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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Why Niger's Presidential Election Matters

Phyllis Taoua | Posted 02.20.2017 | World
Phyllis Taoua

Nigerians want and need a government that effectively represents the majority's interests, but many citizens are understandably disaffected and impoverished.

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

U.S. Army To Provide Equipment, Intelligence To Fight Boko Haram

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

By Daniel Flynn N'DJAMENA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. military will share communications equipment and intelligence with African allies to assist ...

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

A Terrorist by Any Other Name?

Tara Dominic | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Tara Dominic

As we dig into our vocabularies to express our outrage, sadness, and fear, we must bear in mind the consequences of how we conduct our dialogue.

Islamic Extremism in Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of all the resources devoted to fighting Somalia-based Al Shabaab in recent years, the group has grown stronger, and continues to cross the region's borders with impunity. The same is true with Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Al Qaeda's Growing Influence in Central Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Judging from the gains made by both Al Shabab and Boko Haram over the past year, the CAR and its neighbors should be concerned.

Can Democrats and Jihadists Coexist in Tunisia?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Tunisia has been spared the large-scale human rights abuses and chaotic turmoil of the other post-Arab Spring states, a growing al Qaeda presence threatens to destabilize the country and undermine the democratic aspirations that fueled the Jasmine Revolution.

What Will President Obama Whisper in This King's Ear?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

As Morocco's strategic partner, the U.S. must ensure that its dollars, military support, and political support generate momentum for human rights. Moroccan authorities shouldn't be allowed to presume that their relationship with the U.S. is a blank check.

The Mask of Marine Le Pen

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

For months, if not years, people in France and abroad have been trying to prove that Marine Le Pen has not changed as much as she would have us believe. Now, in a mere 20 seconds, she herself has torn away the veil and shot herself in the foot.

Joshua Hersh

On The Frontlines Of The Hunt For Al Qaeda In Timbuktu

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.13.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- The convoy drifted north along the one paved road in town before making a sharp left, past the unfinished Gaddafi-era hotel and the ...

Joshua Hersh

Lunch With Al Qaeda: Timbuktu's Crisis Committee Had Cordial Relations With Islamist Leaders

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.11.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- When the leaders of Timbuktu's beleaguered population wanted to petition for mercy from the Islamists who had taken over their town ...

The Kenya Attack by al-Shabaab: Lesson Learned and Lessons Still to Be Learned

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

Don't sum up extremism to just poverty, lack of education or unemployment: Certainly these are drivers toward extremism, but in my view, not the entire picture. Terrorism is more complex than this.

Joshua Hersh

Basketball Dreams Return To Timbuktu After Al Qaeda Defeat

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.08.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- When the jihadists came to town last April, it took a little while for Ageysha to realize she wouldn't be playing basketball anymore...

Al Qaeda's African Branch Claims Mali Bombing

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

Al-Qaeda's north African division claimed responsibility Monday for a car bomb that rocked the Malian city of Timbuktu over the weekend, killing two c...

Terrorist Leader Deposed in Nigeria

Phillip van Niekerk | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Phillip van Niekerk

The Osama bin Laden of Northern Nigeria, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, has apparently been deposed by members of his own terrorist group, Boko Haram, as prelude to peace negotiations with the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Terror Diaspora

Nick Turse | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Ten years after Washington began pouring taxpayer dollars into counterterrorism and stability efforts across Africa, the continent has experienced profound changes, just not those the U.S. sought.

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

Suspected Al Qaeda Members Arrested In Spain

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2013 | World

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) - Spanish police arrested two men suspected of being linked to militant Islamist network al Qaeda, the government said in...

Guess Who Joined Twitter

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.28.2013 | World

The media arm of Al-Qaeda's offshoot in North Africa launched its Twitter account on Thursday by offering "glad tidings" to its supporters, US monitor...

What Mali Tells Us About Ideology and al-Qaeda

Peter Henne | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Peter Henne

What does this mean for us? Well, it's both good and bad. It's good because the extreme ideology of the group likely contributed to its downfall in Mali. It's bad because calls for pragmatism -- which would moderate its more severe violence -- may fall short.

David Wood

Al Qaeda Militias In North Africa Thriving On Looted Libyan Arms, Officials Say

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An unchecked flood of weapons out of Libya, including thousands of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, is providing new firepower to ...

Rebel Leader Called 'A Cross Between Robin Hood And Bin Laden'

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

The rebel leader said to be behind the taking of more than 600 hostages at a natural gas plant in the Algerian desert Wednesday has more than two deca...

Will the Rest of Africa Be the Next Phase of the "Arab" Awakening?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Why then have the populations of SSA's poorest and most repressed states failed to rise up against their rulers? One reason is that they undoubtedly see the instability and chaos that can result.

Andrea Stone

Congressman Sees U.S. Threat In Nigerian Terrorist Attacks

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few terrorism experts would deny that a radical Islamist sect that has made a series of increasingly audacious attacks in Nigeria, inclu...