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🌳 The W, Arly and Pendjari national parks, or the WAP complex, is an area of natural reserves.

Its location along multiple borders and cover by forests have made it a critical space for non-state armed groups feeding political instability in the Sahel.

🇧🇯 There has been a sharp rise in violent attacks in the areas skirting the WAP complex in #Benin since late 2021.

🔮 The areas have become important for the region’s two main armed groups - Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (#JNIM) and Islamic State Sahel Province (#ISSP).
🚹 In the WAP complex, the principal aim of #JNIM in engaging with #illiciteconomies is to further their governance agenda.

đŸžïž The park serves as a relatively safe route for small bands of #smugglers to transport fuel and consumer goods across borders
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#Burkina : 7 ans de détention pour le Dr. Kenneth Elliot, chirurgien australien, enlevé le 15 janvier 2016 par le #GSIM/#JNIM, à #Djibo. Il y avait établi une clinique, depuis une trentaine d'années, pour venir en aide aux populations démunies.

Son épouse Jocelyn, enlevée avec lui, a été libérée quelques semaines plus tard. Ken Elliott est apparu dans une vidéo du #GSIM en juillet 2017, aux cÎtés de 5 autres otages, dont la Française Sophie Pétronin, libérée au #Mali en octobre 2020.

Celle-ci avait confié que le médecin se portait bien en décembre 2016, lorsqu'ils étaient détenus ensemble par leurs ravisseurs. Mais depuis, plus aucune nouvelle. Kennett Elliot, s'il est encore vivant, a maintenant 88 ans.


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[THREAD] 1/ In 2022, the Islamic State claimed 2,028 attacks in 24 countries. It carried out large-scale operations in Syria, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Sharp decline in #IS operations in Iraq. Africa was the continent most afflicted, with a sharp increase in attacks at Christians.
2/ Detail about the methodology: I have analysed all the information provided by the Islamic State in the 52 issues of its weekly magazine al-Naba’ (cf. the front page of the issue 369). For every single IS claimed attack, I have analysed the target(s)/weapon(s) used/geolocation.
3/To start with, interestingly, the number of Islamic State’s attacks has dropped consistently since the fall of BaghĂ»z (March 2019), last #IS stronghold in Syria. This is particularly striking in the case of #Syria and #Iraq, where the group is a mere shadow of what it once was.
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#alQaida's #Zawahiri "was the singular leader" per NCTC's Abizaid

"He was both symbolically important but also strategically important for what was a diverse network of affiliates"
#alQaida's Zawahiri's removal "a strategic & symbolic setback" per Abizaid

'The loss of him as that center of gravity does kind of test the ties that bind the rest of these affiliates, whether it's #Yemen based affiliate w/#AQAP, whether it's #JNIM...whether it's #Shabaab"
Who's #alQaida's next leader - unclear, per NCTC's Abizaid

"The best candidates are Saif al-Adel & Abdul Rahman al-Maghrebi, that are sitting in #Iran"
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NEW #Africa File | #BurkinaFaso’s latest coup on Sep. 30 indicates that the governance and security crisis in West Africa’s #Sahel region continues to deepen. @liam_karr @brian_cartr @EmilyCEstelle
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Salafi-jihadi groups linked to #alQaeda and the #IslamicState have exploited cyclical violence and anti-government grievances to root themselves in local communities and steadily expand in the Sahel over the past decade. 2/5 Image
The fallout from the Burkina Faso coup, like the 2020 and 2021 coups in Mali, will likely further reduce counterterrorism pressure and worsen the conditions that lead to Salafi-jihadi expansion. 3/5
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18/08/2022: Today marks the 24months of Transition in #Mali. Happened in the last two years? Maybe a good moment to look back. A shortđŸ§”1/ Image
18/08/2020: the Conseil Nationale pour le Salut de Peuple #CNSP forces president #IBK to step down as president. The months before saw thousands of Malians demonstrating against the regime IBK on the streets of #Bamako 2/
In the weeks after the #coup the military junta around Assimi #Goita received good will from international partners, while being celebrated by the Malian population. The junta reassured that they only aimed for the removal of IBK and would honour all international arrangements 3/
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NEW: #China "proceeding to increase their access & influence on the continent" & seeks to establish more military bases in #Africa, outgoing @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend tells @GWUPMNS
"Some of the most lethal terrorists on the planet are now in Africa...#alQaida & #ISIS " per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Townsend
"We've prevented strategic distraction" per Gen Townsend on his time at @USAfricaCommand - says US has been able to address threats in #Africa without taking focus on primary challenges, pacing threat from #China and also #Russia
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What can we take away from the happenings in #Kati this morning and the attacks yesterday in different parts of the #Mali?
A short thread /
Since the beginning of the 2022 #FAMa is doing extensive military operations in the center of Mali. Most likely with Russian support. Official communication celebrates these missions and promises a swift end of the insecurity 2/
Meanwhile Malian and international #humanrights activists criticise the violence against the civilian population in these areas as well as the sustainability of these engagements 3/
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#Mali: In a new video release, the #JNIM emir of the Macina region, Hamadoun Kouffa, responds to reports on the massacres in Moura and Hombori, refuting the official versions and those of the media. He says that no more than 30 jihadis were present during the events in Moura...
#Mali: Kouffa explicitly blames #FAMa and #Wagner, as widely reported, accusing them of killing hundreds of weak, oppressed, and innocent Muslim civilians, as the result of collusion between hypocrites from Moura, FAMa, and Wagner..
#Mali: He further states that #JNIM repelled joint #FAMa and #Wagner operations in Macina and Arabanda (Gourma) through tens of ambushes and IED attacks, which resulted in large amounts of materiel seized as spoils..
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#Mali: At least 3 coordinated attacks in early hours this morning against @FAMa_DIRPA in central Mali: Sevaré, Bapho camp, and Niono. The numbers of casualties and injuries remain unclear while serious damages reported, including one helicopter. 1/
#Mali: more details:
- a SVBIED been used in one attack.
- Russian mercenaries/instructors seen around the damaged helicopter at Bapho camp in this video clip.
- Audio recordings released by #JNIM local branch Macina Brigade claiming the 3 attacks. #Sahel 2/
#Mali: Supposedly (TBC) Images of some of the damages following the attack on Sévaré in addition, the initial toll of at least 6 soldiers killed and 20 injured. #Sahel
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#Niger: For documentation, in a 2:28-minute unofficial video, #JNIM claimed responsibility for the 23 December double-attack against police, gendarmes, customs officers, including civilian victims near Makalondi (Torodi), #Tillaberi) ImageImage
#Niger: The group showcased spoils detailed as follows:
2 vehicles
2 PK light machine guns
6 AK rifles
1 RPG-7 launcher with 20 PG-7V-pattern warheads and 21 booster charges
4 handguns
24 AK magazines
Boxed and loose ammunition
Various gear and equipment
#Niger: At least six people were killed including one gendarme, two customs officers and three civilians and ten others were wounded including four gendarmes, three police officers, two customs officers and one civilian, according to an official toll
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Excellent rapport ⁊@ICG_Sahel⁩ ⁊@CrisisGroup⁩, cependant 3remarques: Aanabi fut l’inspirateur de Droukdel donc il poursuivra; il est peu probable que #JNIM coupe avec #AQ; la pression #Barkhane est un facteur important qui pousse JNIM Ă  la nĂ©go

Les questions que j’ai pu soumettre Ă  Abou OubaĂŻda Youssef al-Aanabi Ă  la tĂȘte du conseil des notables d’AQMI Ă  la quelle @CrisisGroup fait rĂ©fĂ©rence. L’actuel Ă©mir d’#AQMI, successeur de #Droukdel, avait rĂ©pondu en 57m Ă  12questions
De votre serviteur au sujet du nouveau commandement #AQMI d’Abou Oubaïda Youssef al-Aanabi pour @NewlinesInst
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Thread - #Mali: case study on community-based armed groups in Central Mali is finally out. Special thanks to @blmcgann @bogibozsogi @reed_alastair @RachelICR @Emilykcol and all @resolvenet @USIP staff for the opportunity and their support. #Sahel

#Mali: This report untangles the legitimacy of armed groups, mobilizing factors, and the multi-level impact
of violence implicating CBAGs. It further explores the relations amongst different actors, including the state, armed groups, and communities. #Sahel
#Mali: The proliferation of community-based armed groups in Mali’s Mopti and SĂ©gou Regions has contributed to transforming Central Mali into a regional epicenter of conflict since 2016. Making such research vital to any peacebuilding and stabilisation efforts. #Sahel
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#BurkinaFaso: Burkinabe forces repelled a 5 November attack by presumed #JNIM-affiliated militants in Tankoualou, #Komondjari, 1 soldier killed & 3 wounded, ~15 militants 'neutralized' & weapons incl. H&K G3, AK-103, AKM, T56, md. 63 rifles, mags, belted ammo seized
#BurkinaFaso: Meanwhile, in Tapoko, between Orodara (Kenedougou) & Toussiana (Houet), an operation resulted in the killing of 8 presumed #JNIM-affiliated militants & seizure of 6 AKM/S & T56 rifles, 3 IED payloads, and ammo, according to weekly #EMGA situation report
#BurkinaFaso: It should be noted that the militant casualty toll for Tankoualou evolved as follows, about 10, 12, 15, and photos appear to show the same set of weapons and mags in different positions, as for Tapoko initially reported as 5 killed and evolved to 8.
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#Sahel: After a two-month hiatus justified by "security and technical" reasons, #ISWAP (Greater Sahara) resurfaced in Islamic State's Al-Naba following the death of its founder and emir Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. The group claimed 7 operations, killing 65 of its enemies.
#Sahel: #ISWAP-GS reportedly lost forty men in these operations, all in the 11 July attack in Tchomabangou, for which it had not claimed responsibility until now.
#Sahel: It also claimed to have killed 17 #JNIM fighters in the Korfooueyouey area on 18 August. Local sources said that the fighting took place on 22 August between Intaylalene and Kacham, with the reported deaths in JNIM ranks in line with the claim.
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#JNIM #AQMI s’apprĂȘte Ă  diffuser un com de son Ă©mir Iyad Ag Ghali #Sahel #Mali
#JNIM #AQMI Iyad Ag Ghali qui ne s’était pas exprimĂ© officiellement depuis nov. 2019 Ă©voque « la descente vers les pays plus au sud & la fin #Barkhane et la #France qui se contente d’une coalition int. a-t-elle atteint ses objectifs ? »
#AgGhali « Au sujet de ses otages
 on ne peut que fĂ©liciter la prise de position honorable de notre sƓur Mariam [Sophie] Petronin qui a clamĂ© son islam appelant Allah Ă  l’aider Ă  rĂ©sister et Ă  guĂ©rir
 son annonce a mis un terme Ă  l’arrogance du PrĂ©sident Français »
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#Niger: This is by far the deadliest attack in #Torodi in southwestern #Tillaberi since the #Sahel insurgency spread to the area in late 2017.
#Niger: This specific area has been largely overlooked in the context of the broader #Sahel conflict and overshadowed by the #ISGS insurgency in northern #Tillaberi.
#Niger: The double-tap ambush took place near Boni, where a key Operation Saki 2 border outpost is located. #JNIM-affiliated fighters are the likely perpetrators, notably under the command of Abu Hanifa, a lieutenant of #KatibaMacina's Amadou Kouffa.
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#Mali: Unofficial #JNIM video captioned: "This is what happens between Support of Islam [JNIM] and the Kharijites [#ISGS] (Kawaridiakobe in Fulfulde)", fighters including visibly child soldiers are seen beheading ISGS members/sympathizers in the area of Arabanda (Malian Gourma)
#Mali: An assassination campaign was carried out by Ansaroul Islam (#JNIM) during the first half of July in the areas of Kobou and Boulikessi, #Mopti
#Mali: Paradoxically, the video is accompanied by a signature #IslamicState nasheed, namely Qariban Qariba.
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NEW: Just released @UN report warns of "heightened threats emerging" from #ISIS #alQaida affiliated groups worldwide

"This is especially true in parts of West and East #Africa" per the report, based on member state intelligence
In West/East #Africa, affiliates of #ISIS #alQaida "can boast gains in supporters and territory under threat, as well as growing capabilities in fundraising & weapons, for example, in the use of drones" per the @UN report
#ISIS in #Syria "has evolved into an entrenched insurgency, exploiting weaknesses in local security to find safe havens & targeting forces engaged in counter-ISIL operations" per the @UN report
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#Sahel: Today, #JNIM released the video "If they fight you, fight them". It's been almost three years since JNIM released their last full-length video with combat footage, namely "And the Battle Continues".
#Sahel: This could be explained by several factors: First, the focus has been on the political line; second, JNIM's official media presence has declined significantly, and this is against the backdrop of several key media figures (in #Algeria and #Mali) being killed
#Sahel: The decline is particularly relevant when compared to #ISGS, which received major boost from its formal integration into #IslamicState's organizational infrastructure & media apparatus. However, this last video marks the effective recovery of #JNIM media wing Al-Zallaqa.
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#Mali premiÚre longue production #JNIM #AQMI depuis un moment avec des images inédites des affrontements & bombardements des derniers mois au #Mali
On remarque l’usage d’un vĂ©hicule blindĂ© de la MINUSMA lors des entraĂźnements, peut ĂȘtre celui utilisĂ© Ă  #Boni en fĂ©vrier dernier ImageImage
Présence du kamikaze au tricycle qui a visé un convoi #Barkhane à Issey Image
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#AQMI (1) le 1er discours d’Abou OubaĂŻda Youssef al-Anabi en tant qu’émir du groupe est au sujet de la #Palestine, fĂ©licite les Palestiniens de #Gaza et des autres localitĂ©s // appelle les musulmans au Jihad // anciennes images du camp d’entraĂźnement al-Quds [#JĂ©ruslem] au #Mali ImageImageImage
#AQMI (2) appelle Ă  tenir bon sur le chemin du Jihad en Palestine en comparaison avec les nĂ©gociations qui n’ont rien amenĂ© // appelle les compĂ©tences musulmanes Ă  accomplir leur devoir de Jihad vis Ă  vis de la Palestine // 20m/36 de son discours de 36m sont consacrĂ©s Ă  ce sujet Image
#AQMI(3)«l’éveil de la oumma est rĂ©elle et s’est manifestĂ© par les milliers de jeunes qui ont rejoint le Jihad et la destitutions de plusieurs tyrans»accuse le prĂ©sident français d’avoir pris les caricatures comme Ă©tendard & de lĂ©gifĂ©rer pr Ă©loigner les musulmans de leur religion Image
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#BurkinaFaso: #JNIM has unofficially claimed through audio and photographs yesterday’s ambush against a Burkinabe joint force convoy accompanied by a team of three foreign nationals, all experienced professionals on an anti-poaching mission (or reportage)..
#BurkinaFaso: Including two Spanish journalists, one was a journalist and film director, a cameraman, and an Irish Zambia-born ranger, co-founder and president of Chengeta Wildlife, a conservationist NGO.
#BurkinaFaso: Four convoy members were wounded, the three foreigners mentioned above were killed, and a Burkinabe force member went missing.
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1 #Mali #JNIM revendique #Boni & accuse la DGSE«d’ĂȘtre prisonniĂšre des mĂ©thodes annĂ©es 60/70...en affirmant une infiltration...avant [le G5] N’Djamena...essaye de faire peur aux pays du Sahel particuliĂšrement CĂŽtes d’Ivoire & BĂ©nin qui sont nos cibles lĂ©gitimes s’ils collaborent»
2 #JNIM s’adresse « aux politiques & Ă  la sociĂ©tĂ© civile en #France en citant le dernier dĂ©bat au SĂ©nat autour de #Barkhane » affirmant que « votre prĂ©sident...essaye de faire du chantage aux gouv de la rĂ©gion... votre silence n’est pas digne d’élites qui se respectent... »
3 photos de #Boni qui confirment les premiers tĂ©moignages que j’ai pu recueillir qui faisaient Ă©tat d’une « caserne submergĂ©e & nombreuses prises de guerre »
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