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…

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…

OSINT Summary: Suspected Boko Haram attacks leave at least 97 dead in northeast Nigeria

Stefan Kolendo, Analyst, JTIC – IHS Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Monitor 27 January 2014 Nigerian soldiers guard the Nigerian Television Authority‘s offices in Maiduguri, Borno State, on 6 June 2013. The federal government declared a six-month state of emergency in the northeast states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa on 14 May. Source: PA At least…