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US forces conduct precision airstrike against ISIS-Somalia, 3 militants killed

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On 31 May, US Africa Command (Africom) carried out an airstrike targeting Islamic State in Somalia (ISIS-Somalia), in the area of Dhaardaar, about 81...

Gains in Somalia, Mozambique put ISCAP financing in the crosshairs

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For seven years, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) has relied on a network of Islamic State group affiliates to fund much of...

Jihadism in Mozambique: southern African forces are leaving with mixed results

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) military mission in Mozambique (Samim), which was deployed on 15 July 2021 to fight the Islamic insurgents terrorising...

Report: Al-Shabaab extends reach with offer to protect Somali pirates

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After a six-year lull in major attacks, Somali pirates in December attacked four vessels as international navies relocated from the Indian Ocean to the...

Global Coalition unyielding against ISIS expansion in Africa – US Envoy

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The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS has agreed to enhance African member states’ counter-ISIS capabilities as it commits to defeat ISIS affiliates in Africa. Global...

US kills key Islamic State operative in Somalia

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In a major counterterrorism operation carried out on orders from President Joseph Biden, the US military conducted a precision strike on a mountainous cave...

ISS: Are red flags about Islamic State in South Africa alarmist?

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Alarm bells about the threat of terrorism in South Africa have recently been sounding more stridently and more often. Are these false alarms or...

SA “resolved” to fight terrorism – Gungubele

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South Africa remains “resolved to combat terrorism and illicit financing activities” is the official government reaction to Monday’s United States (US) Treasury announcing “designation”...

After losing ground in Middle East, Islamic State expands operations in...

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The Islamic State terrorist organization has been decimated in Iraq and Syria in recent years and is now seeking to expand operations in Africa,...

DIRCO disputes reports on ISIS fighters returning to SA

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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has disputed reports alleging that the department has facilitated the repatriation of hundreds of ISIS fighters. This...

Coalition reaffirms commitment to fight Islamic State, including in Africa

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The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, meeting this week in Morocco, has reaffirmed its determination to continue the fight against Islamic State through both...

Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS to meet in Morocco next week

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The Islamic State (ISIS) has made significant inroads into Africa and an 84-member coalition committed to countering ISIS globally is working to deter further...

SA, US co-operating in hunt for ISIS funders

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Two South African government departments – Finance in the form of National Treasury and Justice and Correctional Services - are working with United States...

ISS: US sanctions four alleged ISIS ringleaders in South Africa

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Was the United States Treasury’s announcement that it was imposing sanctions on four alleged organisers and financiers in South Africa of the Islamic State...

Godongwana asked to act on terrorist financing

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Sanctions imposed by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ISIS-Mozambique...

US Treasury sanctions South Africa-based ISIS organisers and financial facilitators

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The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and...

Islamic State sinks roots across Africa

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The Islamic State group, which once held about a third of Syrian territory and even more ground in Iraq, now oversees a network of...

Taliban say no al Qaeda or ISIS in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic...

US backs initiative to focus anti-ISIS fight on Africa – Blinken

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njke iUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the United States strongly supports Italy's initiative to focus the fight against the Islamic State...

Government warned on ISIS

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ISIS, in whatever guise and offshoot, is reality in southern Africa and government should act sooner rather than later, Freedom Front Plus (FF+) foreign...

US names Mozambique insurgency leader as it sets its sights on...

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ISIS is undeniably expanding from Iraq and Syria to the corners of the globe. By now, it is public knowledge that ISIS is affiliated...

ISIS threats against SA are taken seriously – State Security Minister

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South Africa, in the form of its State Security Agency (SSA) is taking reported threats against it by an ISIS affiliate active in Mozambique...

US says ISIS evolved to become a global network that inspires...

The United States is seeing the Islamic State evolving into a global network that inspires extremist ideology and attacks elsewhere from being a group...

Iraq says anti-IS operations with U.S. coalition resume

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Iraq’s military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State which had mostly halted after bases hosting U.S....

ISS: What does al-Baghdadi’s exit mean for Africa?

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, former leader of the world’s deadliest terror group Daesh – also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria –...

The arrival of ISIS in Southern Africa

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The ‘arrival’ of ISIS in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in the north of Mozambique should be causing some concern at Defence...

Fourth industrial revolution driving the sophistication of IEDs

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The fourth industrial revolution (IR) has bought about cyber-physical systems that are changing the landscape of war between state and non-state actors. Smart robotics,...

ISS: West Africa must confront its foreign terrorist fighters

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Better information, border control and cooperation is needed to deal with foreign combatants in the region. One year ago, 13 Senegalese nationals were convicted for...

Interpol and UN chiefs on global security

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An increased risk of foreign fighters returning home or joining other conflicts following the liberation of territories held by ISIS also known...

ISS: How will ISIS setbacks impact Africa?

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The recent liberation of Mosul in Iraq is just one of many setbacks for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....

ISS: Are ISIS returnees a risk for South Africa?

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With significant progress in the retaking of Mosul – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) last major stronghold in Iraq...

ISS: Africa can’t get counter-terrorism wrong again

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By any measure, Africa's fight against terrorism has been a failure. Since it launched the fight in earnest nearly three decades ago in...

Why do they join? Understanding Islamist radicalization and recruitment in Africa

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His name was Seifeddine Rezqui, a 23-year-old engineering student from the rather ordinary town of Gaafour, 50 miles from Tunisia's capital, Tunis....

Africa Part of ISIS’ Global Strategy

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The continent is at the center of a three-pronged quest for worldwide Jihad. ISIS is advancing its plans for a worldwide caliphate on...

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...

Feature: ISIS moves into Africa

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At the beginning of 2015, an estimated 31,000 fighters in the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had tightened...

Feature: The growing presence of the Islamic State in North Africa

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The Maghreb region has long been a rich breeding ground for Islamic extremism and this is true of the security problems in...