Giovedì 13 settembre le YPG (in curdo sigla di Unità di Protezione Popolare), le forze a maggioranza curda del nord della Siria, nemiche del cosiddetto Stato Islamico (Islamic State, IS), hanno annunciato di aver catturato un membro italiano del gruppo di Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in fuga verso la Turchia, nel corso di un’operazione speciale avvenuta il 27 agosto.
Regardless the final composition of the next Iraqi coalition government, NATO will have to interact with an executive part interested in maintaining the militias, their base of power. As a matter of fact, Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Iraq may appear as a national issue, but in reality the structure of Iraq's armed forces has implications for the whole region, including the Mediterranean, which is the "Southern", and in some cases also the "Eastern" flank of NATO.
The "Indo-Pacific" is a strategic construct that arose at a time of a potential transition in the Asian security order.
The Western Indian Ocean (the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Bab el-Mandeb, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian/Persian Gulf) is the new Gulf powers’ battlefield. Saudi Arabia and Iran, as already in the Middle East, are vying for hegemony in this sub-region: the Gulf monarchies also compete for influence, especially after the 2017 Qatari crisis and Doha’s boycott by neighbours.
In the wake of the killing of more 300 Muslim worshippers by allegedly Jihadist militants during al-Rawdah massacre in November 2017, President Sisi launched a new military campaign - “Comprehensive Operation-Sinai 2018” - with the aim of putting an end to terrorism and restoring security within three months in turbulent Egypt. The military operation, which precedes the presidential election of March 26-28, 2018, has pursued growing repression of the opposition and militarization of institutions in the country.
Nelle scorse ore è stata lanciata una vasta operazione di polizia, coordinata dalla Procura di Torino, con arresti e perquisizioni nei confronti di appartenenti agli ambienti dell´estremismo jihadista nel nord Italia.
The anti-terrorism operation carried out today in Foggia, Southern Italy, marks an important moment for Italy’s counterterrorism. The raid comes as the culmination of a longer investigation initiated by Bari’s DIGOS (the national police’s special unit, which was monitoring a small, unauthorized place of worship named Al Dawa, located near Foggia’s railway station. Indeed, two recently arrested jihadists — including a former Chechen foreign fighter — were known to have regularly attended the mosque.
"We will Conquer your Rome: References to Italy and the Vatican in the Islamic State’s Official Propaganda” is the new study published by the Center on Radicalization and International Terrorism at ISPI. The full-lenght study is available here (PDF).
Con un’operazione di polizia, denominata significativamente “Talis Pater”, il 26 gennaio 2018 le Digos di Milano e di Como hanno eseguito un’ordinanza di custodia cautelare in carcere per due cittadini stranieri, un egiziano di 51 anni, Sayed Fayek Shebl Ahmed, e il figlio di 23 anni, Saged Sayed Fayek Shebl Ahmed, per associazione con finalità di terrorismo.
Il mondo del 2017 ha assistito a grandi “inizi” (anche se non sempre nuovi) e a grandi “conclusioni” (anche se non sempre definitive).