With Anjem Choudary in jail, will his al-Muhajiroun terror network collapse?

A post on an old topic for a new outlet, a new British radio station called Talk Radio that asked for some speculation about what happens to al Muhajiroun now that Anjem Choudary has been jailed. Probably not a huge amount, but undoubtedly the loss of their star performer will have some knock on effect […] Read more »

What does a modern terrorist look like and what motivates them?

Last catch up for something that was published today in the Sunday Telegraph, this time in the wake of the Munich attack specifically but looking more broadly at the rather odd spate of semi-terror attacks that have taken place. The piece was re-published in the Gulf News, and separately an interview with one of the […] Read more »

France must learn from its intelligence failures

Another catch up post, this time a piece for The Times in the wake of the horrible attack in Nice. Not sure the article totally corresponds with the piece, but the fundamental point about France facing a very acute problem definitely holds unfortunately. France must learn from its intelligence failures From the Charlie Hebdo massacre […] Read more »

Ignored by the authorities, emboldened by Brexit, Europe’s far right is surging

And a second post-Brexit article, this time for the Guardian, covering some of the same points but this time focused singularly on the far right and the implications for them for the Brexit vote. This has some depressing portents in the future for it, and lets hope that politicians and others can find ways to […] Read more »

Terror threat grows more random by the day

It has been a depressingly busy week for lone actor terrorism with atrocities in numerous places. In the wake of the events in Orlando, I wrote the below for the Times and there should be more to come specifically about the far right next week. Less on the media front, though spoke to the Financial […] Read more »

Flight or film? How cameraphones made the bystander key to spreading terror message

A short response to last Friday’s incident in Leytonstone for the Guardian where an apparently mentally troubled man attacked some people on the tube. Unclear case, though his expression of ideology suggests a possible terrorist connection in there somewhere. A depressing event that will highlight the persistent problem of both loud ideologies and lone actor […] Read more »

Radicals become the killers within

And in a second piece, this time from Monday’s Times, looking at the phenomenon of homegrown radicalisation, this time in the context of Mohammed Emwazi, as well as the Paris attacks. Radicals become the killers within Mohammed Emwazi was drawn to radical ideas in his youth Analysis Raffaello Pantucci Last updated at 12:01AM, November 16 […] Read more »

Paris terror attacks: The lessons of Mumbai were learned – by the jihadis

It has been rather busy of late, so a bit behind on posting. First up, I wrote a longer piece in the Independent on Sunday at the weekend on the atrocity last Friday in Paris. Paris terror attacks: The lessons of Mumbai were learned – by the jihadis For Isis to distinguish itself from al-Qaeda it […] Read more »

Ten years after 7/7, is Islamic state plotting to attack the west?

Marking the sad anniversary of ten years on from the July 7, 2005 attack on London, Prospect asked for an article about where we stand today as compared to a decade ago. Sitting in London writing this and seeing all the coverage today has been quite sad and moving. The threat has really evolved from […] Read more »

The rise of the suburban terrorist

A new piece off the book ahead of what is likely to be a busy week in this regard, looking at the concept of the ‘Suburban Terrorist’ for the Sunday Telegraph. There are a few other pieces around the book that are going to be emerging this week as we hit the ten year anniversary of […] Read more »