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Terrorist threats persist and diversify – Guterres

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The worldwide fight against terrorism continues with advances made. At the same time threats “persist and diversify” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the world...

Ivory Coast opens counter-terrorism academy in partnership with France

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Ivory Coast and France inaugurated a new counter-terrorism academy in the West African country on Thursday, intended to boost regional capacity to combat a...

ISS: Sahel counter-terrorism takes a heavy toll on civilians

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Military operations that cause civilian deaths and violate human rights are fuelling terrorist groups’ propaganda. National and foreign forces deployed to fight terrorism in the...

Counter-terrorism in Africa: resetting a result-based approach under President Biden?

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It is of course a bit early to predict the course of action the new US Administration is going to adopt regarding Africa in...

ISS: Slow progress for West Africa’s latest counter-terrorism plan

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With several task forces and initiatives already operating, securing commitment for one plan was never going to be easy. More than a year after adopting...

ISS: Counter-terrorism in Africa must adapt to new realities

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As the terror threat grows and spreads, could a special unit in the African Standby Force help? Africa experienced 1 168 terrorist attacks from January to August...

Global co-operation needed for counter-terrorism during and after pandemic

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With Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and other terrorist groups attempting to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own ends, the international community...

ISS: Chad’s new counter-terrorism law: a step in the right direction?

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In early April, 44 Boko Haram suspects in pre-trial detention died in a prison cell in N’Djamena, Chad. They were part of a group of 54...

ISS: Kenya’s counter-terrorism trade-off

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Kenya’s security services have a long history of questionable conduct, and despite a period of apparent reform, it seems old habits die hard. As...

More support key for counter-terrorism in Africa, Security Council hears

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The UN Security Council wants more international support to African countries in the continuing fight against terrorism and violent extremism, particularly in parts of the Sahel, the Lake...

US, Kenya launch first overseas Joint Terrorism Task Force

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The United States Department of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation have partnered together to assist Kenya in creating the first Joint Terrorism Task...

ISS: Has counter-terrorism become a profitable business in Nigeria?

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Despite massive expenditure by the Nigerian government over the past decade, counter-terrorism operations by security forces have achieved limited success and the country is...

ISS: Counter-terrorism in Africa needs private sector involvement

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Africa’s private sector can play an important role in counter-terrorism. United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2396 is one of several UN initiatives guiding...

ISS: West Africa doesn’t need another counter-terrorism force

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On 14 September, leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold an extraordinary summit on terrorism in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso....

New technologies aid fight against global terrorism

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Terrorists have become skilled at manipulating the Internet and other technologies, artificial intelligence or AI, is a powerful tool in the fight against them,...

ISS: Hard counter-terrorism lessons from the Sahel for West Africa’s coastal...

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Violent extremist groups are no longer confined to the Sahelian states of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad. Their threat is spilling over...

New US counter-terrorism focus on Iran and proxies

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The Trump administration is giving greater priority to Iran and radical groups it backs in a new US counter-terrorism strategy document that...

ISIL continues to pose a serious challenge worldwide – UN counter-terror...

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Despite serious military setbacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) may still have around 20,000 fighters and continues its...

A new corps of dedicated African counter-terrorism experts

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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is assisting African police to understand and combat terrorism on the continent and to investigate and...

ISS: Religion and ethnicity are not indicators of extremism

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Counter-terrorism strategies aim to disrupt activities of violent extremist groups and limit the spread of violent ideologies. Recent ISS research, supported by...

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