Niger: Military kills terrorists’ kingpin, bomb expert, 38 other fighters

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said wanted terrorists leader, Ali Kachala Kawaje; terrorists bomb expert Machika Dan Muhammad, and 38 other fighters were killed in Niger State airstrikes. Other prominent terrorist leaders neutralised include Haro and Dan Muhammadu both of Read More …

The U.S. has cut its troop presence in Niger by almost half

The U.S. has decreased its troop presence in Niger by almost half according to figures in a White House letter sent to Congress last week. The number of U.S. troops deployed to Niger appears to be 648, according to the Read More …

Niger: 29 soldiers killed in a suspected jihadist attack

Niger began three days of national mourning Tuesday after 29 soldiers were killed in a suspected jihadist attack, the deadliest since the military took power in July. Monday’s attack in western Niger involved “improvised explosive devices and kamikaze vehicles by Read More …

Who are the partners of the Beninese in the fight against terrorists?

Northern Benin faces the terrorist threat as jihadist groups based in the Sahel try to expand their actions to the Gulf of Guinea countries. To counter this threat and secure the borders, the Beninese army launched Operation Mirador in early Read More …

Mali, Niger, Burkina form Sahel alliance to tackle insurgency

The military leaders in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have signed an charter establishing defence alliance, ministerial delegations form the three Sahel countries. “Today, together with the Heads of State of Burkina Faso and Niger, I signed the Liptako-Gourma Charter Read More …

UNSC: Terrorist Groups Remain Significant Threat in Conflict Zones, Neighbouring States

Despite the threat level remaining low in non-conflict areas, Da’esh and its affiliates continue to constitute a serious threat in conflict zones and neighbouring countries, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, underscoring that the use of Read More …

Managing exits from violent extremist groups: lessons from the Lake Chad Basin

Some Lake Chad Basin countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) have been dealing with violent extremism for over a decade. Disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement processes in these countries may offer useful lessons for other West African contexts, including Read More …

Niger: EU suspends security cooperation and budgetary aid

The EU has suspended all security cooperation with Niger after the country’s army took power in a coup. It comes shortly after the US declared its “unflagging support” for ousted president Mohamed Bazoum – seen as a key Western ally Read More …

Nigeria: Multi-National Joint Task Force troops eliminate 55 terrorists, destroy VBIEDs

At least 55 terrorists including several top Commanders from the Islamic State of the West African province (ISWAP) were killed by the troops of the Multi-National Joint Task (MNJTF), Force in the Fringes of Arege in Malam Fatori, in Abadam Read More …

Trafficking in the Sahel: Guns, gas, and gold

In the first of a series of features exploring the fight against trafficking in the Sahel, UN News takes a closer look at what’s behind the growth of the phenomenon. A tangled trafficking web has been woven across the Sahel, Read More …