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$1 billion pledged to fight Islamist militancy

West African leaders pledged $1 billion to combat the spiralling threat of Islamist militancy in the region, the head of the regional ECOWAS bloc...

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....

ECOWAS sanctions imposed on top Guinea-Bissau residents

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West African regional bloc ECOWAS hit 20 Guinea-Bissau politicians and businessmen with sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes accusing them of...

ECOWAS extends Gambia military mission

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West African troops extended a military mission in Gambia by a year after entering the country in January to force out longtime...

ECOWAS threatens sanctions in Guinea-Bissau

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West African regional bloc ECOWAS is ready to impose targeted sanctions against those it deems responsible for blocking implementation of a deal...

West African force in Gambia to be reduced to 500 soldiers...

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Thousands of soldiers from West African bloc ECOWAS will start returning home this month from Gambia, from where long-time leader Yahya Jammeh...

Regional force’s mission in Gambia extended by three months

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A West African military operation that pressured Gambia's long-time leader, Yahya Jammeh, to step down and flee into exile has had its...

Gambia’s Barrow asks regional force to stay for six months

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Gambia's new president Adama Barrow has asked a West African military operation, which pressured his predecessor to go into exile after he...

ISS: 28th AU Summit – ECOWAS raised the bar, but will...

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The decision by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deploy a military force into Gambia to force President Yahya...

ISS: 28th AU Summit – Alarm bells beyond the Gambia

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For the African Union (AU) leaders attending the 28th AU Summit, the peaceful resolution of the Gambia's electoral crisis by the Economic...

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Presidential pep talk on Armed Forces Day

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President Cyril Ramaphosa had his Commander-in-Chief cap on when he addressed the country’s airmen, military medics, sailors and soldiers in Polokwane last Friday. Sadly, he...