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Oman joined Saudis to fight terrorist groups.

Oman joined Saudis to fight terrorist groups.

Recent reports that Oman had joined the Saudi-led collation to fight terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (ISIS), took many by surprise. In an increasingly polarized Gulf region, relations between…

Iraqi army confronting old kind of insurgency.

Iraqi army confronting old kind of insurgency.

Late last year, Iraqi army intelligence issued a security warning for southern Salahadin, which it had recently recaptured: an Islamic State (ISIS) insurgent group threatened to kill Shiite pilgrims who…

Big rats criminals behind Spora ransomware. Is Daesh behind it?

Big rats criminals behind Spora ransomware. Is Daesh behind it?

Nowadays, ransomware has become the most dangerous type of criminal malware. Most of the new families are prepared by amateurs (script-kiddies) and they are distributed on a small scale. Inside…

Six Arab Gulf countries in counter-terrorism exercises, codenamed Arab Gulf Security 1.

Six Arab Gulf countries in counter-terrorism exercises, codenamed Arab Gulf Security 1.

Security forces from all six Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been carrying out a series of counter-terrorism exercises, codenamed Arab Gulf Security 1. Hosted by Bahrain, the smallest…

Kurdish-led Syrian forces backed by the U.S. announced the operation to retake Raqqa from ISIS.

Kurdish-led Syrian forces backed by the U.S. announced the operation to retake Raqqa from ISIS.

  BEIRUT 06.11.2016 — Kurdish-led Syrian forces backed by the U.S. announced plans Sunday to retake the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, urging civilians to avoid “enemy…

U.S. Ret. Gral. D. Petraeus analysis on Mosul, the military operation and the day after.

U.S. Ret. Gral. D. Petraeus analysis on Mosul, the military operation and the day after.

Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has no doubt that the forces bearing down on Mosul will drive out the Islamic State extremists who for two years have controlled what was…

The advance toward Mosul has begun.

The advance toward Mosul has begun.

After months of intensive preparations, the advance toward Mosul has begun. The effort to recapture it will be the largest urban operation yet for Iraqi forces. Currently, the city is tucked…

Daesh in maps: territory, strikes, Mosul, Palmyra, funding, refugees.

Daesh in maps: territory, strikes, Mosul, Palmyra, funding, refugees.

The rapid advance of militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) across Syria and Iraq appears to have slowed – with some key territorial losses in both countries set against smaller…

Geopolitics of Security in Middle East and North Africa in the Post–Arab Spring

Geopolitics of Security in Middle East and North Africa in the Post–Arab Spring

This paper examines contrasting views on the geopolitical effects of the post–Arab Spring. Assessing Middle Eastern, U.S., and European perspectives on transnational security issues includes those threats that directly influence…

Intel chiefs fear Daesh is planning to launch deadly car bomb attacks on European cities.

Intel chiefs fear Daesh is planning to launch deadly car bomb attacks on European cities.

Intelligence chiefs fear Islamic State is planning to launch deadly car bomb attacks on European cities, it was revealed. Officials believe the jihadi terrorists could use vehicles packed full of…