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Islam Is Both a Sword and a Shield to Violent Extremism

A recent UN study finds that religion is a potent factor in both fomenting and countering violent extremism in Africa.

Islamist extremism

Can Somalia’s New President Negotiate with al-Shabaab?

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is seen as a man of integrity, cracking down on corruption, and fostering good governance....

Somalia

Terrorism in South Africa: What is the Risk?

Islamist extremist sleeper cells and US warnings of imminent attacks on Cape Town and Johannesburg shopping malls added to mountin...

Sub-Saharan Africa
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What You Need to Know to Understand al-Shabaab

Three years on from the Westgate mall attack, a deep dive into one of the least understood factors in the resilience of Somalia's ...

al-Shabaab

What is al-Shabaab?

As al-Shabaab continues to carry out deadly attacks in Somalia and Kenya, Emily Mellgard examines the origins and ideology of the ...

al-Shabaab

Sub-Saharan Africa's Extremist Hotspots

Data from the first four months of the Global Extremism Monitor reveals that extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa are as destruc...

Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Would al-Shabaab Target Turkey?

Close diplomatic and economic ties between Somalia and Turkey undermine the militant group's operations on its home turf.

Turkey

Al-Shabaab Divided Over ISIS Courtship

ISIS has pursued al-Shabaab for its pledge of allegiance for months....

al-Shabaab

Will al-Shabaab join ISIS?

Rumours are circulating that al-Shabaab is to join ISIS, but such a move faces formidable obstacles, writes Emily Mellgard.

al-Shabaab

Al-Shabaab's Changing Tactics

After the second anniversary of al-Shabaab's attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall, the group's changing dynamics in Kenya in the past...

al-Shabaab

Al-Shabaab Rhetoric Suggests Potential Counter Narrative

As al-Shabaab seeks to expand in Kenya, it needs a receptive environment and recruits susceptible to its ideology....

al-Shabaab

Kenya's Religious Violence Risks Worsening

As Kenya grapples with religious violence, rising radicalisation is exacerbated by challenges facing moderate religious leaders an...

Kenya

Al-Shabaab's Three Crises

In the wake of al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane's death from a US airstrike in September, Stig Jarle Hansen examines the leader...

al-Shabaab

Domestic Policies Complicate Kenyan Insecurity

Two recently published reports, from the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) and the International Crisis Group (ICG), graphically...

Kenya

Al-Shabaab Capitalises on Muslim Grievances in Kenya

Kenyan security operations against al-Shabaab members and sympathisers within their borders are perceived by many Kenyan Muslims a...

Kenya