Beyond the Wire - 09 November 2017
November 9, 2017Your daily briefing on the state of the world, and the state of the art for all things Transnational Threats. If you are having trouble viewing the interactive map, please click here. We welcome your feedback! Drop us a line at email@example.com.
Singapore Detains Two for 'Terrorism-Related' Activities
East Asia and the Pacific
The man, 25 year-old Abu Thalha bin Samad, is a member of the Southeast Asian Islamist group, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), and was educated and trained in JI-linked schools in the region, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. (Reuters)
6 Soldiers Killed in Encounter With Abu Sayyaf in Basilan
Col. Juvymax Uy, Joint Task Force Basilan commander, said the 18th Infantry Battalion were targeting Abu Sayyaf leaders Siar Alhamsirol and Parong Tedi in Barangay Upper Cabengbeng when firefights erupted. Relatives and sympathizers of the Abu Sayyaf, however, reinforced the bandits in the clash that started around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday and lasted for about 4 hours.
Foreign Affairs: After ISIS, What's Next for Marawi?
Most of the ISIS-affiliated leadership in Mindanao was killed during the siege, representing a major setback for regional jihadist groups, which had hoped to establish an ISIS province (wilayat) on the island. Instead, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte—aided by China, Russia, the United States, and neighbors in the region—has managed to nip the prospect of a Southeast Asian caliphate in the bud. (Foreign Affairs)
One in Six 'Withdraws' from Intensive De-radicalisation Scheme
Europe and Eurasia
One in six people placed on the government's key de-radicalisation scheme in England and Wales refuses to co-operate, Home Office figures show. Some 63 people withdrew from the scheme, known as Channel, in 2015-16 - despite concerns about their ideology. (BBC)
Turkish Police Detain More Than 100 Islamic State Suspects
Some 1,500 officers from the police's anti-terror and intelligence units took part in early morning raids at about 250 addresses around Ankara. (Associated Press)
UN Warns of Massive Famine if Yemen Blockade Is Not Lifted
Middle East and North Africa
The coalition tightened its blockade in Yemen this week after a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels was intercepted near the Saudi capital. (Associated Press)
Syria Declares Victory Over Islamic State
The army and its allies are still fighting Islamic State in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held in Syria, near the border with Iraq. (Reuters)
Iran’s Role in the Kirkuk Operation in Iraq
Iran did not attempt to outshine Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in public. Iran instead allowed Abadi to take credit, while quietly positioning its proxies to influence Kirkuk in the future. (Institute for the Study of War)
Byman: Is America a Bad Wingman in the Middle East?
The United States has long tried to aid and reassure its allies, helping them defend themselves and achieve their goals. Under Trump, the United States is failing in these roles, and the world is suffering as a result. (Lawfare)
Hilltop Tribe's Bitterness a Challenge for Libya Peace Effort
Conversations with the elders of the Warfalla tribe at their meeting in a hall in the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid show how difficult producing a functioning government that could curb militant activity, tackle migrant smuggling, and stabilize the oil-rich nation’s rapidly deteriorating economy will be. (Reuters)
Charlie Winter: Is Islamic State Losing Control of Its 'Virtual Caliphate'?
Territory matters to IS, but it is not the be-all and end-all for a group that has long had a remarkably strong online presence. However, there is lots that is wrong with the idea that it can simply retreat into a "virtual caliphate" and hope to be as powerful as it ever was. (BBC)
Despite NATO Pledge to Increase Afghan Support, Troop Shortfall Remains
South and Central Asia
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this week that NATO allies and the United States would split the burden of providing some 3,000 more troops, an increase that would take NATO’s training mission to about 16,000 troops. (Reuters)
Hassan Hassan: Osama bin Laden's diary gives rare insight into the mind of a jihadist
The handwritten pages document bin Laden’s intense reactions to the events unfolding in the Arab world over the course of two months, beginning on March 5, 2011. The last page was written in the dawn and evening of May 1, apparently a few hours before the raid that led to his killing in Abbottabad at 1am the following day. (The National)
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