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ISS: Sahel militaries need better governance to face the terror threat

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Terror attacks on soldiers in Sahel states are raising questions about these armies’ ability to withstand extremist threats and protect their populations. A total...

Widespread knock-on effects violence in the Sahel

Violence in Africa’s Sahel region has driven mining exploration companies to put projects on hold, with downstream effects for an industry struggling to expand...

ISS: Insecurity in the Sahel won’t be solved at high-level summits

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Terror attacks in the Sahel have increased five-fold since 2016. In addition to civilian casualties, attacks on military personnel in the Sahelian states, as...

More French troops for the Sahel

France will deploy another 600 soldiers in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa’s Sahel Defence Minister Florence Parly said. The reinforcements would mostly...

France wants US to stay in the Sahel

France hopes “good sense” will prevail and the US will not slash support for French military operations in West Africa, where groups linked to...

France G5 meeting postponed

French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed to postpone to early 2020 of a meeting of Sahelian country leaders due to...

Macron on Sahel troops

President Emmanuel Macron demanded West African leaders dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they want France’s military to continue operations against Islamist...

Militants arrested in the Sahel

Algeria’s army arrested eight people planning to join Islamist militants in the neighbouring Sahel region, the defence ministry said. The eight were arrested on...

Three nation malnutrition crisis looming in the Sahel

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Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso displaced nearly a million people and caused emergency...

Top jihadist killed in Sahel

French troops killed a leading Sahel jihadist last month, France’s defence minister said. Ali Maychou was second in command of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin...

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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...