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Rajan Basra @rajanbasra King's College London

Researching how terrorists think and act. @ICSR_centre Research Fellow / @WarStudies PhD candidate

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@Zampabolinhos Yeah it would seem obvious - but it's not so clear. That's because many people watch extremist cont… https://t.co/wT8LPlMicDEND/ I hope this thread has been useful in exploring some of the nuances about radicalisation. You can read this th… https://t.co/Cvf2F0xoZE12/ Safiyya Shaikh's case is, genuinely, a fascinating one. You can read more about it, from @BBCDomC, here: https://t.co/N24xl49Pml11/ It was not inevitable she would carry out an attack, even with her "vulnerabilities". Maybe "prevention" progr… https://t.co/shs6e6AEvo10/ One question sticks out: Why did she move from being a supporter of jihadism, watching videos online, to actua… https://t.co/O6xU8dCHFU9/ There was nothing on her YouTube from Anwar al-Awlaki, a notorious radicaliser. In 2017, YouTube banned *all* c… https://t.co/mQYf2W7pDn8/ Which makes you wonder: If all that all that extremist content was - and remains - so accessible on YouTube, why… https://t.co/nGW9eLzbuF7/ But a lot of that "old school" material is pretty dull. It's in Arabic, old, and doesn't cater to a "Western" au… https://t.co/XSWXrPmbF56/ Put all of these things together - her drug use, social isolation, and naivety - and you have someone who could… https://t.co/gOPQ5mUhuG5/ Shaikh was also isolated from her family. Converts often find their new lives to be difficult. Her relationship… https://t.co/Rvxuq74SRc4/ She also appears naive, gullible, and lacking in critical thinking skills. One playlist was called 'Magic', wit… https://t.co/b8NFCwrMUT3/ She was addicted to drugs (heroin) and looking for answers, all framed through her faith. It might seem strange… https://t.co/79tlElMUrv2/ She made playlists, and lots of them: 89 over the course of 12 months. That's almost one every four days. So sh… https://t.co/jHbXLToMk2Today Saffiya Shaikh, a 36-year-old jihadist convert, was sentenced to life for trying to blow up St. Paul's Cathed… https://t.co/jlSoWGbSiG
7/3
2020
.@Jihadology_Net Articles of the Week – 6/20-6/26 https://t.co/G0UX4H2opr Featuring @rajanbasra @nadiakanevahttps://t.co/51PRVQBAu3
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6/26
2020
Great story by @smekhennet & @JobyWarrick on disengagement and lower terrorist threat in Europe/Belgium, based on i… https://t.co/iVzuTAv0BE
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6/16
2020
Just Published: My new research on #terrorist #recidivism, published by @CTCWP, based on a review of literature and… https://t.co/qi6okcIPi2
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4/28
2020
@manwarali All the best for your recovery Manwar, come back strong
4/13
2020
We are explicitly looking for more articles on how violent extremists are using online spaces in response to corona… https://t.co/RC7lj8zqzQ
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4/6
2020
If you're saturated with Coronavirus news, why not read about the far-right, race hate and conspiracy theories, in… https://t.co/9uKTeuI0vg
Retweeted by Rajan BasraIn a time of Covid-19, myself and @FlorenceKeen can offer some alternative reading with our cover piece on the Hana… https://t.co/bIPgczFffs
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3/24
2020
IS supporters online, as delusional as ever. https://t.co/aGX9e83dXL
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3/18
2020
If you're worried about what to do while you're quarantined, remember that while he was in isolation, Mathematician… https://t.co/4rRp7wheRK
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3/16
2020
We are delighted to be launching our latest report by Research Fellow @inga_kris. In it, she looks at the current s… https://t.co/PqtFk0MuWF
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3/10
2020
@azelin That's a real shame, as legislation states that academic research counts as a "reasonable excuse" to collec… https://t.co/SkR1FZFzRU
2/24
2020
The #Hanau attacker uploaded an 8GB, hour-long video titled "Explanation". When his site crashed, the video went w… https://t.co/q5s1I1A4JB
2/22
2020
@thehoff102 @MoserRoja Cheers Stephen! At this point we don't know how he radicalised, or if he was connected to an… https://t.co/bphsHfRqcO @AmarAmarasingam Yeah, I don't think anyone has managed to pull the full video before his website crashed It's a s… https://t.co/CaTbrnrlCWThis guy evidently didn't believe in compressing his video uploads. If anyone has any suggestions, please hit me u… https://t.co/ZUBFn1FcupI think the #Hanau attacker's explanation video has permanently disappeared. I have saved 2gb of the video, but it… https://t.co/ms86999kWR
2/21
2020
His "explanation" video likely would've detailed his motives and target selection, answering the "why?" question th… https://t.co/UsCIomOB803/ For example, he thought we are "controlled by secret, invisible societies", and that all foreigners should be de… https://t.co/3HiaPWFs7T2/ As he's now dead, we can only analyse his other documents and videos (which @ICSR_Centre has archived). They do… https://t.co/aAnkRCA1J1Here's a screenshot of what the #Hanau shooter uploaded: 3 PDFs, 4 videos, and the image of a wolf His website is… https://t.co/GfpOLn5Uai
2/20
2020
@SvenskMikael Great to see, and best of luck!
2/1
2020
@AnalystMick @CalibreObscura Cheers, thanks guys!
1/28
2020
We're extremely pleased to announce the formal launch of @GNET_research; a special project run by @ICSR_Centre. Thi… https://t.co/8Eeo33Fw9m
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1/8
2019
1. It is a hard moment to get this message across, but overall, reoffending by released terrorist prisoners in Engl… https://t.co/3bGnYO9Is7
Retweeted by Rajan Basra.@Jihadology_Net Articles of the Week – 11/23-11/29 https://t.co/ALs3thAibA Featuring @Hegghammer @haroro_ingramhttps://t.co/q69pczpegQ
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11/30
2019
TYPO: the Paris police station attack was in 2016, on the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack (January 7th), not in 2015.END/ So fake suicide belts represent an innovation amongst jihadists, but it's not one driven by propaganda. Inste… https://t.co/qnHk91PkRD4/ And neither has ISIS or its fanboys really encouraged the use of fake suicide belts. There has only been one kno… https://t.co/i5fTXDL46J3/ Presumably, the attackers would've looked up how to create an actual bomb, and decided against it (for lack of e… https://t.co/XwcX8inwq92/ All of these attacks involved unsophisticated methods: vehicle rammings and/or knife stabbings. So why the fake… https://t.co/e9sxZSGdXCFive recent terrorist attacks have featured fake suicide belts: 2015 Paris police station attack 🇫🇷 2017 London Br… https://t.co/Qu3dI6BMiX
11/29
2019
Check out this report on linkages beween drugs and terrorism by @ICSR_Centre and @EMCDDA A thread from… https://t.co/5NXQIAz4uO
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11/28
2019
Recommended: "Drugs and Terrorism: The Overlaps in #Europe" - joint @ICSR_Centre & @EMCDDA report by @rajanbasra.… https://t.co/z4YiA9zEWe
Retweeted by Rajan BasraTrump already said in March he might designate cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. We’ll see. I think it’s… https://t.co/4Q7QVbFOPy
Retweeted by Rajan Basra @BenSai Thank you Behnam!Some fascinating details on a so far understudied topic. Thank you @rajanbasra @ICSR_Centre and @PeterRNeumann https://t.co/S1fdXnb15m
Retweeted by Rajan BasraOur latest @ICSR_Centre report, published today by @rajanbasra. https://t.co/GcULsQgaF2
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11/27
2019
@oneillyatescbc Thanks Chris!END/ There's much more in the report, including some often-discussed groups (such as PKK and Hezbollah). You can re… https://t.co/Jfr5zib8az @borealissaves @PeterRNeumann It varies from country to country, but the figures I've seen show between 6% (Germany) to 19% (Italy).19/ But there's more to vigilantism than kneecapping and beatdowns, as they're not just a means of staying feared a… https://t.co/u7jcioCPNo18/ Vigilante groups have a general routine in their public comms: - Fatigues, balaclavas, and weapons - Statement… https://t.co/pzmsapd6LZ17/ Vigilante attacks are a regular occurrence: with 488 assaults or shootings in the 6 years from 2012-2017. (Not… https://t.co/C0JRy1ifss16/ When paramilitaries prohibit drugs, it manifests in vigilante (or so-called "punishment") attacks on those accu… https://t.co/T2mUOF74JO15/ Inevitably, not all members agree with drug dealing and other criminality. This leads to conflict within a gro… https://t.co/9YWJur9RJF14/ There are several examples, of course, of paramilitaries dealing drugs themselves. This appears to be more com… https://t.co/CNj3eEV15113/ When groups look to profit from the trade they typically extort drug dealers who operate on their turf. This s… https://t.co/WuyFPJPtV112/ In Northern Ireland, there are paramilitaries that look to control neighbourhoods and communities, in much the… https://t.co/gLdpRCnMGa11/ But these connections are often opaque, and it's not as straightforward as saying there's a causal connection b… https://t.co/r4qNwiMQGd10/ We also see that a small minority of jihadists have funded their activities through small‑scale drug dealing. W… https://t.co/SW8KzskDe49/ But it's important to state that the vast majority of attacks were 𝙣𝙤𝙩 carried out by someone on drugs, and ther… https://t.co/0fADbvM6EM8/ Those attacks were: - 2016 Berlin Christmas market - 2017 Orly airport - 2017 Hamburg supermarket - 2017 Marsei… https://t.co/Mw2xD3Y1sg7/ Of the 75 jihadist attackers in Europe between 2012 and 2018, at least 5 individuals (7%) took illicit drugs in… https://t.co/OF7XYs1h9Q6/ Of the cases we looked at, we saw that jihadists' drug use can even continue until the point of carrying out a t… https://t.co/7bXp2n65Ad5/ And this doesn't just apply to the footsoldiers. In fact a famous UK propagandist and recruiter is addicted to h… https://t.co/ThdwYV7QkR4/ A minority of jihadists have, unsurprisingly, histories of using drugs. We looked at their backgrounds; their d… https://t.co/PdIjU5zYBD3/ After an extensive open-source search, there are 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 crossovers between terrorists and the drug trade. But tho… https://t.co/HNckGVfY9q2/ You can download the full report here, published with @ICSR_Centre and the EU drugs agency @EMCDDA :… https://t.co/8vaNBKCVdCA year in the making: we sifted through 38,000 sources and looked all over Europe to find the overlaps between drug… https://t.co/vr69MmeS40
11/26
2019
Very happy to say that this will be published tomorrow - watch this space! https://t.co/x30brHuZdf
11/25
2019
This excellent new paper on terrorist recidivism is well worth your time. Authored by @marybethaltier @EmmaJLeonardhttps://t.co/C3sKYInWBu
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11/19
2019
What were you saying when ISIS was on top though? "I believe Jihad is obligatory. I never plan to return to the UK… https://t.co/cz7i8yoVKB
11/15
2019
In the last few years, I compiled with my students a global dataset documenting interactions between terrorist and… https://t.co/Pt11pObTI0
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11/11
2019
In our new article for Perspectives on Terrorism, @NateRosenblatt, @rajanbasra and myself test whether there’s a ca… https://t.co/zR0L4fpj5Y
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10/29
2019
Hey, did we ever end up winning the Global War on Terrorism? Asking for a friend.
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10/24
2019
A privilege to work w/ @AmiraJadoon to examine the relationship between the shadow economy and terror. In a nutshel… https://t.co/MV0BXhSITw
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10/21
2019
What a freaking killer way to kick off a writing day! My article “Cows, Charcoal, and Cocaine: al-Shabaab’s Crimina… https://t.co/M9mPspzLrJ
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10/18
2019
Great thread from @rajanbasra https://t.co/dO44BlFC1e
Retweeted by Rajan BasraImportant thread on #Halle attack 👇🏽 https://t.co/WGnlDlibhv
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10/15
2019
@bott_sebastian Thanks Sebastian 👊🏾 Though I'd disagree that a manifesto needs to be big, important or smart. In t… https://t.co/WkwkFw6dLLEND/ For more on the particulars of how terrorists plan attacks, I'd recommend these two brilliant articles: Bart… https://t.co/PqKMGIJV3l12/ What we don't currently know are the details of his radicalisation process, and how that interacted with his at… https://t.co/vKio3YfmJT11/ At some point he'd uploaded these documents to anonfile [since removed] October 9th: a few minutes before he b… https://t.co/4zYOK8yJIT10/ In that October 6th document he also said he was paid 0.1 Bitcoins (approx. €600-900), and namedrops an individ… https://t.co/2jLdcGcr1P9/ Oct 1st: He finalised his manifesto and "pre-action report". Oct 6th: he prepared another document which links… https://t.co/CMhRjt4is68/ By September 21st it seems he'd stopped working on a pistol design, writing in a document: "If you read this, I… https://t.co/c8lsMakboo7/ His preparations seemed to have stepped up in the summer of 2019. By June, he'd made/acquired a: - Luty submach… https://t.co/2nEsZo8GJd6/ Did the Pittsburgh and Christchurch attacks inspire him that violent action is necessary? Or had he already dec… https://t.co/zh3Kd8tbeD5/ This was all before the March 2019 #Christchurch massacre, when Brenton Tarrant killed 51 mosque worshippers in… https://t.co/BIDBFOY3lo4/ He'd been designing the "plastic" submachine gun in December 2018. He'd also made a single-shot, mostly 3D-prin… https://t.co/qezxMcohOb3/ Importantly, this was before the recent wave of far-right terrorism which began in October 2018 with the Pittsbu… https://t.co/QNGg8s5jIk2/ When he originally announced his attack by posting on the https://t.co/pSl8Zr1mox imageboard on 9th October 2019… https://t.co/Jt9euzW5jZThe #Halle attacker uploaded more than a manifesto. We can build a general timeline of his attack preparation by l… https://t.co/8WgNOSmLqmLivestreamed terrorist attacks. Is this phenomenon here to stay? Jun 2016: Magnanville stabbing* 🇨🇵 Mar 2019: Chri… https://t.co/pCLWwPgavq
10/14
2019
Thread on the #Halle terrorist by @rajanbasra who has sifted through the detritus of a warped, racist mind to captu… https://t.co/Wa1y8zlq0Y
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10/12
2019

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