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Togo attack a sign of Sahel violence spreading south

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Security experts have warned for several years that the extremist violence engulfing the Sahel inevitably would spread south to the coast. Four countries along the...

ISS: Ansaru’s comeback in Nigeria deepens the terror threat

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The resurgence of Boko Haram’s breakaway faction, with its al-Qaeda backing, threatens national and regional security. For much of the past decade, Ansaru has largely...

DIRCO disputes reports on ISIS fighters returning to SA

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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has disputed reports alleging that the department has facilitated the repatriation of hundreds of ISIS fighters. This...

Coalition reaffirms commitment to fight Islamic State, including in Africa

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The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, meeting this week in Morocco, has reaffirmed its determination to continue the fight against Islamic State through both...

Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS to meet in Morocco next week

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The Islamic State (ISIS) has made significant inroads into Africa and an 84-member coalition committed to countering ISIS globally is working to deter further...

Enablers of political extremism: a checklist for West African countries

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The Sahel – the region just south of the Sahara – is home to the world’s fastest growing extremist group, Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal...

Mauritanian approach uses dialogue to diminish jihadist extremism

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In a West African region known for the proliferation of violent extremist organizations, Mauritania stands out for its lack of terror attacks in recent...

Military expenditure reduces the negative effect of terrorism on economic growth

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In a number of African countries, terrorism has become a major challenge to socioeconomic development. This has spurred research on the extent to which...

2021 saw greater instability and abuses in Africa; AU inaction – Amnesty International

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Human rights abuses in the conflicts in Africa continued unabated in 2021 partly because of the inaction of the African Union Peace and Security...

South Africa poorly prepared to deal with terrorism – report

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South Africa’s security institutions are poorly prepared to deal with Islamist extremists and terrorists operating across the border in Mozambique, a new report has...

ISS: West African coastal terror attacks – just the tip of the iceberg

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Violent extremism is escalating in West Africa’s coastal states. This is terrifying for citizens but is just the tip of the insurgency iceberg. Under...

SSA will root out bad apples

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Mondli Gungubele, Minister in the Presidency tasked with security, maintains fraud and corruption in the State Security Agency (SSA) is being investigated with four...

SA, US co-operating in hunt for ISIS funders

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Two South African government departments – Finance in the form of National Treasury and Justice and Correctional Services - are working with United States...

ISS: US sanctions four alleged ISIS ringleaders in South Africa

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Was the United States Treasury’s announcement that it was imposing sanctions on four alleged organisers and financiers in South Africa of the Islamic State...

Godongwana asked to act on terrorist financing

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Sanctions imposed by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ISIS-Mozambique...

US Treasury sanctions South Africa-based ISIS organisers and financial facilitators

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The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and...

SADC regional counter terrorism centre launched

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The Southern African regional bloc now has a Regional Counter Terrorism Centre (RCTC) as “a dedicated structure to co-ordinate regional efforts”. The RCTC officially came...

Majola named State Security Agency D-G

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The State Security Agency (SSA) has a new director-general. She is Thembisile Majola. Her appointment becomes effective today (1 March) and was announced by President...

SA’s safety and security machinery will be restored – Security Cluster

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise along with Police Minister Bheki Cele said at the weekend Cabinet’s security cluster was “committed to restoring...

President tending to tension in security cluster

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is seized with acting on the visibly clear tensions between Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner, General Kehla...

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