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Lessons from Algeria on foreign terrorist fighters

States must take responsibility for removing their nationals from conflicts raging in the Sahel. By Matthew Herbert Over the past two and a half years, Algeria has convinced many of its citizens fighting in the Sahel to surrender. While this alone won’t end the region’s conflicts, for peacebuilding to succeed the presence

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

Terrorist-herder attacks more sophisticated, deadlier and main threat to W/Africa—‘Ibn Chambas’

•Research lists nine hypotheses on  root causes of farmers-herders conflict  •Sahel encroaching southward Nigeria by approximately 1,400 square miles a year.. ••Swallowing whole villages and reducing the land available for grazing Senator Iroegbu  The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Amb. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has been quoted

ISIS defeated — but in West Africa, extremism gets worse

Siobhan O'Grady and Danielle Paquette Days after President Trump declared the Islamic State’s caliphate had been eliminated in Syria, the prime minister ofone of West Africa’s most turbulent nations urged the United States to shift attention to a rising extremist threat in the Sahel. Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga visited Washington

Special Report: Countering militancy in the Sahel

An overview of our recent reporting on the causes and humanitarian consequences of violent extremism in West Africa. Obi Anyadike Violent jihadism continues to gain ground in West Africa, ramping up humanitarian needs in a region where 18.5 million people already require aid. IRIN spent a year reporting from the Sahel to better understand what