When Mekunu struck Yemen’s southern coastline late last month, dozens of residents of al-Mahra and Hadramawt provinces were injured and killed as the cyclone sank boats and swept cars and buses off the roads. Stormwater created a series of small waterfalls on the hilly island of Socotra, leaving over 40 people missing by Mekunu’s end.
In northeast Nigera, the impact of Boko Haram rule can linger for years after the extremist organization is cleared from an area. Navanti researchers recently visited Cross Kawa, a village in Borno state that has struggled to rebuild its economy since the Nigerian military captured it from Boko Haram in late 2015.
The Syrian civil war is among the bloodiest conflicts of the 21st century to date. A UN report in 2016, the last year the organization officially tracked casualties in Syria, estimated that 400,000 people had been killed in the ongoing fighting.
Navanti updated its Periodic Table of Terrorist Groups to reflect the landscape of extremist organizations in 2017 across South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and South Asia. The new periodic table can be found here.
In September 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began a campaign to recapture large parts of Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province from ISIS. Around the same time, the SDF announced the creation of the Deir al-Zour Civil Council (DZCC) to administer the oil-rich desert province in the post-ISIS phase.
When President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 06 DEC 2017, regional heads of state including Jordanian King Abdullah and Saudi King Salman warned that violent reactions would spill over from Israel-Palestine into surrounding countries. Within hours of the announcement, Navanti provided its clients with a street level view detailing possible security threats in the MENA region.
Forces affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition retook the coast of the Yemeni province of Hadramawt from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in spring 2016. While Hadramawt witnessed limited fighting during that period, it has largely remained insulated from the Yemeni civil war because Houthi forces never managed to secure a foothold inside the southeastern province.
Three years after Boko Haram insurgents overran and burned down a northeast Nigerian town, residents have rebuilt their area into a destination for IDPs fleeing the extremist organization’s violence.