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Security Exchange Newsletter | January | Africa

31 January 2020

Jihadist militant groups carried out multiple attacks across the porous Sahel region throughout 2019 and will continue to pose the most significant threat to security this year. Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Mauritania formed the G5 Sahel group in February 2014 in an attempt to improve coordination and tackle the rise in violence across the region. So far the G5, along with the French-led Operation Barkhane and UN peacekeeping forces, have had limited success in defeating the array of jihadist groups operating in the Sahel. The deaths of 13 French soldiers in a crash involving two helicopters in Mali in November sparked a debate in France about the purpose of the military operation, although President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his country’s commitment to the effort.

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Storm in the Desert

12 April 2018

Trouble is brewing in the Sahel again. The crossroads between north and sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing another wave of insecurity linked to Islamist and criminal networks. On Wednesday a German aid worker was kidnapped in Niger, close to the border with Mali. He was abducted along with four Nigerien nationals (who have been released) in the south-western Tillaberi region, an area where multiple incidents have been recorded. In January two police officers were killed in an attack by unknown gunmen, while last October three US troops and five Nigerien soldiers died in an ambush carried out by the Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) group, an affiliate of the Islamic State (IS).

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