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ICT's Commentaries provide short analyses and relevant insights on current terrorism and counter-terrorism events worldwide.

The views expressed in this publication are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT).


The May 2017 Manchester Suicide Bombing Attack

13/06/2017 | by Landau, Edan

On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, at around 22:30, 22 people lost their lives and close to a hundred were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the foyer of the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. At the time of the explosion, close to 21,000 people, mostly under the age of 18, were making their way out of the Manchester Arena concert hall after attending a concert of American pop star, Ariana Grande. According to reports, the bomber, 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, arrived at the ticket stall located at the Arena’s foyer after travelling on the local Tube system’s Victoria Station.

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Implications of the ISIS Attacks in Tehran

12/06/2017 | by Karmon, Ely (Dr.)

The sophisticated ISIS attack in Tehran is a major operational success for the group. This is an early attempt to analyze the event based only on Iranian official sources.

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Bahrain as a Sunni-Shia Fault Line

12/06/2017 | by Shay, Shaul (Dr.)

Bahrain has been in turmoil since a 2011 uprising backed by majority Shia Muslims, supported by Iran, which demanded greater rights from the Sunni-led monarchy. The government crushed the protests with the help of its Sunni Arab Gulf allies. Sporadic violence and bomb attacks largely aimed at Bahraini security forces have become the norm since 2011.[i]

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Climate change contribute to Boko Haram uprising

28/05/2017 | by Doukhan, David (Dr.)
It is obvious that Climate change favorized the survival of Boko Haram, chased from north-east Nigeria territories. The fact that the group is decentralized renders military operations, at all levels, more difficult, but feasible with adequate personnel and equipment. Merely a military approach will not bring an end to Boko Haram in the area. The terrorist group's activities occur in areas where there is extreme poverty, income and social inequality, poor infrastructure and the absence of a stable government. The time to act decisively is now to expand humanitarian assistance and protection as well as basic services, and thus laying out the groundwork for early recovery and reconstruction of the area in parallel with military pressure on the enemy and deradicalizations actions.
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Sustainable Stability in the Middle East: A Governance Structure Built on Civil Society

17/05/2017 | by Multiple Authors

In this time of international, national and interpersonal conflicts where bombast and vagaries are the norm, we need specific, actionable solutions for global problems. We suggest that sustainable stability in the Middle East is possible through a process that calls on regional integration through a governance structure crafted primarily by civil society, i.e., the private sector, professional societies, academics and NGOs, not by national governments. Our proposed governance structure is built on commonalities, on the universal concepts and principles of fairness and the benefits to society through progress in science, technology, medicine, education and the arts.  

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