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Al-Qaeda group claims series of attacks across Sahel

Over the past few days, Al-Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), which operates within West Africa and the Sahel, has claimed several deadly attacks in both Mali and Burkina Faso. Within a span of week, the jihadist group claimed seven attacks on Malian and Burkinabe military targets, as

Human suffering underlines the urgency to do more in 2019

In 2019 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) is likely to see crises in places such as South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Sahel remain on its agenda. Other burning issues such as Cameroon could spiral out of control if not handled by the continental body. The

Top 10 humanitarian crises and trends to watch in 2019–Report

Editor's note: These 10 crises and trends will help shape IRIN's coverage in 2019. Here’s why they have our attention and should demand yours. 1. Climate displacement: Tomorrow’s emergencies today Stephen Dupont/DFAT From rising sea levels to withering drought and unpredictable weather: projections for what the world can expect if climate change remains unchecked are

Editors’ picks: Why you need to read these 2018 stories–Report

•Why they matter in 2019 Editor's note: These top 10 most popular stories are those you clicked on most in 2018, but the IRIN team also had their own favourites. Over the past 12 months, IRIN reporters spanned out across the globe to examine under-reported crises,long-running conflicts, extremism, sudden disasters, slow-burning emergencies, and the humanitarian consequences of migration. Here are

Instability in Africa’s Sahel spreading outwards, UN warns

Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa’s Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday. Briefing the Security Council, Ibrahim Thiaw, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the

How US military is expanding counterterrorism war across Africa

As the Pentagon was reviewing new plans for special operations missions in Africa, reducing overall troop numbers on the continent, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis designated three new named contingency operations. The most recent quarterly report from the Department of Defense Inspector General notes the creation of Operation Yukon Journey, a counterinsurgency operation, and counterterrorism operations in

Terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Sahel region on the rise–Report

Boko haram violence records 3,048 fatalities Al Shabaab most active militant Islamist group in Africa   Godsgift Onyedinefu A report by the the Africa Center for Strategic Studies indicates that violent events involving militant Islamist groups in Nigeria and Africa over the past year ending September 30 has expanded and still on the

Meeting to make G5 Sahel Force operational opens in Mali

A ministerial meeting of G5 Sahel member countries (Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad), on Monday opened in Bamako on ways and means to make the G5 Sahel Joint Force operational.APA can report from the Malian capital that the meeting brings together the ministers of foreign affairs and defence