The Taliban say they won’t allow jihadi groups to flourish under their rule. But there is good reason to believe that al-Qaida, IS and other regional groups will benefit from the takeover.
Nahdlatul Ulama is the world’s biggest Islamic organization, initiating a reform movement, which it is calling ‘Humanitarian Islam.’
Various armed groups operating in Afghanistan will contest Taliban hegemony.
The return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan sets the stage for a new era of terrorist growth in South-East Asia and around the world.
The group has long standing ties with terror groups – but it also wants political legitimacy.
In its peace deal with the US, the Taliban ‘pledged’ to prevent al-Qaeda from operating out of Afghanistan. But there are signs the terror group is already there, hiding out of sight.
While the insurgent group rebuffs talks on the national stage, it frequently negotiates local issues with the government and other groups through senior clan elders.
In spite of a massive military effort the war against al-Shabaab has been effectively stalemated since 2016.
Global terrorism has been relatively quiet as the world is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is still there, unabated, and we need to do more to stop it.
The death of Al-Shabaab’s leader triggered deadlier suicide bombings as the group desperately tried to demonstrate its resilience.
Many Afghans fear the landmark US-Taliban deal will not lead to peace without firm commitments from the Taliban to protect human rights and sever ties with terrorist groups.
Declining US involvement in The Horn would leave a vacuum that others can fill.
The Islamic State has appointed yet another ‘caliph’ after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. What is the idea behind the caliphate?
From US captive to head of Islamic State, the life of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died in Syria.
Organizations try to hide mistakes and evade responsibility, studies show. But two scholars analyzing militant and terrorist groups say they are willing to acknowledge their mistakes – sometimes.
After a civil conflict, within five years the majority of modern peace agreements fail. What is causing these negotiated settlements to fall apart?
The absence of a strong government in Mali
allows jihadists to enter new areas and flourish.
Though more consequences are likely to develop in the post-9/11 era, the war on terror, heightened government surveillance and Islamophobia are notable legacies of this early 21st century tragedy.
In many ways US-Kenya relations is in uncharted territory.
Yemen’s civil war is a stew of local and foreign interests, from Washington, Saudi Arabia to Iran. And the latest battle may cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, if not millions.