Despite numbering in the few thousands, the followers of this branch of Islam have been branded a major security threat by the Algerian state. Now, they are facing both a crackdown and a propaganda war. By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson In … Continue reading The Ahmadis of Algeria: the government’s most convenient security threat?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson More than one and a half years ago, a faction of the Sahel-based terror group al-Mourabitoun pledged allegiance to IS. Why did IS only accept their pledge now? The faction in question is a cadre led … Continue reading Islamic State just accepted a pledge of allegiance from al-Mourabitoun. Why now?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson With two different commanders claiming they are running the show, who really is in charge of ‘the world’s deadliest terror group’? On 2 August, Islamic State (IS) announced in their newspaper an-Naba that Abu Musab al-Barnawi … Continue reading Who’s in charge of Boko Haram?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson Sunday saw yet another terrorist attack in West Africa, following the deadly attacks in Mali in November and the Burkina Faso attacks in January. This time, it was the beach resort in Grand Bassam in Côte … Continue reading The Côte d’Ivoire attacks: causes and consequences
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson The attacks on the Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako in November 2015, in which 20 people were killed, once again put the country’s instability into the headlines of international news. With neighbouring Burkina Faso experiencing … Continue reading Terrorism in the Sahel: flourishing in the desert chaos
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson Over the last few years, Mozambique has once again seen fighting between the two groups that were the main actors in the Mozambican Civil War 1977-1992. This war left more than one million people dead and … Continue reading Mozambique: Struggling to Move On?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson When most people hear the word ‘Mauritania’, they probably wonder: ‘where is that?’ Some may, perhaps, think of slavery. The country’s deep-rooted problems with slavery have caught the eyes of the outside world in recent years. … Continue reading Mauritania: No Country for Old Refugees