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EU backed security initiative for four West African countries

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A new security and defence initiative, backed by the Council of the European Union (EU), is in place to tackle what is termed “the...

French frigate seizes 2.4 tonnes of cocaine off West African coast

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The French Navy frigate Ventose has seized 2.4 tons of cocaine on a fishing boat off the coast of West Africa. The operation took place...

Op Jackal takes on organised West African financial crime

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An Interpol crackdown on West African organised crime saw bank accounts frozen, suspects arrested, and financial investigations triggered worldwide. Operation Jackal mobilised police forces, financial...

West African countries show how decades of working together build peace,...

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Africa is often portrayed as a continent ravaged by war, terrorism, poverty and political instability. But over the past five decades few violent conflicts...

ISS: Ansaru’s comeback in Nigeria deepens the terror threat

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The resurgence of Boko Haram’s breakaway faction, with its al-Qaeda backing, threatens national and regional security. For much of the past decade, Ansaru has largely...

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...

Drug cartels target West Africa as vital route to move cocaine

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Cabo Verdean police intercepted a boat in early April suspected to be involved with international drug trafficking. The Brazilian boat contained more than 5...

Canadian naval vessels in West Africa

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The Canadian naval vessels HMCS Moncton and Goose Bay are in West Africa, where they are working alongside African nations on Operation Project West...

US general says China is seeking a naval base in West...

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The Chinese are activity seeking a naval base in Africa on the Atlantic coast, which would threaten US national security, United States Army General...

ECOWAS urges cooperation to end illegal fishing

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West African officials are saying that the scourge of illegal fishing can only be addressed with a regionally united front. They are calling for...

Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

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Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts...

Number of children recruited into conflict grows in West and Central...

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West and Central Africa has recorded the highest number of children recruited into conflict of any region in the world, and the number is...

ISS: Illegal fishing: another target in West Africa’s maritime battleground

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In a region already facing rampant piracy, the pillaging of fish stocks by industrial operators must be stopped. The United Nations Climate Change Conference’s (COP26)...

French ministers to raise concerns with Russia on West Africa activities

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France's foreign and armed forces ministers will stress their governments concern over the Kremlin's activities in West Africa when they meet their Russian counterparts...

West African bloc imposes sanctions on Mali leaders over stalled vote

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West Africa’s main political and economic bloc imposed sanctions on Sunday against Mali’s transitional leaders after they informed the organisation they would not be...

North and West Africa susceptible to organ traffickers

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Organ trafficking is not new to international law enforcement with Interpol this month indicating the obscene practice of trafficking in human beings for organ...

“Invisible shipwrecks” another contributor to migrant deaths

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A sharp increase in deaths and disappearances of migrants heading to Spain’s Canary Islands off the West African coast is a cause for “extreme...

‘Serious decisions’: West African leaders to hold summit on Guinea coup

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West African leaders will meet on Thursday to decide how to respond to the coup in Guinea and how to pressure the junta leaders...

Regional envoys meet Guinea junta, ousted president after coup

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A delegation from West Africa's main political and economic bloc on Friday met Guinea's ousted president Alpha Conde and members of the junta that...

West African regional bloc suspends Guinea after coup

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West Africa's main political and economic bloc suspended Guinea's membership on Wednesday following a weekend military coup that ousted President Alpha Conde and dealt...

Guinea military consolidates takeover, opposition leader signals openness to transition

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Guinea's main opposition leader said on Tuesday he was open to participating in a transition following a military coup over the weekend, as the...

France ends West African Barkhane military operation

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President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France's operation battling Islamist militants in the Sahel region of West Africa would come to an end with...

With military victory elusive, West African nations quietly back talks with...

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Two years after local emir Djibril Diallo fled his home in northern Burkina Faso following death threats from Islamist militants, he received an unexpected...

West African bloc suspends Mali over coup, but no new sanctions

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West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Sunday suspended Mali's membership in response to last week's coup and said authorities must stick to a timetable...

French journalist kidnapped in northern Mali appears in video

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A journalist who disappeared last month in Mali’s northern city of Gao appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing to authorities to do everything...

First-ever West Africa Joint Operations exercise a good step towards prosecuting...

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The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security held the first-ever West Africa Joint Operations regional exercise on 29 March 2021. The exercise was aimed at connecting...

ISS: ‘Electoral reforms’ are stifling democracy in West Africa

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Ruling parties are using financial and political barriers to prevent their opponents from running for office. In the past two years, several West African countries...

Niger mourns 137 victims after deadliest attack in recent memory

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Flags flew at half-staff and Koranic verses played on state media on Tuesday as Niger began observing three days of national mourning for the...

Piracy off West Africa at “breaking point”

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The seas off West Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, are synonymous with piracy and other maritime crime. Respected maritime risk and security analysts...

ISS: Slow progress for West Africa’s latest counter-terrorism plan

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With several task forces and initiatives already operating, securing commitment for one plan was never going to be easy. More than a year after adopting...

Pirates target two tankers in Gulf of Guinea

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Two vessels have been attacked by pirates; one in the Gulf of Guinea and the other just outside of it, possibly by the same...

Violence in West Africa’s Sahel displaces record 2 million people, UN...

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The number of people fleeing violence in West Africa’s Sahel region has quadrupled in the past two years, with 2 million now displaced in...

In visit to Central African Republic, French general says situation not...

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A top French general in West Africa has dismissed calls for his country to engage more in Central African Republic (CAR) after rebels earlier...

Four UN peacekeepers killed, five wounded in Mali attack

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Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in central Mali on Wednesday after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under...

Gambia seizes three tonnes of cocaine in one of West Africa’s...

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Gambian authorities seized nearly three tonnes of cocaine from a shipment of industrial salt originating in Ecuador, a spokesman said on Friday, in one...

‘Invisible shipwrecks’ belie falling migrant deaths: UN

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The number of deaths recorded on migratory routes fell this year, although COVID-19 difficulties and so-called “invisible shipwrecks” mean the real number is probably...

American citizen kidnapped in southern Niger, sources say

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An American citizen was kidnapped near the town of Birnin Konni in southern Niger in the early hours of Tuesday, three security sources and...

West African leaders lift sanctions on Mali

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Leaders of the West African regional bloc have lifted sanctions imposed on Mali following the 18 August military coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar...

Inequality seen as a root cause of West Africa’s Sahel crisis

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Unequal access to wealth is one of the main causes of worsening violence in West Africa’s Sahel, which has forced millions to flee their...

Nigeria says Mali transition government yet to satisfy regional demands

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West African states are not ready to lift sanctions on Mali because the leaders of an 18 August coup have not yet satisfied all...

West African bloc may lift Mali sanctions soon, says envoy

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West African leaders may lift painful economic sanctions against Mali once an interim president is inaugurated on Friday in the wake of the 18...

Mali coup, third-term bids fan fears of West African democracy backslide

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Until this year, West Africa looked to have shed its “coup-belt” moniker, winning plaudits as a model of democratic progress on the continent. But...

West Africa leaders say Mali junta should name a president by...

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West African regional heads of state have told the military junta in Mali to name a transitional president and a prime minister by 15...

Mali talks end with no decision on transitional government

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Talks between West African mediators and Mali’s military coup leaders ended on Monday after three days of discussions without any decision on the make-up...

Some agreement, but issues remain as West African mediators meet Mali...

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Mediators from West Africa’s regional bloc reached agreement on certain points in talks with Mali’s military junta that are aimed at returning the country...

West Africa proposes plan to resolve Mali crisis; opposition unimpressed

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West Africa’s regional body on Monday proposed a four-point plan to resolve Mali’s political crisis that it says should be implemented within ten days,...

French soldier killed in Mali combat operations – Elysee

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A French soldier was killed in Mali on Thursday morning after combat operations against militants, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said. “This soldier ... was killed...

West African leaders to hold extraordinary summit on Mali crisis

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West African leaders will hold a virtual extraordinary summit on Monday to propose measures to end the deepening political crisis in Mali after five...

West African presidents to head to Mali to help solve crisis

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A delegation of at least three West African leaders will head to Mali this week to try to end a political crisis that has...

Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS proposals on ending political crisis

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An influential opposition group in Mali rejected a proposal by regional mediators on Sunday aimed at ending a political crisis in which at least...

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