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The Cali KGB: Counterintelligence and the Cali Cartel

The Cali Cartel: Netflix, Narcos and Context Netflix and social media romanticised for years the reign of both the Medellin and Cali Cartel in Colombia. Cartel leaders like Pablo Escobar attract more attention than historical accounts. This adds to an…

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Al-Shabaab In the Age Of COVID-19

      Breakdown   KJ-1. 16th March, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) confirmed the first case of COVID-19   KJ-2. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire. Al-Shabaab (AS) leader Abu Ubeida announced the suspension of…

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Info Sheet: Camp Taji Attack, Iraq

                                    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy…

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Recent Developments in Mali’s Struggle Against Terrorism

In late October, ISIS supreme leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed in a US raid in North-Western Syria. However, ISIL disposes of a horizontal structure, meaning the elimination of the leader does not bring substantial damage to the group…

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Is Africa the next frontier for ISIS?

    In recent months the African continent has witnessed the strengthening of the Jihadi Salafist movement. Multiple attacks have been conducted by the Islamic State and its affiliates across several regions. The Salafi-jihadi movement currently has four main centers…

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The Emergence of the Islamic State in DR Congo

    On the 18th of April 2019, Islamic State (IS) claimed its first attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In its statement IS mentioned the “Central Africa Province” of the “caliphate”, in reference to a potentially new IS…

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JNIM: Al Qaeda’s assault on Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso has experienced a wave of terrorist attacks since the coup in 2015. A number of groups with shifting and overlapping allegiances are involved in Burkina Faso and have claimed responsibility for many of the attacks. The…

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Rio’s Paramilitaries

    In January, newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro was faced with his first scandal after Brazil’s biggest newspaper linked Bolsonaro’s son Flávio to members of a notorious criminal syndicate and militia. President Bolsonaro campaigned and won the presidency on…

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The Violent Chadian Family Feud

    Idriss Déby has been the President of Chad since mounting a coup from Darfur in 1990 with great support from its former colonial power France. After the coup in 1990, his two nephews and twin brothers Tom and…

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Burkina Faso: Falling into a swamp of blood

    One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is battling an escalating wave of attacks over the last three years. This began in the north, near the border with Mali and has spread rapidly to the…

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