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Islamic State attacks military base in Borno, kills commander

Godsgift Onyedinefu Islamic State claimed fighters from its West Africa Province affiliate reportedlly attacked a military base in the northern Borno state town of Kareto, killing the battalion’s commanding officer. ISIS in a Thursday, June 13 statement said ISWAP fighters attacked the base in Kareto with light medium and heavy weapons. It claimed “at

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

Islamic State puts the Sahel in West Africa – for now

Robert Postings Starting in May, Islamic State began to attribute insurgent activities in the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area to its West Africa Province affiliate. This region is far to the west of ISWAP’s normal operational area around Lake Chad, but rather than a westward expansion by that Nigerian-led group, these claims

ISWAP: Army relocates 9,000 Sabon Gari residents to Damboa–IOM

Godsgift Onyedinefu  Nigerian Army has relocated more than 9,000 people from Sabon Gari to Damboa in Borno state, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. There have been a number of insurgent attacks in the Sabon Gari area in recent weeks, and a military convoy transporting civilians to Damboa was

What doesn’t break Boko Haram in Niger makes it stronger

•The terror group’s differences over leadership style, war strategy and ideology seem to have increased its resilience. Fonteh Akum, Illiassou Abdoulaye Alio and Habibou Souley Bako Since the beginning of 2019, there’s been a growing number of attacks in Niger’s Diffa region, largely claimed by Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction

Short of finance and manpower, ISIS adopts new guerilla manual to remain active in Nigeria, globally

•Group’s newspaper instructs on guerrilla tactics •After fall of “caliphate”, IS aims to expand globally  •Islamic State still seen as dangerous   Jude Johnson with Lena Masri and Ali Abdelaty (Reuters)   After losing territory, Islamic State fighters are turning to guerrilla war to expand globally and remain active in strategic locations including Nigeria and West

Islamic State claims attack on military base in Borno

•Reportedly killed 11 soldiers Godsgift Onyedinefu The Islamic State claimed fighters from its West Africa Province (ISWAP) affiliate has reportedly killed 11 soldiers in an attack on a military base in Gajigana in the volatile northeastern Borno state. In a Saturday statement, ISIS said ISWAP fighters on Friday, May 10 attacked the

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

An education in ISIS extremism

In its proto-state, Islamic State focused on education to indoctrinate children through textbooks that glorified violence By Robert Postings    The so-called Caliphate has been territorially defeated, but Islamic State has left behind a dangerous legacy. Thousands of children are stuck in camps in Iraq and Syria, while some children of foreign parents