Extremists see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity

World Apr 3, 2020

Extremists see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity

Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show ...

U.S. warns of attack threat against major hotel in Nairobi

World Feb 28, 2020

U.S. warns of attack threat against major hotel in Nairobi

The United States warned Thursday that extremists may be plotting an attack against a major hotel in Nairobi, urging its citizens to be cautious. "The exact hotel has not been identified, but it is believed to be a hotel popular with tourists and business travelers," ...

AQAP confirms death of leader and appoints successor, says SITE

World Feb 24, 2020

AQAP confirms death of leader and appoints successor, says SITE

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday confirmed the death of its leader, Qassim al-Rimi, and appointed a successor, weeks after the U.S. said it had "eliminated" the Islamist militant chief, SITE Intelligence group said. The announcement came in an audio speech delivered by AQAP ...

Mali plans to double the size of its army to combat jihadis

World Jan 30, 2020

Mali plans to double the size of its army to combat jihadis

Mali will increase the size of its army by about 50 percent in a recruitment drive this year aimed at uprooting jihadist groups, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said on Wednesday. The plan is to hire 10,000 new soldiers in the coming months to "allow our ...

Al-Shabab warns of more attacks against Kenya and U.S. interests

World Jan 9, 2020

Al-Shabab warns of more attacks against Kenya and U.S. interests

Somali Islamist group al-Shabab on Wednesday warned Kenya "will never be safe," threatening tourists and calling for more attacks on U.S. interests after they stormed an American base at the weekend. The al-Qaida-linked group said its attack on Camp Simba, in which three Americans were ...

Pentagon weighs pulling U.S. troops from West Africa: report

World Dec 25, 2019

Pentagon weighs pulling U.S. troops from West Africa: report

The Pentagon is looking into reducing or even withdrawing U.S. troops from West Africa, part of a worldwide redeployment of military forces, the New York Times reported Tuesday. There are between 6,000 and 7,000 U.S. troops in Africa, mainly in West Africa but also in ...