Violence Against Civilians in Afghanistan:
the Taliban and the Islamic State

Violence Against Civilians in Afghanistan: <br/> the Taliban and the Islamic State

Late last month in Kabul, an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber detonated himself outside of a voter registration centre in the predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi. At least 69 civilians were reportedly killed and another 120 were reportedly injured in

The Assassination of Clerics in Southern Yemen

The Assassination of Clerics in Southern Yemen

Over the first months of 2018, an increasing number of assassination attempts have targeted local Muslim clerics in southern Yemen. At least five imams have reportedly been killed since January, raising the total number of assassinations to 26 over the

The Russian Involvement in Syria, Whom Do They target?

The Russian Involvement in Syria, Whom Do They target?

There is considerable debate over Russia’s ulterior motives in Syria. While motives may be hard to disentangle, ACLED data can shed light on Russia’s choice of targets. The Russian Defense ministry insists being in Syria to fight terrorist organizations (the

Al Shabaab and Boko Haram: Patterns of Violence

Al Shabaab and Boko Haram: Patterns of Violence

Which group is the most violent in Africa? A recent report exploring Africa’s active militant Islamic groups aimed to tackle this question. The report, produced by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), argued that Somalia’s Al Shabaab has eclipsed

Cameroon – October 2017 Update

Cameroon – October 2017 Update

Riots and protests witnessed an uptick in intensity in Cameroon in September as demonstrators voiced their opposition to perceived discrimination towards the Francophone regions of Cameroon. Relatively routinized opposition to President Paul Biya’s 35-year rule has coupled with calls for