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Friday, March 13, 2015

INTELWIRE Weekly Brief 03/13/15

It was a big week for INTELWIRE, starting with a panel at the Brookings Institution on ISIS ideology and propaganda featuring Will McCants, Jonathon Morgan, Anastasia Norton and Cole Bunzel, author of the new paper linked below.

Then, on Thursday, ISIS: The State of Terror officially went on sale. Follow @intelwire on Twitter for a rolling list of media appearances, and more importantly, buy the book and tell your friends!

From paper state to caliphate: The ideology of the Islamic State

While the Islamic State dominates headlines through its brutal tactics and pervasive propaganda, there is little awareness of the unique ideology driving the group's strategy. by Cole Bunzel


ISIS sympathizer arrested after plotting to bomb U.S. consulate in Toronto: CBSA
At an immigration hearing on Wednesday, the Canada Border Services Agency alleged that Jahanzeb Malik, who first came to Canada in 2004 as a student, was an ISIS supporter and had plotted to bomb the U.S. consulate and financial buildings in Toronto.

IS welcomes Boko Haram allegiance: tape
The Islamic State group welcomed a pledge of allegiance made to it by Boko Haram and vowed to press with its expansion, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman.

Iraqi Army Cements Hold on Tikrit, but Islamic State Sends a Message
BAGHDAD — Iraqi government forces and allied Shiite militias began consolidating control over most of the city of Tikrit on Wednesday, declaring they were on their way to a strategically and emotionally significant victory in their nine-day offensive against Islamic State militants there.

ISIS Finds New Frontier in Chaotic Libya
Libya has become a new frontier for the radical group as it comes under increasing pressure from American-led airstrikes on its original strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Family Denies Palestinian Killed by ISIS Was Spy
Mohamed Musallam can be seen in a video released Tuesday on his knees wearing the familiar orange jumpsuit of an Islamic State captive. Before he is shot in the head by a boy, he admits under obvious duress that he was “an agent for the Israeli Mossad.”

A suspected female suicide bomber killed at least 12 people on Tuesday in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's Borno state, military and hospital sources said, three days after a multiple bomb attack in the city killed more than 50.


Strategy for Defending Tsarnaev in Marathon Bombings Is Vintage Darrow
When Judy Clarke, the lead defense lawyer for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, announced at the outset of his trial last week that her client was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, she was following a strategy laid out by Clarence Darrow almost a century ago.  

Fall of U.S.-backed Syrian group casts doubt on plan to arm moderates
In recent days, Al Nusra and its adherents have gleefully uploaded images of foodstuffs and weapons purportedly captured after the group's forces commandeered the former bastion of a U.S.-backed rebel faction known as Harakat Hazm, or Resolve Movement.

Citing Fear of Neo-Nazi Group, a German Mayor Quits
The resignation of Markus Nierth, 46, mayor of Tröglitz, has set off a firestorm in Germany, where the authorities have become increasingly alarmed by the growing strength of far-right forces that have been taking to the streets to protest a swelling number of asylum seekers.

Why did the Madrid train bombings divide, not unite Spaniards?
Contrary to what happened in British society after the London attacks on July 7, 2005, the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004 profoundly divided Spanish society.

Buy ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger. Buy J.M. Berger's book, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam


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INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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