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11th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military warns of Shabaab resurgence, strikes ‘command and logistics node’

Bill Roggio

While announcing an airstrike that targeted a Shabaab “command and logistics node” in southern Somalia, the US military warned of al Qaeda’s resurgence in the country and said it has “taken advantage of safe haven.” more...

8th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab overruns base in northern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab fighters overran a military base in the seni-autonomous region of Puntland in northern Somalia today and killed dozens of soldiers during the fighting. more...

30th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab claims US is ‘Satan of our time,’ praises al Qaeda’s leadership

Thomas Joscelyn

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, has released a 55-minute video professing its adherence to global jihadist principles. The production is titled, “They Are Not Welcome — They Shall Burn In Their Fire.” It emphasizes that “defending Muslim lands is from the most important of individual obligations.” more...

26th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban ‘master in electronics’ in drone strike

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP) has confirmed that the US killed two of its operatives in a drone strike in the tribal agency of North Waziristan earlier this week. The TTP announced today that it “retaliated” for the drone strike by attacking Pakistani forces. more...

22nd May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab spokesman calls on Kenyan jihadists to form an ‘army’

Thomas Joscelyn

The media arm for Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, has released a video of a graduation ceremony for foreign fighters who attended a training camp. Sheikh Ali Mahmoud Rage, a spokesman and senior figure in Shabaab, delivers a speech during the ceremony. He focuses mainly on Kenya, claiming that Christians oppress Muslims in that country and throughout East Africa. more...

5th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US soldier killed battling al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia

Bill Roggio

A US soldier was killed yesterday outside the capital of Mogadishu while fighting Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia. The casualty took place just five weeks after the Trump administration approved the expansion of military counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. more...

27th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab executes three alleged ‘spies’

Bill Roggio

Just one day after executing a deadly suicide assault on a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, Shabaab announced that its religious courts executed “three spies.” One of the alleged spies was accused of working for the CIA to direct drone strikes on Shabaab, better known as al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa. more...

1st October 2016 – The Long War Journal

AFRICOM masks military operations in Somalia as ‘self defense strikes’

Bill Roggio

The US military continues to classify combat operations against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, as “self-defense strikes,” even though many of the incidents reported, such as the targeting of training camps and raids in Shabaab-held territory, are clearly offensive in nature. more...

2nd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab continues to strike popular hotels in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, Shabaab, continues to demonstrate that it can penetrate high security areas of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city. In a suicide assault yesterday, Shabaab killed 13 people in a complex attack at the Ambassador’s Hotel. more...

1st June 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military targets senior Shabaab commander in Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it targeted Abdullahi Haji Da’ud, a top military commander and planner for Shabaab, or al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, in an airstrike late last month. It is unclear if Da’ud was killed in the strike. more...

25th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State highlights ‘first camp of the Caliphate in Somalia’

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State touted a small training camp and announced its first attack in Somalia as part of the its push establish a presence in the country. more...

3rd April 2016 – The Long War Journal

US airstrike targets senior leader of Shabaab’s security and intelligence service

Bill Roggio

The US military targeted a senior al Qaeda leader who also serves in the Amniyat, a key security and intelligence organization within Shabaab, al Qaeda’s offical branch in Somalia, in an airstrike last week. The US military has not confirmed the death of Hassan Ali Dhoore, the dual hatted al Qaeda and Shabaab leader, who was the focus of the airstrike. more...

10th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US special operations forces raid Shabaab in southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Just days after the US military struck a Shabaab training camp north of Mogadishu, special operations forces and Somali troops launched a raid near the Somali capital overnight. Details are scarce, but Shabaab has reported that one of its fighters was killed in the firefight. Somali officials claimed that 19 Shabaab fighters were killed. more...

7th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military strikes Shabaab training camp

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it launched an airstrike which targeted a Shabaab “camp” north of the Somali capital of Mogadishu on March 5. The US justified the strike on al Qaeda’s official East African branch by saying that fighters there “posed an imminent threat.” more...

27th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab suicide assault team strikes hotel in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

A team of heavily armed fighters from al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa launched a suicide assault on a popular hotel and park in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The attack was likely carried out by Shabaab’s “Abu Musab al Zarqawi Martyrdom Battalion,” which has carried out similar operations in the past. 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...

5th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab regains ground in southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has retaken control several towns in southern Somalia after the withdrawal of African Union and government forces. more...

4th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

12 Ugandan Troops Killed as Shabaab Assaults Base in Somalia

Bill Roggio

The Ugandan military has confirmed that 12 of its soldiers who were part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were killed after Shabaab launched a suicide assault on a military base near Mogadishu earlier this week. Shabaab had claimed that it killed 70 Ugandan soldiers while overrunning the base. more...

21st April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Shabaab Leaders to Designated Terrorist List

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today added two senior officials in Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. more...

10th April 2015 – Foreign Policy

From Westgate to Garissa, Shabab’s Murderous Wave

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ter the Somali militant group al-Shabab carried out a gruesome massacre of 148 people in the Kenyan city of Garissa on April 2, two questions repeatedly surfaced among policymakers and analysts: Did this attack signal that al-Shabab would increasingly focus on Kenya? And did the horrific attack at Garissa prove the success or failure of Somalia as a counterterrorism model? After all, last September President Barack Obama trumpeted U.S. policies toward Somalia, where the United States had “successfully pursued” al Qaeda for years. more...

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5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

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?