Saudi-led coalition downs drone from Yemen

The Arab Coalition intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched on Friday by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s Sub-Saharan Affiliates Are Poised for Growth in 2021

A rundown on jihadi groups’ expansion in the Sahel and Nigeria, the Horn of Africa, and the continent’s southeastern Swahili coast.

Once considered a backwater for jihadists, sub-Saharan Africa is now at the forefront of the counterterrorism landscape. With core ISIS and al-Qaeda reeling from sustained Western counterterrorism campaigns, attention has shifted from former jihadist bases in the Middle East and south Asia, respectively, to the Sahel and Nigeria, the Horn of Africa, and, most recently, the continent’s southeastern Swahili coast. ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliates throughout sub-Saharan Africa are well-positioned to expand their influence, garner new recruits, spread propaganda, and in some cases, capture territory.

Libya’s Latest Push for Peace After Ten Years of Conflict

UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva have led to the formation of an interim government in Libya, known as the Government of National Unity (GNU).
The interim government must navigate complex political divisions while also tackling issues related to Libya’s banking sector and energy industry.
Despite the world watching closely, Libya remains a country where external actors with powerful connections have operated with impunity.
Factional competition within the government will continue to plague Libya, even as recent progress might seem encouraging.

Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem

The Nigerian minister of defense recently enjoined Nigerians to take up arms to defend themselves against marauding bandits in their communities. The minister’s statement aligns with the grim reality that Nigeria has a serious internal security problem—and nobody knows exactly how to solve it.

Isis in Libya Update

Isis in Action

No relevant developments.

Western Response

This week Egypt and Russia sought to consolidate relations with Libya’s newly elected executive authority.

On 8 February, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, spoke to the new Prime Minister designate for Libya, Abdul Hameed Dabaiba, and the new President of the Presidency Council, Mohammed Menfi. In his phone calls, Lavrov stated that Russia is ready to work constructively with the new executive authority.

Egypt’s Sisi offers support to Libya’s new PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met incoming Libyan prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh in Cairo on Thursday and offered his country’s support in achieving stability in its troubled neighbour,‮ ‬the presidency said in a statement.