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Hard counter-terrorism lessons from the Sahel for West Africa’s coastal states

•The expansion of extremism shows the flaws in current strategies and the need to rethink regional responses. Lori-Anne Theroux-Benoni and Nadia Adam   Violent extremist groups are no longer confined to the Sahelian states of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad. Their threat is spilling over into the northern regions of West

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

Church attacks plague Burkina Faso as Jihadists switch tactics

Militants held responsible for third attack in two weeks President says jihadists are trying to stoke religious strife Simon Gongo Gunmen opened fire on a religious procession in a village in northern Burkina Faso, marking the third attack on Christians in less than two weeks in the country that’s struggling to

Jihadists kill priest, worshippers in Burkina Faso church

Jude Johnson A group of Islamists have killed several worshippers in Burkina Faso during a Catholic Church service. It is the second attack by the Jihadists on Christians in the West African nation in two weeks. Gunmen killed at least six Christians in a Catholic Church in the Burkinabe town of

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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