Analysis & Commentary

5th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Claims It ‘Repelled’ Raid By Western Special Operations Forces

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's affiliate in East Africa claimed it repelled a nighttime raid by Western special operations forces in the southern Somali...

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...

2nd October 2013 - Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Jonathan Schanzer

Al-Shabaab, the group responsible for last month's mall siege in Nairobi, issued a new threat this week. Taking to Twitter, the group promised that the attack...

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...

27th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Plot to Attack London Planned to be ‘Similar to ... Mumbai’

Bill Roggio

A document found after Somali troops killed Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, al Qaeda's former leader in East Africa and a senior Shabaab commander, details...

26th September 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Sudanese Spring?

Yesterday was a deadly day of protests in Khartoum. The unrest has spread from the capital to other towns over the suspension of fuel subsidies.

25th September 2013 - VOA News

Straight Talk Africa

68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

25th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

UN Warned of Shabaab Ally’s ‘New and More Complex Operations’ in Kenya

Thomas Joscelyn

Just over two months prior to the Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi, the UN warned that Shabaab's main ally in Kenya was planning "to conduct new...

23rd September 2013 - NewsTalk 770, Calgary

The Rob Breakenridge Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi.

23rd September 2013 - CTV News

News Update

FDD's Dawit Giorgis discusses why al Shabab attacked a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

23rd September 2013 - CKNW - British Columbia

Simi Sara Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nairobi attack.

23rd September 2013 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Think Progress

Five Things The Kenya Mall Attack Tells Us About Global Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A small coterie of hostages still remain in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, the last victims of Somali jihadi group al-Shabaab’s assault on the Kenyan shopping...

23rd September 2013 - 89.3 KPCC Radio - California


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A reported 68 people have died in a terrorist attack in Kenya this weekend. A group of masked gunmen stormed into a crowded shopping center in Nairobi...

23rd September 2013 - The Washington Post

On Background

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that left scores dead. Who are they? Nia-Malika Henderson talks to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

23rd September 2013 - Quoted by Kieron Monks, Metro World News

Al-Shabaab Attacks Could Reach the West

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Shabaab has promised more attacks on foreign soil following the assault on Westgate Mall in Nairobi that killed at least 62 people. “Attacks like this will...

21st September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Suicide Teams Target Civilians in Assault on Kenyan Mall

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in East Africa, has taken credit for the deadly assault on an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that has so far resulted...

21st August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds MUJAO Operative to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US State Department added an operative from the al Qaeda-linked Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) who is involved in kidnapping...

20th August 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Unrest in the Central African Republic

According to United Nations officials last week, the Central African Republic (CAR) is teetering on the brink of complete collapse. This is of little...

18th August 2013 - PJ Media

It’s War, You Idiots

Michael Ledeen

It’s hard to get our minds around the dimensions of the slaughter underway in the Middle East and Africa, and harder still to see that the battlefields of Egypt...

16th August 2013 - Quoted by John Knefel, Rolling Stone

Will the U.S. Go Back to Training Mali’s Military?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As U.S. drones continue to rain Hellfire missiles down from the Yemen sky, another region of the world is undergoing a transition that could have a significant...


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