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Libyan chaos lures Islamic State to establish a foothold in North Africa

While the world stood horrified at ISIL gruesome video dated 3rd February 2015 showing the killing of Jordanian pilot Muaz Al Kassassbeh being burnt alive, reactions ensued with Jordanian forces carrying out air strikes on ISIL positions in Mosul, Iraq the following day. 2,018 more words

Libya

Terrorism in Africa: The Imminent Threat to the United States

Long War Journal, April 29, 2015:

Editor’s note: Below is Thomas Joscelyn’s testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on the threat posed by jihadist groups in Africa.  1,035 more words

Counter Jihad Report

Mali: Dutch Hostage Freed By French Special Forces

Fortune has favoured the brave in Western Africa after a French Special Forces raid on militant positions resulted in the unexpected recovery of a Dutch hostage.  297 more words

Security

Rocket attack on UN base in Kidal kills 3, injures 12

by Caleb Weiss

Map of Al Qaeda-linked attacks in Mali and Niger since 2014

Unidentified militants fired more than 30 rockets into the UN’s base in Mali’s northwestern city of Kidal today. 715 more words

Politics

Victory!

There is a darkness all around us. Whether one senses it or not, a spirit of sorrow– of fear, of loneliness, of hopelessness– reigns in the hearts and minds of countless people all over the globe. 1,951 more words

Boko Haram

On Weak States and Threats to the U.S.

Stanford’s Dr. Amy Zegart has written an important piece for Foreign Policy in which she argues that the threat of weak states has been over-hyped. I agree with the first half of the piece, in which she takes down the common arguments about why weak states threaten the United States. 788 more words

Links/Miscellaneous

Saved Mali manuscripts face damage in new home

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After being spirited away from under the noses of rampaging Islamic extremists, thousands of ancient manuscripts from the fabled city of Timbuktu now face another threat: weather and poor storage conditions in their new location that scholars say could cause permanent damage. 553 more words

Africa