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Feature: Trajectories of violence against civilians by Africa’s militant Islamist groups

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Extremist group violence against civilians is driven by context-specific factors—outgroup grievances, intimidation to control territory, and a response to heavy-handed security responses—that require enhanced...

Surge in militant Islamist violence in the Sahel dominates Africa’s fight...

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A 70-percent annual increase in violent events linked to militant Islamist groups in the Sahel propelled a new record of extremist violence in Africa...

Joint West African operation confronts terrorists

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As Sahel-based terror groups push south, some West African nations have joined forces to push back. Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo recently conducted...

Pentagon chief tells French counterpart US supports Sahel mission

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France has Washington's continued support for counterterrorism efforts in Africa's Sahel region, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told his French counterpart in a phone...

After killing Sahel Islamic State leader, France to hunt other chiefs

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French military forces have killed the leader of a West African affiliate of Islamic State by drone strike in a "decisive blow" against the...

Chad to halve its troops fighting Sahel militants, spokesperson says

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Chad has decided to recall half of its 1 200 troops battling Islamist militants in the tri-border area of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger,...

France to reshape troop presence in Sahel within weeks

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France will soon begin reshaping its military presence in the Sahel region of West Africa, where it has been on the front line of...

France kills senior Islamist leader in Sahel, vows to fight on

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French forces killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region of Africa, France's armed forces minister said on Friday, vowing...

French journalist kidnapped in northern Mali appears in video

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A journalist who disappeared last month in Mali’s northern city of Gao appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing to authorities to do everything...

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...

Niger mourns 137 victims after deadliest attack in recent memory

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Flags flew at half-staff and Koranic verses played on state media on Tuesday as Niger began observing three days of national mourning for the...

Armed men attack passenger convoy and village in Niger, killing 58

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Armed men in southwestern Niger killed at least 58 people when they intercepted a convoy returning from a weekly market and attacked a nearby...

Violent deaths due to small arms show small decrease

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Independent research organisation Surveys Security Assessment bemoans the lack of official data available from northern African countries and those in the G5 Sahel making...

France stays the course in the Sahel

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Despite setbacks, France reaffirmed its commitment to intensify its fight against Islamist insurgents in the Sahel region and sees South Africa as an ally...

At least 18 killed in attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali

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Suspected Islamists killed at least 18 people in attacks in northern Burkina Faso and central Mali on Wednesday and Thursday, government and security sources...

France rules out immediate troop cuts in Sahel, Chad deploys reinforcements

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French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out an immediate reduction of French troops battling Islamist militants in the Sahel region of West Africa on Tuesday,...

Chad reinforces troops against militants in Sahel as France mulls changes

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Chad will deploy some 1 000 troops to the tri-border region of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali to reinforce national armies that, backed by...

ISS: Many strategies but little progress securing the Sahel

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More holistic approaches are now being used, but they still see conflict and violence through a counter-terrorism lens. ince it started nine years ago, the...

Violence in West Africa’s Sahel displaces record 2 million people, UN...

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The number of people fleeing violence in West Africa’s Sahel region has quadrupled in the past two years, with 2 million now displaced in...

Macron opens door to France pulling some troops out of Sahel

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President Emmanuel Macron opened the door on Tuesday to withdrawing some troops from Africa’s Sahel region, saying France could “adjust” its operations after successes...

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