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Using primary source materials, Jacob Zenn’s case study, The Al-Qaeda Accelerant in Boko Haram’s Rise, maps the group’s many factions, loyalties, splinterings, and re-formations. Zenn supplies deep insight into the seams and gaps that exist, and how strategic and tactical motivations have propelled an armed group to regional importance. He also dissects how the group’s evolution has taken place under the watchful eye, and often directing hand, of both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham and highlights its starring role in a new international rivalry: the uncivil war between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
United States Naval War College Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups
Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups, Al-Qaeda Accelerant
Zenn, Jacob, "The Al-Qaeda Accelerant in Boko Haram’s Rise" (2017). CIWAG Case Studies. 3.