Islamic State
The Presence of Islamic State-Khurasan Province in Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan

नाततायिवधे दोषो हन्तुर्भवति कश्चन । प्रकाशं वाप्रकाशं वा मन्युस्तं मन्युमृच्छति ॥ [Translation: No evil of any kind accrues to the slayer for killing a desperado, either openly or secretly; as it is only Fury recoiling upon Fury.]   ...

Storm after a Lull: Kabul Attack

Since the suicide bombing at the Kabul Airport on August 26, 2021, there was a period of lull. While, the Taliban has been shrewdly backing out from its promises which it made after taking over, but that’s about it. There were no major attacks and...

Global Terrorism Trends in 2021 & Projections for 2022

संधिविग्रहयोस्तुल्यायां वृद्धौ संधिमुपेयात्। [Translation: If there is an equal benefit in peace or war, he (the king) should choose peace.] -Arthashastra 7.2.1 Amid the pandemic situation triggered by Wuhan virus aka COVID-19, the year 2021...

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 01-15 March 2022

DEFENCE 19th edition of India-US Military Cooperation Group. Sea Phase of MILAN 2022. Four projects offered to the Indian Industry for design & development under Make-I category. Virtual summit of Quad leaders. Postponement of DefExpo 2022...

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 15-28 February 2022

DEFENCE Preparations of Def Expo 2022. President’s Fleet Review. Indian Air Force’s Eastern Bridge-VI exercise. Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan. Indian Air Force will participate in a multi nation air exercise named 'Ex Cobra Warrior 22...

Terrorism Studies (National): Review of 2021 & Projections for 2022

Despite the outbreak of the China-origin coronavirus aka COVID-19 in late 2019 and the continuation of this fatal virus spread globally in 2020, the year 2021 has witnessed the continuation in the terrorism-related incidents, linked directly or...

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 01-15 December 2021

DEFENCE FS Chevalier Paul departed Kochi harbour. Third India-Republic of Korea Strategic Dialogue. S-400 Triumf Missile System. Raksha Mantri attends MSME Conclave and exhorts MSMEs to invest more in R&D and develop new technologies for the...

Annual Review of Islamic State and Al Qaeda: What is on the Horizon in 2021?

Background The past year began with a pathological threat for the world which was detrimental not only for public health, politics, and economics but also for global security. The keywords for the year 2020 were COVID-19, geopolitical realignment,...

International Security: Review of 2020 & Projections for 2021

The year 2020 shall be recorded as an unprecedented year in the modern history of humankind. The outbreak of China-origin Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has eclipsed the events in global security. On one side, the spread of coronavirus...

Pakistan: The Relentless Killings of the Hazaras<sup>1</sup>

The cold-blooded killing of 11 Shia Hazara miners in Geshtari area of Machh, Balochistan on 03 January 2021 by the Islamic State (IS) refocused attention on the brutal persecution of minorities in Pakistan in recent decades. However, even among the...

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