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13th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled and Cara Anna - The Associated Press

US-targeted IS in Somalia could be a ‘significant threat’

The Islamic State group's growing presence in Somalia could become a "significant threat" if it attracts fighters fleeing collapsing strongholds in Syria and Iraq, experts say, and already it seems to be influencing local al-Shabab extremists to adopt tactics like beheadings. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled - The Associated Press

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says "several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled - The Los Angeles Times

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says "several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The New York Times

U.S. Bombs ISIS in Somalia for the First Time

The United States military bombed Islamic State fighters in Somalia for the first time on Friday, a sign that the air campaign against the group was expanding after recent battlefield successes against the militants in Iraq and Syria. more...

16th October 2017 – Quoted by Luke Barnes - Think Progress

Here’s what you should know about the bombing in Somalia this weekend

At least 300 people, including 15 children, were killed by two truck bombs in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday — the single worst attack in the country’s history and one that shows the continued strength of the extremist group al-Shabaab. more...

13th September 2017 – Quoted by Shawn Snow - Military Times

US ops against al-Shabaab in Somalia heat up

Bill Roggio

U.S. forces in Somalia conducted three precision airstrikes against al-Shabab on Wednesday, killing six terrorists. more...

26th April 2016 – Quoted by Mark Pomerleau - The Hill

Can ‘leadership decapitation’ strikes defeat ISIS?

Bill Roggio

Recent actions by the U.S.-led military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reignited a much-debated component of counterterrorism policy called "leadership decapitation," which aims to dismantle organizations from the top down by taking out high-ranking officials — thus leaving groups in a state of leaderless disarray. Within the last month or so, the Defense Department has announced it has killed ISIS's minister of war and the group's supposed No. 2, known by many various noms de guerre. "[W]e are systemically eliminating ISIL's Cabinet," Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters in March (using another acronym for the group). more...

10th June 2015 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Is the Answer for UN to Authorize Use of Force?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When the world was confronted with a sudden uptick in piracy in the waters off the coast of Somalia seven years ago, the United Nations Security Council authorized the use of force to take on the bandits. more...

7th April 2015 – Quoted by Samuel Smith - The Christian Post

Obama Doesn’t Identify 147 Victims in Kenya Massacre as ‘Christians’ or Jihadi Group as ‘Islamic’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the wake of last week's Al-Shabaab massacre of nearly 150 Christians at a Kenyan university, President Barack Obama issued a statement in response to the attack that failed to identify the victims as Christians targeted for their faith and also failed to label the extremist group as having Islamic motivations. more...

12th September 2014 – Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - NPR

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Bill Roggio

President Obama in his speech Wednesday night said the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. more...

4th September 2014 – Quoted by Kathleen Caulderwood - International Business Times

Al-Shabab’s Finances: The Militant Group Gets Funding From Local Businesses, Sources Abroad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A complex finance network that includes everything from fake charities to kidnapping has supported the East African militant group al-Shabab's activities over the past few years. more...

19th January 2014 – Quoted by Kevin Kaduk, Yahoo Sports

Rick Reilly Used Twitter to Compare Tom Brady’s ‘Overthrows’ to Somalia (Really)

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Oh, Rick Reilly. When ESPN's highly-compensated writer isn't plagiarizing himself, being fooled by satirical news sites or misquoting his Native American father... more...

17th October 2013 – Quoted by Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

Exclusive: U.N. Uncovers ‘Credible’ New al-Shabab Terror Plot

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The United Nations recently uncovered a "credible" plot by the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab to mount a major terrorist attack against the U.N. compound... more...

15th October 2013 – Quoted by Nicholas Kulish, The New York Times

Investigation Moves Slowly in Kenyan Mall Siege

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The crater of rubble where the mall collapsed is still so hot that investigators are having a hard time examining it for clues. None of the bodies of the militants killed... more...

9th October 2013 – Quoted by Abdalle Ahmed, Spencer Ackerman, and David Smith, The Guardian

How the US Raid on al-Shabaab in Somalia Went Wrong

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As a mother of young children, Fadumo Sheikh is used to rising early. Last Saturday she was due to prepare their breakfasts before they went to the local madrasa. more...

8th October 2013 – Quoted by Kristina Mastropasqua, Joan Shorenstein Center

Al-Shabab, Chaos in Somalia and International Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On October 5, 2013, American commandos raided a base of the Islamic militant group al-Shabab in southern Somalia. According to media reports... more...

6th October 2013 – Cited by Mark Sappenfield, Christian Science Monitor

Navy SEALs Somalia Raid: Is Daring Attack a Sign of Shifting Strategy?

Bill Roggio

Two raids against Al Qaeda-linked targets in Africa Saturday raise questions about the drone-strike campaign that has, until now, largely defined President Obama's... more...

4th October 2013 – Quoted by Geoffrey York, Globe and Mail

In Somalia, al-Shabab Gathers Strength in the Shadows

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As Canada deepens its support for African soldiers in their battle against Somalia’s militant Islamists, the conflict is rapidly shifting from a traditional land... more...

30th September 2013 – Quoted by Jeffery Gettleman and Nicholas Kulish, The New York Times

Officials Struggle With Tangled Web of Financing for Somali Militants

Jonathan Schanzer

Illicit ivory, kidnappings, piracy ransoms, smuggled charcoal, extorted payments from aid organizations and even fake charity drives pretending to collect... more...

25th September 2013 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

Kenya Mall Attack Unlikely to Alter U.S. Approach to Shabab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deadly mall attack in Kenya is unlikely to change the Obama administration’s restrained approach to Shabab, the Somali-based terrorist group that... 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?