• Senegal, possible next target of the jihadist movement March 8, 2016 vincent Following the attack on the Radisson Hotel in Ouagadougou, Senegal has strengthened the security measures around international hotels, big restaurants, embassies and government buildings in Dakar. Security forces are now equipped with flak jackets, helmets and assault weapons. This deployment shows the genuine concern by the Senegalese authorities about the jihadist threat. The French Foreign Ministry ... Read more...
  • Iran: New Regional Superpower? January 8, 2016 Philippe Morand Iran was invited last summer for the first time to talk about the Syria situation. This followed the Nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. In the Middle East Iran is a major actor in the region and it was unrealistic to think that a solution for the current situation might be found without Teheran. Domestically, Iran has to face different ... Read more...
  • Indian Biggest Fear? January 6, 2016 Philippe Morand Last week, an armed group assaulted an Indian Air base, located at Pathankot near the northern state of Punjab. India was deeply choked by the fact that Islamic militants have the capabilities to target a supposed highly secured base. This event gets back on tracks the Indian fear that jihadists could infiltrated their Armed Forces. The ... Read more...
  • Islamic State and the Macabre Strategic Threat November 23, 2015 Philippe Morand The dreadful events that occurred last Friday in Paris remind us that the Islamic State, but also al Qaeda and other jihadist movement still pose a major threat. They’ve just proved once again they can still hit us whenever and wherever they decide to. It also confirms the jihadist shift in operations: the prevalence for ... Read more...
  • Why International hotels? November 22, 2015 Philippe Morand From 2004, jihadist militants have started to show an increase of interest to target international hotels, especially in Middle East, East and South Asia and Africa. What has occurred last Friday in Mali, when Islamic militants storm the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali is just another exemple of this trend. International hotels in those regions are the ... Read more...
  • A New Type Of Soft-Target ? July 17, 2015 Philippe Morand In the past weeks two terrorist attacks occurred in France aiming at blasting industrial sites (gas plant, petrochemical site). Not to mention that last winter, several nuclear power plants were over flown by drones, even if for now, these incidents seem to not be connected to the terrorism threat. The interest of such targets for grass ... Read more...
  • THE GRASSROOTS MILITANTS’ CHOICE FOR SOFT-TARGETS July 4, 2015 Philippe Morand   The recent attack against tourists in Tunisia tends to demonstrate that IS multiple calls for leaderless resistance are paying off. The reason is simple. There is no need for command and control, no need for a complicated chain of support, but simply a matter of people reading IS literature and being frustrated by the situation in their country. ... Read more...