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The Changing Style of African Coups

By John Campbell Something of a democratic recessional is underway in sub-Sahara, with a weakening of civil society and democratic institutions. This both reflects and facilitates assaults on civilian, secular governments by domestic insurrections—as well as jihadi and criminal elements—against the backdrop of an economic slowdown and COVID-19. As the August

Al Qaeda, ISIS Gradually Taking Over West Africa –US AFRICOM

*Other African countries also threatened *Jihadists exploiting COVID-19 pandemic, local grievances *Building coalition with local terrorist groups Senator Iroegbu and Godsgift Onyedinedu The United States Africa Command (US AFRICOM) has warmed that the Islamic State and Al-Qaida terrorist groups are gradually taking over the West African Region after losing ground and momentum in

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