Author Archives: Zachary Elkaim


ISIS ‘a transnational jihadist group’

Thomas Joscelyn discusses Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, its goals to establish a caliphate and current offensive in Iraq, the destabilizing influence of Iran, and the West’s lack of strategy to deal with jihadism.



Somalia

Officials and residents say Shabaab is conducting attacks almost nightly in Mogadishu and patrolling districts at night; the al Qaeda-linked group now controls some districts entirely. At least seven people have been killed and many more have been detained as a result of raids by security forces in Kismayu. Ahmed Ibrahim was appointed the interim […]


Nigeria

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video warning of an imminent attack on Nigeria’s oil sector. In Borno, suspected Boko Haram militants killed two people at the home of a JTF Commander in Buratai, and rampaged in the Bama area, killing 47 people, shooting at houses, and torching cars.


Kenya

A British police officer testified that a memory stick found in Jermaine Grant’s possession contained documents detailing the use of chemicals to make explosives, as well as ways to make booby traps to target government officials. Forensic experts were able to recover 125 files, 66 of which referred to jihad, that Grant had tried to […]


Somalia

Sources said Shabaab’s ban on mobile Internet services was precipitated by Edward Snowden’s revelations that the US government was tapping global Internet and phone systems. A Shabaab defector killed the commander of Jubaland’s security forces and two of his bodyguards in Kismayo.


Nigeria

Suspected Shabaab militants killed 11 people in an attack on the village of Galga in Adamawa state. Reacting to claims by Borno’s governor that Boko Haram is better armed than the Nigerian military, the federal government insisted that the military is winning the war.