Islamic State just accepted a pledge of allegiance from al-Mourabitoun. Why now?

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?

Algeria: weathering the storm or about to implode?

By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson In late March, Algeria’s ruling party FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) held a rally in which leader Amar Saadani urged Algerians to stand behind President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the country’s army. According to the FLN, popular … Continue reading Algeria: weathering the storm or about to implode?

Terrorism in the Sahel: flourishing in the desert chaos

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