The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)

Aleppo’s Fall Signals Rise of Emboldened Radical Shi’ite Axis

Recent sweeping gains by the pro-Assad alliance in Aleppo signal the rise of an emboldened Iranian-led radical Shi’ite axis. The more this axis gains strength, territory, weapons, and influence, the more likely it is to threaten regional and global security.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran 25 January 2001. Assad, on his first visit to the Islamic Republic since taking power six months ago, described the policies of the former US administration on the Middle East peace process as a failure. AFP …

Anti-Israel Double Standards Enable Assad’s Brutality

Syria’s civil war claimed 470,000 lives since it started in March 2011, the Syrian Centre for Policy Research announced in February. That’s an average of about 262 deaths per day and 7,860 per month. The carnage has continued unabated, so, applying the same death rate nearly 200 days after the February estimate, the death toll is over 520,000.

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The First Weapon Against Lone Terrorists: Big Data Analytics

European security and intelligence agencies are scrambling to regroup and reorganize following a steady, growing flow of jihadist atrocities. They have a steep learning curve ahead of them when it comes to thwarting terrorism.

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CAIR Leaders Cheer Islamist Erdogan’s Coup Survival

Nihad Awad, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) executive director, is in Turkey this week. It isn’t clear why, but Awad is taking advantage of his travels to post upbeat photographs celebrating that country’s recent failed military coup.

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Islam, Sexual Violence, and the West

The mass rape of hundreds of German women mostly by Muslim migrants last New Year’s was recently revealed to be far worse than originally acknowledged.

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Obama Eid Celebration Again Empowers Islamists Over Reformers

The White House held a celebration Thursday afternoon to honor Eid al Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. While no guest list has been made public, the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has learned that it includes a number of Islamist activists who have espoused views in direct contrast with American policy.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: President Barack Obama speaks to Muslims gathered at an Eid al-Fitr reception in the East Room at the White House July 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Why Is Virginia a Haven for Would-be Jihadists?

What is it about Virginia? Already this year, six men from the “Cavalier State” have been arrested on terror-related charges – two of them in July alone. Another man has joined the Islamic State in Syria. Two of those charged were stopped from making a similar trip.

Two-year-old Aiden Abdelaziz prays next to his dad Mohamed Abdelaziz (L) during prayers at the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, December 4, 2015 in Falls Church, Virginia. Members of Congress and media were invited to visit the Friday Prayers at the mosque two weeks after it was attacked with Molotov cocktails and …

Nice, France: CAIR Chief’s Reflexive Terror Denial Stands Apart

Before the bodies of all the victims had been removed from the streets of Nice, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad insisted that religion had nothing to do with the terrorist attack that killed at least 84 people.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has strongly condemned the nightclub massacre in Florida, calling members of the Islamic State group an "aberration"

CAIR Hilarity: We Welcome ‘Significant, Healthy Debates’ Among Muslims

He might have been trying to be ironic. But Corey Saylor seemed to be playing it straight Monday when he claimed that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants “more empowered voices” in the future to “let the public at large see more of us talking about the full spectrum of views that exist within the Muslim community.”

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Document Reveals Omar Mateen’s Father Tied to Radical Islamist Groups

The father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen has longstanding connections to prominent Islamist groups in the U.S., a document discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows. Seddique Matin is listed as president of a then-new American Muslim Alliance (AMA)chapter in Fort Pierce in a July 1997 announcement archived by the IPT.

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Social Media Emerges as a Valuable Terrorist Fundraising Tool

Social media has emerged as a valuable and effective fundraising tool for terrorist groups. The Internet’s easy access and relative anonymity allows terrorist groups to solicit online donations from both supporters and unsuspecting donors who believe they are supporting a humanitarian or charitable activity.

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The Gaza Time Bomb

On the surface, the Gaza Strip looks relatively calm, with few security incidents occurring since the end of the protracted 2014 summer conflict between Hamas and Israel.

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Radical Canadian Imam: ‘Rome Will Be Conquered’

A radical Canadian imam called for Muslims to “look forward” as “Rome will be conquered,” in a Friday sermon posted on the Internet on Feb. 16 and translated by the Middle East Monitoring Research Institute (MEMRI).

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Iraqi Journalist Dispels Myth that Islamic State Has No Ties to Islam

Iraqi journalist Fadel Boula challenged the claim that the Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihadi organizations have no relationship to Islam, in an article featured in Iraq’s Al-Akhbar newspaper and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

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We Could Have Seen Europe’s Muslim Rape Crisis Coming

In the aftermath of New Year’s Eve’s mass rapes of European womenby Muslim refugees, the questions have been repeated: Should we have known this kind of thing would happen? Could we have known? And from local bars to parliaments, from family dinners to the nightly news, the answers keep coming back: Yes; we could. Yes, we should.

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Obama White House Turns to Islamists Who Demonize Terror Investigations

Jihadist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris have Americans on edge. Yet part of the Obama White House’s response to the attacks has been to invite Islamist groups that routinely demonize the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies to the White House to discuss a religious discrimination.

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White House Opens Door to CAIR Rep, Ignores Muslim Reformers

He accused the FBI of killing two men in cold blood in separate incidents. But Obama administration officials saw Hassan Shibly as a suitable representative of the American Muslim community to include at Monday’s White House meeting on combating religious

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Two Glaring NYT Displays of Ignorance About CAIR in One Day

America’s “paper of record” might be well served to spend some time reviewing actual records. A day after the Investigative Project on Terrorism published exclusive stories detailing the Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood ties at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)from

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Islamic State Claims ‘Refugee’ Sleeper Cells Sent To Europe in 2012

The Islamic State claims it sent highly trained sleeper agents to Europe through Turkey posing as refugees as far back as 2012. A 99-page manifesto issued in January, “Black Flags from Rome,” also details the Islamic State (ISIS)’s desire to spark a Europe-wide Islamic insurgency using “Muslim No Go Zones” as bases of operations.

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