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French defence minister going to Washington

The French defence minister will travel to Washington soon to discuss US military support to French forces in the Sahel, amid concern of a...

France, West Africa unit to fight Islamist militants

France and five West African states agreed to combine military forces under one command structure to fight a growing Islamist militancy in the Sahel,...

Putting an end to the illicit weapons trade in West Africa

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A regional law enforcement operation against firearms trafficking in West Africa led to arrests and seizures in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Codenamed “KAFO”...

ISS: West Africa must confront its foreign terrorist fighters

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Better information, border control and cooperation is needed to deal with foreign combatants in the region. One year ago, 13 Senegalese nationals were convicted for...

Seas off West Africa world’s worst for pirate attacks

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The seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report shows. Of 75 seafarers taken hostage...

Merkel bolsters support for West African states

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Burkina Faso and another four West African countries millions of euros in new German aid to fight terrorism in the...

Pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea increase

Piracy on the world's seas increased last year with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber...

Persisting security challenges in West Africa and the Sahel

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An increase in attacks by extremist groups using sophisticated tactics risks undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region's UN envoy told...

West Africa Ebola outbreak cost billions

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An Ebola outbreak that ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in 2014 cost economies an estimated $53 billion, according to a study...

Signs of democratic progress amid violence in West Africa and the...

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Positive developments in the democratisation process across West Africa and the Sahel compete with a volatile security situation particularly in areas where...

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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...