Articles of the Week – 2/18-2/24

Saturday February 18:

al Qaeda & al Shabaab Merger: Why now? – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom: http://bit.ly/A7xHHG

Signs Beyond Western Eyes: Unpacking The Announcement of the al-Bara’ ibn Malik Martyrs Brigade – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat: http://bit.ly/wiUMl0

Monday February 20:

Instability in Tajikistan? The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Afghanistan Factor – Christian Bleuer, Geneva Centre for Security Policy: http://bit.ly/yeLrtW

Tuesday February 21:

Jihadi Soft Power in Tunisia: Ansar al-Shari’ah’s Convoy Provides Aid to the Town of Haydrah in West Central Tunisia [WITH PICTURES] – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat: http://bit.ly/yYeihl

The Boy Who Cried Lone Wolf – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy: http://bit.ly/zilF9s

Wednesday February 22:

A note on “Jihadi Soft Power in Tunisia” – Erik Churchill, A 21st Century Social Contract: http://bit.ly/xHxN0u

The Strength of al Qaeda’s Name: Stronger or Weaker? – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom: http://bit.ly/wWtOc9

Smuggling wars in the Sahara? – Andrew Lebovich, al-Wasat: http://bit.ly/zlFNu7

Thursday February 23:

What Is Al Qaeda Doing in Syria? – Azmat Khan interviews Brian Fishman, PBS Frontline: http://to.pbs.org/yY7n1L

Friday February 24: 

Al Qaeda on the Ropes – Brian Fishman and Phil Mudd, Foreign Policy: http://bit.ly/yY95jd

Into Nations and Tribes: Yemen and AQAP – Brian O’Neill, Sada Journal: http://bit.ly/xCNkl5

Countering Violent Extremism, Pt. 1: Definition – Will McCants, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/xFoFHs