Entries by Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

Islamic group Abu Sayyaf Plans Beheading of Twenty-Two Hostages on April 25th

Not much attention has been paid to Abu Sayyaf’s identification with Islamic State. AAs maritime kidnappings escalate around the Philippine’s southern islands, the oldest group of hostages (2 Canadians, 1 Norwegian and 1 Filipina) face a looming deadline of execution at 3:00 pm on 25 April 2016.  Factions of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have captured a growing number of hostages in recent […]

A Canadian Woman On The Frontlines With ISIS

INCREASING NUMBERS OF FEMALES Last week the Toronto Sun reported on two women from Montreal who apparently left to join Daesh (ISIS) in November. While these are not the first Canadians who have travelled for this purpose, this definitely points to an emerging trend in that the individuals were female. What draws women to join one of the most notorious terrorist organizations […]

Exclusive Analysis: Inside the Islamic State’s Propaganda Videos

In the first of a series of exclusive collaborations, the UK-based counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam and U.S.-based Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC), are releasing a ground-breaking analysis of one of Islamic State’s (IS) most important propaganda videos, Although the Unbelievers Dislike It. At first sight, the video, in which twenty-two Syrian Arab Army hostages are […]

Islamic State has enough weapons to carry on fighting for two years, UN warns

Submitted by Norman Lihou –  A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns that the militant group known as the Islamic State (Isis) possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war for Syria and Iraq for up to two years. The size and breadth of the Isis arsenal provides […]