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 …

Nigerian Army destroyed militants vehicle fabrication workshop and VBIED making materials and equipment

Gallant troops of Operation LAKE SANITY today neutralized several terrorists and recovered weapons/ equipment around the Lake Chad axis. BokoHaram/ISWAP Central Vehicle Fabrication Workshop & several bunkers were also discovered and destroyed. Additionally, troops also discovered and destroyed Vehicle Borne Read More …

Burkina Faso: 13 soldiers killed in attack by suspected Islamic extremists in Gourma province

At least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in Burkina Faso’s eastern Gourma province in an ambush by suspected Islamic extremists, the army announced on Monday. A number of the attackers were killed in the incident, according to 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 …

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 …