Al Qaeda

Backgrounder: The Difference between Islamic State & Al-Qaeda

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One has altered the Middle Eastern map, and the other has proven far more resilient than many believed possible.

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State Vie for Supremacy in West Africa

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Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb are locked in a fierce competition for one of the most lucrative frontiers of global jihad: West Africa.

Al-Qaeda Struggles to Make Inroads in India

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Al-Qaeda has chosen India as a key pivot in its South Asia strategy.

A New Image for an Old Al-Qaeda

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Pressured by Western governments and Islamic State, Al-Qaeda is undergoing a transition as it struggles to remain relevant in the global movement it helped to create.

Analysis: Belmokhtar’s Death a Boost for Islamic State in Libya

Belmokhtar, cc thierry ehrmann flickr

If Mokhtar Belmokhtar is confirmed to have been killed by a US airstrike over the weekend, it would remove an obstacle keeping the al-Mourabitoun from pledging its allegiance to Islamic State.

Al-Shabaab: A Complex and Resilient Threat


Military responses to the al-Shabaab Garissa attacks in Kenya are doomed to fail.

Amid a Deepening Civil War, US Pulls Troops from Yemen

President Hadi, cc Ash Carter Flickr, modified,

Washington just lost its ‘boots on the ground’ on the next major front in the war against Sunni extremism.

Blowback: Charlie Hebdo and the Contradictions of Western Policy

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John Rosenthal argues that recent Western foreign policy missteps in Libya and Syria have fueled the rise of radical Islam.

Navigating the Charlie Hebdo Punditry Chorus

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Neither conservatives nor liberals have got it totally right in the post-Charlie Hebdo editorial space.

Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau: Dead or Alive?

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Rumors are circulating that Boko Haram’s mysterious leader Abubakar Shekau has been killed. If true, how will this impact the group’s operations?

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