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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

8th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Leader Pledges Allegiance to the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

Boko Haram's leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, has pledged allegiance to the emir of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. more...

24th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Continues Deadly Suicide Attacks, Uses Children as Bombers

Boko Haram is suspected of launching repeated suicide attacks in Nigeria's northeast while Nigerian forces continue their attempts to dislodge the group. more...

23rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist Divisions Grow in Nigeria

Thomas Joscelyn

Divisions between Boko Haram and rival Ansaru have become more pronounced over the past several weeks. more...

20th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Suicide Assault Team Strikes in Somali Capital

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's branch in Somalia continues to demonstrate that it can penetrate security at the heavily protected areas in the capital and carry out deadly attacks. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Shabaab’s External Operations Chief

Bill Roggio

Yusuf Dheeq, the head of Shabaab's Amniyat, which directs the group's intelligence and external operations activities, was the target of the strike. His fate is unknown. more...

26th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Takes Key Town in Northern Nigeria, Advances on Maiduguri

Boko Haram launched a series of attacks as it continued its campaign to take control of northeastern Nigeria. A number of villages came under fire within hours of an official visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Lagos. more...

14th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Continues to Slaughter Nigerians

Boko Haram has continued its murderous rampage against civilians and security personnel. While concentrated in northeastern Nigeria, the group's recent attacks have also targeted Cameroon and its security apparatus. more...

4th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Overruns Multinational Joint Task Force Base

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters assaulted and took control of the Multinational Joint Task Force base in Baga, Nigeria. The base was used by troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Chad to conduct counterterrorism missions. more...

30th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Somali Government Reports Shabaab’s Intel Chief Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Somalia's National Security Agency said that the US killed the leader of the Amniyat. The US military later confirmed the report. more...

29th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets ‘Senior Leader’ for Shabaab in Southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US has launched multiple airstrikes and raids against Shabaab's leadership cadre over the past decade. more...

19th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Fighters Storm Nigerian Village, Kidnap Over 100 Women and Children

The terrorist group is suspected of attacking yet another village in northeastern Nigeria and kidnapping more than 100 civilians, including women and children. more...

11th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

French Troops Kill MUJAO Founder During Raid in Mali

Bill Roggio

In a midnight raid in the Gao region of Mali, the French military killed Ahmed el Tilemsi. He had a long history of al Qaeda ties, and was wanted by the United States. more...


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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?