Murad Batal al- Shishani

Murad Batal al-Shishani is an Islamic groups and terrorism issues analyst based in London. He is a specialist on Islamic Movements in the Middle East and in the North Caucasus. He is a regular contributor to several publications in both Arabic and English. He is also author of the book “The Islamic Movement in Chechnya and the Chechen-Russian Conflict 1990-2000”, Amman, 2001 (in Arabic), “Iraqi Resistance: National Liberation vs. Terrorism: A Quantitative Study,” November 2005 Iraqi Studies Series, Issue 5, Gulf Research Center-Dubai, and “Al-Qaeda: Geopolitical, Strategic Outlook and Social Composition, 2012, ECSSR-Abu Dhabi”.

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    Articles by Murad Batal al- Shishani

    Who’s Who in the Jordanian Opposition: Part Two

    Inspired by the Arab Spring, the Salafi-Jihadists of Jordan have been holding demonstrations in several cities. As citizens take to the street to demand political reform, jihadists have shown that

    Who’s Who in the Jordanian Opposition: Part Two

    Inspired by the Arab Spring, the Salafi-Jihadists of Jordan have been holding demonstrations in several cities. As citizens take to the street to demand political reform, jihadists have shown that

    Murad Batal al-Shishani cited by UPI

    Jamestown analyst Murad Batal al-Shishani was cited by UPI in an article about Islamist militants who are creating a stronghold in the Sinai Peninsula. 

    Jihad in Syria: A Profile of Jabhat al-Nusra

    The jihadists that began to emerge in Syria several months after peaceful protests against the Bashar al-Assad regime began in March 2011 can be broadly categorized into two groups: al-Qaeda-style

    Jihadists in Syria: Myth or Reality?

    In a speech on June 20, Syrian president Bashir al-Assad identified three components of the unrest in his country: citizens with legitimate grievances and needs that must be addressed; criminal

    Is the Islamic State of Iraq Going Global?

    Iraq’s director-general for anti-terrorism and organized crime operations, Major General Diya Husayn Sahi, recently told al-Arabiya TV that Iraqi citizen Taimur Abd al-Wahhab al-Abdali was given explosives training in the

    Taking al-Qaeda’s Jihad to Facebook

    Web forums associated with jihad and al-Qaeda sympathizers have become a major source of information about militant Islamist groups, as well as a platform for the dissemination of the audio,

    BRIEFS

    AL-QAEDA AND OIL FACILITIES IN THE SHADOW OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISISBy Murad Batal al-ShishaniIn its latest issue, Bahraini weekly business magazine The Gulf reported that Middle East oil companies

    Is al-Qaeda Seeking Allies in Latin America?

    U.S. officials have warned of a real danger Islamist extremists could form alliances with wealthy and powerful Latin American drug lords to launch new terrorist attacks against the United States.

    Al-Qaeda’s Presence in the Territories

    Other than launching Katyusha rockets at Israel in December 2005 and attempting to launch rockets at Eilat from Aqaba in Jordan in August 2005, al-Qaeda has not launched significant attacks

    Al-Qaeda’s Presence in Lebanon

    After a missile attack on Israel from south Lebanon on December 27, 2005, the Organization of al-Qaeda in Iraq, or the Land of the Two Rivers, issued an audio-recording for

    Al-Zawahiri Addresses Reform in Muslim World

    Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, Egyptian national Ayman al-Zawahiri, appeared in a video-recording broadcast by al-Jazeera news network on January 6. What is striking in this statement is his discussion of reform and

    Westerners Being Recruited by al-Qaeda

    A statement entitled "al-Qaeda's Future Soldier: Rakan Bin Williams," published by a group calling itself "al-Qaeda's Voice on the Internet," indicates that al-Qaeda plans to recruite white European converts to

    The Amman Bombings: A Blow to the Jihadists?

    The Amman bombings on November 9 were widely condemned by the Islamic world, particularly that many victims were civilians celebrating a wedding. This condemnation has again raised questions about support

    Portrait of a Chechen Mujahid Leader

    Salafi-Jihadists recently posted a recording by the Islamist Arab fighter Abu-Omar Al-Seif on the Chechen website www.qoqaz.com. The recording called for more assistance from Muslims to the Mujahideen in Chechnya

    Portrait Of A Chechen Mujahid Leader

    Salafi-Jihadists recently posted a recording by the Islamist Arab fighter Abu-Omar Al-Seif on the Chechen website www.qoqaz.com. The recording called for more assistance from Muslims to the Mujahideen in Chechnya