ESCALATING JIHADIST VIOLENCE IN AFRICA’S SAHEL REGION

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By Alex Pollock France launched a coalition of West African and European allies on Friday [12 June] to fight jihadi militants in the Sahel region, hoping more political cooperation and special forces would boost a military effort that has so far failed to stifle violence.  (Reuters) The Sahel Since 2011, there has been an uptick…

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MOZAMBIQUE JIHADISTS CAPTURE STRATEGIC PORT

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By Donnelly McCleland  Islamist insurgents captured the strategic northern Mozambique port town of Mocimboa da Praia on Monday [23 March], their biggest prize in a 30-month-long insurgency, according to security sources and the official news agency. The insurgents attacked by land and sea before dawn and overran the town and its military base, according to…

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BURKINA FASO’S DISPLACEMENT CRISIS WORSENS IN FACE OF VIOLENT ATTACKS

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By Alex Pollock At least 24 people were killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a church in northern Burkina Faso in the latest assault against places of worship in the West African nation. The attack took place on Sunday [16 February] during a weekly service at a Protestant church in the village of Pansi in Yagha,…

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