Terrorism

Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings tells the story of “3/11”—the March 11, 2004, bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. It runs from the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain in the 1990s through the formation of the 3/11 bombing network beginning in March 2002, and on through the fallout of the attacks. Fernando Reinares’s account draws on judicial, police, and intelligence documents to which he had privileged access, as well as on personal interviews with officials in Spain and elsewhere.

The Ahrar al Sham Movement: Syria’s Local Salafists

By Ali El Yassir
 

Troubling Trendlines

Earlier this month, after ISIS claimed responsibility for a brazen and bloody assault on a café in Dhaka, Bangladesh, analysts pointed to the attack as more proof of the group’s geographically expanding reign of terror.

The New Normal in the Middle East

The war against ISIS as a proto-state controlling and governing territory is showing signs of progress, although the appeal of the Islamic State ideology and its capacity to inspire acts of terror appear undiminished.

After ISIS: Politics, Deal-Making, and the Struggle for Iraq’s Future

Four experts offered their analysis on the political, social, and economic future of Iraq as ISIS continues to lose leverage in the region.

What Attacks in Baghdad, Istanbul and Saudi Arabia Show About Terrorism and the New Normal

How to Keep the Bangladesh Powder Keg from Exploding

On the evening of July 1, seven young men, heavily armed with guns, bombs and machetes, stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery café in Gulshan, an affluent neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They held several dozen people hostage, many of them foreigners, and sought to separate out, and spare, the Muslims among them. Unlucky hostages were hacked to death.

Why ISIS Would Be Motivated To Strike Inside Turkey

Dozens of people were killed during an attack on Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday. Director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program Henri Barkey discusses the Istanbul attacks with Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition

"ISIS is trying to use the tension that exists between the United States and the Turkish government about the use of Syrian Kurds in fighting ISIS." 

Who is Behind Istanbul Attack?

Tuesday's bombing at Istanbul Ataturk Airport could not have come at a worse time for Turkey.

The attack, which early reports suggest has left at least 36 dead and dozens more injured, comes as the Turkish economy was already reeling after tourism plunged following attacks in Ankara and Istanbul.

Global Fellow Fernando Reinares Awarded Prestigious Medal of La Rioja in Spain

On June 9th, Wilson Center Global Fellow Fernando Reinares was awarded the Medal of La Rioja in Spain for his contribution to the study of the 2004 Madrid Train Bombings and for his “outstanding contribution to the fight against terrorism and the defense of democratic principles”.

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