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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…

August 9, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Faction Releases Book on History and Ideology

The book likely represents the public views of one of Yusuf’s sons and the current ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who became very close to Abubakar Shekau after the former’s father was killed in 2009.

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August 8, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Battle With Boko Haram

Boko Haram, known for mass kidnappings, bombings, and other acts of terrorism, remains an enduring threat to northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.

A girl watches other children on a merry-go-round in an abandoned amusement park in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

July 26, 2018

Nigeria
Up-Armored SVBIEDs Make Their Way to Nigeria

They are used to carry out suicide attacks on Nigerian troops in the bush during battles. Up-armored SVBIEDs are not like car bombs, which are designed to avoid detection in urban environments. Rather, up-armored SVBIEDs appear obviously to be weaponized, but in the bush they still have some camouflage.

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May 24, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

The al-Barnawi faction has reportedly sought to win the people of the Lake Chad basin over by creating an economy—which can then be taxed—by providing certain incentives and financial and material support.

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April 4, 2018

Nigeria
Competing Ideologies at Play in Boko Haram’s Return of Dapchi Girls

Emerging evidence suggests that the faction released the girls only in exchange for a temporary cease-fire so they could bring the 105 girls safely back to their village.

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March 28, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Has Been Negotiating With Boko Haram for "Some Time"

Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed announced that the government has been negotiating with Boko Haram about a possible ceasefire.

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March 22, 2018

Nigeria
Controversy Surrounds Release of Most Dapchi Girls in Nigeria

Amnesty International released a report of the February kidnapping, concluding that the Nigerian security forces again ignored advanced warnings of an impending Boko Haram kidnapping operation up to four hours before the attack.

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February 27, 2018

Nigeria
Dapchi Girls Still Missing, Boko Haram Still Active

Nigerians are quick to see parallels between the February 2018 Dapchi kidnapping of more than 100 school girls and Boko Haram’s 2014 kidnapping of almost 300 from the girls boarding school at Chibok.

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December 7, 2017

Nigeria
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.

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