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Sub-Saharan Africa Latest Mentions

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...

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...

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...

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...

8th March 2015 – Quoted by Robyn Dixon - The Los Angeles Times

Boko Haram’s Pledge Seen as Propaganda Coup for Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decision by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram to pledge allegiance to Islamic State amounts to a significant propaganda coup for the Syrian-based organization, analysts say, and raises questions about whether the Nigerian militants could morph into a more global threat. more...

8th March 2015 – Quoted by Voice of America

Chad, Niger Launch Joint Offensive Against Boko Haram

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The armies of Chad and Niger have launched a joint offensive against the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram. more...

7th March 2015 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Two of the world’s best-known and brutal terror groups appear set to join forces following the release of a new audio recording. more...

26th February 2015 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The US Caught Two Members of Iran’s Lebanese Proxy Running an Amusement Park in Nigeria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control added two individuals to its specially designated nationals list on February 26: Fouzi Reda Darwish Fawaz and Mustapha Reda Darwish Fawaz, two Lebanese men living and working in west Africa. more...

26th January 2015 – Cited by Jack Moore - Newsweek

Boko Haram Release Shocking Images of Child Soldier Training Camp

A media group associated with the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has published two images which reveal a military training camp for children in northeastern Nigeria. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Matt Schiavenza - The Atlantic

‘Al-Shabab Doesn’t Want a Truce With Infidel Powers’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The violent campaign between Kenya's government and Somali militants is escalating. On Sunday, a day after members of the al-Shabab group executed 28 passengers on a Kenyan bus, Kenya's Vice President William Ruto announced that the country's military had crossed into Somalia and attacked al-Shabab camps where the bus attack was planned. more...

2nd November 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - City Journal

The Other Somalia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hargeisa, the capital of the unrecognized state of Somaliland, is built into a depression in the middle of a desert; from nearly every point in town, a visitor looks up at a lip of baked orange hills and a blank sky. more...

11th September 2014 – Quoted by Daniel Solomon - Al Jazeera America

Boko Haram’s Predatory State Within a Predatory State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has cemented its control over several villages and towns in the country’s contested northeast in renewed attacks over the past few weeks. On Sept. 7, Boko Haram fighters took control of Michika, a trading hub near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. more...

25th July 2014 – Quoted by John Dyer - Vice News

International Arrests Show Women Are Playing an Active Role in Al Shabaab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Members of the Somali terrorist group al Shabaab might be ruthless, oppressive killers. But, at least when it suits them, they aren’t chauvinists. more...

16th June 2014 – Quoted by Geoffrey York - The Globe and Mail

Al-Shabab gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya coastal attack

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deadliest terrorist attack in Kenya since the Westgate shopping mall siege has killed at least 48 people in a coastal town, exposing the country’s vulnerability to targeted assaults that inflict heavy damage on its tourism industry. more...

10th June 2014 – Quoted by Tristan McConnell - The Global Post

Kenya’s Case Study In Homegrown Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Alarmed by the rise in attacks, the government is concentrating on immigrants from neighboring Somalia. But what if the threat comes from Kenyans, instead? more...

5th June 2014 – World Politics Review

With World Focused On Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab Steps Up Offensive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In late May, the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab staged two major attacks on the same Saturday... more...

17th May 2014 – PJ Media

Confusion On Boko Haram And Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

For admirers of George Will and Charles Krauthammer, it’s a real treat to find them together many nights on Bret Baier’s panel on Special Report. more...

11th May 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Boko Haram’s Bin Laden Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

In 2002, Osama bin Laden dispatched an aide to Nigeria to hand out $3 million in local currency to a wide array of Salafist political organizations there that shared... more...

15th April 2014 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Vox

A Nigerian Terrorist Group Just Kidnapped 100 Girls to Keep Them From Going to School

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, one of the world's most dangerous Islamist groups, just abducted 100 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Why would... 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?