Boko Haram and al-Shabaab: Comparable threats to African security

View image | gettyimages.com Written by Conway Waddington (1) Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:47 Boko Haram and al-Shabaab are militant Islamist sects that are predominantly operational in Nigeria and Somalia, and are both engaged in protracted insurgencies and terror campaigns. Their origins, strategic goals, methodologies and recent track records are comparable to varying degrees. These…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Ignored And Abandoned

March 15, 2015: Defectors and captured al Shabaab members report that that group’s leaders are dismayed that other Islamic terror groups like ISIL (al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria are crowding al Shabaab out of the media. Al Shabaab needs that media attention for fund raising and…

China: Embracing Africa, But Not Africans

The next step for Beijing in its Africa relations is better people-to-people relations. By Paul R. Burgman Jr. January 29, 2015 From January 10-17, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a five-nation African tour to promote friendly relations between Africa and China, and to continue a Chinese government tradition of making the African continent…

Libya Dawn will not recognize Libyan visas issued in Malta by Thinni/HoR ‘’embassy’’

By Libya Herald staff. Malta,  4 January 2015: The Libya Dawn Salvation government based in Tripoli, supported by the GNC and Misrata-led militias, will not recognize Libyan visas issued by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR)/ Abdullah Thinni recognized embassy in Malta. Malta currently has two Charge d’Affaires purporting to be the sole and official…

How private military services saved Sierra Leone: The contracting out of military duties came from necessity but help ensure long-lasting security

Written by Marika Josephides (1) Monday, 01 December 2014 18:15 Dismissing private military contractors as mercenaries can be simplistic and misleading, as their deployment in Sierra Leone’s Civil War displayed. That the country is rebounding despite 2014’s Ebola crisis is due in part to the success of contracted firms neutralising destabilising rebel groups. For impoverished…

The new frontiers of Islamist extremism: understanding the threat that al-Qaeda affiliates pose to African security

Link to Resource: The new frontiers of Islamist extremism: understanding the threat that al-Qaeda affiliates pose to African security External Links icon The new frontiers of Islamist extremism: understanding the threat that al-Qaeda affiliates pose to African security External Links icon   Tobias Feakin Australian Strategic Policy Institute 23 September 2014 This paper examines three…

Gulf of Aden Security Review – July 7, 2014

  Yemen: AQAP militants attack Saudi border post in Hadramawt; AQAP releases statement to Facebook; AQAP militants attack al Houthi checkpoint in al Jawf; suspected AQAP militants detonate SVEST and ambush military vehicle in Abyan; Yemeni military and Islah militias clash with al Houthis; Yemeni Air Force bombs al Houthi positions in Amran and Sana’a…

Boko Haram and US interests in Nigeria

    The US, the UK, France and some NATO countries are strengthening their grip in Africa as they watch the ongoing violence. It would not be misleading to say that in twenty years time, these forces will hold great influence over Africa’s defence.   Ibrahim Tigli / Cape Town There seems to be no…