Though the ISIS presence in Afghanistan is as yet nowhere near that of Iraq and Syria, the militant group is making inroads into what was formerly the sole domain of the Taliban.
It will take more than a Canadian military training mission and an undermanned regional coalition to contain the spillover effects of Boko Haram in the Sahel.
His jihadist career has taken on nearly mythical dimensions. According to some reports, he is the mastermind behind Islamic State media operations. According to another, he was recently the target of a “honey-trap” set by a female FBI agent sent to Syria in order to extract information from him.
Production disruptions, the spread of Islamic State, and two governments hanging on by a fiscal thread – Libya is descending into anarchy. But that hasn't stopped Italy’s Eni and other producers from keeping the oil flowing.
Afghanistan’s vast resource wealth is supposed to take over the reins of economic development when foreign aid dries up. But three of the biggest joint ventures in the country’s mineral and energy sectors suggest that this won’t be the case.