01 Jun 2021

More than 150 children are missing in latest Nigeria kidnapping raid

In the north-central Nigerian state of Niger, students from an Islamic school were allegedly indiscriminately shot and abducted on Sunday by a group of armed bandits, according to state police. At least one person has been confirmed dead as a result of the incident, which marks that latest event in

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31 Mar 2021

Niger ‘coup attempt foiled’ ahead of inauguration

An attempted coup near the Niger presidential palace has been successfully thwarted, according to officials. The attack comes just two days before President-elect Mohamed Bazoum is set to be sworn into office. The group of soldiers behind the assault have been arrested following heavy gunfire close to the palace. Bazoum’s

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10 Aug 2020

Terrorists Kill Six French Aid Workers in Niger, Government Says

On Sunday, six French aid workers and their local guide were killed in a terrorist attack carried out by Jihadist militants on motorcycles in Niger at the Kouré Giraffe Reserve. The attack began around 10 am when the French nationals and their tour guide entered the Giraffe reserve located roughly

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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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22 Oct 2018

The role of women in West Africa’s violent extremist groups

A recent publication from the Institute for Security Studies has examined the role that women have played in West Africa’s violent extremist groups. Ranging from their abduction and use as a tool to entice men to join extremist ranks to willing participators in activities from operations and suicide attacks, their

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05 Sep 2018

Shadowy U.S. Drone War in Africa Set to Expand

The U.S. is reducing troops and expanding drone activity in Africa as it begins launching drones from a new remote base in Niger. The Pentagon has underscored that their 800 personnel in Niger are there to train Nigerien forces and armed only in defense of ambushes, one of which resulted

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20 Jul 2018

UN: In West Africa and the Sahel, signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

The UN has announced progress in building democratic institutions in Western Africa, although these gains remain in competition with the ongoing threat of terrorism and terrorist groups. Increasingly, violence pitting farmers against herders has become a leading threat in many areas, in addition to the well-known conflicts driven by groups

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22 Jun 2018

Why the Sahara is terror’s new front line

From West to East, the massive desert has formed a vast battlefield between militants, populations, national governments, and foreign powers. This picture-heavy BBC publication on the situation highlights the actors and the complex situational landscape that has become a growing priority for the U.S. and its supporters in the war

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