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Insurgency: EU pledges €138M to support G5 Sahel Joint Force

The European Union is to give €138 million ($155 million) more to support the G5 Sahel Joint Force, including its police component, a joint E.U.-G5 Sahel statement said, a week after Niger’s president called for sustainable U.N. funding or an an international coalition to fight insurgency in the Sahel. Noting “renewed

‘ISIS has taken a new interest in Nigeria’, laments a soldier after 28 colleagues were reportedly killed

Jude Johnson The Nigerian soldiers are reportedly expressing concerns that ISIS which overseas the activities of Boko Haram splinter group, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP), has shifted its major focus on Nigeria following defeats in Syria and Iraq. This revelation came consequent upon the report that mo fewer than

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