Four Explosions in Afghanistan Kill At Least 16 People On Wednesday 25 May

Four bombs exploded in Afghanistan on Wednesday 25 May, leaving 16 people dead and over 33 injured. Three of the attacks have been claimed by ISIS. This is the latest in a string of explosive violence incidents in Afghanistan since April, many of which have been claimed by ISIS.

Nine People Killed and 13 Injured in Sixth Islamic State Attack in Afghanistan this April

On Thursday 28th April, nine civilians were killed and 13 injured in explosions on two minibusses in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was targeted at Shia Muslim passengers. 

IS and IS-Affiliated Explosive Violence in 2022

In 2022, 27 incidents have been attributed to IS and IS-affiliated groups in English language reporting, resulting in 172 civilian casualties recorded by AOAV (41 killed and 131 injured). Nine of those incidents (33%) have taken place in April, and account for 78% (134) of recorded civilian casualties of IS and IS-affiliated violence in 2022 so far. 

Six Killed and 28 Injured in IS-Affiliated Suicide Attacks In Taraba (Nigeria)

Two suicide attacks in Nigeria’s typically more peaceful Middle Belt state of Taraba have been claimed by ISWAP. Both attacks, one in the rural community of Iware, and the other in Jalingo, the state’s capital, seem to have been targeting drinking establishments. These latest incidents are a symptom of the spreading Islamist insurgencies that have been active in Nigeria’s northeast for over a decade, as IS-affiliated groups expand their operational areas.

Double suicide bombing in Baghdad kills 32, leaves 100-plus wounded

At least 32 people were killed and more than 100 injured by a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital on Thursday morning (January 21). The Islamic State Group (IS) released a statement saying the target had been Shia Muslims. It was the biggest suicide attack in Baghdad for three years. The attackers blew themselves […]

Islamic State, Heroism, and Explosive Weapons

The perpetrators of suicide bombing, like those of mass shootings, are almost always men.  According to the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST), for instance, 92% of suicide bombers between 1974 and 2016 have been perpetrated by men. Furthermore, between 1881 (the first use of a suicide bomber against the Tsar of Russia) and […]

Suicide attacks as revenge for air-strikes: three case studies

Since the first suicide bombing incident that killed the Tsar of Russia in 1881, the world has witnessed an increased number of suicide attacks, most significantly in recent years. In 1976 there were no reported suicide bombings, but in 2016 there were 469 attacks across 28 countries.  To put it another way, in the last […]

An interview with Janina Dill

Janina Dill is the John G. Winant Associate Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict. Janina Dill’s research focuses on ethics and law in modern warfare with a particular focus on […]

An interview with Justin Bronk

Justin Bronk is a Research Fellow at The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) where he specialises in combat airpower and technology in the Military Science team. Bronk writes on air power issues for the RUSI Journal, RUSI Defence Systems, RUSI Newsbrief, the Journal of Strategic Studies and the RAF Airpower Journal, and also serves as […]

An interview with Charlie Winter

Charlie Winter is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation specialising in terrorism and insurgency. Meanwhile, he is also pursuing a PhD in war studies at King’s College London, where he examines how militant groups cultivate creative approaches to governance and war. Previously, Charlie Winter has written for the BBC, […]

UK arms exports to Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Country overview The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, located in South Asia, borders Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and China; and has a population of around 34 million. Afghanistan is a presidential republic, with a recent constitution created in 2004. In 2014, Ashraf Ghani was directly elected as president in the country’s first democratic elections. From 1996, […]

UK arms exports to Iraq

Iraq: Country overview The Republic of Iraq, with its capital of Baghdad, borders Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. The estimated populated is around 37 million with majority adhering to Sunni, as well as Shia Islam. The current constitution defines Iraq as a democratic, federal parliamentary republic. Fuad Masum has been the country’s […]