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March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

February 1, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Al-Qaeda’s Financial Pressures

Financial pressures have weakened al-Qaeda’s tactical abilities, but analysts say affiliated networks are finding new ways to raise and spend money, complicating efforts to squeeze a savvy foe.

June 19, 2015

Al-Qaeda
Houthi rebels drive past a painted Ansar al-Sharia flag. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has emerged as one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda affiliates, strengthening amid political unrest in Yemen. 

March 27, 2015

Al-Qaeda
Evidence is displayed during a hearing in Tunis for suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Algerian and Western counterterrorism efforts, along with an African-led peacekeeping force in Mali, have shifted the North African al-Qaeda franchise’s criminal and terrorist activities to remote ar…

July 18, 2007

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Rise of al-Qaedaism

Since 9/11, much of al-Qaeda’s operational capacity has been dismantled but experts say the group’s strength now lies in its ability to inspire others to carry out terrorist attacks.

June 14, 2018

West Africa
West-Africa-Algeria-Mali-Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Terrorism Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive

While Belmokhtar is most often associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he also has close ties with other Islamist groups.

January 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al-Qaeda in Nigeria? Al-Qaeda in Nigeria?

A man sits in the back of an army truck carrying victims of a bomb blast near a military barracks in Nigeria's capital Abuja December 31, 2010. (Afolabi Sotunde/courtesy Reuters) Last week, th…

June 5, 2018

Military Operations
Niger-Senegal-Flintlock-U.S.-Special-Forces-Africa U.S. Military Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa Will Likely Decline

In the context of the “war on terror,” many American friends of sub-Saharan Africa’s have been concerned that Washington has been tilting away from supporting the continent’s economic, social, and po…

May 31, 2007

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Al-Qaeda Rising?

Despite the loss of its safe haven in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda continues to influence and inspire terrorists across the globe. Its followers and bases have become more diverse and dispersed, yet the imp…

August 17, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Al-Qaeda Crippled But Resilient

Former U.S. counterterrorism coordinator Henry A. Crumpton says al-Qaeda is still capable of inspiring attacks.