TERRORIST GROUPS

BOKO HARAM BACKGROUND Boko Haram, which refers to itself as “Jama‘atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da‘awati wal-Jihad” (JASDJ; Group of the Sunni People for the Calling and Jihad) and “Nigerian Taliban”—other translations… Read more

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AL-QA’IDA IN THE LANDS OF THE ISLAMIC MAGHREB (AQIM) BACKGROUND Al-Qa‘ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is an Algeria-based Sunni Muslim jihadist group. It originally formed in… Read more

TERRORIST GROUPS

BACKGROUND Al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a Sunni extremist group based in Yemen that has orchestrated numerous high-profile terrorist attacks. One of the most notable of these operations… Read more

TERRORIST GROUPS

AL-QA’IDA BACKGROUND Established by Usama Bin Ladin in 1988 with Arabs who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, al-Qa’ida’s declared goal is the establishment of a pan-Islamic caliphate throughout… Read more

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AL-NUSRAH FRONT BACKGROUND Al-Nusrah Front is one of the most capable al-Qa‘ida-affiliated groups operating in Syria during the ongoing conflict. The group in January 2012 announced its intention to overthrow… Read more

AFGHAN TALIBAN

BACKGROUND The Taliban is a Sunni Islamist nationalist and pro-Pashtun movement founded in the early 1990s that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until October 2001. The movement’s founding nucleus—the… Read more

TERRORIST GROUPS

ABU SAYYAF GROUP (ASG) BACKGROUND The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is the most violent of the Islamic separatist groups operating in the southern Philippines and claims to promote an independent… Read more

Australian Leader Outlines Tough New Anti-Terrorism Measures

Abbott decried the spread of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq as a “new dark age” Australians who hold dual nationality and flout antiterrorism laws will have their citizenship suspended… Read more