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ISS: A risky return for ex-combatants into communities

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Enabling violent extremists to defect from their terror groups to rejoin society is a vital strategy in preventing violent extremism in Africa. But amnesty...

ISS: Humanitarian aid in Nigeria’s north-east – helping or hurting?

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Ten years of Boko Haram’s violence has turned Nigeria’s north-east into a conflict hotspot for aid organisations. These groups help alleviate the symptoms of...

ISS: Economics of terrorism in Lake Chad Basin

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In the Lake Chad Basin region, which includes Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, economic viability and control is as important to extremist groups’ resilience...

Boko Haram ambush leaves five dead

Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram ambushed Nigerian soldiers in the north-east of the country, killing at least five and injuring more than a dozen,...

ISS: Dialogue with Boko Haram back on the agenda?

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There is a hurting stalemate in the Lake Chad Basin. Countries under the mandate of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) are locked in...

Islamist rampage leaves 20 dead

Islamist insurgents killed at least 20 civilians in a north-east Nigerian village, a government-allied vigilante, a government and a security source said. The attack comes...

Protectors or outlaws?

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In parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the military and police can’t guarantee security. Many of these areas are remote, sparsely populated and have limited security...

Boko Haram attack Lake Chad island

Around 300 suspected Boko Haram militants swarmed onto a Lake Chad island in Cameroon’s far north killing 24 people, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers, officials...

ISS: Rethinking strategy to stop the spread of terrorism

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The terror threat across Africa is as strong as ever. Attacks are occurring not just in the older centres of activity such as Somalia,...

ISS: What doesn’t break Boko Haram in Niger makes it stronger

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Since the beginning of 2019, there’s been a growing number of attacks in Niger’s Diffa region, largely claimed by Islamic State in West Africa...

Militants kill at least 25 Nigerian soldiers, some civilians in ambush

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Islamist insurgents killed at least 25 soldiers and a number of civilians in an ambush in northeast Nigeria on Saturday morning, two security sources...

By the numbers: terrorism in Africa

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A United Nations peacekeeping mission battles al-Qaida-linked extremists and others in Mali. The African Union Mission in Somalia holds al-Shabaab militants at bay. Nigeria...

ISS: Boko Haram’s resurgence in Chad

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Boko Haram attacks in Chad have increased since 2018, calling into question the effectiveness of national military responses to counter violent extremism. A raid...

Boko Haram fighters kill 23 Chadian soldiers

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Boko Haram militants killed at least 23 Chadian soldiers overnight, two Chadian security sources said on Friday, in what appeared to be the deadliest...

Nigerians return to Rann after fleeing Boko Haram

At least 10,000 Nigerians returned to a flashpoint town after fleeing to Cameroon to escape repeated attacks over the past few months according to...

ISS: Another chance for Nigeria to get counter-terrorism right

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Nigerians will vote for a president on 16 February. Much is anticipated regarding the new leader’s strategy to end the deadly Boko Haram insurgency...

Boko Haram rampage in town abandoned by military

Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed at least 60 people in the Nigerian town Rann a day after it was abandoned by the military,...

Thousands flee Nigerian city into Cameroon fearing militant attack

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Around 30,000 people fled into Cameroon at the weekend from the Nigerian city of Rann, fearing an attack by Boko Haram militants, the U.N....

Thousands flee as militants kill more than 100 soldiers in northeast...

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Armed groups have killed more than 100 soldiers and seized a huge stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec. 26, a...

Boko Haram claims Rann attack

Islamist insurgency Boko Haram claimed it carried out Monday's attack on the Nigerian town Rann, according to a video released by Nigerian journalist Ahmad...

ISS: Turning the tables on Boko Haram

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Identity - for both individuals and groups - is shaped by a mix of elements including ethnicity, religion, culture and personal experiences. Much of...

North-eastern Nigeria “a humanitarian tragedy” – UN

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An upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of...

Niger troops kill 280 plus Boko Haram fighters

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Troops and air strikes killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants since the Niger government started an operation against the group last week, the...

Nigerian Air Force loses Mi-35 helicopter in combat against Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lost an Mi-35M attack helicopter in combat while providing close air support to soldiers fighting Boko Haram terrorists...

At least 12 Nigerian soldiers killed in fighting with Islamists

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At least 12 Nigerian soldiers were killed and dozens of others are missing after fighting with Islamists in the northeastern state of Borno, three...

Nigeria lifts UNICEF suspension hours after accusing staff of spying for...

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The Nigerian military on Friday lifted a suspension of United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund activities in the northeast of the country, hours after...

ISS: Is Islamic State in West Africa becoming more hardline?

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Recent activities by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), the Boko Haram faction that replaced Abubakar Shekau as leader in 2016, have...

New Nigerian commander to take on Boko Haram

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Nigeria named its fifth commander in less than two years to lead the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, the army said...

Maiduguri attack leaves 15 dead

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Suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 15 people in an attack on villages in north-east Nigeria, residents...

Untold stories of Boko Haram survivors now on film

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Untold stories of young Nigerian women kidnapped by Boko Haram highlight a documentary revealing diaries kept by survivors forbidden from talking about...

ISS: The role of women in West Africa’s violent extremist groups

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Women's involvement in Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad Basin is well known. However their role in the activities of the...

ISS: Boko Haram exposes the cracks in Nigeria’s military strategy

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For nearly three years the Nigerian government has stuck to its claim that it has ‘technically defeated' Boko Haram. Recently though, the...

Limpopo welcomes sentencing of vigilante group

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The Limpopo Provincial Government has welcomed the judgment against 13 members of the vigilante group, Boko Haram. On Monday, members of the...

Boko Haram behind Nigeria kidnappings

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped between 10 and 20 people, a family member of one of those abducted, a senator and two...

ISS: Islamic clerics can shift Boko Haram’s ideological narrative

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Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau's jihad in Nigeria has had a devastating impact on the nation. ‘Fight the infidels … and...

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 15 soldiers and disaster...

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At least 15 soldiers and an official from Nigeria's disaster agency were killed in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants in...

Fourth Nigerian commander named to lead fight against Boko Haram

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Nigeria named its fourth commander in 14 months to lead the fight against the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, a move sources say...

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 18 in Chadian village

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Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 18 farmers and kidnapped nine women in western Chad, authorities said, part of a wave of violence...

ISS: Cost of counter-terrorism for civilians in Lake Chad countries

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The ongoing terror threat in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon has led the governments of the Lake Chad region to enact numerous...

ISS: The potentially more sinister threat in Boko Haram’s split

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Boko Haram's split in 2016 saw the emergence of two distinct jihadist movements, with divergent operating methods, in the Lake Chad region....

Islamist militant activity on the rise in Africa

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Militant Islamist groups in Africa have been growing over the last decade, with violent events up dramatically since 2010, including fatalities. There...

MJTF shows strengths and limits of collective security

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With an ability to hop across borders and exploit weak spots in the four countries surrounding Lake Chad, Boko Haram took advantage...

Blasts kill 20 in Nigeria

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Blasts killed at least 20 people in north-east Nigeria, police said, while residents said the toll was even higher in the largest...

ISS: Despite its divisions, Boko Haram is no weaker

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Extremist violence in the Lake Chad region last year continued apace, increasing from 2016. This is despite Boko Haram's split into two...

After the insurgency

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Since the insurgency started in 2009, the extremist group Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and forced 2.6 million people from...

Sustaining momentum in the Lake Chad Basin

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The commander of a regional force believes stability and peace will brighten the future of the Lake Chad Basin. Nigerian Army Maj. Gen....

Boko Haram turns to women, children as suicide bombers

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As Boko Haram saw its territorial gains recede in the face of military operations, the Islamic insurgent group began to turn to...

Niger gives ex-fighters a second chance

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The need for DDR — disarmament, demobilization and reintegration — of surrendering insurgents is as old as warfare itself. Rebels grow tired...

A study of Boko Haram’s public communications offers hints on its...

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In July 2011, the Nigerian government unveiled plans to make telecommunications companies dedicate toll-free phone lines so civilians could report Boko Haram...

More than a thousand Boko Haram victims rescued

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Nigeria's military helped rescue more than 1,000 people held by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the north-east of the country. The...