Terrorism

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok visits Sudan's North Darfur state.

Document of the Week: Pompeo Seeks Deal to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List Before U.S. Election

Bipartisan congressional support for removing Sudan from U.S. terrorism lists grows as Khartoum pledges hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to American victims.

Soldiers from the Mozambican army in Mocímboa da Praia in 2018

Mozambique Can’t Contain Its Insurgency Alone

Without a coherent counterterrorism strategy or regional assistance, the odds are stacked against the Mozambican military.

Osama bin Laden with then-advisor Ayman al-Zawahiri during a November 2001 interview at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda’s Leader Is Old, Bumbling—and a Terrorist Mastermind

Ayman al-Zawahiri isn’t trying to plan another 9/11 attack—because he doesn’t need to.

Russian women who have been sentenced to life in prison for joining the Islamic State stand in a hallway of the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad on April 29, 2018.

Spending the Pandemic in an Iraqi Jail

Hundreds of Islamic State-affiliated women are optimistic that Baghdad will soon have to let them go.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

U.S. and Sudan Near Pact to Compensate American Terrorism Victims

The deal could pave the way for Sudan’s removal from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

Malian soldiers in the capital of Mali after a military coup.

Coup Plotters in Mali Were Trained by U.S. Military

The overthrow, swiftly condemned by the U.S. government, could pose a setback in the regional fight against extremist groups.

Coffins of three of the seven bodyguards of Lebanon's murdered prime minister Rafiq Hariri are carried through the crowd during a mass funeral in central Beirut  on 16 February 2005. Hariri and his bodyguards were buried after his coffin was caught in a crush of frenzied mourners outside a Beirut mosque. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH BARRAK.

Hezbollah Still Has a Knife at Lebanon’s Throat After Hariri Verdict

A confused tribunal process is a step toward justice in a case that has haunted the country for years.

Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff Ismael Wague speaks during a press conference in Kati, Mali on August 19.

Mali Needs a Marshall Plan, Not a Military Regime

American, French, and West African leaders must pressure the army to stand down and form an interim government, before a power vacuum and violent extremism threaten the entire region.

Malian soldiers drive through the streets of Bamako on August 19, the day after mutinying troops seized Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

A Coup Won’t End Mali’s Corruption and Insecurity

Replacing the president won’t resolve the country’s deep-seated political problems. If neighboring nations and global powers don’t demand a democratic transition, it could lead to greater instability across West Africa.

Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab recruits walk down a street on March 5, 2012 in the Deniile district of Somalian capital, Mogadishu, following their graduation.

In Somalia, Iran Is Replicating Russia’s Afghan Strategy

Iranian forces are supporting al-Shabab and allegedly offering bounties. The U.S. government must stop Tehran before it further destabilizes the Horn of Africa.

47-year-old Anar Gul, a local police commander, wields an AK-47 at his front-line outpost in Nangarhar’s Surkhrod district in Afghanistan on June 24.

Resurgent Taliban Bode Ill for Afghan Peace

Four months after the U.S.-Taliban deal, the militant group is growing—and growing bolder, while its al Qaeda ties remain.

A police officer stands guard outside a cordoned-off block of apartments where the suspect in a multiple stabbing incident lived in Reading, west of London, on June 23.

Terrorism After the Pandemic

Months of isolation and governments grappling with other crises could lead to a rise in attacks.

Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the United States

Trump Wants to Label Antifa a Terrorist Organization. What About the KKK?

For more than a century, white supremacy groups have wreaked incalculable devastation against Black Americans.

Demonstrators denouncing systemic racism in law enforcement face off with a line of NYPD officers hours after violating a citywide curfew on June 4 in New York City.

The NYPD Sees Coordination in Protests. It’s Incentivized To.

Since 9/11, federal funding for counterintelligence has shifted the way New York and other cities are policed.

Alek Minassian (left), accused of the 2018 Toronto van attack; Elliot Rodger (center), a member of early incel communities who killed six people in California; and Chris Harper-Mercer, who cited Rodger in a manifesto found after he killed nine in Oregon.

Incels Are Radicalized and Dangerous. But Are They Terrorists?

Canada is searching for new frameworks to tackle ideological violence.

A stuffed doll of Pepe the Frog sits at the main entrance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Nov. 23, 2019.

Canada May Host the World’s First Incel Show Trial

There’s plenty of reason to doubt a misogynist murderer deserves to be prosecuted as a terrorist.

Prisoners charged with belonging to the al Qaeda-affiliated MUJAO armed group are taken out of a jail at the gendarmerie in the northern Malian city of Gao while they wait to be transferred on a military flight to Bamako on Feb. 26, 2013.

Al Qaeda and ISIS Had a Truce in Africa—Until They Didn’t

The Sahel region was inching toward stability, but conflict between local jihadi groups is threatening to bring back chaos.

Senegalese forces with the U.N. Mission in Mali on patrol.

U.S. Tussles With France, U.N. Over Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa

The Trump administration seeks to put an American in charge of the U.N. mission in Mali.

Students walk in a Mogadishu neighborhood wearing face masks as a protective measure against the coronavirus in Somalia on March 19.

‘We Are Used to a Virus Called Bombs’

The coronavirus will ravage a resilient Somalia—with ripples far beyond its borders.

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