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Abdel-Malick: ISGS’s Number Two Eliminated in Burkina Faso

Executive Summary Burkina Faso’s Air Force killed Islamic State in the Greater Sahara’s second highest-ranking member, Harouna Oulel (alias Abdel-Malick), in an air strike on a convoy the militant was leading in January 2024. This represents a rare victory for Burkina Faso's counter-terrorism efforts, and... MORE

Keith Woods: The Rise of an Irish Far-Right Ideologue

Executive Summary Podcaster Colin Robertson and others in the far-right are hailing Keith Woods as the "rising star" of 2023, with some calling it the "Year of Keith Woods" due to his growing popularity and influence. Woods has over 150,000 followers on Twitter/X after rejoining... MORE

Dominic Martin: Kerala Bomber Highlights Lone Actor Terrorism in India

On October 30, a bomb blasted through a Jehovah’s Witness event at Kalamassery’s Zamra Convention Centre in Kerala, southern India. Coming two days after Hamas leader Khalid Mashal spoke via e-conference to the Mallapuram youth wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, initial speculation in India suggested that Islamists... MORE

Abubakar Mainok: ISWAP’s Sahel-Based al-Furqan Representative

The majority of Islamic State in West Africa Province’s (ISWAP) top leaders have remained unknown since Abu Musab al-Barnawi—the son of the group’s founder, Muhammed Yusuf—was deposed in 2019 (france24.com, March 15, 2019). Even after this, however, al-Barnawi remained in a leadership position, eventually commanding... MORE

Al-Shabaab Leader Abu Ubaidah Reemerges From the Shadows

Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah (alias Ahmed Diriye) is notorious for keeping out of the spotlight. He had, for example, never made a public appearance until a November 2019 video, in which he gave a motivational speech to al-Shabaab fighters before they raided the... MORE