Paul Ashley

Paul Ashley served in the British Armed Forces for over 28 years, carrying out a number of roles, including defense nuclear and chemical instructor, and hostage survival instructor. After leaving the forces, he has worked in the security industry on contracts in Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Ashley is the author of “The Complete Encyclopedia of Terrorist Organizations,” published in outlets in Britain, the United States and Australia. He is currently a counterterrorist analyst for 361 Security.

This Could Be the Year of Terrorism

March 20, 2016

Will new tactics by terrorist organizations bring an influx of attacks in 2016? The Islamic State’s (IS) so-called caliphate is being shrunk by the Russians and Syrians in northwestern Syria. On January 26, the Syrian army captured the key location of Sheikh Maskin, which lies on a key crossroads with Damascus to...

Held in Captivity: The Psychological Trauma of a Hostage

September 15, 2014

Like Foley, Haines and Sotloff, hostages who are held by terrorists undergo psychological torment prior to their execution. It is highly distressing when we see a hostage paraded in front of a camera by terrorists. The brutal murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and now the British...

Countering Al-Shabab: Somalia Needs a Change of Plan

July 31, 2014

By introducing anti-terrorism and counterterrorism measures, al-Shabab can be prevented from controlling East Africa. Harakat Shabab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabab, originated and operates in East Africa and is very influential along the Horn of Africa in Somalia. The terrorist organization came into force in 2006 as a clan-based insurgent...

Returning From Syria: Terrorism in the West

March 01, 2014

Western security services need to be on guard to handle a new terrorist threat from Syria. With numerous foreign fighters converging in Syria over the last couple of years, the following question needs to be asked: What happens to the face of terrorism once the foreign fighters return home? 

Is the Brotherhood Using Martyrdom as "Revolutionary Capital"?

August 23, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood could make significant political gains from encouraging the martyrdom of its members. Since the Egyptian military evicted President Mohammed Morsi from power on July 3, the streets of numerous cities and towns in Egypt have seen demonstrations from Muslim Brotherhood supporters. When the Arab Uprisings first came...