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ICSR Insight – Al Qaeda’s Dangerous African Revival


by ICSR Head of Research Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens

When a bomb went off on board a February 2 Daallo Airlines flight leaving Mogadishu, Somalia, for Djibouti City, attention swiftly turned to the most active jihadist group in the region, the al Qaeda-affiliated militia al Shabaab. The failed attack – the plane landed safely and only the bomber was killed – marks a dangerous new development in the jihadist insurgency in the Horn of Africa.

It may be premature to claim that we are witnessing a resurgence from al-Shabaab, but the failed attack should serve as a reminder that while Islamic State grabs the headlines, al Qaeda and its affiliates continue to pose a threat for the foreseeable future.

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