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    Presidential Debate: Where Is Mali, Anyway?

    Less than four minutes into last night’s presidential debate, Governor Mitt Romney listed northern Mali as one of the hot spots affected by the proliferation of international terrorism. Romney’s mention of a country in a region of Africa (the Sahel) that few Americans have heard of had many viewers scratching … More

    Mali: Putting Libya in Perspective

    The murder of America’s ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three U.S. diplomats shines a gruesome light on the region’s power vacuum and the attempt by Islamist militants to exploit it. Following the fall of the Muammar Qadhafi regime last year, well-armed Tuareg rebels, who were once loyal to the … More

    State Department Still Balking on Calling Out Terrorists in Nigeria

    There is some confusion in Foggy Bottom as to how the United States ought to define Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group based in northern Nigeria. Last week, Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling Boko Haram a “terrorist organization.” Yet … More

    58 More Reasons Boko Haram Should Be Designated a Terrorist Organization

    At least 58 people are dead in Nigeria, victims of another religiously motivated attack against Christians from the Muslim group Boko Haram. Hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists armed with guns and machetes infiltrated several Christian villages in central Nigeria on Saturday. The group released a statement stating that Christians in … More

    Boko Haram Suicide Bomber Attacks Church

    The suicide attack against Harvest Field Pentecostal Church in the northern Nigerian on Sunday serves as another reminder of Boko Haram’s enduring violence. As many as a dozen people were killed and 30 wounded as the driver rammed his car into the church’s security gate, setting off explosives. In the … More

    Boko Haram: FTO Designation in Sight?

    Yesterday, the House Rules Committee posted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the State Department to determine whether the Nigerian sect Boko Haram meets the criteria to be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Sponsored by Representative Patrick Meehan (R–PA), the amendment states that if … More

    Seven Terrorist Groups Affiliated with al-Qaeda

    Recently certain experts opined that the war on terrorism is over. This statement is ludicrous. It is true that al-Qaeda Central (AQ) has been badly wounded, but it is not dead. It has grown hydra-like heads with new affiliates, which are cause for significant concern. Below is a primer of … More

    Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Newspaper Offices and University

    The past week has been a bloody one for Nigeria. Attacks in the capital city of Abuja and across the north have strongly implicated the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram. Yesterday, a suicide bomber targeted the police commissioner of Jalingo’s motorcade. Although the attacker missed the motorcade, 11 people were … More

    U.S. Embassy in Nigeria Issues Security Alert on Boko Haram Threat

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria warned that the northern Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram may be planning attacks against the capital city of Abuja. However, the Nigerian government continues to downplay the Boko Haram threat. When the United States issued a similar security alert last November, Nigerian national … More

    House Homeland Security Committee Steps Up Pressure on Boko Haram Terrorism Designation

    The Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram is on its way to being designated a terrorist organization. That is, if Representatives Peter King (R–NY) and Patrick Meehan (R–PA) have anything to say about it. Today, King, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Meehan, chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and … More