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Outlook: Can the country of Togo be a Jihadi hotspot?

Outlook: Can the country of Togo be a Jihadi hotspot?

Dapaong, Togo, May 21, 2020 (By Célia Lebur) - In a makeshift bunker of sacks of rice beneath a tree, heavily-armed Togolese soldiers keep watch over villagers coming and going on foot or bike across the border with Burkina Faso. Just a dried-out river bed separates...

SECURITY & DEFENSE

Niger: Insurgents attack Blabrine base near Diffa town

Niamey, May 19, 2020 - Twelve soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram attack on a military outpost in Niger's Diffa region, scene of recent clashes with jihadist fighters, the defence ministry said Tuesday. The attack by "Boko Haram terrorists" overnight Monday on...

Libya: Haftar’s troops abandon airbase south of Aljmail

Warlord Khalifa Haftar and his patrons of the United Arab Emirates, France, Russia and many others don't seem to be able to take control of the situation in Libya. Billions of dollars already spent and months of a disorganized offensive against Tripoli that brought a...

Mali: War rages near border with Burkina Faso ($)

Bamako, May 15, 2020 - Malian troops have killed some 30 militants in a raid, the army said on Friday, in the latest violence in the war-torn West African state. The country's armed forces said on Twitter that they had killed "about 30 terrorists" near the border with...

Sahel: Niger sinking into chaos

By Boureima Hama - Amid clucking chickens and bleating sheep, the women of Gadbo, a small village in western Niger, gather around Zalika Issa and offer their condolences. Her nephew, shot dead in front of a crowd near the village well, was one of 20 people massacred...

Egypt: More violence in North Sinai ($)

Cairo, May 15, 2020 - Egypt's military said Friday seven suspected militants were killed in a raid carried out as part of its operations against insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula. "The armed forces carried out a targeted operation that resulted in the killing...

Sahel: Bandits on motorbikes sow terror in Niger’s Tillaberi region

Bandits riding motorbikes killed 20 villagers in a string of attacks in Niger's western region of Tillaberi, the governor there told AFP on Sunday.  An unknown number of "armed bandits" attacked three villages on Sunday at around 5:30 pm local time (1630 GMT), said...

Sahel: Three Chadian UN troops killed in restive Kidal, Mali

Three UN troops were killed and four more wounded when their convoy hit a roadside bomb early Sunday, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn West African state. UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called on the perpetrators to be...

INSURGENCIES & TERRORISM

Niger: Insurgents attack Blabrine base near Diffa town

Niamey, May 19, 2020 - Twelve soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram attack on a military outpost in Niger's Diffa region, scene of recent clashes with jihadist fighters, the defence ministry said Tuesday. The attack by "Boko Haram terrorists" overnight Monday on...

Mali: War rages near border with Burkina Faso ($)

Bamako, May 15, 2020 - Malian troops have killed some 30 militants in a raid, the army said on Friday, in the latest violence in the war-torn West African state. The country's armed forces said on Twitter that they had killed "about 30 terrorists" near the border with...

Libya: Warlord Haftar’s favorite target: unprotected civilians ($)

Tripoli, May 15, 2020 - Seventeen attacks have been recorded since January against health facilities in Tripoli and its suburbs, the scene of deadly fighting for over a year, the UN mission in Libya said Friday. There have been "17 attacks/shelling on health...

Sahel: Bandits on motorbikes sow terror in Niger’s Tillaberi region

Bandits riding motorbikes killed 20 villagers in a string of attacks in Niger's western region of Tillaberi, the governor there told AFP on Sunday.  An unknown number of "armed bandits" attacked three villages on Sunday at around 5:30 pm local time (1630 GMT), said...

Sahel: Three Chadian UN troops killed in restive Kidal, Mali

Three UN troops were killed and four more wounded when their convoy hit a roadside bomb early Sunday, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn West African state. UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called on the perpetrators to be...

Sahel: Terror groups in Sahel exploit Covid-19 to step up attacks

United Nations, United States, May 8, 2020  - UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres has warned that jihadist groups in the Sahel area of North Africa are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to step up attacks, according to documents seen by AFP. The United Nations...

Sahel: Boko Haram attacks Diffa in Niger

Niamey, May 5, 2020 - Boko Haram fighters clashed with government forces on Sunday in Diffa, the largest city in southwestern Niger, in what the jihadists said was a successful attack on a military camp. Conflicting versions of the outcome emerged on Tuesday, with the...

Tunisia: Partial easing of lockdown measures revealed

Tunis, April 29, 2020 - Tunisian officials on Wednesday announced a partial easing of lockdown measures in place to curb the spread of novel coronavirus, although schools will largely remain closed until September. Education Minister Mohamed Hamdi, Health Minister...

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