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A Burned Down Car in Mombasa, Kenya, 2002
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Assessing Mombasa’s Credentials as a Battleground in Kenya’s War on Terror

30 Jul 2014 Security Watch

What explains Mombasa’s status as a critical battleground in Kenya’s war against terrorism? The answer, according to Herman Butime, lies between the role the city plays in linking regional secessionist and religious tensions together, and the contradictions fueling Jihadist activity in East Africa and beyond. More on «Assessing Mombasa’s Credentials as a Battleground in Kenya’s War on Terror »


Students of madarasa Bhalwal
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The Caliphate’s Scholar-in-Arms

30 Jul 2014 Security Watch

With ‘old guard’ Jihadi intellectuals unanimously opposed to ISIS’s ambitions in Iraq and beyond, it’s fallen to a new generation of ideologues to trumpet the organization’s virtues. The most prominent, according to Cole Bunzel, is Turki al-Bin‘ali, a Bahraini who has been the ideological lodestar for ISIS since early 2013. More on «The Caliphate’s Scholar-in-Arms»


Peacekeepers in Haiti
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South American Troops Take On The Violent Work of Peacekeeping

29 Jul 2014 Security Watch

South American states have become increasingly involved in distant and regional peacekeeping operations. So, what have they learned? According to Kevin Knodell, it’s ‘the usual suspects’ – vague mandates, internecine controversies, and missions that fall outside traditional peacekeeping activities. More on «South American Troops Take On The Violent Work of Peacekeeping»