Beyond the Wire - 28 November 2017
November 28, 2017
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East Asia and the Pacific
Indonesia Arrests Second Militant Trying to Travel to Marawi this Month
Nurul Hadi, 36, was arrested at the departure hall of Supadio international airport in West Kalimantan province at 11am Monday (Nov 27), the source said. (The Straits Times)
Is the Philippines the Next Caliphate?
Even if the Philippines fails to mature into a major node in the Islamic State’s protean global network, it will likely remain fertile ground for the future recruitment, financing, and propagation of propaganda inspired by or directly supporting the Islamic State and its violent agenda.
What's Malaysia's Role in the New Islamic Anti-Terror Coalition?
Malaysia was among those present in yet another illustration of the Southeast Asian state’s cultivation of closer ties with Riyadh as well as its broader counterterrorism efforts with external partners. (The Diplomat)
Middle East and North Africa
Perspectives on Egypt’s Terrorism Problem
ISIS’ ‘Wilayat Sinai’ branch may not resemble anything on the scale of what ISIS developed in Syria and Iraq in recent years, but it has a demonstrated capacity for conducting sophisticated attacks. (Middle East Institute)
Opinion: Foreign Fighter “Hot Potato”
As the Caliphate collapses, many of its foreign volunteers are fleeing Iraq and Syria. However, some of these fighters end up in a third country—not in the Caliphate, but not home either—that is not prepared for the problem. (Lawfare)
Egypt Security Forces Kill 11 Suspected Militants in Raid
The shootout occurred during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the Sinai-bordering province of Ismailia, the ministry said in a statement. (Reuters)
Turkey-Backed Rebels in Syria Put IS Jihadists Through Rehab
The center, set up in October, is meant to address a problem emerging across swathes of Syria and Iraq - how to handle thousands of people living there who joined Islamic State as it enforced its brutal rule. (Reuters)
How an Egyptian Village Became a Target of the Islamic State
Many of the 305 people slaughtered at a mosque in the village of Rawda on Friday had moved there to escape clashes between the Islamic State and Egyptian security forces elsewhere in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, witnesses said. (Washington Post)
Former Al-Qaeda in Syria Branch Arrests Members of Al-Qaeda in Syria
The arrests were first reported by pro-al-Qaeda media, and HTS has since released a statement explaining that, having found this al-Qaeda group unwilling to even engage in reconciliation talks, it placed “the heads of turmoil” before a “just shari’a court” to answer for spreading demoralizing lies about HTS. (Henry Jackson Society)
The (Last) King of Syria: The Feudalization of Assad's Rule
Regime-held Syria has become more of a feudal model, in which Assad permits loyalist militias to maintain security or fight on the front lines in exchange for certain privileges and a degree of autonomy. (War on the Rocks)
Europe and Eurasia
U.S. in Position to Stop Military Support for Some Groups Fighting Islamic State
President Donald Trump told President Tayyip Erdogan he had issued instructions that weapons should not be provided to the Syrian Kurdish fighters, which Ankara views as threat. (Reuters)
South and Central Asia
26,000 US Troops Total in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, DoD Reports
The U.S. has 8,892 forces in Iraq, 15,298 troops in Afghanistan and 1,720 in Syria, for a total of 25,910 troops serving in the three war zones as of Sept. 30, according to DoD. The figures were released to the public Nov. 17 as part of DoD’s quarterly count of active duty, Reserve, Guard and civilian personnel assigned by country by the Defense Manpower Data Center. (Military Times)
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