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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...

ISS: Time to rethink the prevention of violent extremism in Africa

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The past year has seen an uptick in terrorism and efforts to counter it in Africa. On the last day of 2019, al-Shabaab claimed...

ISS: Warning signs from Tunisia’s localised terrorist insurgency

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Tunisia has made significant progress against terrorism over the past four years. Security has been tightened throughout the country’s urban and tourist areas. Along...

“Enemy achieved a degree of success in its attack” – Africom...

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In the early hours of 5 January, al-Shabaab attacked a Kenyan Defence Force Military Base (Camp Simba) in Manda Bay, Kenya, killing US Army...

ISS: Somalia, terrorism and Kenya’s security dilemma

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Barely two weeks into 2020, al-Shabaab has attacked Kenya five times, leaving scores of Kenyans and foreigners dead. For the first time, one of...

ISS: Is organised crime fuelling terror groups in Liptako-Gourma?

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Illicit activities such as weapon, drug, motorcycle and fuel trafficking, cattle rustling, artisanal gold mining and poaching are at the heart of terror groups’...

Global violent deaths on the rise

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The year 2017 saw the second highest annual rate of global violent deaths in the period 2004–17, according to new data from the Small...

ISS: How has Mauritania managed to stave off terror attacks?

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No terrorist attacks have been recorded on Mauritanian soil since 20 December 2011. On that day, a gendarme, Ely Ould Mokhtar, was kidnapped in...

ISS: Togo ups its ante against terror threats

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Until early 2018, violent extremism in West Africa had been largely confined to the Sahel region. Since then fears of a spillover into neighbouring...

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SONA doesn’t do defence

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was much in evidence ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). This high visibility did...