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6th March 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Africa’s Jihadist Frontiers

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross to discuss the evolving threats from jihadists in Africa and what can be done now to stop – or at least slow – them. more...

27th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State video promotes Somali arm, incites attacks during holidays

Bill Roggio

On Dec. 25, the Islamic State released a video promoting its fighters in Somalia and inciting attacks in the West. The group's propagandists referred to the cadre as the Islamic State's Somali "province." more...

29th October 2017 – Quoted by The Independent

Behind the massacre in Somalia

One mother lost all her nine children. Wives, husbands, children and whole families perished in the Oct.14 bomb attack in Somalia capital, Mogadishu, whose death toll had reached 300 within two days. 300 others were reeling from injuries. more...

22nd October 2017 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

US sends its special forces as Africa’s jihadist threat grows

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The October 12 bombing of central Mogadishu in So­malia, which killed more than 270 people, along with the death of four US special forces troops in a jihad­ist ambush on the other side of the vast continent in south-western Niger, marked a sharp escalation in Africa’s war on terror. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Removing Sanctions While Retaining Leverage in Sudan

Alex Entz

Though President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran Deal largely dominated headlines last week, it was not the administration’s only major foreign policy action. Last Thursday, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on over 200 Sudanese entities, a decision based in part on the Sudanese government’s reported progress in fighting terrorism, promoting peace, and improving humanitarian access throughout the country. The U.S. also secured assurances that Sudan would not buy weapons from North Korea. more...

14th August 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio join The John Batchelor Show to discuss how AFRICOM is playing catch-up against al-Shabaab in Somalia. more...

7th August 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn's join the John Batchelor Show to connect the dots between east Africa in 1998 and Al Qaeda in 2017. more...

2nd August 2017 – Quoted by Awad Mustafa and Karam Singh - Small Wars Journal

Qatar in the Horn of Africa: Friend or Foe?

David Andrew Weinberg

With increasing scrutiny on Qatar to ease their foreign policy initiatives, more allegations are digging into Qatar’s already controversial track record. more...

6th July 2017 –

BBC World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Tourism numbers in Africa are up - fuelled by visitors from within the continent. Zambia's President Lungu gives the police more powers but stops short of declaring a state of emergency. And Biafran War veterans remember the conflict 50 years on. more...

16th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Easing Sanctions on Sudan Erodes U.S. Leverage

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday eased sanctions against Sudan based on improved behavior, and with the expectation that Sudan “sustains [the] positive actions it has taken over the last 6 months.” The move, which comes after months of rumors that Sudan would be removed entirely from the U.S. terrorism sponsors list, punts the six-month review to the Donald Trump administration. more...

2nd June 2016 – CCTV America

World Insight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali. more...

13th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab claims ‘Western intelligence officials’ targeted in airliner bombing

Thomas Joscelyn

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has claimed responsibility for bombing an airliner bound for Djibouti on Feb. 2. The statement, which was released in English on social media, can be seen below. more...

7th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Ghana Falsely Claims 2 Former Guantanamo Detainees Were ‘Cleared of Any Involvement’ in Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department has announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to the West African nation of Ghana. The now former detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al Dhuby, are citizens of Yemen. more...

14th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Confusion Surrounds West African jihadists’ Loyalty to Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

Yesterday, Al Akhbar published a report saying that the leader of Al Murabitoon had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State and its emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The news agency posted a short audio clip of a jihadist known as Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi calling on all other jihadist groups to join him in the Islamic State’s ranks. more...

29th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Rolls With the Punches, Remains a Threat

In the past few months, the tide has turned against Nigeria-based Boko Haram as coalition forces have successfully pushed the terrorist group from the majority of its strongholds. At the beginning of March, forces from Chad and Niger joined Nigeria to collectively fight against Boko Haram. This offensive has made significant headway, but it has not neutralized the terrorist outfit. On the heels of its pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), Boko Haram has continued launching attacks across the region, illustrating that it remains a threat with several cells still active across a broad amount of territory. more...

6th April 2015 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses recent violence in Kenya waged by al Shabaab. more...

16th March 2015 – 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio talk with John Batchelor about Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State. more...

15th March 2015 – Quoted by Madu Onuorah - The Guardian Nigeria

SUICIDE BOMBING: New Weapon Of Retreating Boko Haram

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

WHEN the insurgent group, Boko Haram, launched its first suicide bombing attack on June 16, 2011 at the Louis Edet House, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja, it marked the first formal deployment of suicide bombings to achieve political objectives and to cause anarchy in Nigeria. more...

14th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Senior Shabaab Intelligence Official in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

The airstrike is said to have targeted Adan Garaar, a senior official in the Amniyat, Shabaab's intelligence and security service that also is responseble for external operations. Garaar's fate is not known. more...

9th March 2015 – Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Boko Haram’s ISIS Pledge Brings Jihadi Power Struggle To Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nigerian jihadi militia Boko Haram has declared itself a franchise of the Islamic State terror group, according to an audio statement from its leader that began circulating Saturday. more...


Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow


20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?