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West Africa must confront its foreign terrorist fighters

By Adja Khadidiatou Faye One year ago, 13 Senegalese nationals were convicted for acts of terrorism by criminal association. Twelve of them had joined Boko Haram in Nigeria. The 13th joined Katiba al-Furqane, a branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali. Why do nationals from West African countries leave to join

Jihadists: ‘It’s no longer just the Sahel, it’s coastal West Africa’

•The civilian fallout from the Sahel’s spreading militancy Editor's Note: This article is part of the The New Humanitarian special report and in-depth coverage of the-sahel-in-flames. A surge in violence across West Africa’s Sahel has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left thousands dead since January, as Islamist militants with links to

In-Depth: The Sahel in flames

Editor's Note: For 10 months The New Humanitarian has been on the ground reporting as a surge in violence rips through West Africa. Here’s what they found. In March, after months of bitter fighting in the Syrian town of Baghouz, the so-called Islamic State group relinquished its last shred of territory

The rise, fall and possible re-emergence of ISIS

John UbaldiC Editor's note: The opinions and comments stated in the following article, and views expressed by any contributor to In Homeland Security, do not represent the views of American Military University, American Public University System, its management or employees. The world became aware of ISIS in 2014, but the group’s origins

US praises Sudan, sends envoy to Khartoum

In Summary Makila James, the US deputy assistant secretary of state who is in charge of eastern Africa, will head to Khartoum this weekend.United States wants the military council and other armed units to "show restraint, avoid conflict and remain committed to the protection of the Sudanese people."Military rulers say they

After social media bans, militant groups found ways to remain

Sheera Frankel and Ben Hubbard In July 2013, a broadcaster affiliated with the Islamist group Hezbollah posted a threatening video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It featured gun-toting militants practicing an ambush to kidnap Israeli soldiers. The message: This is how we kill you. In December, the broadcaster posted another video that showed how Hezbollah’s

Jihadists violence triggers ‘unprecedented’ crisis in Burkina Faso

'The country has never had to deal with such massive displacement’ Philip Kleinfeld Attacks by Islamist militants, military operations, and waves of inter-communal violence have left hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced since January in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, triggering an “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis that has caught many

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