C. Christine Fair comes on the show to talk about Islamism in Bangladesh.
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Harun Maruf comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Somalia. Some of the topics covered include:What al-Shabab has been up to since the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya Background on al-Shabab’s leader Ahmad Umar and how he compares with its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane The state of foreign fighters in Somalia The status of The Islamic State’s efforts in Somalia
Mokhtar Awad comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Egypt.
Will McCants comes on the show to talk about jihadi governance. The conversation is based on a chapter in his new book The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. Aaron and Will discussed numerous cases of jihadi groups attempts to govern, including the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Shabab, AQAP, AQIM, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Islamic State.
Thomas Joscelyn comes on the show to talk about the so-called "Khurasan group." Some of the topics covered include:Why the group came into being and when its members arrived in Syria Who are the key players and what are their backgrounds What they’ve been up to in Syria and how they relate to Jabhat al-Nusra What this group of individuals can tell us about al-Qaeda’s strategy
Katherine Zimmerman comes on the show to talk AQAP. Some of the topics covered include:AQAP since the death of Awlaqi and their withdrawal from territory in southern Yemen in 2012 The effect of the rise of the Huthis and how the Saudi/Emirati war in Yemen has affected AQAP AQAP’s local outreach and how it compares to what it tried from 2011-2012 How drone attacks on AQAP leadership have affected the group The Islamic State’s activities in Yemen and what they mean for AQAP
Kyle Orton comes on the show to discuss Islam in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Some of the topics covered include:Saddam’s Islamist foreign policy reorientation in the 1980’s The Faith Campaign after the Gulf War Salafism in Iraq in the 1990’s and its impact on security The rise of sectarianism in Iraq
This episode also features a #SocialMedia segment covering jihadi social media postings from September 1st-16th. Recent articles by Kyle that are relevant to the discussion:
All praise be to Allah, prayers and peace be upon the messenger of Allah and those who follow him.
Our Sheikh, the magnificent scholar Abu Qatadah, may Allah protect you, look after you, and guide your footsteps on the path of the truth.
Our dear Sheikh, there are some brothers who work in the media field in the battlefields of Shaam who have forwarded some questions to your eminence and are waiting for a response for them. And may Allah reward you with goodness.
North Caucasus Caucus comes on the show to talk about his recent research trip to Turkey. He and Aaron discussed the evolution of Turkish governmental policy towards jihadis, Turks’ role in jihadi groups and IS in Syria and Turkey, Turkey’s arrest campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra and IS, and more.
This episode also features a #SocialMedia segment covering jihadi social media posts from August 17th to August 31st.
This episode features an interview with Samar Batrawi; later on, the podcast takes up some recent jihadi primary sources, covering releases from July 28th to August 13th, as well as social media from August 9th to August 15th.