Click here to read ICSR’s latest report Polemical and Fratricidal Jihadists: A Historical Examination of Debates, Contestation and Infighting Within the Sunni Jihadi Movement

Al Qaeda’s Dangerous African Revival

Al Qaeda’s Dangerous African Revival
18th February 2016 ICSR Team
In ICSR's News, Insights, Publications

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.

To read the full article, click here: (pay wall protected)

Want to stay updated about ICSR’s work? Sign up to our mailing list here.