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The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is the leading academic institute for counter-terrorism in the world
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Putting things in context: Terrorism in Germany

On Monday, December 19, 2016, Germany witnessed the worst terrorist attack carried out on its soil since the 1980s. While the full identity of the attacker is still under investigation, Germany has a history of being the victim of both international and homegrown terrorism. Germany continues to be a significant target for terrorists, especially since the country joined the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States.

Germany is a strategic and diplomatic hub of Europe and its important stature makes the country a figurehead of European and Western values. As such, Germany is considered a prime target, listed amongst countries such as France and Belgium, which have seen their fair share of terror attacks in recent times. In 2016 alone, Jihadists targeted / tried to target Germany 8 times; including a suicide bombing, attempted nail-bomb attacks, and various cold-weapon assaults (axes, knives, etc.).

A 12-year old boy attempted to carry out two bomb attacks in Ludwigshafen, Germany. On November 26th, 2016 he placed a nail bomb at a Christmas market in the city (the bomb failed to detonate) and on December 5th, 2016 he attempted to target a building housing both the town hall and a shopping center (the backpack with the bomb was spotted by pedestrians and destroyed in a controlled explosion).

The opening of borders between European Union countries has led to increased freedom of movement, which has in turn led to a rise in transnational crime and terrorist activities. Countries in Europe can no longer be solely concerned with their own vulnerabilities, but must also be mindful of the threats posed by operatives who may enter from the surrounding region. High levels of cross-border communication and intelligence-gathering are now crucial to prevent the further perpetration of atrocities on German soil.

It is worth noting that Germany serves as a fertile ground for radicalization. Radicalized individuals have the option to remain in the country, or- as is becoming increasingly popular- travelling to theaters of Jihad abroad. These foreign fighters pose a significant risk, as when they return to their home countries, they have acquired combat field experience, knowledge, connections and expertise. With about 700 Foreign Fighters, Germany has one of the highest numbers (after France and similar to the United Kingdom) of foreign fighters of any European or Western country. As mentioned, Germany has also witnessed several terrorist attacks on its soil and it is clear that there exists in Germany a terrorist infrastructure affiliated with Global Jihadi ideology.

For the full report >> https://www.ict.org.il/Article/1883/the-berlin-vehicular-ramming-attack?utm_campaign=Berlin

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#JWMG invites you to read the new periodic review. This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of May 2016.

For the full report >> https://www.ict.org.il/Article/1764/Periodical-Review-Summary-First-Half-of-May-2016

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Al Qaeda and Daesh publish English language magazines to appeal to Western supporters and encourage them to join their cause as a fighter or as a lone wolf terrorist. A key feature of Al Qaeda’s magazine, Inspire, is a section titled Open Source Jihad, which provides aspiring jihadists with step-by-step instructions to carry out lone terror attacks in the West. By examining ten attack types that have been published over the past six years, this paper explains Open Source Jihad, presents cases where these types of attacks have been carried out, and assesses the threat presented by the easy access to Open Source Jihad.

Read this publication written by Claire Wiskind (Research Assistant, ICT) >> http://www.ict.org.il/Article/1760/lone-wolf-terrorism-and-open-source-jihad-an-explanation-and-assessment

On October 31, 2015 a Russian Airbus A321 plane was shot down on its way from the Sinai Peninsula to Saint Petersburg by a bomb that was planted under one of the plane’s seats. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terror attack and said that it had been able to detect a security breach at the international airport in Sharm El-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula. The force of the blast on the plane was equivalent to one kilogram of TNT explosive material which, according to the organization, had been hidden in a beverage can. The attack, which was carried out in the wake of Russia’s involvement in the war in Syria, caused the plane to crash and killed all 224 people on board.

New publication written by Dr. Eitan Azani, Lorena Atiyas Lvovsky and Danielle Haberfeld >> https://www.ict.org.il/Article/1757/trends-in-aviation-terrorism

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