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Niger: Funds slow to come to anti-jihadist Sahel force

A joint military force to fight jihadists and organised crime in the Sahel has chalked up successes but promised funding is slow to materialise, the foreign minister of Niger said on Monday.

US General: Boko Haram most lethal terror group in the world

The Commander of the United States’ Special Operations Command Africa, Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks has described Boko Haram as the most lethal terror organisation in the world despite claims by the federal government that the extremist group had been significantly degraded and technically defeated.

Liberia struggles with past as UN peacekeepers exit

As UN peacekeepers leave Liberia after 14 years, headway in reforming the security forces is being undermined by lack of progress in tackling the country's traumatic legacy of war crimes, officials say.

Official: Canada to send peacekeepers to Mali

Canadian peacekeepers backed by helicopters will join UN Blue Helmets in the troubled west African nation of Mali before autumn, a government source said on Friday.

Rex Tillerson ends Africa trip vowing US backing against terror

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought his truncated maiden Africa trip to a close on Monday, promising the full backing of the United States to two countries on the frontline of the war on terror.

US top envoy Rex Tillerson lauds AU on Africa’s integration

The U.S. has lauded the African Union Commission for its efforts at Africa’s integration, describing it as “a force for good”.

Burkina attack probe focuses on possible ‘G5 Sahel’ target

Burkina and French investigators on Monday pushed ahead with a probe into deadly jihadist attacks last week suspected to have aimed at a major anti-terror meeting.

Brazen Burkina Faso attacks raise concern of growing threat

Burkina Faso's leaders urged vigilance on Saturday, a day after brazen Islamic extremist attacks on the army headquarters and French Embassy in the capital, which killed eight people. An al-Qaeda-linked group based in neighboring Mali claimed responsibility for the assaults.

UN: Mali insecurity continues, migrating to country’s centre

Insecurity in Mali "continues to rage" and is progressing toward the centre of the country, according to an interim UN report.

Turkish President Erdogan condemns attack on Burkina Faso

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the coordinated attacks that struck Ouagadougou on Friday, March 2 and reiterated his support for Mali in the fight against jihadist armed groups.

Dozens dead in attacks on Burkina military headquarters, French embassy

Dozens of people were killed Friday in twin attacks on the French embassy in Burkina Faso and the country's military headquarters, an assault that coincided with a meeting of regional anti-jihadist forces.

Al Qaeda-linked group claims Mali attack that killed 2 French troops

A Malian militant group with links to al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed two French soldiers in the West African country on Wednesday.

Colombian nun abducted in Mali appears in a Jihadist video

A Colombian nun kidnapped nearly a year ago in Mali appears in a video in which she asks for the intervention of Pope Francis, reports the Mauritanian agency Al-Akhbar and the American center of surveillance of jihadist movements, SITE.

14 Malian soldiers killed in attack on camp

Fourteen soldiers were killed and 18 wounded on Saturday in an attack on their camp in Mali’s restive north, the army said, while military sources told AFP jihadists were responsible.

Britain, France to strike new border deal on migrants

Britain will agree to take in more young refugees while providing "significant" funds for northern France's economic development under a new border agreement to be struck between Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May on Thursday, French sources told AFP.

Three French soldiers wounded in Mali attack

Three French soldiers deployed in a counter-terrorism force in Mali's restive northeast were injured, one seriously, in a suicide bomb attack, France's army said Friday.

Saudi, UAE join West Africa’s Sahel nations to fight jihadists

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are attending a summit in Paris today aimed at accelerating efforts to set up a West African force to battle Jihadists in the Sahel region.

Security Council authorizes UN support for G5 Sahel troops

The Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing UN peacekeepers in Mali to provide logistical and operational support to the new G5 Sahel anti-jihadist force there.

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