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Articles of the Week – 6/1-6/7

Sunday June 2:

Hizballah Cavalcade: Roundup of Iraqis Killed in Syria, Part 3 – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/1aSR0iH

Monday June 3:

Hizballah Cavalcade: Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada: Another Supplier of Iraqi Shia Fighters in Syria – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/Znozrf 

Convoy of Martyrs in the Levant: A Joint Study Charting the Evolving Role of Sunni Foreign Fighters in the Armed Uprising Against the Assad Regime in Syria – Aaron Y. Zelin, Evan F. Kohlmann, and Laith al-Khouri, Flashpoint Partners: bit.ly/10TDmre 

Tuesday June 4:

The militant web – Christopher Anzalone, The AfPak Channel: http://atfp.co/18R4sam

Friday June 7:

Syria’s Foreign Fighters: Dissecting The Next Decade of Conflict – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom http://lnkd.in/FZxk4i 

Articles of the Week – 5/25-5/31

Saturday May 25:

Qusayr Meat Grinder: Hizballah’s Dead From May 20-May 25 – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/1ak57NQ 

Sunday May 26:

Hezbollah and related graphics – Charles Cameron, Zen Pundit: http://bit.ly/112nzGz 

Syria: Suffering the effects of the 2nd Foreign Fighter Glut – Clint Watts, Foreign Policy Research Institute http://lnkd.in/tE9m7H 

Monday May 27:

Tunisia’s jihadi showdown shows paradox of Arab Spring freedoms – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, The Globe and Mail: soa.li/oI2C1WN 

Tuesday May 28:

Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s Long Game: Dawa, Hisba and Jihad – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, International Centre for Counterterrorism – The Hague: http://bit.ly/17OmJWg

Why Defining Terrorism Matters – Karolina Lula, The Monkey Cage: http://bit.ly/10yDShH 

Niger attacks and the Sahel’s shifting jihad – Andrew Lebovich, al-Wasat: http://bit.ly/16qfkMg 

Wednesday May 29:

The UK’s anti-terrorism laws: does their practical use correspond to legislative intention? - Jessie Blackbourn, Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism: bit.ly/16qhgV1 

Early detection of the lone wolf: advancement of counter-terrorism investigations with an absence or abundance of information and intelligence - Jason-Leigh Striegher, Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism: bit.ly/16qhkV0 

Light and dark: the contrasting approaches of British counter terrorism – John Bahadur Lamb, Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism: http://bit.ly/16qhlIg 

Terrorist lifecycles: a case study of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan – Khuram Iqbal and Sara De Silva, Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism: http://bit.ly/113lfhv 

From AQIM in the Sahel to Shabaab in the Horn, al Qaeda Affiliates Squabble & Fracture – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom: http://bit.ly/16qhJXu 

Thursday May 30:

Mali’s Sleeper Cell – Andrew Lebovich, African Arguments: http://bit.ly/ZgG7Ft 

Friday May 31:

Jihadi foreign fighters: How dangerous? – Thomas Hegghammer, The Monkey Cage: http://bit.ly/18BcWCp 

Office Space – Will McCants, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/11HIgN0 

Articles of the Week – 5/18-5/24

Sunday May 19:

The evolving Taleban: changes in the insurgency’s DNA – Claudio Franco, Afghanistan Analysts Network: http://bit.ly/1150Nwo 

Monday May 20:

Amnesty for Boko Haram: Lessons from the Past – Alex Thurston, African Futures: http://bit.ly/12PF0fl 

Hizballah’s Multiplying Qusayr Martyrs – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/1177I8o 

Tuesday May 21:

Usama bin Laden Called Yunus Khalis “the Father Sheikh:” Weird But Possibly True – Kevin Bell, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/12rzUFk 

Emotions and the Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings – Wendy Pearlman, Perspectives on Politics: http://bit.ly/118EEDs 

A Few Notes on Shi’ism in Syria and the Emergence of a Pro-Asad Shi’i Militia, Liwa’ Abu’l Fadl al-’Abbas – Christopher Anzalone, al-Wasat: http://bit.ly/12sODjA

Wednesday May 22:

Hezbollah’s Fallen Soldiers – Phillip Smyth, Foreign Policy: http://atfp.co/185tzpt 

Is Jabhat al-Nosra breaking apart? – Aron Lund, Syria Comment: http://bit.ly/11bQzKF 

Insurgent Compensation: Evidence from Iraq - Benjamin W. Bahney, Radha K. Iyengar, Patrick B. Johnston, Danielle F. Jung, Jacob N. Shapiro, and Howard J. Shatz, American Economic Review: bit.ly/10nZmdI

Thursday May 23:

Mali’s Challenges Post-French Intervention – Anouar Boukhars, CTC Sentinel: http://bit.ly/13NNuWE 

Morocco’s Stability in the Wake of the Arab Spring – Camille Tawil, CTC Sentinel: http://bit.ly/13NNzJV 

The Significance of Taliban Shari`a Courts in Afghanistan – Jami Forbes, CTC Sentinel: http://bit.ly/12ylm77 

Friday May 24:

Ishmael as Abraham’s Sacrifice: Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Kathīr on the Intended Victim – Younus Y. Mirza, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations: http://bit.ly/170kEGe 

Fear Factor: In defense of Obama’s deadly signature strikes – Philip Mudd, Foreign Policy: http://atfp.co/126QQWO 

A table on what people mean by “lone wolves” and other terms – Andrew Zammit, The Murphy Raid: http://bit.ly/12DXLBR 

Living in Fear: Religious Identity, Relative Deprivation and the Boko Haram Terrorism – Daniel Egiegba Agbiboa, African Security: http://bit.ly/12DZ7fX 

Articles of the Week – 5/4/-5/17

Saturday May 4:

Major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra – Aaron Lund, Syria Comment: http://bit.ly/16EVNGY 

Sunday May 5:

Notes on the Tsarnaevs’ Radicalization – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, al-Wasat: http://bit.ly/18HPVcH 

Monday May 6:

Al Qâ’idah casually mentions the death of its commander in Pâkistân – Mr. Orange’s War Tracker: http://bit.ly/ZKUaDL 

Adding the Ballot to the Bullet? Hezb-e Islami in transition – Borhan Osman and Thomas Ruttig, Afghanistan Analysts Network: http://bit.ly/11bUDSm 

Tuesday May 7:

Early notes on the first issue of the jihadist magazine, Azan – Charles Cameron, Zen Pundit: http://bit.ly/12dqAVP 

What Jihadists Thought About Boston: ‘Allah Akbar. Let’s Move On’ – Shiraz Maher and Samar Batrawi, Foreign Affairs: http://fam.ag/16SF2Z1 

Struggling to Adapt- The Muslim Brotherhood in a New Syria -Aron Lund, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: http://bit.ly/16qLpmS

Wednesday May 8:

Networks as strategic repertoires: Functional differentiation among Al-Shabaab terror cells - Christian Leuprecht & Kenneth Hall, Global Crime: http://bit.ly/10b0LHf 

Jabhat al-Nusra: A Self-Professed AQ Affiliate – Charles Lister, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/ZPCze3 

The Future of Al-Qaeda: Results of a Foresight Project – The Canadian Security Intelligence Service: http://bit.ly/11jP8kF 

The Myths of Radicalization – J.M. Berger, Intel Wire: http://bit.ly/11jV2Cl 

Friday May 10:

Expanding the Scope of Jihadology: Intro to the Hizballah Cavalcade - Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/ZUwP2D 

Church–State Regimes and their Impact on the Institutionalization of Islamic Organizations in Western Europe – Patrick Loobuyck, Jonathan Debeer, and Petra Meier, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/13nbMq0 

Islamic Umbrella Organizations and Contemporary Political Discourse on Islam in Germany – Matthias Kortmann and Kerstin Rosenow-Williams, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/13nbNKC 

Citizenship/Religious Expression in West: Comparative Analysis of Experiences of Muslims in France,Germany, and the United States - Jackleen M. Salem, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/13nbS16 

Mosques and Municipalities in Belgium: Negotiating Urban Spaces – Corinne Torrekens, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/13nbTlC 

Saturday May 11:

Hizballah Cavalcade: Roundup of Iraqis Killed in Syria, Part 1 - Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/10Nrc1z 

Monday May 13:

Salman al-Awdah: In the shadow of revolutions – Madawi Al-Rasheed, London Magazine: http://bit.ly/13dSr7i 

Jihadi Twitter Activism part 2: Jabhat al-Nusra on the Twittersphere – Nico Prucha and Ali Fisher, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/13eeZVy 

The Riyadh Compound Bombings: Ten Years, and Ten Lessons, Later – Thomas Hegghammer, Asharq al-Awsat: http://bit.ly/17Fvocv

Tuesday May 14:

Usama bin Ladin’s “Father Sheikh”- Yunus Khalis & the Return of AQ’s Leadership to Afghanistan – Kevin Bell, Combating Terrorism Center: http://bit.ly/17qXZlA 

How Twitter Is Messing With Al-Qaeda’s Careful PR Machine – Tony Busch, The Atlantic: http://bit.ly/10okSSd 

Standoff Between the Tunisian Government and Ansar al-Sharia – Aaron Y. Zelin, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: http://bit.ly/14l3rlS 

What’s in the names of terrorist groups (1): Jabhah al-Nusrah – Mr. Orange’s War Tracker: http://bit.ly/140f2Hl 

Wednesday May 15:

The moral maze: Dutch Salafis and the construction of a moral community of the faithful – Martijn de Koning, Contemporary Islam: http://bit.ly/12aTmpG 

Explaining the Western Response to the Arab Spring – Dan Byman, Journal of Strategic Studies: http://bit.ly/12aTPZb 

What is the Liwa’ Abu Fadl al-Abbas?: Assessing Syria’s Shia “International Brigade” Through Social Media Presence – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/10pVVpz 

The Muslim Brotherhood Prepares for a Comeback in Syria – Raphaël Lefèvre, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace http://bit.ly/10qBOI0 

Thursday May 16:

Morocco’s Salafis: In Search of a Comprehensive Solution – Sanaa Karim, Sada Journal: http://bit.ly/16ku675 

Confronting Tunisia’s jihadists – Andrew Lebovich, The Middle East Channel: http://atfp.co/10ZY5Iy 

The ever-evolving al-Qaeda threat – Mitchell D. Silber, The AfPak Channel: http://atfp.co/184SOpr 

Friday May 17:

British Muslim youth: radicalisation, terrorism and the construction of the “other” – Orla Lynch, Critical Studies on Terrorism: http://bit.ly/10W0iux 

Hizballah Cavalcade: Roundup of Iraqis Killed in Syria, Part 2 - Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/18QCtpE 

Roman Catholic Approaches to the Qur’an since Vatican II – David Marshall, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations: http://bit.ly/12BHjDJ 

Options and Strategies for Countering Online Radicalization in the United States – Peter R. Neumann, Studies inConflict and Terrorism: http://bit.ly/12BHpLI 

State-Sponsored Social Control of Illegitimate Social Movements: Strategies Used to Financially Damage Radical Islamic, Terrorist-Labeled Organizations – Samuel C. Lindsey and Michael J. Williams, Studies inConflict and Terrorism: http://bit.ly/12BHqPL 

Articles of the Week – 4/27-5/3

Saturday April 27:

Jihadi Twitter activism – Introduction – Nico Prucha and Ali Fisher, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/ZFmS9Z 

Monday April 29:

Hizb Allah Resurrected: The Party of God’s Return to Tradecraft – Matthew Levitt, CTC Sentinel: http://bit.ly/15UTTBL 

Boko Haram: Reversals and Retrenchment – David Cook, CTC Sentinel: http://bit.ly/15UTZtf 

The Salafist Temptation: The Radicalization of Tunisia’s Post-Revolution Youth – Anne Wolf, CTC Sentinel: http://bit.ly/10nUsvH 

Tuesday April 30:

Salafi-Jihadists and non-jihadist Salafists in Egypt – A case study about politics and methodology (manhaj) - Hazim Fouad, Jihadology: http://bit.ly/12Xt3Gg

Wednesday May 1:

The Ansar of Yemen: The Huthis and al-Qaeda – Lucas Winter, Small Wars Journal: http://bit.ly/10UNXb5 

The state and religion in the fundamentals of Islam and contemporary interpretation – Rached Ghannouchi, Contemporary Arab Affairs: http://bit.ly/10UOt91 

What changes have taken place in US foreign policy towards Islamists? – Fawaz A. Gerges, Contemporary Arab Affairs: http://bit.ly/12UydSy 

Thursday May 2:

Al-Qaradawi and the Help of the Unbelievers – Joas Wagemakers, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/17zhR3v 

Political Piety: The Politicization of Zakat – Samantha May, Middle East Critique: http://bit.ly/15bwUTN 

Personal grievance sharing, frame alignment, and hybrid organisational structures: the role of social media in North Africa’s 2011 uprisings - Sarah Anne Rennick, Journal of Contemporary African Studies: http://bit.ly/17zi6vr 

Friday May 3:

Beyond Living Together in Fragments: Muslims, Religious Diversity and Religious Identity in the Netherlands – Herman L. Beck, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/108MdEP 

Articles of the Week – 4/20-4/26

Saturday April 20:

Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath – Aaron Weisburd, Internet Haganah: http://bit.ly/11r4j6B 

Monday April 22:

Issues to watch in the wake of the Marathon Bombing – J.M. Berger, Intelwire: http://intelwire.net/10toDJ6 

Boston’s Jihadist Past – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy: http://atfp.co/Y2mNLq

Tuesday April 23:

Inspiration Inflation – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy: http://atfp.co/15MTX6P

Wednesday April 24:

Who’s Who in Tunisia’s Salafi-Jihadi Community – Aaron Y. Zelin, Militant Leadership Monitor: http://bit.ly/10Agu5z 

The militant groups next door – Stephen Tankel, AfPak Channel: http://atfp.co/10Aihrx 

Thursday April 25:

Personalized Jihad? – Yassin Musharbash, Abu Susu Blog: http://bit.ly/ZSeJdO

Did the FBI Bungle the Tsarnaev Case? – David Gomez, Foreign Policy: http://atfp.co/14Wt8NR

Somalia: Rumours Of Al-Shabaab’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated – Stig Hansen, Africa Arguments: http://bit.ly/14U5WzJ 

Articles of the Week – 4/13-4/19

Tuesday April 16:

Pious Way to Politics: The Rise of Political Salafism in Post-Mubarak Egypt – Khalil al-Anani and Maszlee Malik, Digest of Middle East Studies: http://bit.ly/ZnOn6h

Wednesday April 17:

AQIM’s existing –and disrupted– plans in –and from– the Sahel – Fernando Reinares, Real Instituto Elcano: http://bit.ly/11uQm8w 

The alleged arrest of a maimed terrorist - Mr. Orange’s War Tracker: http://bit.ly/12v3MmB

Thursday April 18:

Funding Terror – Shima Baradaran, Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson, and J. C. Sharman, University of Pennsylvania Law Review: http://bit.ly/ZAiKDs 

Friday April 19:

“Obliged to Unite under One Banner”: A Profile of Syria’s Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa’l-Ansar – Murad Batal al-Shishani, Terrorism Monitor: http://bit.ly/ZxkoJf 

Fighting Salafi-Jihadist Insurgencies: How Much Does Religion Really Matter? – Dan Byman, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism: http://bit.ly/117zOlE 

Al Qaeda’s Sharia Crisis: Sayyid Imam and the Jurisprudence of Lawful Military Jihad – Paul Kamolnick, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism: http://bit.ly/Zxlg0y 

Know Your Enemy: On the Futility of Distinguishing Between Terrorists and Insurgents – James Khalil, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism: http://bit.ly/Zxlyo1 


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