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June 8, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Profile: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

A profile of the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the man responsible for coordinating suicide bombings in Amman and Madrid, multiple attacks on Iraqi Shiites and Shiite mosques, and the highly-public…

December 7, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Fortresses-Counterinsurgency Boko Haram Conflict Enters Counterinsurgency Phase as Nigeria Erects “Fortresses”

The latest news from northeastern Nigeria is that the Nigerian army will erect fortresses around the region’s larger towns to prevent Boko Haram raids and allow farmers to tend their fields in safety. The military has now entered a counterinsurgency phase of the conflict.

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko-Haram-Chibok-Girls-Nigeria Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

April 7, 2017

Wars and Conflict
Boko-Haram-Girls_RTX2PL9S Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from April 1 to April 8, was compiled wit…

February 24, 2017

India
RTSZ4LB Pakistan: Defeat Is an Orphan

What ails Pakistan? A new book from former Reuters correspondent Myra MacDonald shows how the country’s chronic struggle to somehow best India has instead led to deleterious results on all fronts. …

December 30, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
sambisa-forest-offensive The Truth About Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Sambisa Forest

On Christmas Eve, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the Nigerian army had driven the remnants of Boko Haram out of its last stronghold, the Sambisa Forest. A Nigerian army spokesman …

December 13, 2016

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
bp12132016 Violence for Violence’s Sake

The perpetrators of the attacks this weekend in Egypt and in Turkey murdered people because that is what they do.

October 13, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
21-girls-released 21 Nigerian Kidnapped Chibok Girls Freed

In the past, there have been numerous false reports that negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram would result in the freeing of some or all of the more than two hundred girls kidn…

August 10, 2016

Islamic State
Islamic State militants parade in Tel Abyad, near Syria's border with Turkey. The Islamic State

With Iraq weakened and a civil war raging in Syria, it’s unclear whether local forces and a U.S.-led international coalition can roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State.