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Burkina Faso’s new nightmare: The rising threat of radical Islam

The growing threat of Islamist activities in West Africa is complicated by increasingly blurred links between militant and criminal activities. Such collaboration of crime networks carries a strategic value for African Jihadists like those who attacked the Splendid Hotel and the adjacent Cappuccino Cafe, in central Ouagadougou over the past weekend.

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EU-USA: so close, so far from Sahel

Brussels – In an interview with Afronline.org and Sahel media, Bérangère Rouppert, a researcher in the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP, based in Brussels), gave an update of the situation in Sahel, talking in particular about the strategies adopted by the United States and the European Union in the region and their impact among local and regional actors. The ambitions put forward by the international community could “lead to disappointment as soon as results are not obtained quickly or according to the initial expectations,” claims Rouppert.

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Welcome to Mali

Bamako doesn’t feel like the capital of a country at war. True, people are stressed, and the pace of life might have slowed. The city’s building frenzy has subsided. Ça va pas, but things are calm, even if late in March, far from cool. In the distant North, a fifth French soldier died over the weekend, and my tantie, a venerable hajja, cried for him.

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Little Hope for the Children Abducted in Mali’s War

One of Amina Diallo’s sons, 14-year-old Salif, has been missing since August last year. She thinks Islamists kidnapped him while he was on his way to the market in their hometown of Gao, in northern Mali, and recruited him as a child soldier. “Wherever he is, he must know that I still pray for him to come back alive and well,” she tells IPS.

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Tuaregs and Arabs Not Ready to Return to Mali

Fatimata Wallet Haibala sits among a group of women and teenage girls under a tent, her handicapped boy on her lap. The scene could be a rural picture of a Tuareg gathering in the desert. But the mother mother of five resides in a refugee camp in Goudebo, Burkina Faso, almost 100 kilometres from their home in Mali.

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African Troops Arrive As Divisions Fracture Malian Army

Soldiers belonging to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali continue to stream into this West African nation, as several hundred troops have already been deployed to secure towns across the country. Troops from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal – representing the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) contingent of AFISMA – are among the recent arrivals in Bamako.

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