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Keeping terrorism at bay in Mauritania

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Mauritania’s security reforms, including training, enhanced mobility, Special Forces, prudent procurement, and community engagement have strengthened its capability to confront violent extremist groups. Violent extremism...

ISS: Breaking terrorism supply chains in West Africa

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Last month Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire jointly conducted Operation Comoé along their borders. They captured 38 suspected terrorists, killed eight, and dismantled training camps. The...

ISS: Can SADC come to Mozambique’s rescue?

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Mozambique is under attack from violent extremists, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) doesn’t seem to have a clear plan on how to...

Suspected Islamist militia kills at least 17 in northeastern Congo

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Suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 17 people in an early morning raid on a village in northeastern Congo on 25 May, a local...

ISS: Kenya’s counter-terrorism trade-off

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Kenya’s security services have a long history of questionable conduct, and despite a period of apparent reform, it seems old habits die hard. As...

ISS: Is counter-terrorism history repeating itself in Lake Chad Basin?

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On 23 March, Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad (JAS) attacked an army position in Boma, a Chadian peninsula on the Lake Chad Basin. Ninety-eight Chadian...

Covid-19 could fuel spread of terrorism in Africa

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As the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic affects the majority of countries in Africa, militant terrorist groups on the continent have continued to launch major attacks,...

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...

ISS: Where do Sahel terrorists get their heavy weapons?

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Terror attacks on military outposts in the Liptako-Gourma area where Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger meet are increasingly ambitious and complex. Their frequency and...

ISS: Has counter-terrorism become a profitable business in Nigeria?

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Despite massive expenditure by the Nigerian government over the past decade, counter-terrorism operations by security forces have achieved limited success and the country is...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...