COVID-19: lo Stato Islamico rilancia. Propaganda e minacce ai tempi dell’infodemic -by Daniele Plebani

We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous.  – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Direttore Generale dell’OMS[1]  [The] fear of the epidemic among them has done more than what the epidemic itself has done– al-Naba 226[2] Continue reading


The Jihadi Ever-Evolving Online Financing Ecosystem – by Daniele M. Barone

At the end of February, a summit of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia[i], pressed countries to align themselves with global cryptocurrency standards from the intergovernmental organization, FATF (Financial Action Task Force), on standards on virtual assets and related providers[ii]. Continue reading


The institutional symmetry of an asymmetric conflict. A State – State rivalry throughout Daesh’s widespread storytelling – by Daniele M. Barone

To date, Daesh has been dismantled, deprived of credibility, and with no remaining strong leadership but still up and unpredictable. The latest release, a few days ago, of its first piece since January 2019 from foreign language media al-Hayat named “The People of Zeal and Bravery”[i], the inclusivity shown by the organization in the Sahel[ii], and the shift of the group’s online followers to decentralized chat rooms after the Referral Action Days operation by EUROPOL on Telegram[iii] it’s a warning on the uselessness of kinetic actions taken against the group. Continue reading


COVID-19, Stato Islamico, guerra ibrida: alcuni scenari – by Daniele Plebani

La pandemia di COVID-19 si è diffusa rapidamente in tutto il globo, investendo come fenomeno non solo i singoli ma anche le società cui questi appartengono. I gruppi terroristici non fanno eccezione: in particolare, le “nuove” contromisure adottate da Stato Islamico (IS) sembrano aver riscosso singolare attenzione da parte dei media sebbene non fossero in realtà né nuove (risalendo le prime note apparentemente già a gennaio) né certamente rivoluzionarie[1]. Continue reading