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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.

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 Vs. Hezbollah

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2013 | World

DUBAI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North African branch blamed Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah for twin bombs that hit the northe...

Benghazi Attackers Linked To Algerian Hostage Crisis

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2013 | World

ALGIERS/LONDON Aug 9 (Reuters) - Inquiries into the bloody assault on an Algerian gas plant are uncovering increasing evidence of contacts between t...

FBI Charges Man Behind Algerian Hostage Crisis

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

NEW YORK — Terrorism charges were unsealed Friday in New York against a purported al-Qaida-linked leader in Africa accused of leading a January ...

China and Nigeria: Neo-Colonialism, South-South Solidarity, or Both?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Bilateral relations between China and Nigeria will likely take one of two paths in the long term: either China will remain the overwhelmingly dominant actor or Nigeria will become a regional superpower, evening out the playing field.

Al Qaeda Group Confirms Death Of Leader

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

NOUAKCHOTT, June 16 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North African wing (AQIM) on Sunday confirmed the death of two of its senior commanders in Mali earlier t...

Al Qaeda Outfit Seeks Hearts And Minds On Twitter

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 04.23.2013 | World

-- Battered by a French-led military campaign in Mali, al-Qaida's North African arm is trying something new to stay relevant: Twitter. The PR campaig...

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...

Mali's Fragile Elephant Population at Risk

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Stefan Simanowitz

Having survived the harsh conditions of the desert and peacefully and coexisting alongside the local populations for centuries, the current political instability and its consequences is yet another stress to this elephant population, already at the limit of its endurance.

French Hostage Possibly Executed By Al-Qaeda In Mali

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

DAKAR, Senegal — A French hostage was executed by al-Qaida's North African branch in retaliation for France's military intervention in northern ...

Where Did al Qaeda Come From? Why No One Wins if Islam Loses the Blame Game

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

From where did al Qaeda's oppressive, expansionist and misogynistic ideology arise to terrorize us, now even invading peacefully Muslim Mali. How can Islam spawn two such different sorts of believer?

France: Key Al Qaeda Chief In Mali Probably Killed

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 05.04.2013 | World

PARIS — France said Monday for the first time that a key al-Qaida leader in Mali is probably dead. An activist close to the terror network's nor...

Reports: French Troops Kill Al Qaeda Commander In Mali

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

ALGIERS, Feb 28 (Reuters) - French forces in Mali have killed Abdelhamid Abu Zeid, a leading field commander of al Qaeda's north Africa wing AQIM, A...

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 ...

Islamist Rebels Torch Timbuktu Library, Priceless Manuscripts

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books

(Adds details, background) DAKAR, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Islamist fighters fleeing Mali's ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu as French and M...

Why Algeria Did Not Distinguish Between Expatriates and Its Citizens at In Amenas

Geoff D. Porter | Posted 03.27.2013 | World
Geoff D. Porter

While foreigners are welcome in Algeria, they are made to understand that they are not only subject to the government's laws and its rules and regulations, but also to the state's broader objectives.

MALI CRISIS: Aid Groups Can't Reach Key Town

AP | BABA AHMED and KRISTA LARSON | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — French troops encircled a key Malian town on Friday to stop radical Islamists from striking closer to the capital, a French offic...

Officials: Algeria Attack Planned Before Mali Intervention

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON Jan 17 (Reuters) - Algerian militants planned their hostage-taking attack on a remote desert gas plant w...

7 Americans Held Hostage By Al Qaeda-Linked Militants

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 01.17.2013 | World

Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, killing three and taking dozens hostage. Reuters reports that seven Americans are ...