Simon Cottee

ISIS

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Back - Minus the Bling and Bluster

What the ISIS leader's first video in five years really tells us.
Simon Cottee
5.1.19
ISIS

The 'ISIS Matchmaker' Wants to Return to the UK

Tooba Gondal, a notorious British female ISIS recruiter and propagandist, is alive in a camp in Syria – and wants to return to Britain with her two young children.
Simon Cottee
4.4.19
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ISIS and the Fish and Chip-Loving Jihadists

When captured British jihadists are asked what they miss most about home, they usually have the same answer.
Simon Cottee
1.28.19
ISIS

Inside Europol's Online War Against ISIS

At the EU's law enforcement agency, a team of 30 spend their days trawling through gruesome videos, in a bid to have extremist propaganda taken offline.
Simon Cottee
4.10.18
terrorism

Why Jihadists Want to Kill

We must understand that it's a death-wish that attracts would-be jihadists toward the ideology of jihadism, not the other way around.
Simon Cottee
6.5.17
ISIS

Why ISIS Are Using So Many Children in Their Propaganda Videos

Earlier this month the so-called Islamic State released a video of a three-year-old boy shooting a defenceless man to death.
Simon Cottee
1.31.17
ISIS

How a British University Student Became an ISIS Matchmaker

The story of Tooba Gondal's transformation into Umm Muthanna al-Britannia, in her own words.
Simon Cottee
12.20.16
Stuff

What It Feels Like to Lose Your Kids to ISIS

In Trinidad, I met the father of two children who were abducted and taken to Syria.
Simon Cottee
10.12.16
Stuff

Tracking the Online Life of a Female British ISIS Recruiter

Umm Muthanna al-Britannia left the UK for Syria in 2015 and quickly followed the established career path of western female recruits: recruiting and propagandising online.
Simon Cottee
1.15.16
News

Why the UK Government's Anti-Terror Proposals Are Dangerously Shortsighted

Banning contemptible viewpoints isn't going to stop anyone from having them. In fact, it may just provoke a further hardening of those beliefs, and perhaps even a violent reassertion of them by their adherents.
Simon Cottee
5.15.15
Stuff

I Escaped an Arranged Marriage

"Amina" was supposed to marry a man three times her age, but fled her family before they could make her say her vows.
Simon Cottee
2.26.15
Stuff

How Islam Inspired the 'Charlie Hebdo' Attacks Doesn't Matter

What's imperative is to demonstrate that those who believe it was an act of "true" Islam are wrong.
Simon Cottee
1.14.15
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