Alex R. McQuade

AMcQuade's picture

Alex McQuade was a national security intern at the Brookings Institution. He recently graduated with a master’s degree in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy from American University. Alex holds a BA in National Security Studies and Justice and Law, also from American University.

Subscribe to this Lawfare contributor via RSS.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

“For the first time in the two years since the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, proclaimed the existence of an ‘Islamic caliphate’ straddling Syria and Iraq, the jihadi group is at real risk of losing much of the territory it holds.” According to the Guardian, “Four ISIS strongholds - two in Syria and two in Iraq - are now under concerted attack, and in all cases the militants defending them are struggling to contain well-organized

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

In a “room to room” battle, Al Shabaab attacked the Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu last night leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 40 others wounded. The New York Times reports that the “militants detonated a deafening car bomb at the gates of a popular hotel in Somalia on Wednesday evening, and gunmen then stormed the hotel, leaving at least 15 people dead and creating a fiery scene of wrecked cars, crumbled buildings, panic, and smoke that stretch