In recent attempts to tighten security in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil deported Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist, Adlène Hicheur, and arrested 12 individuals supporting the Islamic State suspected of terrorist activities.
The al-Nusra Front’s rebranding operation announced on July 28, 2016 offers the group’s traditional financiers, especially Qatar, an unprecedented opportunity for more overt material and financial support.
Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015, but U.S. intelligence reports show that ISIS does not necessarily support the Nigerian group financially. Rather, it seems their alliance is one of mere branding.
The most recent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso signal that the jihadist threat in West Africa is growing in parallel to ISIS’ increasing infiltration and to more bitter rivalries between Africa-based terrorist groups.
Cleaved along its historical north-south axis and plagued by weak political institutions and ethnic fragmentation, Yemen has offered fertile ground for a rapid terrorist expansion and continues to present a dilemma for the U.S. counter terrorism strategy.