The Critical Resource Power of the Islamic State


Bottom Line Up Front: • From seizing a vital dam in Ramadi, or gas fields in central Syria, and now parts of the world’s largest water irrigation project in Sirte, Libya, the Islamic State is using critical resources and infrastructure in unprecedented fashion • The group prioritizes accumulating and holding territory; water, irrigation, hydroelectricity; and oil and minerals • By

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ISIS recruiting blog by Kerala Jihadis under security scanner


KERALA: Terrorists of the Islamic State (IS), shocking the world by their cowardly acts, are slated to be active in Kerala. They have entered the state after starting a blog in Malayalam. The central intelligence department has started investigation on the blog titled ‘Ansarul Khilafa’ which started on May 25. The security agencies assess that the blog supports the finding

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Six months after arrest, charge sheet filed against Mehdi


Nearly six months after Mehdi Masroor Biswas, a suspected handler of the pro-Islamic State Twitter account, was arrested on the charge of sedition, waging war and supporting terrorist organisation, the Bengaluru police on Monday filed a charge sheet against him in the Metropolitan Magistrate Court here. Mehdi has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The UAPA has

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The Islamic State’s Most Dangerous Recruits


Bottom Line Up Front:  • The Islamic State gained another highly trained member when Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, former commander of Tajikistan’s special police unit, left his country to join the terrorist group in Syria • Khalimov, who received U.S. counterterrorism training both in Tajikistan and the United States, is just one of hundreds of people from Central Asia who have traveled to

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UK Islamic State recruiters target Australian teens

Islamic State recruiters are increasingly using secure chat rooms to evade scrutiny. Source: AP

British Islamic State fighters are targeting vulnerable Australian teenagers to join the terror group in a fresh international challenge to the nation’s security agencies. The move reflects the growing globalism of Islamic State’s recruitment push, with some of these British fighters having close links to notorious Australian recruiter and former Melbourne man Neil Prakash. Prakash, who is believed to have

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A senior female Islamic State commander who left the terror group has claimed it has a specialised social media grooming unit, where fighters work in shifts to radicalise vulnerable young people online. The woman, known as Um Asmah, was also the first person to have contact with British schoolgirls Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase after they crossed the

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