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 …

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 …

Niger: Five soldiers killed in IED explosion in Torodi region

Five soldiers have been killed by a mine in Niger’s southwestern Torodi region, where jihadist attacks using improvised explosive device (IEDs) are increasingly frequent, the defence ministry said on Sunday. Three soldiers were wounded in the blast, which occurred on 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 …

Lake Chad: Six Soldiers Killed As MNJTF Neutralize 22 Boko Haram Terrorists, Destroy Bunkers

Authorities in the army said on Thursday that six soldiers were killed when troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force engaged Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists within the vicinity of Mallam Fatori Town in the fringes of the Lake Chad Read More …

French army claims to have killed suspect in 2020 murders of aid workers in Niger

The French army says that it has killed one of the suspects in last year’s murder of eight people including six young French aid workers in the Koure National Park in Niger, The Islamic State armed group had claimed the Read More …

Burkina Faso: Army recovered 15 improvised explosive devices in operation with Niger

Burkina Faso’s armed forces killed about 100 militants in a joint operation with Niger between Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 in the two countries’ border zone, the Burkinabe army said. The operation involved hundreds of troops deployed on both sides Read More …

Landmine casualties ‘exceptionally high’, Syria and Afghanistan worst-hit

According to Landmine Monitor 2021, the number of victims rose by 20 per cent in 2020 compared with the previous 12 months, the result of “increased armed conflict and contamination” of land with improvised mines. In total, more than 7,000 Read More …

French troops kill leader of Islamic State group in Sahel

The head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, who was wanted for deadly attacks on US soldiers and foreign aid workers, has been killed in an operation by French troops. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was “neutralised by French forces”, Read More …