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Old 04-19-2017   #121
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Default Returning Foreign Fighters in the Caribbean: Issues and Approaches

Returning Foreign Fighters in the Caribbean: Issues and Approaches

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Default Philippines Says Foreign Fighters Have Joined IS-Linked Militant Group

Philippines Says Foreign Fighters Have Joined IS-Linked Militant Group

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Default Balkan foreign fighters: from Syria to Ukraine

Thanks to a "lurker" for the pointer to this four pg report:http://www.iss.europa.eu/uploads/med...n_fighters.pdf

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Only with the emergence of Balkan jihadists fighting for Daesh did the question of foreign fighters come under the spotlight in the region.
None of the countries has been efficient at producing counter-narratives whether through main-stream media or via Internet and social media channels.
Ukrainian fighters remain just ‘ordinary extremists’. The lack of political will to tackle and condemn right-wing extremism is more than evident.
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Old 07-28-2017   #125
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Default Foreign Fighters: a resource to plunder

A UN report (60 pgs) co-authored by Richard Barrett (ex-SIS) and Professor Hamed el-Said (Jordanian academic & UK citizen). Unusual as they interviewed forty-three fighters, most of them in jail in seven nations. A good literature review (ICSR, Soufan Group and others) and more within.

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The 43 FTFs interviewed for the project represent 12 different nationalities. Of these, 33 (77 per cent) reached Syria, while ten (23 per cent) were either intercepted by their own authorities before departing their country of residence, or stopped by the authorities of a transit country while en route to Syria.
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FTFs have many different motives for joining armed groups, but the idea of establishing a Caliphate does not appear to be prominent among them.
Link:http://www.un.org/en/counterterroris...l_20170727.pdf

The main thread is:Today's Wild Geese: Foreign Fighters in the GWOT
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Default Another resource to plunder

Id'd via Twitter a Manual 'Responses to Returnees: Foreign Terrorist Fighters and their families' by the Radicalisation Awareness Network, an EU-funded project, 102 pgs.

Short of time just check pgs. 6 & 7, for graphics.

Link:https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/si..._a4_m10_en.pdf
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Default How real is the threat of returning IS fighters?

A lengthy BBC article by a SME, Lorenzo Vidino, which tries to describe and assess the problem many countries face.

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The head of the UK security service MI5 said this week that fewer than expected of the 800 Britons who joined IS had returned recently and that at least 130 had been killed....The UK Home Office, for example, disclosed last year that of the 400 British foreign fighters who had returned from Syria and Iraq, only 54 were convicted.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-41679377
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Default British IS fighters 'must be killed', Rory Stewart says

Rory Stewart is a junior UK minister, for international development, but is very media savvy and has experience in Afghanistan & Iraq (he even has his own thread at:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ad.php?t=10832 ).

From his radio interview yesterday, which officials said was in line with government policy:
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They are absolutely dedicated, as members of the Islamic State, towards the creation of a caliphate. They believe in an extremely hateful doctrine which involves killing themselves, killing others and trying to use violence and brutality to create an 8th Century, or 7th Century, state. So I'm afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately, the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41717394
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Default Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees

The Soufan Group and another group led by Richard Barrett (ex-SIS & UN CT) have published an updated report (41 pgs) 'Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees'. There is a five point summary on pg.5.

Link:http://thesoufancenter.org/wp-conten...tober-2017.pdf

Short of time? Try this:https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-...-the-thousands

Or this podcast interview (3 mns) of Richard Barrett:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R-c...ature=youtu.be

A graphic via Twitter below:

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Default one Actor Terrorist Attack Planning and Preparation: A Data-Driven Analysis

A free article from the Journal of Forensic Sciences, part of the EU-funded PRIME project on Lone Actors by some academic experts. Which I have not read.

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This article provides an in-depth assessment of lone actor terrorists’ attack planning and preparation. A codebook of 198 variables related to different aspects of pre-attack behavior is applied to a sample of 55 lone actor terrorists. Data were drawn from open-source materials and complemented where possible with primary sources. Most lone actors are not highly lethal or surreptitious attackers. They are generally poor at maintaining operational security, leak their motivations and capabilities in numerous ways, and generally do so months and even years before an attack. Moreover, the “loneness” thought to define this type of terrorism is generally absent; most lone actors uphold social ties that are crucial to their adoption and maintenance of the motivation and capability to commit terrorist violence. The results offer concrete input for those working to detect and prevent this form of terrorism and argue for a re-evaluation of the “lone actor” concept.
Link:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...029.13676/full
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Default Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees

Richard Barrett of The Soufan Group, had another article three weeks and the focus is on the UK.
Link:https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...gislamic-state

Recently Max Hill, the UK's Independent Reviewer of CT Law, became controversial to some over his reported remarks on how to deal with returnees, in essence not all of them can be prosecuted so we must have other options. He was recently at a conference and the next article summarises his contribution.
Link:https://www.connectfutures.org/kill-...r-lynn-davies/
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