The Taliban offensive in northern Afghanistan alarms international actors and local players in Central Asia concerned about the future regional destabilisation and the rise of terrorist groups activities.
The recent arrest of a terrorist group in Baghdad and the elimination of a high-ranking Islamic State member in Diyala province highlighted how terrorism is a permanent threat in Iraq despite all the efforts that local forces have made.
Since 2019 the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan has collaborated with the United States and other international partners to repatriate Kazakh citizens from former IS territories in the Middle East and contrast the spread of terrorism in the country.
In Belgium, the local police conducted 28 searches against the terrorist organisation Imarat Kavkaz. This event underlines the impact of the jihadist propaganda in the Russian language in Europe and the possible ramification of the Caucasus Emirate among the North Caucasian diaspora on the European soil.
Our partners and colleagues from the International Centre for Social and Political Studies and Consulting of Moscow (ISCPSC) reported the panel discussion “Artificial Intelligence and International Psychological Security: Theoretical and Practical Implications” held on November 12th, 2020, at St. Petersburg State University as part of the international conference “Strategic Communications in Business and Politics” (STRATCOM-2020).
The National Directorate of Security of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan reported that Afghan security forces killed a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Mohammad Hanif. Despite the Taliban has often denied their involvement with al-Qaeda, latest military operations have underlined how strong is the presence and penetration of the terrorist organisation in Afghanistan.
The recent terrorist attack occurred in France highlights the problem of security and the impact of jihadist propaganda in the Russian language inside the European Union. In fact, Islamic State ideologies and the presence of North Caucasian diaspora in Europe might threaten EU security.
On Wednesday morning in Kabul, unknown assailants attacked the motorcade of the first Vice-President of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh. The politician was not injured during the attempt. This event underlines how complex is the current situation of Afghanistan due to the Talibans' activities and the presence of jihadist fighters linked to the Islamic State and foreign actors.
The press service of the Russian Federal Security Service reported that security forces prevented a terrorist attack organised by an alleged Islamic State militant. in the city of Vladikavkaz, the capital of the Republic of North Ossetia - Alania located in the North Caucasus.
The German Minister of Internal Affairs called the event occurred in Hanau as an act of terrorism perpetrated by a man related to the far-right movements. Recent events have underlined the rise of Islamophobia and xenophobia in Germany, especially against Turks, Kurds and Arab migrants.
The White House confirmed the killing of Qassim al-Raymi, the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Ayman al-Zawahiri's right-hand man. Donald Trump commented on this event stating that the elimination of al-Raymi is a message for AQAP and the international terrorism network and it is a step forward to the defeat of terrorism in the MENA region.
The security situation in Italy and in Europe in general is far from under control, that is an evident fact and the wave of violence that has marked various countries since the beginning of September is a sign that should not be underestimated by the authorities.