Togo: Eight soldiers killed in the Kpendjal prefecture, raising spectre of first deadly Islamist attack

Eight soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in an attack in northern Togo on Wednesday, the government said, marking potentially the first deadly raid on its territory by Islamist militants who have killed thousands in neighbouring countries. Before dawn, a Read More …

Attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso kill 21, wound dozens

Fifteen soldiers and six civilians were killed on Sunday in attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, neighbouring West African countries struggling with deadly jihadist insurgencies, military and security sources said. Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives into three military Read More …

Malian army unit accompanied by a ‘Russian adviser’ struck an improvised explosive device in Mopti Region

A Russian national operating alongside Malian soldiers was killed by a roadside bomb in Sahel state, marking the first confirmed death of what in Mali are officially described as Russian military instructors. According to an army document seen by AFP, Read More …

ISIL 2.0: How the group became a franchise

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) has changed form several times over the years. With its origins in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, ISIL was forged from an alliance between Read More …

Mali: The Head of MINUSMA strongly condemns IED attack against peacekeepers in Kidal Region

The Head of MINUSMA strongly condemned the improvised explosive device attack against peacekeepers today around Tessalit. In his Twitter post Mr El Ghassim Wane wished a good recovery to the 4 seriously injured personnel and renewed the commitment of peacekeepers Read More …

Mali: 2 Malian soldiers and 2 UN peacekeepers killed by an improvised explosive device north of Mopti

A United Nations peacekeeping convoy hit a roadside bomb in central Mali, killing two peacekeepers and wounding four others, the mission said Monday, while another attack on the Malian military left two dead. The new violence comes just days after Read More …

Sahel Conflict Set to Worsen in 2022 – Analysts

Islamist militant attacks increased this past year in the Sahel region, leading to political instability that saw a coup in Mali, an attempted coup in Niger, and calls for Burkina Faso’s president to resign. Burkina Faso experienced the deadliest terrorist Read More …

Mali: Four Soldiers Killed in Attack in Nara Region

Four Malian soldiers were killed and around a dozen others were wounded when they were attacked in the west of the county, the army said Thursday. Mali’s Armed Forces said the attack occurred late Tuesday in a region of the Read More …

Terrorists’ IED Attacks Make the UN Mission in Mali Even Deadlier in 2021

The world’s deadliest peacekeeping mission has recorded a twofold increase in fatalities among its troops from improvised explosive devices this year, reinforcing what analysts say: more sophisticated attacks are being carried out by jihadists in Mali and elsewhere in the Read More …