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 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?
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