Al-Qa’ida’s (Mis)Adventures in the Horn of Africa

Publication Year
The Harmony Project

During the early 1990s, al-Qa’ida was beginning to coalesce as an organization, honing its operational techniques and dealing with its first internal conflicts. Its private deliberations during this period are revealed by a trove of documents captured in the course of operations supporting the Global War on Terror and maintained in the Department of Defense’s Harmony Database. Al-Qa’ida’s (Mis)Adventures in the Horn of Africa, by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, draws on recently
declassified Harmony documents, predominately from the 1992-1994 time period, original field work by CTC personnel and careful country studies to enrich our understanding of the terrorist group’s early successes and failures in the Horn of Africa.


Shapiro, JN, C Watts and V Brown. Al-Qa’ida’s (Mis)Adventures in the Horn of Africa. Westpoint, N.Y.: Combating Terrorism Center, July 2 2007.

Publication Topic
Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism
Publication Type
Policy Report