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The economic toll of the new age of terrorism

    In the wake of the recent attack in Nice, the ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) insurgency in Sinai and Sirte, and the feelings of shock, confusion, and uncertainty that ensue, we must raise the question: what is the real price of terrorism? The attack in Nice is the latest in a string …

Mohamed Samir

With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment

Abu Otaiba, the nom du guerre of a self-taught imam and Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Jordan, uses soccer to attract recruits. “We take them to farms, or private homes. There we discuss and organise soccer games to bring them closer to us,” Abu Otaiba told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. Abu Otaiba …

James Dorsey

The effective ways to fight radicalism

In March 2016, when the supporters of Islamic State (IS) wanted to establish a base in Ben Guerdane, Tunisia—a town along the Libyan border—it was the local population that rose up against them and worked with the security forces to defeat and oust them. They all vehemently worked against radicalism because they felt that it …

Ruby Amatulla

Jihad v soccer: the Islamic State’s convoluted love-hate relationship

If Islamic State (IS) was serious about attacking Euro 2016, its plans clearly never materialised. Leaked transcripts of the interrogation of one of the attackers of Brussels Airport in March leave little doubt however that soccer is featured prominently on the group’s target list. So does this month’s beheading of four Syrian players in Raqqa. …

James Dorsey

New tool to fight IS propaganda online

A nonprofit group in the US says it has created a technology that can detect images generated by terrorists and remove them from social media platforms. DW spoke to Mark Wallace, CEO of the Counter Extremism Project.

Deutsche Welle

Putin’s ‘completely fulfilled’ task in Syria

Since Russia was declared to officially be present in the Middle East, and following the extended presence of its military in Syria, speculations splashed media platforms around the globe. Observers saw Russia’s decision to enter Syria as a long-term strategy, so the abrupt announcement of Russian president Vladimir Putin to withdraw most of his forces …

Fadi Elhusseini