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Burkina Faso acquires more military vehicles and UAVs

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Burkina Faso continues to build up its military amid ongoing terror attacks, and to this end has taken delivery of Bayraktar Akinci unmanned aerial...

Africa is the new global terrorism epicentre

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The epicentre of terrorism has shifted out of the Middle East and into the Central Sahel, which now accounts for over half of all...

Exclusive: General Béhanzin on defence and security in West Africa and...

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In an exclusive interview, General Francis Béhanzin, the former Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security at the Economic Community of West African States...

Ecowas: why withdrawal of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso signals fresh...

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On 27 January 2024, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their plan to withdraw from membership of the Economic Community of West African States...

Burkina Faso operating Chinese self-propelled guns and mortars

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Burkina Faso’s military has acquired Norinco WMA301 fire support vehicles fitted with 105 mm guns from China, as well as Norinco 81 mm CS/SM1...

Kidnappings in the Sahel – a favoured weapon of war

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Over 180 kidnappings were recorded in the war-torn countries of Mali and Burkina Faso in the first half of 2023 – an average of...

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have a new defence alliance

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On 16 September 2023 in Bamako, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger established the Alliance of Sahel States, a mutual defence pact. The agreement was...

Burkina Faso Crisis Continues to Spiral

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Following two military coups d’état in 2022, militant Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have moved to encircle Ouagadougou leaving a trail of unprecedented violence...

Burkina Faso commissions Bayraktar TB2 UAVs

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Burkina Faso’s armed forces have officially taken into service Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were recently acquired from Turkey. It was reported in...

ISS: New targets needed to manage West Africa’s military transitions

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Since August 2020, five coups have occurred in three West African countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau have weathered...

Burkina Faso inches closer to Wagner mercenaries

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As it seeks to expand its presence in the Sahel region, Russia appears to be following the same playbook in Burkina Faso that it...

Burkina Faso’s volunteer defense groups pose danger in volatile area

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Three years after Burkina Faso recruited civilian volunteers to join the fight against terrorists in its northern regions, those groups are being blamed for...

ISS: Risks of Burkina Faso’s new military approach to terrorism

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Fifty thousand Burkinabe civilians have joined the Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP) to fight the violent extremists currently occupying nearly half...

West Africa has experienced a wave of coups – superficial democracy...

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West Africa has seen coups and military takeovers in three countries in 2022. Like those of the past, they came with promises of a...

Jihadism and military takeovers in West Africa: Burkina Faso coup highlights...

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The West African sub-region at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert has recently attracted significant attention. The main reasons have been an increase...

Understanding Burkina Faso’s latest coup

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Two coups d’état in 9 months mark the latest inflection point in Burkina Faso’s political instability, causing heightened uncertainty as the country faces an...

Burkina Faso coup raises questions about growing Russian involvement in west...

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As if fighting in what – for now, at least – appears to be a losing battle in Ukraine weren’t enough, the Wagner Group,...

ISS: Security priorities for Burkina Faso’s new transition

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On 30 September, disgruntled army officers staged a coup that toppled Burkina Faso’s transitional military leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba. Eight months earlier, Damiba had...

Facing unrelenting violence, Sahel countries turn to drones

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Burkina Faso has become the third West African country to acquire Turkish-made armed drones for use in the fight against extremism. The Bayraktar TB2 unmanned...

Mali, Burkina Faso face increased terrorist attacks after coups

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Restoring security was the main justification used by coup leaders in Burkina Faso and Mali when they seized power. New data shows they are...

Burkinabe is top UN woman cop

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Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Alizeta Kabore Kinda of Burkina Faso is the 2022 United Nations (UN) Woman Police Officer of the Year. The honour will...

In Burkina Faso, violence comes from all directions

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Already caught in the crossfire of multiple violent extremist organizations, civilians in Burkina Faso are saying they need to be protected by their security...

ISS: Burkina Faso’s junta under pressure to deliver on security promises

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The junta in power in Ouagadougou justified the 24 January coup by citing the inability of former president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré’s government to...

Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight...

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On April 6, 2022, a military tribunal in Burkina Faso found 11 men, including the former president, Blaise Compaoré, guilty of “attacks on state...

Jihadism and coups in West Africa’s Sahel region: a complex relationship

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The political instability and insecurity in some Sahelian states in West Africa has led to the capture of political power by their military in...

Wave of juntas in Africa and the worrisome celebratory reception by...

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Within the past 18 months, Africa has experienced six coups, with the most recent in Burkina Faso on 24 January, rekindling the debate regarding...

ISS: What caused the coup in Burkina Faso?

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The 24 January military coup that overthrew Burkina Faso’s president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré comes amid a deepening security crisis in the country. Both...

Joint West African operation confronts terrorists

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As Sahel-based terror groups push south, some West African nations have joined forces to push back. Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo recently conducted...

Burkina Faso president fires Prime Minister Dabire amid security crisis

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Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore fired his prime minister on Wednesday amid an escalating security crisis that has killed thousands and led to street...

ISS: Burkina Faso’s security sector reform can no longer wait

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With violence at a peak, the country needs to coordinate its structures and adopt a new vision to ensure the safety of its citizens. After...

Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

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Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts...

Suspected militants kill soldiers in Burkina Faso’s desert north

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Suspected militants killed four soldiers in Burkina Faso's northern Loroum province on Sunday, the army said, in the latest of a wave of attacks. The...

Burkina Faso lifts internet suspension a day after violent protest

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The Burkina Faso government said it was lifting a suspension on the mobile internet from Sunday evening, a week after imposing the ban for...

Burkina Faso protest against militant violence turns violent

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Protesters burned tyres and pillaged a government building in Burkina Faso's capital on Saturday after police fired tear gas to disperse a march against...

Burkina Faso president Kabore pledges army reform as protests loom

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Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore promised to end "dysfunction" within the military in a speech on Thursday night, as the nation braced for more...

Burkina army says three soldiers killed in combat with militants

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Three Burkina Faso soldiers died and 11 militants were killed during an attack on the troops in the north of the Sahel West African...

Burkina Faso government extends internet suspension amid protests

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Burkina Faso’s government, facing mounting public anger over repeated killings by Islamist militants, extended its suspension of mobile internet service on Wednesday while offering...

Burkina Faso holds mass burial for slain gendarmes, reports more killings...

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Burkina Faso on Tuesday buried many of the 49 gendarmes killed in a recent strike on a security outpost, even as the government reported...

Burkina Faso says it cut internet under national defence provision

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Burkina Faso's government said on Monday it had cut mobile internet access in the country under a legal provision related to national defence and...

France asks Burkina to help resolve issues with military convoy

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France has asked the president of Burkina Faso to intervene after a convoy of French troops was stopped en route to Niger on Friday...

Burkina Faso death toll rises to over 50

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The death toll from a weekend attack on a gendarmerie post in northern Burkina Faso has risen to at least 53, according to officials. The...

Hundreds call on Burkina Faso president to resign after deadly attacks

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital on Tuesday demanding President Roch Kabore resign for failing to rein in militants...

Airbus delivers C295W to Burkina Faso

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Airbus has delivered a C295W transport aircraft to the Burkina Faso Air Force, just under two years after the contract was placed. The aircraft (XT-MBH)...

Burkina attack death toll rises to 32 in security forces’ worst...

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At least 32 people, including 28 military police officers and four civilians, were killed in an attack on a gendarmerie post in northern Burkina...

Militant attack kills 20 in Burkina Faso, security minister says

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An attack by insurgents killed 19 Burkina Faso military police and a civilian on Sunday in the tri-border northern region where the West African...

Canadian mining firm Iamgold convoy attacked in Burkina Faso

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A convoy transporting staff and contractors for Iamgold's Essakane gold mine in northern Burkina Faso was attacked on Friday, and two people were still...

Armed men kill ten civilians in northern Burkina Faso

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Ten people were killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso on Monday morning, and four others were missing, a government source and a...

Armed group kills five policemen in northern Burkina Faso

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Unidentified armed men killed five police officers in an attack on security forces in northern Burkina Faso in the early hours of Sunday, in...

Seven Mali soldiers killed in separate convoy attacks: army

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Seven Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in two separate attacks on patrols in the centre-west of the country, the army said, the latest...

In Burkina Faso gold mines, extremists seek power source

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Extremist groups in the Sahel are eyeing gold mines as a way to pay for weapons, vehicles and other equipment required to launch deadly...