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Islamist terrorists occupy fishing town of Quissanga near Pemba

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The little Mozambique fishing town of Quissanga, about 65km north of the Cabo Delgado provincial capital and port city of Pemba, has been overrun...

Somali President Mohamud aims to eradicate Al-Shabaab within a year

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Somalia has one year to eradicate al-Shabaab from the country and end 17 years of war, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced in late November. The...

Côte d’Ivoire must cut ties between terrorists and illicit markets

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Following a surge in terror attacks in 2020 and 2021, north-eastern Côte d’Ivoire has since seen a period of relative calm. Violent extremists haven’t...

Terrorists target the Sahel’s gold mines as a source of financing

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Artisanal gold mines in the Sahel have become the targets of terrorist groups operating in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. The groups smuggle gold...

Kidnappings in the Sahel – a favoured weapon of war

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Over 180 kidnappings were recorded in the war-torn countries of Mali and Burkina Faso in the first half of 2023 – an average of...

Ghana urges US not to waver in war against terrorism in...

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“One of the greatest threats to our democracy has to be the proliferation and sophistication of terrorist networks in Africa,” President of Ghana, Nana...

Burkina Faso Crisis Continues to Spiral

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Following two military coups d’état in 2022, militant Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have moved to encircle Ouagadougou leaving a trail of unprecedented violence...

The Sahel is the world’s terrorism epicentre

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The Sahel has emerged as the epicentre of global terrorism, with the region accounting for more than 40% of global terrorism-related deaths in 2022,...

Global Terrorism Index finds attacks down, but becoming more lethal

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The Institute for Economics & Peace's (IEP) latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) has found that last year, terrorism resulted in 6 701 deaths -...

ISS: Benin must target the illicit activities that enable violent extremism

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Terror attacks in northern Benin have been on the rise since 2019. These incidents, attributed to the Group for the Support of Islam and...

Niger’s coup weakens regional fight against Boko Haram: four reasons why

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Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum was detained and deposed on 26 July by his military guard under the command of General Abdourahamane Tchiani. The unconstitutional change...

ISS: Turning away from terrorism – lessons from the Lake Chad...

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Terror groups in the Sahel are becoming more resilient, making it hard for governments and their partners to degrade them. As the region explores...

Record increase in extremist attacks shows Malian junta’s ineffective strategy

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Mali’s ruling junta has repeatedly pledged to restore peace to the country after using the terror threat as justification for coups in 2020 and...

ISS: Has Côte d’Ivoire found the solution to violent extremism?

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No significant terror attacks have been reported in northern Côte d’Ivoire over the past two years, suggesting that its approach to addressing the problem...

Winning talk doesn’t mean Mozambique’s insurgency is over

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The presidents of Mozambique and Rwanda have been making victory speeches about the Cabo Delgado insurgency being almost over. They are creating the impression...

UN official: Africa is ‘key battleground for terrorism’

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Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack that killed six civilians and three Soldiers at the Pearl Beach Hotel restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, in early...

Egypt donates vehicles, howitzers and other hardware to Niger

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Egypt has donated a large amount of military hardware to Niger’s military to help it combat jihadist terror groups operating in the region. The consignment...

ISS: Kenya’s rise in al-Shabaab attacks calls for localised solutions

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In the past three weeks, over 30 security force officers have been killed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in more than 10 attacks across...

Mozambican terror group is strikingly similar to Nigeria’s deadly Boko Haram

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Terrorism is a global problem affecting many countries. Until 2017, however, southern Africa was largely spared from this phenomenon. The bloody conflict sparked by...

ISS: Boko Haram brings IEDs back to Cameroon

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Boko Haram’s return to using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is a major worry for Cameroon’s Far North Region. Until recently, the region hadn’t recorded...

Benin acquires H125M helicopters

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Benin’s Air Force has acquired two H125M helicopters from Airbus and is using them to help combat terrorism in the norther region of the...

ISS: Civilian-state security cooperation in Benin and Togo – a double-edged...

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Attacks by violent extremists in Benin and Togo are rising. Since the first incidents in 2019 in Benin and 2021 in Togo, insurgents’ tactics...

MNJTF sees Boko Haram’s defeat on the horizon

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With the handover of command of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), leaders hope to continue the momentum against the extremist group Boko Haram....

Angola and US co-host 2023 intelligence conference, address terror threats

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The recently concluded four-day 2023 Directors of Military Intelligence Conference (DMIC) in Angola brought together military intelligence leaders from around Africa to discuss the...

Cameroon sends troops to CAR and Nigeria borders to stop attacks

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Cameroon is deploying troops to its borders in response to a resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the country’s Far North region. In April, the...

Africa Land Forces Summit (ALFS) seeks solutions to African terrorism problems

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To address drivers of instability in Africa, prevailing regional threats, and solutions to Silafi-jihadists on the continent of Africa, Africa’s defence force chiefs met...

Almost 10 000 African police officers trained by the US in...

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Thousands of African police officers have received help from counterterrorism training provided by the United States Bureau of Counterterrorism and the US Diplomatic Security...

ISS: Time to re-assess terrorism prevention in Africa?

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This year’s Global Terrorism Index reveals that 60% of deaths attributed to violent extremist groups in 2022 occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Intercommunal violence and...

Battlefield losses may result In Al-Shabaab cross-border attacks

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In 2022, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud ordered a major offensive against the al-Shabaab terror group. With the help of African Union forces, those...

ISS: Insecurity grows in Cameroon as reintegration efforts stall

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Former Boko Haram fighters and members who return to communities in Cameroon pose a significant security threat to civilians. The lack of effective reintegration...

ISS: ISWAP’s use of tech could prolong Lake Chad Basin violence

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Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) could be close to using delivery drones for attacks in the Lake Chad Basin. Weaponising and adapting unmanned...

Why some terror campaigns escalate to civil war and others don’t

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Most terrorist campaigns – where a group targets civilians to achieve political objectives – are short-lived. But some aren’t. In some cases, terror campaigns...

ISS: Is Niger’s counter-terrorism approach an exception in the Sahel?

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On 10 February, Niger suffered one of its deadliest attacks when gunmen with suspected links to violent extremist groups ambushed a military convoy in...

Terror groups prey on vulnerable, cost continent billions

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Moustapha was running out of hope. The Nigerien man had a family to feed but little means to do so. Like scores of people around...

Terrorism in Africa a concern for UN boss

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No region in the world is immune to terrorism according to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who told the UN Security Council (SC)...

Coastal countries try to learn lessons from extremism’s spread in the...

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As Gulf of Guinea countries confront growing extremism on the northern borders, experts are urging them to find ways to engage with local populations...

Islamist terrorism is rising in the Sahel, but not in Chad...

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Since the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria and the emergence of Islamist-Salafist groups in northern Mali in 2013, the Sahel has increasingly been...

Economic pressures drive extremism – report

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A lack of job opportunities is the leading factor driving people to join fast-growing violent extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new...

Benin becoming new frontline of expanding terrorism

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Until November 2021, Benin had been spared from the kind of extremist violence that has ravaged its neighbor to the north, Burkina Faso. Since then,...

In Africa, the US is “Recalibrating” to counter drivers of instability

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"The US has recalibrated its approach. We will not only seek to empower the African continent in the field of security, development, and governance,...

ISS: Africa’s approach to countering terrorism still misses the mark

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At the end of October 2022, the Somali capital Mogadishu suffered another suicide bomb attack, which killed 121 people and injured more than 300....

ISS: Risks of Burkina Faso’s new military approach to terrorism

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Fifty thousand Burkinabe civilians have joined the Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP) to fight the violent extremists currently occupying nearly half...

Sandton terror alert: time for South Africa to improve its intelligence...

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The announcement in October 2022 by the US embassy in South Africa of a possible terror attack caused a lot of confusion, concern and,...

Jihadists and bandits are cooperating – why this is bad news...

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The Nigerian state has come under severe security stress in recent times. It has faced multiple national security threats: jihadist groups in the north-east;...

Violent extremism could beckon in north-western Nigeria if local dynamics are...

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In January 2022, in a bid to stem a tide of violent attacks and kidnappings in north-western Nigeria, the government labelled the armed groups...

Al-Shabaab: sensational media reports about Kenyan terror attacks keep kids out...

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Sensational reporting on terror attacks in Kenya is keeping children out of school, with dire consequences for their education and their futures. That is the...

The forgotten cape

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Geography. History. Politics. Mistakes. They All Play a Part in the Rise of Violent Extremism in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province As young men prowled the...

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...

ISS: Options for reviving security cooperation in the Sahel

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The Sahel is experiencing increasing political and security upheavals. A series of unconstitutional changes in government have occurred in Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso,...

South Africa provides fertile ground for funders of terrorism – here’s...

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The US embassy in South Africa has twice raised the alarm recently about terrorism in the country. On 26 October it issued a security...

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