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

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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...

Vissim to deliver coastal monitoring system to Benin

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Norwegian company Vissim has been contracted by the government of Benin to deliver a coastal monitoring system to improve maritime safety and security and...

ISS Africa: Drug trafficking – is Benin under siege?

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Almost 42 tons of cocaine transited through or were intercepted in West African coastal states between 2019 and 2021, says the United Nations Office...

Two soldiers killed in Islamist militant attack in northern Benin, army...

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Two soldiers were killed and several more wounded when Islamist militants attacked a border security post in northern Benin on Wednesday night, the army...

Africom Commander visits Togo, Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast

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US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, continued a multi-day visit to West Africa, with stops in Togo and Benin, Ivory Coast...

ISS: Could kidnapping for ransom open the door to terrorism in...

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The government must nip the problem in the bud before violent extremists use abduction to their advantage. Fears are mounting that kidnapping for ransom could...

Nigerian Yoruba activist detained in Benin – reports

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A Nigerian activist accused by the authorities of plotting a violent insurrection has been detained in neighbouring Benin and is due to be sent...

ISS: A third election without main opposition parties in Benin

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Political exclusion ahead of the vote is a strategy by incumbents in West Africa to guarantee re-election. On 11 April, Benin will hold its seventh...

Protests spread in Benin as president readies for re-election bid

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Opponents of Benin’s President Patrice Talon protested in several cities and towns on Monday night and Tuesday morning, denouncing his decision to stand for...

ISS: ‘Electoral reforms’ are stifling democracy in West Africa

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Ruling parties are using financial and political barriers to prevent their opponents from running for office. In the past two years, several West African countries...

ISS: Evidence must guide terrorism prevention in Benin and Togo

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For civil society and the media to play a meaningful role, they need accurate information about violent extremism. Since 2016, terrorism has become a serious...

ISS: Breaking terrorism supply chains in West Africa

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Last month Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire jointly conducted Operation Comoé along their borders. They captured 38 suspected terrorists, killed eight, and dismantled training camps. The...

ISS: Benin’s local elections further reduce the political space

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On 17 May 2020 voters in Benin elected their communal and municipal councillors. Elections went ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic and political tensions, and...

Poly Technologies building military barracks in Benin

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China’s Poly Technologies is constructing military barracks in Allada, Benin, and is due to complete them in September 2021. The Allada barracks are due to...

Nigerian Navy praised for response to attack of merchant vessel off...

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The Nigerian Navy has been praised for its role in the rescue of 11 crewmembers aboard the cargo vessel Tommi Ritscher after it was...

Ship seized off Benin

Pirates attacked a Portuguese-flagged ship and kidnapped its Bulgarian captain and seven sailors off Benin, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said. A ministry statement said the pirates...

Container ship attacked off Benin

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The container vessel Tommi Ritscher has been attacked by suspected pirates off the coast of Benin, and eight crewmembers are believed to have been...

Crew kidnapped off Benin freed after 35 days in captivity

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Pirates who kidnapped nine crew members from the cargo vessel MV Bonita in the Gulf of Guinea last month have released those held after...

Pirates strike off Benin

A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin and nine crew...

ISS: Benin tests the limits of democracy

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At least two dead, several wounded – this is the official human toll of the violence that occurred after Benin’s contested legislative elections of...

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