Articles of the Week – 2/18-2/24

Saturday February 18:

al Qaeda & al Shabaab Merger: Why now? – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom:

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

Monday February 20:

Instability in Tajikistan? The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Afghanistan Factor – Christian Bleuer, Geneva Centre for Security Policy:

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:

The Boy Who Cried Lone Wolf – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy:

Wednesday February 22:

A note on “Jihadi Soft Power in Tunisia” – Erik Churchill, A 21st Century Social Contract:

The Strength of al Qaeda’s Name: Stronger or Weaker? – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom:

Smuggling wars in the Sahara? – Andrew Lebovich, al-Wasat:

Thursday February 23:

What Is Al Qaeda Doing in Syria? – Azmat Khan interviews Brian Fishman, PBS Frontline:

Friday February 24: 

Al Qaeda on the Ropes – Brian Fishman and Phil Mudd, Foreign Policy:

Into Nations and Tribes: Yemen and AQAP – Brian O’Neill, Sada Journal:

Countering Violent Extremism, Pt. 1: Definition – Will McCants, Jihadica: