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Fight against terrorism in Africa: a mission impossible for Ulemas?

Nouakchott (Mauritania) – “The role of Ulemas, in clarifying religious precepts is important, but almost impossible to fulfill, in states which marginalize religious scholars”, assures Cheikh ould Zeïne ould Limam, member of the High Council of Islam and Secretary General of the Forum for Islamic Thought and intercultural dialogue in Mauritania, in an interview with the Mauritanian weekly newspaper, Le Calame, media partner of Afronline.

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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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Nigeria: What Do We Know About Ansaru?

Amid a spate of kidnappings targeting foreign nationals in northern Nigeria the past couple of years, a shadowy but well-coordinated Islamist militant group calling itself Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (Vanguards for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa’) has emerged.

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EU-USA: so close, so far from Sahel

Brussels – In an interview with 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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Algeria redux in Egypt

Egypt appears to be following the bloody path of Algeria in the early 1990s. The leaderless revolution of 2011 has been coopted by the military yet requires the demise of the terrorizing capitalist world system that encourages both military regimes and authoritarian populisms.

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Interview. Antonin Tisseron: “Libya, the new sanctuary for terrorism in the Sahel”

Following Operation Serval in Mali and in the absence of any control over Libyan territory by Tripoli, Libya has become the new sanctuary for terrorists in the Sahel. This is the opinion of numerous experts in the region, including Antonin Tisseron, a research fellow at the Thomas More Institute in Paris. In an interview with and African media, this specialist in security issues and the fight against terrorism in the Maghreb and Sahel mentioned the “lack of coordination” between the two regions and particularly the ambiguous role of Algeria in the Sahel crisis.

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