November 23, 2015                            
Dossier: Countering ISIL

Putin, unlike Obama, sees need to retaliate after Paris, plane bomb


From lone wolves to high technology: ISIL's post-Snowden evolution

Did the actions of Edward Snowden enable Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to formulate a blueprint that has enabled the evolution of its “caliphate”?

ISIL propaganda video.

Several experts say that, in the wake of Snowden's revelations, investigators have intercepted far fewer of ISIL's communications.

Encrypted messaging allows ISIL not only to solidify its base in Syria and Iraq but to coordinate attacks abroad by its affiliates, including the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris in which 129 people were killed and the downing of a Russian airliner in Egypt that killed more than 200.

2 weeks of mayhem credited to ISIL's new external operations unit
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has formed a group that is specifically dedicated to carrying out terrorist attacks worldwide. "There is a specific unit on the organization charts of ISIL for external attacks, for planning and carrying out attacks in western Europe and in the United States," said Richard Clarke, a former White House counter-terrorism adviser. The unit is said to now have played a role in three devastating attacks since Oct. 31 that have left nearly 400 people dead.
Technology Wars
'Telegram' app with self-destructing messages ideal for Jihadists

Telegram says it “provides a secure means of communications everywhere on the planet.”

Screenshot of an ISIL propaganda video.  

Inside Iran
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East Asia Report
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Inside China
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Inside North Korea
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