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The Taliban Target Tajiks Yet Again

The Taliban Target Tajiks Yet Again

On August 15 last year,  Ashraf Ghani, the then president of  Afghanistan fled the country. Ironically, Ghani had promised that he would “die defending” his country only three months before he fled. By fleeing, Ghani facilitated the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban who are led...

Is Another 9/11 Inevitable?

Is Another 9/11 Inevitable?

FO Live asks if another mass casualty terrorist attack is inevitable. What drives terrorism in the 21st century? And is there a solution to this phenomenon?

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

In all likelihood, you have an ambiguous understanding of “terrorism.” The average individual can recognize an event as terrorism but, when asked to define the term, is able to offer only the most general of definitions. The reason for this is that terrorism is undefined or, more accurately,...

The Munich Massacre: 46 Years On

The Munich Massacre: 46 Years On

International sporting events, especially the Olympic Games, are a perfect theater in which to play out political dramas. “The world will begin hearing us. We are, for 24 years, the world's largest refugee population. Our homes taken from us, living in camps, no future, no food, nothing decent...

Gangster Jihadists: The Crime-Terror Nexus

Gangster Jihadists: The Crime-Terror Nexus

Nobody really knows for sure whether today’s terrorists are really yesterday’s criminals, thugs and gangsters. It seems that studying terrorism and terrorists through the prism of past criminal activities has become particularly fashionable. Western media outlets have been awash with...

Blood Buddhas: How Indian Heritage Fuels the Terror Machinery

Blood Buddhas: How Indian Heritage Fuels the Terror Machinery

Cultural artifacts from across the world are being peddled so bombs can be thrown back at us. How much does a terrorist attack cost? Where does the money come from? How does the money get through to terror groups? How are far-off countries like India an integral part of the terror-funding...

Rethinking Incarceration: Europe’s Jihadist Incubators

Rethinking Incarceration: Europe’s Jihadist Incubators

Jailing returning jihadists among the general prison population presents a worrying source of radicalization in Europe. On July 26, a German court sentenced Sven Lau, a known recruiter of foreign fighters, to more than five years in prison. One immediate concern following the continued loss of...

When Yazidi Leaders Speak

When Yazidi Leaders Speak

The Yazidis of the Middle East have been persecuted for centuries. But who are they? Since 2014, a unique ethno-religious community in northern Iraq/Kurdistan known as the Yazidis have been persecuted ruthlessly by the Islamic State (IS). The information within this article is built upon what...

Terror Attack Exposes Weakness of Iranian National Security

Terror Attack Exposes Weakness of Iranian National Security

The recent terrorist attack in Iran has exposed the fragility of the country’s security. On June 7, terrorism came to Tehran as 17 people were killed and many more wounded. While the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dismissed the attack as mere “fireworks,” in reality it shocked the...

London’s Calm Response to Violence

London’s Calm Response to Violence

The long and destructive campaign by the IRA not only hardened the citizens of London and Manchester, but increased their open-mindedness about how to deal with terrorism. In the wake of the June 3 terror attacks in London, Mayor Sadiq Khan assured Londoners of their safety. He said this as part...

London Attacks: Responding Strongly to Terror

London Attacks: Responding Strongly to Terror

The reality behind the cause of terrorism is somewhere in between the failures of integration as a domestic policy level and the consequences of foreign policy in the Middle East. It was another night in London and another terrorist attack on Britain. On June 3, the capital witnessed a horrific...

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