Check out my new edited volume for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy: "How al-Qaeda Survived Drones, Uprisings, and the Islamic State"

Over the past eight years, al-Qaeda’s fortunes have ebbed and flowed. Drones, uprisings, and a challenge from the Islamic State have forced the core al-Qaeda organization—historically based in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region—and its various branches to adapt and migrate outward.
In this new Policy Focus, Washington Institute fellow Aaron Y. Zelin compiles case studies demonstrating how each part of al-Qaeda’s network has evolved and survived the various challenges it has faced roughly since the Obama administration took office. Written by eminent scholars, practitioners, and government officials from the United States and abroad, the chapters are informed by a recent workshop in which the participants gave candid, off-the-record assessments of numerous key issues, including al-Qaeda’s current strategic outlook, a close examination of its branch in Syria, its branches outside of Syria (AQAP, AQIM, al-Shabab, and AQIS), and its current financial situation.
Contributors include: myself, Bruce Hoffman, Charles Lister, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Samuel Heller, Katherine Zimmerman, Andrew Lebovich, Christopher Anzalone, Don Rassler, Hans-Jakob Schindler, Katherine Bauer, and Matthew Levitt.
Click here to read the full publication (124 pages).

New video message from al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghrib: "Adoption of the Kidnapping of the Australian Eliot Arthur Kenneth and the Release of His Wife Joséphine Kenneth"

New statement from al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghrib: "About the Raid of Burkina Faso: When It Avenges African Muslim Victims"

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghrib – “About the Raid of Burkina Faso- When It Avenges African Muslim Victims”

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New release from al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghrib: "A Section of the Phone Call Between al-Andalus Media and the Inghamāsī Brothers in the 'Splendid' Hotel in the Capital (Ouagadougou)"

New audio message from Jamā’at at-Tawḥīd wa-l-Jihād Fī Gharb Ifrīqīyyā’s Adnān Abū Walīd al-Ṣaḥrāwī: "Claiming the Kidnapping of the Romanian Hostages in Burkina Faso"

Adnān Abū Walīd al-Ṣaḥrāwī — “Claiming the Kidnapping of the Romanian Hostages in Burkina Faso”


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