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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

Buhari departs for AU Summit in Niger Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Saturday for Niamey, Niger Republic to attend the African Union, AU, Summit, scheduled to hold on July 7. A statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, said the president would participate in the 12th

18 Nigerien soldiers killed in attack on military base

Armed men on Monday launched a car bomb attack on a Nigerien army base in western Niger near the border with Mali, the defense ministry said on Tuesday. Gunmen stormed the Nigerien military outpost near the town of Inates, about 260 km (160 miles) north of Niamey, and killed at least 16

France-led Operation kills 18 Islamic State fighters in Niger

Eighteen Islamic State fighters were killed in a joint operation involving French and Niger troops near the border with Mali, Niger’s defense minister said in a Thursday statement. That comes days after France and Mali said 20 “terrorists” were killed on the Mali side of the border during the same operation,

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

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

Five soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush

Five Nigerian soldiers have been killed and a number are missing after an ambush by Boko Haram’s Islamic State-backed faction, security sources said Sunday. Fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province on Friday opened fire on a column of civilian vehicles under military escort in the northeastern Borno State, according to

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

Army arrests bandits’ logistics supplier, weapon manufacturer

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Nigerian Army says its troops on Exercise HARBIN KUNAMA 111, have arrested one Marwana Abubakar, a notorious logistics supplier for bandits crouching between Jibia - Batsari axis at Kwashabawa village in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa who