Al Qaeda in Africa http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22654/all en Somalia: Life after Al Shabaab http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120618/somalia-life-struggles-return-normal-after-al-shabaab <p>HUDUR &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">As soon as the Al Shabaab rebels left this regional capital, 19-year-old Hussein Abdi bought himself a pair of jeans, dusted off his soccer ball and started hanging out with his friends again at the tea shops.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">&ldquo;Life was hard then but now it&rsquo;s good. We dress how we want, play football, walk with our friends,&rdquo; said Abdi. He was back at school again, too, and hoped, eventually, to make it to university. But the countryside surrounding this city is controlled by Al Shabaab, which creates problems and means Somalia&#39;s conflict is never too far away.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120618/somalia-life-struggles-return-normal-after-al-shabaab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Inside Somalia Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5708308 at http://www.globalpost.com Triple threat: Coordination suspected between African terrorist organizations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/triple-threat-coordination-suspected-between-african-terrorist-or NAIROBI — The top US military commander for Africa has warned that Al Qaeda affiliates are seeking to strengthen ties across the continent. General Carter Ham, commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), described Nigeria's Boko Haram, Somalia's Al Shabaab and the Saharan Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb as "dangerous and worrisome" but added that there were signs the groups were trying to coordinate their activities.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/triple-threat-coordination-suspected-between-african-terrorist-or" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda Al Qaeda in Africa Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Al Shabaab Boko Haram Nigeria Somalia terrorism Political Risk On Africa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:07:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5709492 at http://www.globalpost.com Peace, but little else in rural Somalia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120710/somalia-al-shabaab-al-qaeda-poverty-aid-charcoal-industry <p>RAS KAMBONI, Somalia &mdash; Last year, the main problem in this rural corner of Somalia was Al Shabaab, the country&#39;s resident Al Qaeda affiliate. Now it&rsquo;s everything else. &ldquo;The main problems here are lack of water, medicine, education and food,&rdquo; said Ali Mansour, a local elder. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t take baths or wash our clothes. We live here like animals. Our children are all fishermen, not students.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120710/somalia-al-shabaab-al-qaeda-poverty-aid-charcoal-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Life in Hell Conflict Zones War Aid Politics Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5711248 at http://www.globalpost.com After Somalia famine, new horrors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/somalia-famine-women-rape-sexual-abuse <p>MOGADISHU, Somalia &mdash; When a drought became famine here last year, hundreds of thousands of people bundled together what few belongings they had and began to walk, either across the border or toward Mogadishu, searching for food. The good news it that although hunger remains, the famine has abated. The bad news is that for the women and girls still living in the refugee camps, another horror has taken hold: rape.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/somalia-famine-women-rape-sexual-abuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Somalia Famine Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:13:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5712748 at http://www.globalpost.com What it's like being governed by Al Qaeda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/al-qaeda-al-shabaab-somalia-african-union-kismayo <p>RAS KAMBONI, Somalia &mdash; The port town of Kismayo on Somalia&rsquo;s southern coast must be among the worst places on the planet to live right now. Not only is it governed by the fanatical Al Qaeda spinoff Al Shabaab, it is also a battleground where a regional coalition of African armies is fighting the extremist group. The testimony of fleeing residents is now providing a rare insight into what it&rsquo;s like to live under the rule of Al Qaeda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120720/al-qaeda-al-shabaab-somalia-african-union-kismayo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Destination Mogadishu Somalia Conflict Zones Military Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5712799 at http://www.globalpost.com In Africa, Al Qaeda finds new life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/al-qaeda-africa-somalia-nigeria-mali-aqim-algeria-boko-haram-al-shabaab <p>NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; Al Qaeda-inspired militancy is on the rise in Africa as disparate groups with local grievances find common cause in the global terror group&rsquo;s tactics and ideology and, in turn, offer it new theaters of operation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/al-qaeda-africa-somalia-nigeria-mali-aqim-algeria-boko-haram-al-shabaab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Conflict Zones Kenya Nigeria Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:00:04 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5718502 at http://www.globalpost.com Al Shabaab branches out beyond Somalia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/al-qaeda-al-shabaab-somalia <p>MOGADISHU, Somalia &mdash; Rising from the chaos of Somalia, Al Shabaab has become Africa&rsquo;s most dangerous and far-reaching Al Qaeda affiliate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/al-qaeda-al-shabaab-somalia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Conflict Zones Kenya Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:00:06 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5718505 at http://www.globalpost.com In-depth series: The new frontline against Al Qaeda http://www.globalpost.com/series/depth-series-al-qaeda-africa-somalia-nigeria-mali-al-shabaab-boko-haram-aqim Africa is becoming the war on terror's newest front line. Al Qaeda in Africa Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5718508 at http://www.globalpost.com African militants learn from Al Qaeda in Yemen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/120907/al-qaeda-arabian-peninsula-yemen-somalia-al-shabaab-gulf-aden <p>SANAA &mdash; Yemen, a stone&#39;s throw from Somalia, has for years been the destination of choice for impoverished Somalis fleeing their troubled state. Now, another kind of Somali is heading to Yemen, and it&#39;s swelling the ranks Al Qaeda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/120907/al-qaeda-arabian-peninsula-yemen-somalia-al-shabaab-gulf-aden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa World Leaders Conflict Zones Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Casey Coombs 5718510 at http://www.globalpost.com Nigeria’s Boko Haram gets serious http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/nigeria-boko-haram-al-qaeda <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">ABJUA, Nigeria &mdash; </span>Given the scale of the attacks Boko Haram has launched from its stronghold in the country&rsquo;s impoverished north, it comes as little surprise to Nigerians that it is getting outside help.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/nigeria-boko-haram-al-qaeda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Conflict Zones Nigeria Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:00:06 +0000 Heather Murdock 5718512 at http://www.globalpost.com In Mali, Al Qaeda now controls an area the size of France http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/mali-al-qaeda-ansar-dine-coup <p>BAMAKO, Mali &mdash; Just eight months ago, Mali was held up as a model of democracy in Africa. Today, it is practically a failed state with much of the north governed by a consortium of militant groups sympathetic to Al Qaeda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120907/mali-al-qaeda-ansar-dine-coup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Conflict Zones Nigeria Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:00:09 +0000 Marc-Andre Boisvert 5718562 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia gears up for final offensive against Al Shabaab http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/somalia/120920/al-shabaab-kismayo-offensive <p>NAIROBI &mdash; It&rsquo;s been a long-fought battle with the Al Qaeda affiliate, one that may reach its end &mdash; at least in conventional military terms &mdash; in the days ahead as a regional coalition makes its way to the militant group&rsquo;s last remaining stronghold in the port town of Kismayo. But although victory is expected, it&#39;s not likely to mark the end of Africa&#39;s most sophisticated terror organization.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/somalia/120920/al-shabaab-kismayo-offensive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Conflict Zones Somalia Kenya Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:18:15 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5719910 at http://www.globalpost.com Saving Somalia: A matter of charcoal and UN bureaucracy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/somalia/121028/somalia-kismayo-al-shabaab-un-charcoal-embargo <p>KISMAYO, Somalia ― Kismayo&rsquo;s southern entrance is flanked by pile after vast pile of charcoal, bagged and stacked in towering blocks on either side of the asphalt road. These shipments, stalled by a UN embargo, now threaten to undermine hopes of a lasting peace in Somalia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/somalia/121028/somalia-kismayo-al-shabaab-un-charcoal-embargo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Business Conflict Zones Somalia Military Aid Kenya Political Risk South Africa Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:11:25 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5724247 at http://www.globalpost.com 2012 was a banner year for Boko Haram, but not for Nigerians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/nigeria/121218/boko-haram-nigeria-al-qaeda-bombings-violence <p>ABUJA, Nigeria &mdash; If the goal is carnage, Boko Haram has had its best year ever. Authorities blame the homegrown Islamist rebel movement with ties to Al Qaeda for more than 750 deaths in 2012. The militants have obliterated churches, schools, government offices, security forces, media houses, market places and communications infrastructure. Boko Haram has also stoked ethnic tensions and leveled the economies of several cities.&nbsp;And there appears to be no end in sight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/nigeria/121218/boko-haram-nigeria-al-qaeda-bombings-violence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al Qaeda in Africa Conflict Zones Nigeria Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:00:16 +0000 Heather Murdock 5729531 at http://www.globalpost.com Clinton highlights Al Qaeda affiliates in Africa during Benghazi hearings (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130123/clinton-al-qaeda-affiliates-africa-libya-mali-algeria-connection "There is no doubt that the Algerian terrorists had weapons from Libya. There is no doubt that the Malian remnants of AQIM have weapons from Libya," Clinton said.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130123/clinton-al-qaeda-affiliates-africa-libya-mali-algeria-connection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in Africa Want to Know Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:10:00 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5738398 at http://www.globalpost.com