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Islamic State attacks show ambition to control Mali-Niger border

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Islamic State attacks in the Sahel have shifted in recent months toward towns along the Mali-Niger border. Civilians continue to pay with their lives. “Armed men...

In Burkina Faso, violence comes from all directions

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Already caught in the crossfire of multiple violent extremist organizations, civilians in Burkina Faso are saying they need to be protected by their security...

AU summit concerned about “resurgence” of coups on continent

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A weekend African Union (AU) summit in Malabo had at its core stemming “the upsurge of an increasingly worrying situation” as regards issues affecting...

Togo looks like West Africa’s new frontier of violent extremism

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The threat of violent extremism across West Africa has been on the rise in recent times. Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa...

Desertions weaken ISWAP, Boko Haram

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As the bloody rivalry between two large terror groups continues to destroy countless lives in northeast Nigeria, both sides are experiencing another kind of...

ISS: Burkina Faso’s junta under pressure to deliver on security promises

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The junta in power in Ouagadougou justified the 24 January coup by citing the inability of former president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré’s government to...

Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS to meet in Morocco next week

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The Islamic State (ISIS) has made significant inroads into Africa and an 84-member coalition committed to countering ISIS globally is working to deter further...

Enablers of political extremism: a checklist for West African countries

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The Sahel – the region just south of the Sahara – is home to the world’s fastest growing extremist group, Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal...

Mauritanian approach uses dialogue to diminish jihadist extremism

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In a West African region known for the proliferation of violent extremist organizations, Mauritania stands out for its lack of terror attacks in recent...

Military expenditure reduces the negative effect of terrorism on economic growth

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In a number of African countries, terrorism has become a major challenge to socioeconomic development. This has spurred research on the extent to which...

South Africa poorly prepared to deal with terrorism – report

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South Africa’s security institutions are poorly prepared to deal with Islamist extremists and terrorists operating across the border in Mozambique, a new report has...

Africom not satisfied with counter-terrorism progress in Africa

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Terrorists are expanding across Africa in both geographical reach and influence, and US counter-terrorism efforts are not satisfactory, with more work to be done,...

ISS: Children on the battlefield: ISWAP’s latest recruits

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In January, the violent extremist group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a video showing young boys undergoing strenuous combat training. As the...

ISS: West African coastal terror attacks – just the tip of...

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Violent extremism is escalating in West Africa’s coastal states. This is terrifying for citizens but is just the tip of the insurgency iceberg. Under...

ISS: US sanctions four alleged ISIS ringleaders in South Africa

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Was the United States Treasury’s announcement that it was imposing sanctions on four alleged organisers and financiers in South Africa of the Islamic State...

Sub-Saharan Africa emerges as global epicentre of terrorism

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Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for nearly half of total global deaths from terrorism, according to a new report by the Institute for Economics and Peace,...

UK and Nigeria strengthen security and defence partnership

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The UK and Nigeria have held the first UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership dialogue, with the aim tackling terrorism and building regional security. New commitments...

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...

Islamic State sinks roots across Africa

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The Islamic State group, which once held about a third of Syrian territory and even more ground in Iraq, now oversees a network of...

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