Protecting Afghan Women Is A National Security Issue

Protecting Afghan Women Is A National Security Issue by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism There was the woman whose husband sliced off her genitalia, and then reached inside her with his hand, damaging her inner organs. There was the woman whose husband cut off her ear. More commonly, there…

How Erdogan’s Victory Might Be Europe’s Defeat

How Erdogan’s Victory Might Be Europe’s Defeat by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Over lunch in Istanbul last week, a friend and I spoke about the upcoming Turkish referendum. “Many European Turks are likely to vote ‘yes,’” I cautioned my friend, whom I knew was planning to vote ‘no,’…

Beyond ISIS: Europe’s Salafists Nurturing Jihad (Saudi Arabia and Gulf Petrodollars)

Beyond ISIS: Europe’s Salafists Nurturing Jihad by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Before there was the Islamic State, before YouTube videos that seduce Europe’s Muslims to join in the jihad, before Twitter and Tumblr and the many tools of recruitment on the Internet, there was the local mosque. There…

Europe’s Terror Challenges: The Returnee Threat

Europe’s Terror Challenges: The Returnee Threat by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Another week, another barrage of headlines illustrating the depth of Europe’s terror threat. The following examples came during a 24 hour window earlier this month: “Schiphol Airport Was Possibly A Target Of Terror Cell That Attacked Paris;”…

With The Terror Threat Growing, Europe Changes Course

With The Terror Threat Growing, Europe Changes Course by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Sixteen years ago, when Dutch commentator Paul Scheffer published his “Multicultural Drama” declaring that multiculturalism in the Netherlands had failed, the response was swift and angry. Critics across Europe called him racist, bigoted, nationalistic. Others…

Belgian Breeding Ground Fuels New Terror Wave

Belgian Breeding Ground Fuels New Terror Wave by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Time was, thoughts of Belgium led to thoughts of rich, dark chocolate, of Old Master painters and delicate, handmade lace. Now it brings a different image: of Islamic jihad and men armed with Kalashnikovs, and of…

ISIS Rapes Women Toward Allah

ISIS Rapes Women Toward Allah by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Women sold as slaves. Women beaten in the streets. Women raped for sport. Girls as young as 8 or 9 years old forced into marriages with strangers, and bound to sexual servitude. The reports of the atrocities perpetrated…

Women Also Kill For Honor: Phyllis Chesler Study

Women Also Kill For Honor: Phyllis Chesler Study by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism There was a time when most people believed that honor killings – if they had even heard of them – took place far away, in places like Afghanistan and Algeria and Iran. These days, we…