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Daily news – February 4, 2022

AFRICA Strategies for financing Africa’s health sector. Vera Songwe, Brookings:  Never before in the last half century has Africa’s health care landscape seen so many changes and attracted so much interest. In fact, Africa’s health care sector would be worth an estimated $259 billion by 2030. While these trends reveal a lucrative opportunity for the private […]

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What a New Report Tells Us About Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Thomas Joscelyn, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

In December, the State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism. Even though it wasn’t published until the end of 2021, the report covers only the previous calendar year. Therefore, some of the material is clearly dated, including a passage touting the supposedly “aggressive action” taken by Afghan security forces against “terrorist elements” throughout 2020. […]

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What the Taliban–IS rivalry means for South Asia (Kabir Taneja, ORF)

Afghanistan has vacated the front pages of the global news cycle as the Taliban consolidates its hold on the country after 20 years of war. However, the crisis points in the State and the conflicts that surround it are evolving in a fast-paced and erratic manner, highlighting developing challenges from the perspective of terrorism in […]

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Islamic State Province’s Media in Africa: Comparing Trends in West and Central Africa (Daniele Garofalo, The Jamestown Foundation)

In analyzing the media of the Islamic State (IS), it is possible to observe numerous trends and compare “provinces” by observing photographs and videos, including choice of clothing, equipment, or weapons. A region of IS media expansion in recent years is Africa, with several officially recognized and active provinces producing different types of propaganda , […]

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Islamic State in Khorasan Province Counters Taliban with Formidable Media and Propaganda Offensive (Riccardo Valle, The Jamestown Foundation)

Since the Taliban captured Kabul and installed its new government of Afghanistan in August, Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) has been carrying out numerous attacks. ISKP has targeted both the Taliban and vulnerable minorities, such as Shias (Terrorism Monitor, November 19). One of the most recent and deadliest ISKP attacks was carried out at […]

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Islamic State attack kills 12 in central Iraq (Al Monitor)

The Islamic State conducted a deadly attack in Iraq late last night. The shooting occurred in the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, in the village of Al-Rashad. Twelve civilians were killed and at least 15 were injured, the Iraqi news outlet Shafaq reported. The Associated Press reported the death toll as at least 11 civilians and six injured. The […]

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Al-Qaeda, Islamic State seek to take advantage of instability in Afghanistan — Lavrov (TASS)

According to Russia’s top diplomat, the situation in Afghanistan following the establishment of a new balance of power cannot be described as stable Al-Qaeda, Islamic State seek to take advantage of instability in Afghanistan — Lavrov – World – TASS

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Foreign fighters: The question of justice (Rodger Shanahan, The Interpreter)

The legal fallout from Islamic State’s short but bloody existence is both complex and enduring. For those Westerners who travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the jihadist project, which ended with the fall of Baghouz in southeastern Syria in March 2019, justice has taken different forms. Many were killed by Syrian or Iraqi government […]

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Ahead Of Talks, Putin Claims IS Has 2,000 Fighters In Afghanistan (RFE RL)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Islamic State (IS) militant group has thousands of fighters in northern Afghanistan, as Moscow prepares to host international talks next week on the situation in the country. “According to our intelligence, the number of (IS) members alone in northern Afghanistan is about 2,000 people,” Putin said on October […]

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Iraq captures ‘Most Wanted’ Islamic State finance chief (Shelly Kittleson, Al-Monitor)

Islamic State finance chief Sami Jassim Mohammed al-Jabouri’s head and chin are covered in black stubble as he stares squarely into the camera in a mug shot accompanying a US Rewards for Justice page offering $5 million for information leading to his arrest. Iraq captures ‘Most Wanted’ Islamic State finance chief – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the […]

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Iraqi forces arrest senior ISIL member Sami Jasim (Al Jazeera)

Iraqi security forces have arrested a senior member of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi says. Sami Jasim, who was in charge of the armed group’s finances and a deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was arrested outside of the country, Al-Kadhimi wrote on social media. Iraqi forces arrest senior ISIL […]

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Russia ramps up strikes on Islamic State in Syrian desert (Khaled al-Khateb, Al-Monitor)

Islamic State attacks in the Syrian desert have escalated over the past two weeks, causing heavy losses among the Syrian government forces and their allied militias. Russia has intensified airstrikes on IS positions in support of regime forces as they attack IS positions and hideouts in the rugged desert areas. Russia ramps up strikes on Islamic State in Syrian desert – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle […]