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Jihadists May Gain Upper Hand in W/Africa, Sahel Region If…–France

•France warns W. Africa instability risks reversing gains against jihadists ahead of G5 Sahel summit Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist militants in the Sahel region, a French presidential source said on Monday. Former

Breaking terrorism supply chains in West Africa

•The region’s coastal states need to disrupt the funding and logistics networks used by violent extremists. By Sampson Kwarkye Last month Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire jointly conducted Operation Comoé along their borders. They captured 38 suspected terrorists, killed eight, and dismantled training camps. The operation reflects growing concern in these and other West

As Mosques Reopen in West Africa, COVID-19 Fears Grow

By Krista Larson It’s been a Ramadan unlike any other for Abdourahmane Sall, far from the mosque during the Muslim holy month as coronavirus cases mount. With only a little over a week left, he decided joining thousands of others in tradition was worth the risk after authorities allowed prayers to

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

Earlier Ebola Outbreaks, and How the World Overcame Them

Editor's note: Hemorrhagic fever inspires almost mythic terror, but whether it can be beaten depends more on people than on medical advances. Donald G. McNeil Jr. The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is only the second-largest in history, but undoubtedly the most frustrating. Scientists are fairly certain they have the medical

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