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At least ten aid workers kidnapped in southwest Niger

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At least ten local aid workers have been kidnapped in southwest Niger near the border with Burkina Faso, security sources and an official from...

Suspected jihadist militant head arrested in Ivory Coast

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Authorities in Ivory Coast have arrested the suspected head of a jihadist group and several other militants believed to have carried out an attack...

France says its army killed al Qaeda North Africa chief Droukdel

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France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had...

Taliban, al Qaeda retain ties despite US-Taliban deal, UN monitors say

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Ties between the Taliban, especially its Haqqani Network branch, and al Qaeda remain close, independent UN sanctions monitors said in a report made public...

Militants in Burkina Faso kill 35 in separate attacks, government says

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Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday. Saturday’s violence underscores...

ISS: Sudan does an about-turn in US relations

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Sudan’s transitional government and the United States (US) are poised to reach an agreement for Khartoum to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in...

Ivory Coast army joins Burkina Faso in anti-jihadist operation

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Soldiers from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso conducted their first joint operation against jihadists active near their shared border, killing eight suspected militants and...

Somali clashes slow fight against al Qaeda-linked insurgents

Somali troops clashed with a regional militia in a serious outbreak of fighting over political rivalries Washington says are slowing the war against al...

ISS: Africa needs a continental strategy on foreign terrorist fighters

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As terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS) lose battles and strongholds, many of their foreign fighters return to their home countries, potentially posing...

Al Qaeda affiliate claims Mali attack

Al Qaeda’s West Africa affiliate claimed responsibility for co-ordinated, deadly attacks last week on army bases in central Mali. Thirty-eight soldiers were killed and...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...