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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...

ISS: Are terrorist groups stoking local conflicts in the Sahel?

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There have been several attacks on civilians in the Sahel in the past few months and violence related to local conflicts in the area...

World losing ground against Sahel violence

West African and international powers are failing to tackle the spiralling threat of Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, which is spreading to the...

G5-Sahel force five years on

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The five-year-old force working to stabilise Africa’s Sahel shows potential, but needs international support to reach full operational capacity, a senior UN peacekeeping official...

Sahel conflict escalating

More than 60 civilians died in tit-for-tat clashes between communities in northern Burkina Faso recently, government said, the latest inter-communal violence afflicting West Africa’s...

Militia killings surge in Sahel

Africa’s Sahel region has seen a huge surge in civilian deaths in the past five months due to Islamist militants and ethnic militia attacks,...

Saving the Sahel

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Thick, black smoke spewed into the sky above the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in March 2018, evidence that radical jihadists again had attacked...

Sahel instability spreading

Islamist militants are increasing activities in West Africa despite the establishment of a regional force to combat them in the Sahel and they now...

Sahel Islamist groups’ networking skills growing

A surge in violent attacks linked to Islamist groups in West Africa’s Sahel region reflects growing capabilities and networking abilities, according to an international...

Persisting security challenges in West Africa and the Sahel

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An increase in attacks by extremist groups using sophisticated tactics risks undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region's UN envoy told...

Signs of democratic progress amid violence in West Africa and the...

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Positive developments in the democratisation process across West Africa and the Sahel compete with a volatile security situation particularly in areas where...

New commander for West African anti-jihadist force

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A West African military force tasked with countering Islamist militants replaced its commander after a deadly attack on its headquarters last month,...

Donor funding needed for G5 Sahel force

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to donors to provide more predictable support to the G5 Sahel force fighting to contain West African...

Al Qaeda affiliate threatens Western companies in Africa

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An al Qaeda affiliate threatened attacks on Western companies' operations across North and West Africa, calling them "legitimate targets" and urging Muslims...

US Army trainers to help build jihad defence in West Africa

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Kicking up clouds of Saharan dust, US military trainers impersonated militants, waved flags saying "death to outsiders" and threw smoke grenades toward...

Pledges worth half a billion dollars for Sahel military operation

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International donors raised half a billion dollars for a multi-national military operation in West Africa's Sahel region, the EU's top diplomat said,...

Sahel coalition looking for victories by mid-2018

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A French-backed West African military force to tackle Islamist militants must secure its first victories by the middle of 2018 to prove...

Saudi Arabian pledge to new Sahel military force

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Saudi Arabia pledged $100 million (£74.2 million) to a new regional military force battling jihadist groups in West Africa's Sahel region, force...

US invited to G5 Sahel summit in Paris

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French President Emmanuel Macron fears Islamist militants scored military and symbolic victories in West Africa while a regional military force struggles to...

Short on boots and backing, West Africa force faces uphill battle

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Snipers from a new West African force lie prone on a rooftop in central Mali, scanning for Islamist militants who have infiltrated...

Trump, Macron talk Sahel counter-terrorism

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US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, discussed joint counterterrorism operations in the Sahel region of Africa, the White House...

Call for US to reverse Chad travel ban

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Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, head of a group of five countries in Africa's Sahel region, asked the United States to remove...

France turns to armed drones in fight against Sahel militants

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France will arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against Islamist militants, Defence Minister Florence Parly said. French...

France and Germany tighten defence co-operation in the Sahel

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Germany is supporting France's push to make a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in Africa's Sahel region operational and...

ISS: The G5 Sahel must do more than fight terror

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Continued violence and the upsurge of non-state armed groups in the Sahel – particularly in the Liptako-Gourma border regions – saw the...

Sahel force launched

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African powers launched a new multinational military force in the Sahel, which France's President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be...

French president heading for Sahel

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President Emmanuel Macron heads to Mali on Sunday to throw France's weight behind a new West African military force he hopes will...

U.N. Security Council backs W. Africa force to fight Sahel militants

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The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously backed a West African force to combat militant groups as well as arms, drug...

France softens proposed U.N. backing for Sahel force to appease U.S.

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The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Wednesday on a draft resolution to back a West African force to...

US wary of push for West African anti-terror force

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The United States is wary of a French push for the UN Security Council to authorise a West African force to combat...

France wants UN to support west African anti-terror force

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France proposed that the United Nations Security Council back a West African force to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking by "eradicating...

West Africa seeks 50 million euro for anti-Islamist force

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The countries of West Africa's Sahel region are requesting 50 million euros ($56 million) from the European Union to help set up...

France backs West African co-operation against Islamists

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France backs efforts by West African states to boost security in the Sahel region, including a plan for a 5,000-strong multi-national force...

Instability increasing in North Africa, Sahel as global militancy rises

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Nearly 12 000 destabilising events were recorded in North Africa and the Sahel in 2016, an increase in 16% compared to the...

UN seeks $2,7 billion aid for Boko Haram-hit Sahel

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Poverty, conflict and climate change will leave 15 million people across Africa's Sahel belt in need of life-saving aid next year, the...

France to invest $47 million in Sahel counter-terror training

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France plans to invest 42 million euros ($47 million) to help countries of Africa's Sahel region prepare to face jihadist attacks similar...

West African troops join up in hunt for militants in Sahel...

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The troops joined up at midday on a patch of cracked earth where Mali and Niger meet. Nothing marked the spot, beyond...

West Africa’s Sahel nations to set up anti-Islamist units

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Defence ministers from West Africa's arid Sahel region have agreed to work together to establish special rapid reaction forces to counter the...

French PM pledges more military support for Sahel to fight insurgents

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday pledged greater military assistance to the former French colony of Burkina Faso and other countries...

UN seeks $2billion for Sahel as migration spectre looms

The United Nations sought on Wednesday a record $2 billion for the Sahel in what a senior UN official said is necessary...

France says killed two Islamist chiefs in Sahel region

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French special forces operating in Africa's Sahel region have killed two senior Islamist militant commanders, a defence ministry statement said on Wednesday. The...

France demands more EU backing for fighting militants in Africa

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France complained on Thursday that its European allies were not doing enough to help fight terrorism and instability in Africa and demanded...