Al Jazeera Online, 27 Dec 2015 - Gulf States: A burning priority for Islamic State?
While recent spectacular terror attacks either directed or inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have mostly taken place against the West and Russia, a new priority for ISIL could be the Gulf.
RFI, 2 Dec 2015 - Libya one of the top priorities in coming months, says PM Valls
"Libya for me was the main issue, even more than Iraq and Syria, and it has the potential of being much more problematic for Europe than even Iraq and Syria will ever be, in terms of Western recruits, terrorism..."
National Post, 23 Nov 2015 - Stopping the spread of a hateful ideology
After the worst terror attacks in the history of France, now is the time to reflect on how Western counter-terrorism strategies can be made more effective. While going after terrorists is a must, the West also needs to target their ideological mentors.
Time, 21 Nov 2015 - Mali Hotel Attack Highlights France’s Strategic Dilemma
The siege by gunmen of a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako, which left at least 20 people dead on Friday, underscores a complex set of dilemmas facing France as it ramps up operations against ISIS militants a week after the deadly attacks by the group in Paris...
Le Parisien Magazine, 20 Nov 2015 - Sécurité antiterroriste : les leçons de l’étranger
« S’il y avait des solutions miracles, cela se saurait », tranche Olivier Guitta, directeur général de GlobalStrat, un cabinet de conseil en sécurité. A la question de l’efficacité s’ajoute celle de savoir jusqu’où aller pour se protéger, sans sacrifier sa liberté.
Tribune, 14 Nov 2015 - American accent on ISIS recording presents alarming prospect
The potential of an American acting as a spokesman for the terrorist group raises anew concerns about ISIS's support in and internal threat to the United States.
Pittsburgh Tribune, 7 Nov 2015 - ISIS bomb on plane would alter outlook for Mideast, West, analysts say
“Now we are talking about (ISIS) being able to pull off an attack that, until now, only al-Qaida was able to pull off,”
Fox News, 28 Sept 2015 - Assad wins... again. How Syria's president outfoxed the West
Indeed, when was the last time Russia send troops in a far-away foreign land in a conflict it wasn’t directly involved in?...
Newsweek, 28 Sept 2015 - 'Libya Needs You Too'
ISIS Social Media Drive Encourages Jihadis to Travel to North African Base
L'Obs, 8 Sept 2015 - La première frappe britannique en Syrie critiquée mais prélude à une action plus large
"Depuis le départ, cela ne fait aucun sens d'avoir seulement l'autorisation d'attaquer des cibles en Irak"...
World Affairs, 2 Sept 2015 - Europe’s Vulnerable Trains
This latest foiled terror attack has shed light once again on the vulnerabilities of the transport system...
Le Parisien, 27 Aug 2015 - Terrorisme contre tourisme
Avec au moins huit attentats ou tentatives d’attentat en neuf mois, dont la dernière il y a une semaine, dans le Thalys reliant Amsterdam à Paris, la France est l’une des victimes les plus régulières d’actes terroristes...
National Post, 5 Aug 2015 - The Iran nuclear deal has bolstered the Islamic State’s propaganda war
While almost everything has been said and written about the consequences of the recent P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, not much has been covered about how the deal will impact the Islamic State.
The Sunday Telegraph, 4 Jul 2015 - 'Why weren’t we told of Sousse suicide bomber?’
Olivier Guitta, a terrorism expert, said he had uncovered evidence of 50 terrorist attacks in Tunisia since 2013 and found reports of seven terror training camps in the country. Mr Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, a security consultancy, said Tunisia had failed to put in place proper protection, and it did not have the resources to guard all its beaches and all its resorts...
International Business Times, 3 Jul 2015 - Boko Haram: Isis-linked Nigerian terrorist group may have over extended itself with Chad bombings
It was tragic, but also sadly unsurprising, that Chad's capital, N'Djamena, was hit by two simultaneous suicide attacks on 15 June 2015, killing at least 34 and injuring over 100...
Conservative Home, 22 Jun 2015 - Is South Africa the next potential terror hotspot?
While Jihad Central is located in the Syria-Iraq, area with the Islamic State (IS) gaining ground daily, other potential hotspots have been forgotten. One of them that has rarely been in the news and would surprise most people is Africa’s behemoth: not Nigeria, but rather quiet South Africa.
AFP, 17 Jun 2015 - La mort de Wahishi déstabilise Al-Qaïda sans réduire la menace jihadiste
"Par comparaison à d'autres branches d'Al-Qaïda", Aqpa est celle qui est la mieux implantée et, "même si Wahishi est une perte, elle peut rebondir rapidement", estime Olivier Guitta, directeur de GlobalStrat, entreprise de conseil spécialisée dans l'évaluation des risques géopolitiques.
AFP, 16 Jun 2015 - Al-Qaeda confirms top commander killed in US strike
According to Olivier Guitta, managing director of security and risk consultancy GlobalStrat, Wuhayshi's death is "another huge blow not only to AQAP" but also to Al-Qaeda's central command.
The Times, 25 May 2015 - Rising fears of chemical attack by UK jihadists
Counterterrorism police are focusing on the “growing threat” of a chemical weapons attack by British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria, The Times has learnt.
The National, 9 May 2015 - Only way to stem IS appeal to western youth is to hit Assad hard
Indeed, the likelihood of a home-grown attack in the West has risen tenfold since the coalition started targeting IS in Iraq last year. Therefore, western security services are eager for anything that will help them but unfortunately, western governments are at a loss when it comes to devising an effective strategy.
Now, 7 Apr 2015 - Why France is tough on Iran
When asked after the 9/11 attacks by President George W Bush what he thought about a rapprochement with Iran, French President Jacques Chirac replied: “Don’t even think about it. These people are lunatics! Don’t think there are moderates with whom you can negotiate.”
The Daily Beast, 12 Mar 2015 - How ISIS Ate Al Qaeda
Remember Al Qaeda? Since the rise of the Islamic State, Al Qaeda as such has started to look like the Eastman Kodak of global terror: an organization that once dominated its market and the popular imagination, but failed to embrace change and now is on the road to oblivion or absorption by smarter, more aggressive competitors.
NBC News.com, 9 Mar 2015 - What Does Boko Haram's Pledge of Allegiance to IS Really Mean?
"The writing was on the wall,"said Olivier Guitta, managing director at security and geopolitical risk firm GlobalStrat. "[IS] has been garnering power and Boko needed to join the strongest group. And al Qaeda is not the strongest any longer, so it makes sense for them to get also a major media exposure to join."
AFP, 27 Feb 2015 - La police et le MI5 en contact avec «Jihadi John» depuis 2009
«Il n’a pas été dans des territoires en guerre, il n’a pas été en prison. Très probablement il a été radicalisé par un prêcheur ou des personnes dans son entourage à l’université», observe M. Guitta qui estime que les gouvernements ne font pas assez pour lutter contre la présence de prédicateurs sur leur territoire. Il compare leur activité à celle de «dealers de drogue».
AFP, 27 Feb 2015 - Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'
Olivier Guitta, managing director of security and risk consultancy GlobalStrat, warned the security forces lacked the resources to track all those who crossed their radar. "To monitor one person you need 30 officers, so if you have in England 1,000 people that are on your list, you need 30,000 officers. We don't have that," he told AFP.
The Times, 23 Feb 2015 - Jihadists call for UK attacks on shoppers
British counterterrorism police were on alert last night after a militant Islamic group urged Muslims to attack Oxford Street and two shopping centres in London.
The National, 16 Feb 2015 - Egypt bombs IS in Libya as Christian beheadings draw condemnation
But Mr Guitta said that Libya was a serious security issue for Egypt.
“Strategically its one of the major countries they’ll have to look at,” he said. “The airstrikes are not going to be a one-time thing. I predict there would be an international level intervention.”
Le Figaro, 11 Feb 2015 - En plein chaos yéménite, des partisans d'al-Qaida se rallient à l'État islamique
«La réalité est plus liée à une vision yéménite que globale», observe Olivier Guitta, directeur de GlobalStrat, une entreprise de consulting spécialisée dans la sécurité et qui suit de près l'évolution de ces différentes mouvances.
Wall Street Journal, 11 Jan 2015 - Parallel Killings Merge Rival Groups’ Terror Agendas in Paris
‘There is no doubt that al Qaeda and Islamic State are still competing against each other for the hearts and minds of international jihadis.’
—Olivier Guitta, a French terrorism analyst who advises governments and corporations
The Times, 2 July 2014 - Isis is alive and kicking while al-Qaeda is passé
The writing has been on the wall for al-Qaeda since November, when the upstart Isis set itself on a collision course with global jihad’s established leaders.
The Times, 1 Jul 2014 - Isis overtakes al-Qaeda as biggest threat to West
Islamist militants who have proclaimed a new state in Iraq and Syria appear to have won the support of two major al-Qaeda groups in a game-changing power shift for global jihad.
Al-Qaeda’s north African branch pledged support to the “heroes” of Isis, the Sunni extremist group, while the Yemeni offshoot sent its best wishes.
Le Huffington Post/ Le Monde, 5 Nov 2015 - Une vague de terreur croissante dans l'Ouest
Le chef du MI-5, les Services de sécurité intérieure du Royaume-Uni, Andrew Parker, a récemment déclaré que la menace terroriste est au plus haut dans le Royaume-Uni en 32 ans de carrière. Une surprise ? Pas vraiment.
RTE, 19 Nov 2015 - Analysis on the Paris Raid
Olivier Guitta, Managing Director at GlobalStrat, an International Security and Geopolitical Risk consultancy, has said that most of the attacks were planned, both in Belgium and Syria, with the intention to evade French security services.
The Telegraph, 22 Nov 2015 - Channel ferries at risk from jihadi terror attack
Government sources admit they are concerned about security at ferry ports over fears that terrorists - thwarted by tightened airport security - will switch attention to shipping...
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