TSC Report Cited by CNBC: Why the ‘Lone Jihadi’ Poses the Greatest Terror Threat to this Summer’s World Cup in Russia
May 7, 2018
By: Natasha Turak
Security experts have named “lone jihadi” attacks the biggest terror threat during the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer.
The threat has been driven by Russia’s military involvement in Syria and separatist militancy in its disputed Northern Caucasus region.
The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group has been encouraging would-be attackers to strike during the tournament, spreading propaganda material on its social media channels and via encrypted messaging platform Telegram …
By 2017, an estimated 3,417 Russian nationals had left home to fight for ISIS and 400 had returned, according to Washington-based security consultancy The Soufan Group. That made Russia the largest exporter of foreign jihadis by country, ahead of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.
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