The active coordination is turning one of the most inhospitable territories on earth into a complex security challenge for African and global forces.

Jihadists Deepen Collaboration in North Africa

Jihadists Deepen Collaboration in North Africa - The New York Times

Boko Haram is re-focusing on Christians and threatening the Nigerian government.

This file image taken from video released Oct. by Boko Haram, shows Abubakar Shekau, center, the former leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group.

Jihadist groups in North Africa need millions to finance their activities, so they have moved on from kidnapping to something much more lucrative: drug trafficking.

Drugs And Money In The Sahara: How The Global Cocaine Trade Is Funding North African Jihad