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Updated on 2 Sep 2020
Re-Offending by Released Terrorist Prisoners: Separating Hype from Reality

Recent cases of attacks by released terrorist prisoners highlight issues around the risk of re-offending posed by former terrorist prisoners. What are the appropriate processes and systems for managing and risk assessing such individuals, and to what extent is rehabilitation possible in the context of terrorist offending? This Policy Brief will explore these and related […]

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Updated on 31 Aug 2020
Spring Provides Timely Reminder of Incel Violence—And Clarifies How to Respond

On May 19th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that they were commencing terrorist proceedings related to a February 24 stabbing attack at a massage parlour in Toronto. In doing so, they claimed that this attack—in which an unnamed 17-year-old male killed a woman and injured one other individual—was inspired by what they call ‘Ideologically Motivated Violent […]

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Updated on 27 Aug 2020
The long and winding road to bringing the ISIS ‘Beatles’ to justice

In 2013, four young British men from West London travelled to Syria to join ISIS. Dubbed ‘The Beatles’ by their hostages, and subsequently the global media, this British ISIS cell allegedly became responsible for at least twenty-seven beheadings of Western hostages. Six years have since gone by and despite their capture the remaining two members […]

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Updated on 25 Aug 2020
ICCT Director Presents on the Dutch Approach to Counter-Terrorism to the US Government

ICCT Director Alexander von Rosenbach presented to approximately 30 counter-terrorism practitioners from across the US government, including the US State Department, Justice, DoD, Treasury, FBI, DHS, NSA, the National Counterterrorism Center, other parts of the intelligence community, as well as CT points of contact from foreign embassies in Washington. The briefing focused on the Dutch […]

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Updated on 25 Aug 2020
Message from ICCT on the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS: Today marks the third observation of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, a day “intended to honour and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms” (UN A/RES/72/165). The International Centre […]

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Updated on 20 Aug 2020
Tanya Mehra Interviewed by BIRN

ICCT’s Senior Project Leader Tanya Mehra was interviewed by BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network) on the challenges of prosecuting Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) under international law. You can find the interview below.

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Updated on 23 Jul 2020
ISIS and al-Qaeda’s Commentary on American Protests

There has been significant commentary on violent extremists’ intent to exploit this rare moment of uncertainty and instability caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries such as Mali and Niger and public demonstrations. The global pandemic, recent protests, and government response to these demonstrations heighten the risk for violent radicalisation that affects the […]

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Updated on 21 Jul 2020
The threat of the Islamic State’s extensive use of Improvised Explosives

‘IS told us this…if you leave, either we or the landmines will kill you’ Kamal, a former farmer from Daquq, Iraq The territorial defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) offers hope for Iraq and Syria. And yet, many of the factors that contributed to this terrorist organisation’s escalation remain, worsened by ongoing devastation and destruction. […]

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Updated on 28 Jul 2020
Shamima Begum, citizenship revocation and the question of due process

On July 16, the UK’s Court of Appeal determined that Shamima Begum, currently at an IDP camp in northeast Syria, has the right to return to the UK to challenge the stripping of her British nationality. Born in the UK to parents of Bangladeshi origin, Begum had her UK citizenship – the only one she […]

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Updated on 16 Jul 2020
Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Trafficking, Smuggling, and Use for Criminality by Terrorists and Insurgents: A Brief Historical Overview

This report provides a brief historical overview of small arms and light weapons (SALW) trafficking, smuggling, and use for criminality by terrorists and insurgents. Using historical and contemporary examples, it outlines the use of SALW as both a source of terrorist financing and tools of the trade. This report is the fourth in a series […]

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