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Anne Speckhard

My Journey Towards Jihad – ICSVE’s new Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Video Clip

  My Journey Towards Jihad is the 19th counter narrative video clip in the ICSVE Breaking the ISIS Brand series.  It features Abu Albani, a Kosovar foreign fighter who went twice to Syria; first to join and fight with the… Continue Reading →

Report from the ground: Brussels Terrorist Attacks at Airport and European Parliament

Brussels attacks: – I was headed out to the Zaventum, Brussels airport this morning but was stopped by panic calls received from friends – some in tears – as I was about to take my taxi. Explosions at the airport – bombs. The Guardian is reporting ten… Continue Reading →

Alleged ISIS operative and Paris Attacker, Salah Abdelslam, found hiding out in Molenbeek, Belgium

Salah Abdelslam – believed to be one of the November 13, 2015 Paris attackers in which one hundred and thirty persons were killed, was apprehended in a police takedown yesterday in Molenbeek, a neighborhood in Brussels. Abdelslam, a twenty-six year old French… Continue Reading →

Brides of ISIS: The Internet Seduction of Western Females into ISIS

Shoot the Women First is the title of a 1991 book by Eileen MacDonald based on her interviews of female terrorists and originated in advice purportedly given to Germany’s GSG 9 anti-terrorist sharpshooters. MacDonald exploded the myth that female terrorists… Continue Reading →

ISIS Defector Reports on the Sale of Organs Harvested from ISIS held “Slaves”

In February of 2015 Iraqi Ambassador, Mohamed Alhakim requested the UN Security Council to investigate the deaths of twelve doctors in Mosul, Iraq who he claimed had been killed by ISIS after refusing to remove organs from dead bodies. He… Continue Reading →

Welcome our new editorial team member Anne Speckhard, Ph. D.

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University in the School of Medicine and Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. We are proud to announce her as a new member of… Continue Reading →

Eyewitness Accounts from Recent Defectors from Islamic State: Why they Joined, What they Saw, Why they Quit

The Islamic State (IS) is the most powerful, ruthless, horrific and well funded terrorist group in recent history. Not only has ISIS managed to take and control a significant swathe of territory, it has become a de-facto state. By Anne… Continue Reading →

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