2021 – LOOKING AHEAD

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By Andrew Richards The ongoing impact of COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the fastest, and most far-reaching response to a global health emergency in human history. 2021 will see the outworking of this collective scientific effort, as nations embark on the mammoth task of vaccinating millions of people. Despite the calamitous impact of COVID-19…

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SUICIDE BOMBER AND GUNMEN ATTACK VILLAGE IN CAMEROON

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On 8 January, an attack attributed to the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, killed at least 12 people in the northern Cameroonian village of Mozogo. Boko Haram fighters reportedly raided the village, firing sporadically, forcing many residents to flee into a park where a suicide bomber in their midst detonated an explosive device. Sources could not…

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MOZAMBIQUE AND TANZANIA AGREE TO JOINTLY FIGHT EXTREMIST GROUP

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Mozambican state media reported an agreement with neighbouring Tanzania to fight the growing Islamic extremism affecting both countries. Police chiefs from both countries met in the Tanzanian city of Mtwara to discuss a strategy on how to address increased violence that has claimed hundreds of lives in both nations. The two sides signed a memorandum…

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AL-SHABAAB INCREASES ATTACKS IN SOMALIA IN LEAD-UP TO 2021 ELECTIONS

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The Islamist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab claimed an attack that killed at least eight people on Friday 27 November in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The group bombed a popular ice-cream shop that is frequented by tourists and government officials, claiming the attack was “successful and well-executed.” That bombing was followed by another on Saturday 28…

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TERROR ATTACKS IN FRANCE AND MACRON’S PLAN TO COMBAT ‘ISLAMIC SEPARATISM’

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By Donnelly McCleland French President Emmanuel Macron has said he can understand why Muslims were shocked by controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But, in an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera, he said he could never accept the issue justified violence. It comes after Thursday’s deadly knife attack on a church in Nice, the third…

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FRANCE VOWS TO ROOT OUT ISLAMIST EXTREMISM IN WAKE OF TEACHER’S BEHEADING

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On Monday 19 October, French police raided numerous homes across France as part of its probe into the killing of Samuel Paty. About 15 people were taken into custody and 51 Islamic organisations are under investigation. On Friday 16 October, French history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in a Paris suburb by…

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TWIN EXPLOSIONS IN PHILIPPINES’ RESTIVE SOUTHERN REGION

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On Monday 21 August, at least 15 people were killed, and several more wounded, in two bomb explosions in the southern  Philippine town of Jolo. The first explosion occurred around noon, and as security forces were securing the area, a second bomb exploded. Eight members of security forces, six civilians, and the bomber were killed…

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REGIONAL LEADERS CALL FOR ‘ACTION PLAN’ ON MOZAMBIQUE INSURGENCY

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On Monday 17 August, Southern African leaders pledged their commitment to supporting Mozambique’s government in its fight against the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province, however, they did not specify any details of what practical or military support they would give. The Islamist group Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama or Ansar al-Sunna (meaning ‘supporters of tradition’), which…

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KABUL BLAST: TALIBAN ATTACK KILLS AT LEAST 10 IN AFGHAN CAPITAL

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1 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA) – The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a powerful explosion and a follow up attack in Kabul’s downtown area near the ministry of defence that has killed at least 10 people and sent dozens to the hospital. The bomb went off during morning rush hour in the capital when the streets were…

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THE BATTLE FOR IDLIB HEATS UP

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By Donnelly McCleland The Syrian military and its allies have begun a long, slow and violent campaign to recapture the last province in the country still under opposition control, where the government has gradually cornered rebels, extremists and civilians alike. A victory in Idlib province, in Syria’s northwest, would help the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad,…

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