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The Lingering, and Complicating, Threat of ISIS in Afghanistan

The terror group Islamic State, or ISIS, recently asserted responsibility for a horrific attack on a wedding hall in Kabul. The tragedy in Afghanistan’s capital city took the lives of more than 60 people, and wounded nearly 200 hundred more.

Sharia and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics

This book analyses the formulation, interpretation and implementation of sharia in Pakistan and its relationship with the Pakistani state whilst addressing the complexity of sharia as a codified set of laws.

Timeline: the Rise, Spread, and Fall of the Islamic State

The Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh – emerged from the remnants of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), a local offshoot of al Qaeda founded by Abu Musab al Zarqawi in 2004. It faded into obscurity for several years after the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq in 2007. But it began to reemerge in 2011. Over the next few years, it took advantage of growing instability in Iraq and Syria to carry out attacks and bolster its ranks.

The State Department's Role in Countering Violent Extremism

On May 30, Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales outlined the United States and its partner's roles in countering violent extremism. "At the State Department, we’re focused on aligning civilian responses to terrorism with military ones," Sales said at the Hudson Institute. "That’s the only way to ensure the lasting defeat of our enemies." The following is a video and text of Sale's full remarks.