Tag Archives: USA


La morte di Al-Baghdadi: prime considerazioni – by Marco Lombardi

Questa mattina gli americani ci informano della morte del leader di Daesh, Al-Baghdadi.  Il Califfo si sarebbe fatto saltare in aria attivando la cintura da suicida che portava, morendo insieme a un paio di mogli quando scovato dalla operazione delle forze speciali del Delta Team americano. In totale 9 morti durante l’assalto al compound dove si trovava a Barisha, in provincia di Idlib, a 5 chilometri dal confine turco. Continue reading


Event Safety and Security Risk Update: Stampedes, or Crowd Surge/Rush – By Peter Ashwin and Giovanni Pisapia

Panic and confusion erupted in Central Park on Saturday night (the 29th September 2018), after a loud noise frightened concertgoers at the Global Citizen Festival, with some people erroneously attributing the sound to gunshots. Witnesses described a near-stampede in some places, as people sprinted for cover, jumped fences and trampled one another. Some were in tears and called their loved ones, and others said they had lost items or gotten separated from their friends, according to social medial. But the police quickly refuted reports of a shooting, saying at first that the noise was from a fallen barrier, not gunshots” (Sarah Mervosh, 2018). Continue reading


9/11 remembrance: research reflections for security – by Maria Alvanou

The first years after the 9/11 attack were used to wage war against Al Qaeda in what seemed to be a US affair. Soon it became evident that Europe was also under threat and while european countries never adopted a direct, clear military approach to countering terrorism, they did take measures and adopted polices that challenged longstanding principles of human rights and liberties. Continue reading


Base USAF: auto bomba esplode all’ingresso. Chi bussa? – by Daniele Plebani

Un’automobile, il giorno 21 marzo 2018 alle ore 19:00, carica di bombole di gas propano si è lanciata contro l’ingresso principale della Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, in Northern Carolina. Il guidatore, morto nell’attacco, ha deliberatamente innescato l’esplosione. La base USAF ospita circa 10.000 persone e la sua operatività è di supporto alle operazioni nel pacifico con cargo e trasporti. L’FBI sta trattando l’episodio come un caso di terrorismo, a causa della volontarietà dell’atto suicida. Continue reading


New York e terroristi Uzbechi nel quadro del jihadismo dell’ex Urss – by Giovanni Giacalone

L’attentato di Halloween a New York torna a far parlare ancora una volta del pericolo proveniente da jihadisti originari di paesi ex membri di quella che era una volta l’Unione Sovietica. L’attentatore, identificato come l’uzbeko Sayfullo Saipov, era giunto negli USA nel 2010 dopo aver vinto la “green card” alla lotteria che ogni anno mette a disposizione 55.000 permessi. Continue reading


The Charlotte social unrest violence: Why islamist terrorism is not the sole security threat – By Maria Alvanou

Since the attack of September 11, the U.S. took the lead in the struggle against terrorism. They did so dealing with it in the context of “war against enemies of the nation”, so that american citizens are protected from “external” threats that challenge the security of the country. This line of response set standards (legal, military, and police) that affected counterterrorism strategy globally. Yet it is not terrorist attacks, but social unrest violence that has been challenging seriously and repeatedly the domestic security of the country. Killings of members of the African American community by the police, as well as more generally the phenomenon of police brutality in relation to racial prejudice[1] have been the background for serious protests, violent riots, even “revenge shootings”[2]. Continue reading


September 11, 2016: Are we safer today? – By Maria Chr. Alvanou

It was 15 years ago, since terrorism shaped global history and turned international terrorism into the number 1 security threat. The infamous attack remains a symbol of jihadist atrocity and a reminder of how even the mightiest military power on earth can be vulnerable. “Al –Qaeda” became a name to fear, perceived as the Lernean Hydra of terrorism, especially because it waged global jihad as an “umbrella network”, under which off-springs, cells and individuals could perpetrate attacks in a flexible way and without the conventional structural and operational limitations of the past. Continue reading