al-Qa'ida

2019 Threat Assessment Series: Persistent Threat - Evolving Strategies of International Terror Groups

Although overseas, foreign terrorist organizations pose unique challenges to homeland security professionals and law enforcement. These groups attempt to conduct attacks within the United States and have plotted to target US infrastructure as well as overseas US interests. In 2019, ISIS will maintain its insurgency in Iraq and Syria, support its global affiliates, and attempt to inspire attacks through propaganda dissemination, while al-Qa’ida and its affiliates will focus on targeting Western interests abroad, also disseminating propaganda to its followers, and attempting to expand its operations in West Africa.

In this episode, our analysts discuss what 2018 looked like for these foreign terrorist groups, how they have evolved over the years, and what threat they may present to the State of New Jersey.

Women and Terrorism: A Review of the Roles of Females in Homegrown Violent Extremism

Women have played significant roles in terrorism throughout the modern age of political violence. Indeed, both ISIS and Al-Qa’ida continue to produce and disseminate propaganda targeting women amid their respective losses. There is a push to appeal to Arabic-speaking women in order to stay relevant and further their operations.

Tune in as our analysts discuss the recent arrests of female sympathizers and how these female homegrown violent extremists and these terrorist groups target their propaganda efforts to continue to encourage supporters to conduct attacks on the groups’ behalf, provide guidance on behavior, fundraise for overseas operations, and issue threatening rhetoric online.

Mapping Terror Series: Domestic Terrorism in 2017

Last year, there were 45 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and instances of weapons stockpiling. NJOHSP defines domestic terrorism as violence committed by individuals or groups—including race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious extremist ideologies—associated primarily with US-based movements. 

Tune in to our discussion on the threat presented by domestic terrorists, NJOHSP’s process for tracking their activity in 2017, and some high-profile cases in New Jersey.

Mapping Terror Series: Homegrown Violent Extremists in the US, 2017

Last year, a total of 34 homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) conducted acts of terrorism across the United States. Overall, there were 13 attacks and plots nationwide—two involving New Jersey residents—and 22 individuals were charged with material support or other related offenses nationwide.

Tune in to our discussion on the HVE threat, including a look at their continued ability to operate in New Jersey and throughout the United States while connecting with like-minded individuals online and acting independently from organized terrorist groups. Learn what resources are available as our communities try to detect and deter this threat.

2017 ISA Conference Series: Wrapping Up the Final Days

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. This past February, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Paige Schilling and Angie Gad took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road with them to the 2017 ISA annual conference. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

2017 ISA Conference Series: Thoughts from Day One

The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. This past February, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Paige Schilling and Angie Gad took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road with them to the 2017 ISA annual conference. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference. 

Episode 35: Analyst Roundtable Series—9/11 Propaganda

With September 11 approaching three NJOHSP intelligence analysts discuss what we might see from ISIS, al-Qa’ida, and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula in the days leading up to the 15th anniversary. Angie Gad, Alyssa Potter, and Jenna Raymond provide an overview of messaging from ISIS and the al-Qa’ida network last year, and then discuss possible audio messages and written publications to coincide with the 15th anniversary. 

ISIS vs al-Qa'ida: "Battle of the Brands"

Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced the creation of their self-proclaimed Caliphate in June of 2014, they have been in open competition with al-Qa'ida for leadership within the global jihadi Salafist movement. In this webinar, we discussed the various forms this competition takes across the globe and what the implications may be for the United States.

Terrorism Threat Assessment 2016

The past year was one of the most active we've seen since 9/11, beginning with the attacks in Paris in support of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula against the magazine Charlie Hebdo and ending with the San Bernardino shootings just last month.  In between, we've seen dozens of plots carried out by terrorists across the country with a broad range of ideological motives and targets.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qa'ida: Future Prospects

Over the past year, we have witnessed new threats from both ISIS and al-Qa’ida, beginning with the dramatic number of foreign fighters flocking to join the fight in Syria and Iraq, the spate of Homegrown Violent Extremist attacks in the fall and the more sophisticated attacks and plots in Europe at the start of this year.