03 Apr 2019

ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success

Now that Islamic State has been defeated in Syria, analysts are warning about the rise of Jihadist groups in West Africa. One of the most successful organizations in the region is an off-shoot of ISIS known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). ISWAP is mainly active in the

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01 Apr 2019

Russia’s Military Mission Creep Advances to a New Front: Africa

While Russia limited its involvement in Africa after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country has been increasing its influence in the continent over the past two years by strengthening ties with a large number of countries including Mozambique, Angola, Central African Republic, Libya, Sudan, Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina

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29 Mar 2019

The specter of Islamist extremism looms over West Africa

While the recent defeat of Islamic State in Syria certainly marks an important milestone in the fight against terrorism, analysts warn that West Africa is increasingly at risk of being overrun by jihadist fighters. Between November 2018 and March 23, violence related to the rise of extremist groups killed 4,776

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08 Mar 2019

U.S. Bombardments Are Driving Somalis From Their Homes

UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Somalia are warning that US airstrikes on areas controlled by al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda offshoot and the most successful fundamentalist organization in Africa, are exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in the region. Last year, 320,000 people were displaced due to violent events including airstrikes,

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04 Mar 2019

‘We Are Not Winning’ Counterterror War in Sahel, US Military Leader in Africa Says

Last week, 2,000 Western and African troops arrived in Burkina Faso for Flintlock, a large-scale annual US-led military exercise held in the African Sahel region. This year, the exercise is organized in Burkina Faso. Despite the cooperation of troops from Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger and Mauritania as part of

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01 Mar 2019

African Allies Grapple With Rise in Terrorist Attacks as U.S. Pulls Back

US President Trump’s aim to limit the involvement of US troops in foreign wars will not just affect Syria and, depending on the outcome of the ongoing US-Taliban peace negotiations, Afghanistan. Africa is already impacted, as the US Department of Defense (DoD) is withdrawing one-fourth of its forces in the

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24 Jan 2019

As more Africans reach for the web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch

Even as connectivity increases, governments across Africa, and especially its autocratic leaders, have increasingly used control over the internet as a tool of repression, often with the claim to be combatting fake news or violent protests. These internet shutdowns, however, have costs that reach beyond politics. In 2018, 21 full

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18 Jan 2019

Ongoing Attacks Hit West African Financial Institutions Since Mid-2017

Financial institutions in Cameroon, Congo (DR), Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Ivory Coast have been targeted by unknown threat actors in a cyberattack campaign that started in mid-2017 and is still ongoing. According to security researchers with Symantec, the attackers have been using a variety of open-source and off-the shelf malware tools including

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09 Jan 2019

More African schools are teaching Mandarin Chinese with Chinese funding, some making it mandatory

Highlighting the ongoing importance and influence of China in Africa, several African countries have rolled out Mandarin Chinese language programs. Kenya, the most recent, is rolling out a primary school curriculum in 2020, developed jointly with China. South Africa began teaching Mandarin in 2014 and Uganda is planning to make

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21 Dec 2018

UN Reports ‘Alarming’ Trends in Drug Trafficking in Africa

“The U.N. drugs and crime chief said Wednesday that his office is registering ‘new, alarming trends’ in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability of country’s to govern as well as security, economic growth and public health. Yuri Fedotov told the Security Council that criminal

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