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West Africa’s Sahel nations to set up anti-Islamist units

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Defence ministers from West Africa's arid Sahel region have agreed to work together to establish special rapid reaction forces to counter the...

Al Qaeda leaders made plans for Mauritanian peace deal – documents

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Al Qaeda leaders discussed a plan in 2010 to arrange a peace deal with the government of Mauritania, according to documents seized...

U.S. commander sees al Qaeda Africa group strengthening

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Two high-profile strikes in West Africa since November by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) could further strengthen the Islamist militant...

Obama to propose $200 million to battle Islamist militants in Africa

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President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million (£138 million) in new military spending to confront Islamist militants in north and west...

U.S. military seeks to prepare Africa for shifting terror threat

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African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training programme in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of...

Al Qaeda group releases video of Swiss hostage: monitor

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of a Swiss nun who had been kidnapped in northern Mali nearly...

Mauritanian fugitive linked to al Qaeda arrested in Guinea

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Guinea said on Thursday it had arrested a death row fugitive with links to al Qaeda near the border with Guinea Bissau...

Al Qaeda attack dents Burkina Faso’s hopes of recovery

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When Burkina Faso swore in its first new president in decades last month, many people hoped the democratic transition would pave the...

Three attackers from Burkina al Qaeda assault still at large

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Three suspected al Qaeda attackers involved in an assault on a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso's capital that killed 30 people...

Burkina Faso’s long night of horror in killing spree by militants

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When Burkina Faso anti-terrorism Commander Evrard Somda arrived with 20 men to start a fight-back against Islamist militants holed up in a...

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Misleading SANDF post removed after defenceWeb intervention

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One imagines at least a handful of the more than seven thousand followers of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) LinkedIn social media account...