In Somalia, Al Shabab Is Stronger Now Than in Years
During the morning of April 1, 2018, a car drove up to an Ugandan army base in Bulamarer, Somalia, and blew up — the beginning of an Al Shabaab attack that, in combination with another suicide attack on a convoy of reinforcements, left at least 46 Ugandan soldiers dead.... Read more
The Islamic State Is Running Out of Time in Somalia
The Islamic State wants to spread its influence wherever it can, and propaganda efforts aimed at the Somali insurgent group — and longtime Al Qaeda affiliate — Al Shabab have resulted in both high and low-level defections. Yet the Syria and Iraq-based terrorist army has failed to outbid Al Qaeda... Read more
Dozens of Kenyan Soldiers Die in Somalia Base Horror
During the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 15, several vehicles strapped with explosives drove into the perimeter defenses of the Kenyan base in El Adde in southwestern Somalia. With the perimeter breached, around 200 militants stormed the camp and killed dozens of soldiers. The attackers were of course members of Al Shabab,... Read more
These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016
With the exception of Syria, African countries currently get the worst rep when it comes to violence and conflict. Virtually every story coming out of the continent seems to showcase one atrocity or another. This narrative is both true and false. In 2014, Africa experienced more than half of... Read more
After Setbacks at Home, Islamic State and Al Shabab Terrorize Abroad
Among the horror of the Paris attacks, a curious social media dynamic unfolded. Somehow, attention turned to a seven-month-old BBC article about a terror attack in Kenya, on a college campus in a town called Garissa. Perhaps assuming that the attack happened recently, readers widely recirculated the story, which received almost... Read more
Al Shabab Refines Militant Tactics as Dozens of Peacekeepers Die
In the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2015, an Al Shabab suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into an African Union peacekeeping fort near Janale, about 50 miles southwest of Mogadishu. The blast blew open a hole. Within moments, dozens of Al Shabab fighters poured through the gap and overran the... Read more

Peter Dörrie

Africa Correspondent

Journalist specialising in security politics on the African continent.

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