How to Manage the Threat of an Expanding Islamic State in Africa

Chadian troops participate in the closing ceremony of operation Flintlock in an army base in N’djamena, Chad, March 9, 2015 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Chadian troops participate in the closing ceremony of operation Flintlock in an army base in N’djamena, Chad, March 9, 2015 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
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Every expert on transnational jihadism knew that eradicating the Islamic State’s self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq would not lead to the end of this brutal, malignant movement. Since it had become as much an ideology and a brand as an actual organization, holding physical territory and establishing a proto-state were important but not vital for the Islamic State, at least in the near term. In response to its battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has been dispersing, keeping its brand alive with hopes that someday it can take another shot at creating a state. For now, […]

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