Follow-Up Q&A: Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State: Competition or Cooperation in Western Sahel?

In response to viewers from our previous Live Briefing (al-Qaeda and the Islamic State: Competition or Cooperation in Western Sahel), ICCT Senior Research Fellow Julie Coleman has answered some viewer questions in this follow-up Q&A:

Timestamps can be found in the video for answers to the following questions:

  • 0:06 – From where does ISGS acquire funds, resources and equipment?
  • 2:12 – How does the group acquire weapons?
  • 3:18 – How does the group gain support and recruits?
  • 5:00 – What can be said about the relative power distribution among constituent groups within Jama’at Nusra al islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM)
  • 8:06 – In terms of the threat it poses to Western Countries, is ISGS more or less dangerous than ISIS?
  • 10:27 – What role does ideology play in individuals’ engagement in violent extremist groups in the Sahel, as compared to the Middle East for instance?