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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

Experts warn Mali border violence could spiral out of control

Salem Solomon A volatile mix of intercommunal conflict and violent extremism near Mali’s border with Niger and Burkina Faso has become a looming crisis, experts are warning.  Yearslong regional violence has spiked in recent months, making headlines and raising concerns that overstretched security forces could lose control of an already tenuous situation.   FILE -

95 killed in Central Mali Massacre

A government official says at least 95 people are dead following the latest massacre in central Mali blamed on tensions between ethnic militias. Interior Security ministry spokesman Amadou Sangho says the attack took place overnight in an ethnic Dogon village. Another 19 people were missing. There was no immediate claim of responsibility

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

Germany extends Military Missions in Africa

Fergus Kelly  Germany’s lower house of parliament extended three military missions in Africa until 2020, but lawmakers criticized deployments of special forces in Niger and Cameroon. The Bundestag on Thursday, May 9 voted overwhelmingly to extend two military missions in Mali and one in Somalia until May 31, 2020, Deutsche Welle reported, approving

Mali: Ivory Coast to send 650 more troops to UN mission

Jude Johnson With Nigeria embroiled with internal security challenges--Buratai, Ivory Coast has stepped in to assist in quelling the crisis in the West African neighbouring country of Mali. To this end, Ivory Coast will more than quadruple its troop presence in the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Mali to 800.

Mali appoints new Prime Minister after government resigns

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appointed former Finance Minister Boubou Cisse, as the new prime minister, days after the government resigned amid a spike in violence in the restive West African country. Cisse, 41, has been tasked with forming a "broad government" to stem the bloodshed in the country, the presidential office