manchester attack: the Libya-jihad connection. BBC, May 24, 2017. URL:

C. Byaruhanga. Has Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony been defeated? BBC, May 23, 2017. URL:

K. Ahmed. Pakistan suffers $123 billion in losses in war against terrorism. Daily Times, May 27, 2017. URL:

Results of Russian military campaign in Syria: October 21, 2016 – May 24, 2017., May 24, 2017. URL:

UN’s Guterres: Trump budget would make UN peacekeeping ‘simply impossible.’ Deutsche Welle, May 25, 2017. URL:

B. Knight. Germany ‘failed to use language recognition tech on refugees.’ Deutsche Welle, May 26, 2017. URL:

S. Almukhtar. US airstrikes on ISIS have killed hundreds, maybe thousands of civilians. The New York Times, May 25, 2017. URL:

P. Falk. Embattled Russian envoy could head new UN counterterrorism office. CBS News, May 26, 2017. URL:

B. Schatz. The US lost track of a billion dollars worth of weapons in Iraq – again. Mother Jones, May 24, 2017. URL:

C. Waitman. California Department of Justice spent nearly two million dollars on controversial facial recognition software. Muckrock, April 27, 2017. URL;

K. Nimmo. ‘Manchester bombing: how British intelligence has coddled terrorists.’ Newsbud, May 25, 2017. URL:

G. Kassimeris. As the Manchester Arena attack shows, terrorism has changed for good. The Independent, May 25, 2017. URL:

P. Cockburn. Manchester attack: it is pious and inaccurate to say Salman Abedi’s actions had nothing to do with Islam.’ The Independent, May 25, 2017. URL:

P. Beinart. What Trump reveals by calling terrorists ‘losers’. The Atlantic, May 24, 2017. URL:

K. Osborn. High-tech US spy plane supports combat ops in Africa, South America. Meet EMARSS. War is Boring, May 24, 2017. URL:

N. Costello. Despair, broken bodies – the real cost of Trump’s Saudi arms deal. War is Boring, May 23, 2017. URL:

Terrorism-related crimes down 90% in past 5 years – Russian security committee. RT, May 24, 2017. URL:

J. Dettmer. Security expert: Manchester bomb designed to maxime casualties. VOA, May 23, 2017. URL:

P. Escobar. Abu Trump al-Amriki. Sputnik, May 20, 2017. URL:

‘Ghost ships’ in European waters pose terrorist threat, warn naval chiefs. RT, May 11, 2017. URL:

US, Saudi Arabia adds Hezbollah’s Safieddine to blacklist. The Daily Star, May 19, 2017. URL:

M. Gidda. Boko Haram is growing stronger in Nigeria thanks to corruption in the military. Newsweek, May 19, 2017. URL:

R. Ellis. Erdogan: Turkey will not take part in Raqqa offensive. CNN, May 19, 2017. URL:

US and EU reject expanding laptop ban to fights from Europe. BBC, May 17, 2017. BBC, May 17, 2017. URL:

A.V. Pestano. NATO chiefs recommend joining coalition fighting Islamic State . May 18, 2017. URL:

M. Young. Running on empty. In an interview, Egyptian journalist Mohannad Sabry discusses Egypt’s failing military campaign in the Sinai. Carnegie Middle East Center, May 17, 2017.

T. Schultz. NATO ponders boosting counterterrorism efforts ahead of Trump’s visit. Deutsche Welle, May 18, 2017. URL:

N. Turse. The war you’ve never heard of. The US is waging a massive shadow war in Africa, exclusive documents reveal. Vice News, May 18, 2017. URL:

P. Cockburn. The two most dangerous men in the world: Trump and Crown Prince Salman. Counterpunch, May 17, 2017. URL:

M.W.S. Ryan. Why ISIS is bullet-proof. The Cipher Brief, May 18, 2017. URL:

B. Seftel. The war against ISIS has just begun. The Cipher Brief, May 18, 2017. URL:

R. Fisk. This is the aim of Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia–and it isn’t good for Shia communities. The Independent, May 18, 2017. URL:

M.A. Russon. Pentagon building AI neural networks to hunt down Islamic State militants. IB Times, May 16, 2017. URL:

C. Buyck, D.M. Herzsenhorn. EU and US meeting on airline laptop ban ends with no result. Politico, May 17, 2017. URL:

D. Vine. Forty-five blows against democracy. How US military bases back dictators, autocrats and military regimes. Salon, May 17, 2017. URL:

C. Burke Robertson, I.D. Manta. Why banning laptops from airplane cabins doesn’t make sense. The Conversation, May 17, 2017. URL:

M. Chabkoun. Westerners joining the fight against ISIL are no heroes. Al Jazeera, May 14, 2017. URL:

B. McGurk. US envoy: fight to retake Mosul in ‘final stages.’ Associated Press, May 15, 2017. URL:’final-stages’

H. McKay. MOAB damage in Afghanistan extreme, widespread. Fox News, May 11, 2017. URL:

S. Gohel: Afghanistan: losses, setbacks and impending challenges. (part 1) London School of Economics and Political Science, May 12, 2017. URL:

S. Gohel. Afghanistan: losses, set backs and impending challenges (part 2). London School of Economics and Political Science, May 12, 2017. URL:

D. Schenker. Egypt’s failed war on terror. Why Cairo is dragging its feet on ISIS. Foreign Affairs, May 10, 2017. URL:

P. Iddon. Israel will try to smash Hezbollah if there’s another war. War is Boring, May 11, 2017. URL:

A. Cordesman. The war in Yemen: hard choices in a hard war. Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 9, 2017. URL:

A. Cordesman. The Afghan war: creating an Afghan capability to win. Center for Strategic International Studies, and May 1, 2017. URL:

J. Wing. How the Islamic State has fought the battle for Mosul, interview with Horizon client access’ Alex Mello. Musings on Iraq, May 8, 2017. URL:

M. Habib. Planning for the end: Iraq’s final fight against extremists will be in the deserts of Anbar., May 10, 2017. URL:

C. Irving. US to ban laptops in all cabins of flights from Europe, officials say. The Daily Beast, May 10, 2017. URL:

S. Shams. Unhappy neighbors – Afghanistan, India, Iran wary of Pakistan’s ‘jihadist support.’ Deutsche Welle, May 9, 2017. URL:

J.P. Scholz. Overhaul CAR’s security forces faltering. Deutsche Welle, May 9, 2017. URL:

L. Sanders IV. Amid evolving threats, EUROPOL strengthens fight against terrorism. Deutsche Welle, May 8, 2017. URL:

H. Vincze. NATO: assessing the alliance’s counter-terrorism efforts. Terrorism Monitor, 15(8), April 21, 2017. URL:

D. Thiénot. France doesn’t know what to do with the 17,000 people it labels potential terrorists. The Intercept, May 5, 2017. URL:

E. Westra. 1,000 days of war: bridging local realities and Coalition partner claims., May 4, 2017. URL:

S. Oakford. 1,000 days of war: what the experts say., May 4, 2017. URL:

Waleed Aly. How to stop a lone-wolf terrorist? Australia has a plan. The New York Times, May 2, 2017. URL:

Signs of a bargain? Why Russia is for the establishment of ‘safe zones’ in Syria. Sputnik, May 5, 2017. URL:

Syrian safe zones: ‘Russia will keep its hopes up and its gunpowder dry’. Sputnik, May 5, 2017. URL:

UN scrutinizes Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror laws. Deutsche Welle, May 4, 2017. URL:

E. Mitchell. US special operations chief defends ‘mother of all bombs’ decision. The Hill, May 4, 2017. URL:

P. Cruickshank. A view from the CT foxhole: James A. Gagliano, former FBI hostage rescue team counterterrorist operator. CTC Sentinel, 10(5), May 2017. URL:

N. Hauer. Putin has a new secret weapon in Syria: Chechens. Foreign Policy, May 4, 2017. URL: pix 5-4&utm_term=*Editors Picks

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree on Syria safe zones, opposition cries foul. Deutsche Welle, May 4, 2017. URL:

Hong Kong police on high alert over threat of ISIS-inspired lone wolves – report. RT, May 4, 2017. URL:

M. Kiser. Big game: US soldiers’ secret hunt for jihadists in a Kenyan forest. The Daily Beast, February 8, 2017. URL:

EUROPOL probes potential Daesh social media propaganda, radicalization network. Sputnik, May 4, 2017. URL:

N. McCarthy. US special forces deployed to 70% of the world in 2016., February 8, 2017. URL:

P. Cockburn. Fall of Raqqa and Mosul will not spell the end for ISIS – only a new beginning. The Independent, May 3, 2017. URL:

S. Shams. Pakistan on collision course with Iran? Deutsche Welle, April 25, 2017. URL:

D. Boylan. Under Trump, task force emerges to close loopholes that let terrorists slip into US. The Washington Times, May 2, 2017. URL:

C. Jia. Drones will help Xinjiang fight terror. Xinhua, May 2, 2017. URL:

SIGAR. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Quarterly Report to Congress, April 30, 2017. URL:

Mali extends state of emergency in bid to quell Islamist attacks. Reuters, April 30, 2017. URL:

UN casualty figures for Iraq for the month of April 2017. Reliefweb, May 1, 2017. URL:

M. Hennessy-Fiske, W.J. Hennigan. US reconsiders its responsibility for civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. Los Angels Times, May 1, 2017. URL:

K. Faroohar. Afghan deaths soar to highest on record as US weighs strategy. Bloomberg, May 1, 2017. URL:

UN rights boss says Egypt crackdown ‘facilitates radicalization.’ Reuters, May 1, 2017. URL:

7. State Repression and Civil War at Home and Clandestine and Open Warfare

Mosul torture exposed: Iraq forces’ abuses filmed. RT, June 6, 2017. URL:

Lawyer for tortured detainees: US created ISIS through misguided detention, interrogation policies. Democracy Now, June 5, 2017. URL:

A. Goldman, E. Schmitt. Aid coordinator in Yemen had secret job overseeing US military shipments. The New York Times, June 6, 2017. URL:

W. Stewart. Former British public schoolboy accused of plotting to assassinate Putin is shot and wounded by a Russian hitman in Kiev – before his sniper wife fires back at the assailant. Mail Online, June 2, 2017. URL:

Central African republic: sectarian violence verging on genocide, UN reports. Morning Star Online, May 31, 2017. URL:,-UN-reports–.WS4VWFdYlns

UNHCR names team to probe Myanmar Rohingya abuses. Iran Daily, May 30, 2017. URL:

The Iraq Report: government crimes fan flames of conflict. The New Arab, May 24, 2017. URL:

P. Iddon. Crimes against humanity in Iraqi Kurdistan are rigorously documented. The New Arab, May 22, 2017. URL:

A. Thomas-Johnson. ‘Sorted’ by MI5: how UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi. Middle East Eye, May 26, 2017. URL:

C. Gaffey. South Sudan’s army may have committed war crimes: UN. Newsweek, May 19, 2017. URL:

‘No chance of color revolution in Russia’ – security chief. RT, May 19, 2017. URL:

B. Seftel. Is Sudan still a state sponsor of terror? The Cipher Brief, May 11, 2017. URL:

Damascus says US DoS accusations on crematorium in Sednya prison false. Sputnik, May 16, 2017. URL:

US State Department says Syrian regime using ‘crematorium’ to dispose of bodies. Deutsche Welle, May 15, 2017. URL:

J. Burke. UK downplayed killings in Zimbabwe to guard its interests, study claims. The Guardian, May 16, 2017. URL: .

G. Harris, A. Barnard, R. Gladstone. Syrian crematory is hiding mass killings or prisoners, YS says. The New York Times, May 15, 2017. URL:

P. Kovacevic. NATO gearing up for regime change in Russia with false flag operations? Newsbud, YouTube, may 7, 2017.

B. Kentish. Donald Trump trying to stage a coup and overthrow democracy is ‘inevitable’, says top US historian. The Independent, May 1, 2017. URL:

Russia declassifies secret report on horrifying Nazi crimes in wartime Ukraine. Sputnik, May 6, 2017. URL:

E. MacAskill. The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world. The Guardian, May 5, 2017. URL:

L. Iaccino. UN renews calls to investigate deadly anti-government protests in Ethiopia. Newsweek, May 5, 2017. URL:

How rape is used as a weapon in South Sudan’s war. PBS Newshour, May 3, 2017. URL:–

Atrocity Alert., #53, May 3, 2017. URL:

Millions are on the brink of war-driven starvation in South Sudan. May 2, 2017. URL:

South Sudan’s civil war spirals into genocide, leaving ghost towns in its wake. PBS Newshour, May 1, 2017. URL:

8. Prevention and Preparedness Studies

Religious scholars issue unanimous fatwa declaring suicide attacks Haram. The International News, May 27, 2017. URL:

A. Speckhard, A. Shajkovci. Confronting an ISIS emir: ICSVE’s breaking the ISIS brand counter-narrative video. ICVSE, May 29, 2017. URL:

S. Cain. Sayeeda Warsi: UK policy on radicalization ‘has been flawed for years.’ The Guardian, May 29, 2017. URL:

‘You filled cemeteries with our children’: anti-terrorist Ramadan video goes viral on YouTube. RT, May 29, 2017. URL:

B. Blieseman de Guevara, R. Kostic. Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding ‘facts’, telling ‘truth’. Journal of Intervention and State-building, 11(1), 20017, pp. 1-20. URL:

C. Rausch, T. Luu. Inclusive peace processes are key to ending violent conflict. PCDN, May 5, 2017. URL:

K. Malik. How did the left radicalism of my Manchester youth give way to Islamism? The Guardian, May 28, 2017. URL:

B. Stoter. Mosul’s children and the lasting scars of conflict. The New Arab. May 26, 2017.URL:

Student creates 800-page ‘Muslims condemn’ database after attacks. The New Arab, May 25, 2017. URL:

F. Gardner. Inside Saudi Arabia’s rehab centre for jihadists. BBC, May 26, 2017. URL:

M. von Hein. How ‘closed communities’ provide a breeding ground for radical Islam. Deutsche Welle, May 24, 2017. URL:

A. Glazzard. Losing the plot: narrative, counter-narrative and violent extremism. The Hague: ICCT, Research paper # 8, 2017. URL:

I. Kaledzi. Ghana: civil society group fights online extremist recruitment. Deutsche Welle, May 9, 2017. URL:

P. Neumann. Online radicalization: myths and realities. YouTube, May 10, 2017.

D. Koehler. Understanding deradicalization: methods, tools and programs for countering violent extremism. Routledge, 2017. URL:

A. Meleagrou-Hitchens, N. Kaderbhai. Research perspective on online radicalization. A literature review, 2006-2016. London: ICSR, King’s College, Voxpol, 2017. URL:

Reviewing the evidence base on migration and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), CT-MORSE, April 2017. URL:

9. Intelligence

B. Gertz. Security analysts confirm links between Beijing spy agency and security firm. Washington Times, June 6, 2017. URL:

B. Dreyfuss. The Intercept discloses top-secret NSA document on Russia hacking aimed at US voting system. Mother Jones, June 5, 2017. URL:

M. Cole, R. Esposito, S. Biddle, R. Grim. Top-secret NSA report details Russian hacking effort days before 2016 election. The Intercept, June 5, 2017. URL:

A. Watkins. Russia escalates spy games after years of US neglect. Politico, June 1, 2017. URL:

M. Rosenberg, A. Goldman. CIA names new Iran chief in a sign of Trump’s hard line. New York Times, June 2, 2017. URL: 6.2.17&utm_term=Editorial–Early Bird Brief

E. Blinova. FBI spying machine: who allowed ‘deep state’ to overstep its bound. Sputnik, June 1, 2017.

The relationship between intelligence and policymaking: three decades of insight. Intelligence and National Security, Taylor & Francis Online, 2017. URL:

R. Jacobs. The deep state is the state. Counterpunch, May 26, 2017. URL:

B. Kampmark. The merry life of dragnet surveillance. Counterpunch, May 29, 2017. URL:

M. Goodman. The Washington Post’s renewed attack on whistleblowers. Counterpunch, May 20, 2017. URL:

L. Bershidsky. The US intelligence ship is too leaky to sail. Bloomberg, May 25, 2017. URL:

S. F. Ravich. China reaches into its cyber toolkit to wage economic warfare. The Cipher Brief, May 21, 2017.

J. Hultquist. Chinese cyber-spies target Asian neighbors. The Cipher Brief, May 21, 2017. URL:

L. Maxey. Chinese industrial spies cast a wider net. The Cipher Brief, May 21, 2017. URL:

T. Cushing. DOJ officials express an interest in prosecuting leakers and whistleblowers. Techdirt, May 25, 2017. URL:

UK government using Manchester attacks as an excuse to kill encryption. Techdirt, May 25, 2017. URL:

T. Cushing. FBI insider threat program documents show how little it takes to be branded a threat to the agency. Techdirt, May 23, 2017. URL:

China ‘crippled CIA operations, killed informants’: New York Times. Deutsche Welle, May 21, 2017. URL:

A. Finley. How the CIA forgot the art of spying. Politico Magazine, March/April 2017. URL:

C. Silva. New Cold War: is Russia spying on the US from a Nicaragua military compound? Newsweek, May 22, 107. URL:

A. Becker. Russia election hacking: everything we know about US investigations into alleged interference. Reuters, May 18, 2017. URL:

Cyber spies go mainstream. Cyber Security Intelligence, May 12, 2017. URL:

#Vault7 ‘Athena’: CIA’s anti-Windows malware ‘better than bombing things.’ RT, May 19, 2017. URL:

J. Kavenaugh. Fast and furious: now they’re really gunning for Trump. Counterpunch, May 18, 2017. URL:

C. Ketcham. The Cloud Panopticon: Google, cloud computing and the Surveillance-Industrial-Complex. Counterpunch, May 12, 2017. URL:

A. Younes. Jordanian spies provided ISIL bomb intel: officials. Al Jazeera, May 18, 2017. URL:

S. MacLaren. How do leak investigations work? Lawfare, May 16, 2017. URL:

D. Byman. Intelligence liaison and counterterrorism: a quick primer. Lawfare, May 16, 2017. URL:

10. Cyber Operations

S. Best. A devastating global cyber attack is imminent, warn experts: the hack called ‘ExplodingCan’ could target computers running Microsoft 2003. Mail Online, June 5, 2017. URL:

K. Poulsen. Hackers vow to release apparent trove of UAE’ ambassador’s emails. The Daily Beast, June 2, 2017. URL:

K. Ismail. Report: DDoS attacks have slowed, but increased in size. CMS Wire, May 2, 2017. URL:

B. Schneier. Why the NSA makes us more vulnerable to cyber attacks. The lessons of WannaCry. Foreign Affairs, May 30, 2017. URL:

J. Leicester. France warns of risk of war in cyberspace. Associated Press, June 2, 2017. URL:

#Vault7: CIA’s ‘Pandemic’ turns file servers into ‘Patient Zero’. RT, June 1, 2017. URL:

End of the Silk Road: court upholds life sentence for dark web drug kingpin Ross Ulbricht. RT, May 31, 2017. URL:

Anonymous. The UK government wants to create a new Internet. YouTube, May 30, 2017. URL:

Defense Ministry seeks tougher control over servicemen’s internet activity. RT, May 31, 2017. URL:

Shadow Brokers offer new secrets to ‘high rollers & governments’ after helping create WannaCry. RT, May 31, 2017. URL:

World’s biggest data breaches. Selected losses greater than 30,000 records. Information is Beautiful Live, (updated April 25, 2017). URL:

R. Waltzman. The weaponization of information. The need for cognitive security. Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, April 27, 2017. Santa Monica: RAND, CT-472, 2017, 10p. URL:

A. Asthana. Tories pledge to push social media firms to fight online extremism. The Guardian, May 28, 2017. URL:

Facebook condemns Germany’s so-called ‘hate speech’ law. The Local, May 29, 2017. URL:

N. Lomas. UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremism. Techcrunch, May 27, 2017. URL:

G. Knowles, S. Murphy. Facebook’s cut-price hate video ‘police’: social media giant pays young Filipinos £1.36 an hour to assess and remove terror-related material from the site. Mail Online, May 28, 2017. URL:

M. Korolov. Global cybercrime prosecution a patchwork of alliances. CSO, May 1, 2017. URL:

Cybercrooks fight over DDOS attack resources. CSO, May 16, 2017. URL:

N. Hopkins. Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence. The Guardian, May 21, 2017. URL:

C. Brooks. Keep calm and…Here is a list of alarming cybersecurity statistics. ITSP Magazine, 2017. URL:

EU nations expand their cyber defences. Cyber Security Intelligence, May 19, 2017. URL:

R. Kaser. Massive database containing over 560 million passwords discovered. The New Web, May 17, 2017. URL:

K. Burne, R. Sidel. Hackers ran through holes in SWIFT’s network. How secure is the SWIFT network? URL:

Speech Rob Bertholee ‘Digital threats in the 21st century.’ One Conference 2017, May 16, 2017. URL:

G. Price. Shadow Brokers have North Korean, Russian nuclear program data, hackers say in blog. Newsweek, May 16, 2017. URL:

B. Padden. Group behind leak of tools used in ransomware attack says ready to sell more code. VOA, May 17, 2017. URL:

The UK’s defence structure needs updating to meet modern challenges. The Independent, May 15, 2017. URL:

W. Rahn. North Korea’s murky links to international cybercrime. Deutsche Welle, April 12, 2017. URL:

K. Poulsen. New clue in ransomware attack points to Kim Jung UN. The Daily Beast, May 15, 2017. URL:

K. Chan. Experts try to figure out who’s behind global cyberattack. Associated Press, May 15, 2017. URL:’s-behind-global-cyberattack

EUROPOL says cyberattack that hit NHS is ‘biggest in history and unique.’ Sky News, May 15, 2017. URL:

M. Hathaway, F. Spidalieri. Announcing the release of new Cyber Readiness Index Country Profile – The Netherlands cyber readiness at a glance. Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. URL:

M. Weisgerber. The Pentagon’s new algorithmic warfare cell gets its first mission: hunt ISIS. Defense One, May 14, 2017. URL:

D. Goodin. An NSA-derived ransomware worm is shutting down computers worldwide. Ars Technica, May 12, 2017. URL:

M. Holloway. How Russia weaponized social media in Crimea. The Strategy Bridge, May 10, 2017. URL:

T. Lorenzen. The edge of chaos: emergent factors in the information environment. The Strategy Bridge, May 9, 2017. URL:

K. Poulsen. Are cyber crooks funding North Korea’s nukes? The Daily Beast, May 8, 2017. URL:

US Chamber report offers framework for US-EU cybersecurity cooperation. Homeland Security Today, May 3, 2017. URL:

A. Kimery. Trump’s latest cybersecurity draft executive order holds dept. agency heads directly accountable to President for order’s cybersecurity policies, directives. Homeland Security Today, May 3, 2017. URL:

P. Apps. Commentary: As cyber warfare turns 10, the West risks falling behind. Reuters, May 4, 2017. URL:

11. Risk & Threat Assessments, Forecasts, Analytical Studies

D. Lomas. London Bridge attack: why the terror threat level was downgraded. The Conversation, June 4, 2017. URL:

R. Wright. How different – and dangerous – is terrorism today? The New Yorker, June 5, 2017. URL:

A. Kirk. How many people are killed by terrorist attacks in the UK? The Telegraph, June 5, 2017. URL:

Report: worldwide terrorism at all-time high. VOA, June 1, 2017. URL:

D. Harland. War is back: the international response to armed conflict. Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, June 1, 2017. URL:

D. Hyslop. Measuring an increasingly divided and complex world. Vison of Humanity, June 1, 2017. URL:

Global Peace Index 2017. Vision of Humanity, June 2, 2017. URL:

Assessing risk in the 21st century. Center for Strategic and International Studies CSIS). YouTube, June 1, 2017. URL:

J. Sinai. Terrorism futures 2030: identifying analytical methodologies to forecast the next phase in the terrorism historical wave. In: L. J. Fennelly, M. Beaudry, M.A. Perry (Eds.) Security in 2025. ASIS, 2017. URL:

Global Conflict Tracker. Council on Foreign Relations, May 30, 2017. URL:–!/

Friedensgutachen 2017. Lit Verlag, 2017. URL:

R. Pantucci. Fighters who can’t travel to Syria pose growing threat. The Guardian, May 27, 2017. URL:

Outcome Report: When war moves to cities: protection of civilians in urban areas. An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and InterAction Roundtable, May 2017. URL:

O. Smith: Mapped: the 48 countries where a terrorist attack is most likely. Telegraph, May 26, 2017. URL:

Global report on internal displacement. iDMC, 2017. URL:

Threat level moved from Critical to Severe. Metropolitan Police, May 27, 2017. URL:

Water, climate and conflict: security risks on the increase. Clingendael Briefing Note, April 2017. URL:

TSG IntelBrief. The UK’s ‘critical’ terror threat level. URL:

Global Travel Risk Map. Max Security Solutions, May 2017. URL: Risk Map&utm_source=linkedingroup&utm_medium=social

Wave of ‘more dangerous, skilled’ ISIS jihadists bound to hit Europe – UN counterterrorism chief. RT, May 19, 2017. URL:

Belgium to maintain security threat level. Business Standard, May 17, 2017. URL:

National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, DHS, may 17, 2017. URL:

D. Shortell. DHS issues homegrown terror bulletin. CNN, May 17, 2017. URL:

M. Beckman. We’re edging closer to nuclear war. Experts are worried about India, Pakistan, and North Korea. FiveThirtyEight, May 15, 2017. URL:

J. Mitchell. Evaluating likelihoods for Libya scenario 2 increased spillover and partition. The Red (Team) Analysis Society, May 9, 2017. URL:

Armed conflict survey 2017. IISS, May 2017. URL:

C. Mwakideu. Mixed picture for Africa in 2017 Armed Conflict Survey. Deutsche Welle, May 9, 2017. URL:

2017 Fragile states index. Fund for Peace, URL:

T. O’Connor. World War III is coming soon, Anonymous warns in a new video. Newsweek, May 9, 2017. URL:

TSA warns of possible truck-ramming terrorist attacks., May 6, 2017. URL:

12. Also Worth Reading

G. Soros. The European Union needs a radical invention. Open Society Foundations, June 5, 2017. URL:

M. Laurinavicius. Weaponizing kleptocracy: Putin’s hybrid warfare. Hudson Institute, June 14, 2017. URL:

J. Sugarman. Adam Curtis: Donald Trump is stepping for the first time into the real world. Salon, April 9, 2017. URL:

M. Konaev. The future of war is in cities –The study of war should follow suit. The CSS blog network, May 30, 2017. URL:

A. Korybko. Competitive connectivity is at the core of the new Cold War. Sputnik, May 29, 2017. URL:

B. Fernandez. The United States of Insanity. Al Jazeera, May 28, 2017. URL:

P. Gordon. A vision of Trump at war. How the President could stumble into conflict. Foreign Affairs, May/June 2017. URL:

J. Keller. DARPA considers high-capacity military data storage based on molecular technology. Military Aerospace, May 16, 2017. URL:

J. McLaughlin. The 2017 Fragile States Index: insight beyond the headlines. The Cipher Brief, May 17, 2017. URL:

R. Fisk. Even when wars end in the Middle East, superbugs and aggressive cancers caused by conflict attack. The Independent, May 16, 2017. URL:

D. Goure. Is the US military preparing for war? The National Interest, May 15, 2017. URL:

P. Escobar. The decline of the West. Sputnik, May 11, 2017. URL:

A. Beckett. Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in. The Guardian, May 11, 2017. URL:

CNAS releases new report: ‘Generations of war: the rise of the warrior caste and the all-volunteer force. Small Wars Journal, May 8, 2017. URL:“generations-of-war-the-rise-of-the-warrior-caste-and-the-all-voluntee

D. Rotkopf. Is America a failed state? Foreign Policy, May 10, 2017. URL:

About the Compiler: Berto Jongman is a former senior Military Intelligence Analyst and current International Consultant on CBRN issues. A sociologist by training, he also worked for civilian Swedish and Dutch research institutes. Jongman was the recipient of the Golden Candle Award for his World Conflict & Human Rights Maps, published by PIOOM. He also contributed to various editions (1984, 1988, 2005, 2011) of the award-winning Handbook on Terrorism Research, edited by Alex P. Schmid.

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