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Afghanistan’s Government: A Brief Profile

On May 13, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on Afghanistan’s Government: A Brief Profile

By Kailey Nordgran The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, also known as Afghanistan, is located in South Central Asia. The government of Afghanistan consists of the President, council of ministers, provincial governors and the national assembly. According to the 2004 constitution, “Afghanistan shall be an Islamic Republic, independent, unitary and indivisible…

ISIS Affiliates

On March 26, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on ISIS Affiliates

Written by Kailey Nordgran             ISIS affiliates flourish in regions plagued by weak governance, porous borders, and inept security force (Intel Brief, 2019). Affiliates are geographically dispersed and vary in capability; some are akin to terrorist groups, while others behave like insurgent groups (Intel Brief, 2019).             Since the 2011…

Implications of ISIS’ Social Media

On March 23, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on Implications of ISIS’ Social Media

Written by Kailey Nordgran The Islamic State’s use of social media has evolved over the past few years to attract more members. ISIS quickly built a brand on social media with tens of thousands of followers (DiResta, 2018). The organization’s strategic use of social media demonstrates the resourcefulness of the…

ISIS’ Use of Social Media

On February 22, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on ISIS’ Use of Social Media

Written by Kailey Nordgran In 2013, under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS began to study the West’s media so they could understand how best to mimic its methods of persuasion (Koerner, 2017). About a year later, in 2014, ISIS’s use of social media started, when they systematically leveraged…

ISIS in Afghanistan

On February 9, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on ISIS in Afghanistan

Written by Kailey Nordgran ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan Since the Islamic State started operating in Afghanistan around 2014, their numbers have grown substantially. (Erickson, 2018) The first signs of the Islamic State’s presence in Pakistan, also appeared in late 2014 (Bhojani, 2017). The group is largely aided by “a…