Busting Myths on Global Jihadism in Nigeria

Editors Note: In the upcoming months, TAJ will be featuring contributions from analysts and scholars in the field of (counter-)terrorism research who I've come to learn from and highly respect. This presents a fantastic opportunity to diversify levels of engagement and participation as well as introduce unique perspectives and analyses by some of the top … Continue reading Busting Myths on Global Jihadism in Nigeria

Jihadist Expansion into Burkina Faso

In my previous article I mentioned Burkina Faso to be one of the countries contributing to Sub-Saharan Africa's account for half of the largest increases in deaths from terrorism in the world between 2017 and 2018. I had this at the back of my mind when speaking to two Burkinabe people in Ghana at a … Continue reading Jihadist Expansion into Burkina Faso

A Recent Overview of Terrorism in Africa

According to the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), 23 070 incidents of terror occurred in Africa between 2000 and 2018. The continent's top five deadliest attacks in this period were instigated by a combination of jihadi and ethnic insurgent/rebel groups, namely: Al-Shabaab in Somalia, (588), the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) (400) and tribesmen (339) in the … Continue reading A Recent Overview of Terrorism in Africa

Violent Extremism in Mozambique: The Importance of Drawing Key Lessons from the Emergence of Terrorist Organisations in Africa

I had the pleasure of attending a seminar on Addressing the Threat of Violent Extremism in Southern Africa late last month with the expectation that it would perhaps offer a crash course on exactly what's going on with regards to the emerging group in Mozambique. Quite interestingly however, it appeared the group had the distinguished … Continue reading Violent Extremism in Mozambique: The Importance of Drawing Key Lessons from the Emergence of Terrorist Organisations in Africa

Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Implications for African Islamic State Affiliates

Yesterday U.S President Donald Trump declared leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead as a result of a U.S military raid of a house he was hiding in Syria’s Idlib province. Certainly, this may be seen as a major (as he would like to say) “win” for Trump as he approaches a major … Continue reading Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Implications for African Islamic State Affiliates

Abubakar Shekau: The Al-Qaeda-Islamic State Nexus

Over the course of my research into the nature and types of terrorist affiliations, I thought an examination on Boko Haram’s affiliations would be a worthwhile thought experiment for two reasons: firstly, I found myself asking the simple question of who Boko Haram is affiliated to, leading to the second reason which is the fact … Continue reading Abubakar Shekau: The Al-Qaeda-Islamic State Nexus

In Africa, Jihad is Not Local

Over the past year and a half, I’ve taken a keen interest in the international dynamics of African terrorist organisations. This is due to the fact that the literature on African terrorism has offered three major lines of inquiry: a rehashing of major incidents, analyses of local factors contributing to the emergence of terrorist organisations, … Continue reading In Africa, Jihad is Not Local