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Burkina army chief sacked as jihadist attacks continue

Burkina Faso's army chief was sacked on Thursday as the armed forces struggle to put a stop to jihadist attacks in the west African nation. Major General Oumarou Sadou was replaced by General Moise Minoungou, according to a presidential decree read on public television. For three years Burkina Faso has faced increasingly

UN Reports ‘Alarming’ Trends in Drug Trafficking in Africa

The U.N. drugs and crime chief said Wednesday that his office is registering “new, alarming trends” in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability of country’s to govern as well as security, economic growth and public health. Yuri Fedotov told the Security Council that criminal networks

Jihadism entrenches itself in Burkina Faso with bullets and bribes

Patrick Fort Once-bustling markets are hushed, popular bars are shut and tourists no longer venture to local sights in areas threatened by the encroachment of armed Islamist insurgents in eastern and northern Burkina Faso. "Before, in the time of highway robbers, we managed better, but with the jihadists it's really serious," said

Counter-Terrorism: EU, France announces $1.5bn aid for African Sahel

The European Union (EU), and France have announced 1.3bn euros ($1.5bn) of development funding aimed at combatting armed groups in African Sahel countries, which are struggling with armed groups and lawlessness. The EU has pledged 800m euros to the effort, Neven Mimica, the bloc's international cooperation and development commissioner, told a conference in

Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana launch joint security operation

Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have launched a joint security operation called Koudanlgou II in the southern and western areas of Burkina Faso. The Burkinabe government announced at the end of a Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, that the joint effort began since November 15. It said more than 850

Stopping the spread of terror onto West Africa’s coast

Preventing the spillover of violent extremism from the Sahel is better than having to counter it later. By michaël Matongbada    A rising number of attacks by gunmen this year have shaken the eastern part of Burkina Faso, increasing insecurity in the area. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the attackers are believed

Mauritanian general to take over Sahel anti-terror force

Mauritania's deputy chief of staff General Hanena Ould Sidi will take charge of the five-nation "G5 Sahel" force following a series of deadly jihadist rebel attacks, official sources said. The decision to remove Malian commander General Didier Dacko from the post was reached July 2 at a G5 meeting of Mauritania,

Terrorists attack Burkina Faso army HQ, French embassy

An explosion rocked Burkina Faso’s army headquarters in the capital Ouagadougou on Friday and black smoke could be seen billowing above. Simultaneously, the French embassy also announced a similar attack, attributing it to terrorism. A witness at the scene told Reuters that masked gunmen with backpacks attacked the army headquarters after

Court hearing for 107 ‘Burkina Faso coup plotters’

Ouagadougou - A military court in Ouagadougou on Wednesday began an indictment hearing for 107 people, including two generals, who face charges over the failed 2015 coup in Burkina Faso. Lead figures are generals Djibrill Bassole and Gilbert Diendere - key allies to former president Blaise Compaore, whose bid to return

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