COMBATING TERRORISM EXCHANGE

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The Combating Terrorism Exchange staff are happy to bring you the June 2020 issue of CTX.

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Operation Inherent Resolve: Observations from Ninewa’s Tribal Mobilization Effort

Imagine your rich uncle died and left you enough money to build a nice house. you have a lot of ideas about what the new house should be like, but you do not have the time or the skills to build such a house by yourself.

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THE CTX INTERVIEW- LTC Kåre Jakobsen, Danish Jaegercorps

On 7 May 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Kare Jakobsen, Commander of the Danish Jaegercorps, spoke with Dr. Troels Henningsen about the Danish Jaegercorps’ military assistance (MA) mission to train the Ali al-Furat Brigade, a militia supported by more than 30 Sunni tribes in Iraq’s Anbar Province.

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Homegrown Terrorism: A Social Network Analysis of a Minnesota ISIS Cell

In 2014, six Somali Americans living in Minnesota—Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Abdurahman Yasin Daud, Zachari, Yusuf Abdurahman, Hanad Musse, and Guled Ali Omar—were arrested for attempting to leave the United States to join ISIS in Syria. They were not alone in their attempt. Minnesota has become a prime destination for Somalian refugees in the United States, and it is also the point of origin for more than a quarter of those Americans who have attempted to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

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SPECIAL CTX INTERVIEW-MG EDUARDO ZAPATEIRO, JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND COLOMBIA

On 11 April 2019, on the sidelines of the Pacific Special Operations Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Doug Borer of the US Naval Postgraduate School interviewed Major General Eduardo Zapateiro, commander of the Comando Conjunto Operaciones Especiales (CCOES: Joint Special Operations Command), Colombian Army. (LTC Oscar Garzon, J5, CCOES, interpreted.) They discussed MG Zapateiro's experience in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism in Colombia, where an extremely violent decades-long insurgency by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia).

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SPECIAL CTX INTERVIEW-LTG DANILO G. PAMONAG, ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (RET.)

Lieutenant General Danilo Pamonag, Retired Commander of the Philippines SOF, was a key speaker at PASOC, where he described the 2017 Battle of Marawi against ISIS-aligned groups on the Island of Mindanao. Following PASOC, Dr. Douglas Borer of the US Naval Postgraduate School interviewed LTG Pamonag by email.

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ETHICS AND INSIGHTS: On Courage

On 7 March 2019, philosopher Paul Bloomfield delivered a talk titled “The Philosophy of Courage: Scope, Epistemology, and Moral Psychology” to an audience of students and faculty at the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. He was invited to deliver his lecture by Professor Bradley J. Strawser, who teaches ethics in the Defense Analysis department at NPS.

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THE MOVING IMAGE: Hotel Mumbai

The vicious terrorist attacks that began on the night of 26 November 2008 in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai have been called “India’s 9/11.” The shooting and bombings that killed 173 people over a period of four days, including nine of the ten attackers, were meant to produce intense emotional reactions in  those who experienced the assault; the recent  film based on these events, Hotel Mumbai  (2018), was meant to produce a similar reaction in its audiences.

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PUBLICATIONS

These recent Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) Press publications are available electronically on the USSOCOM Research Library website in the JSOU Press Publications 2019 and 2020 sections: https://jsou.libguides.com/jsoupublications

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This journal is not an official DoD publication. The views expressed or implied within are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of any governmental or nongovernmental organization or agency of the United States of America or any other country.

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EDITORIAL STAFF

  • ELIZABETH SKINNER Managing Editor
  • LAYOUT AND DESIGN Graduate Education Advancement Center, Naval Postgraduate School

EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD

  • VICTOR ASAL, University of Albany SUNY
  • CHRIS HARMON, Marine Corps University
  • TROELS HENNINGSEN, Royal Danish Defense College
  • PETER MCCABE, Joint Special Operations University
  • IAN C. RICE, US Army
  • ANNA SIMONS, Naval Postgraduate School
  • SHYAMSUNDER TEKWANI, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • CRAIG WHITESIDE, Naval War College