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Oct 23, 2022 12 tweets 2 min read
Thread on the state of countermilitancy efforts in Burkina Faso after the wake of the 30 September coup d'état. Damiba's *perceived* "failure" (metrics speak both for and against this) to improve the steadily deteriorating security situation is often cited as a key factor. Analysts, officials, and observers point out that soldiers who fail on the battlefield tend to find a way out by overthrowing elected governments or..,
Feb 23, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
#Mali: "A little late to the party", but to contextualize this seizure, these are not weapons left behind by "militants", but weapons belonging to residents in the village of Pissa, a Dogon village where the gun bearers are Dozo hunters
#Mali: Weapons seized include: two handguns (1 Tokarev and 1 Colt), ~8 artisanal handguns, 4 AK-pattern rifles (2 Zastava M70, 1 T56, 1 AK -47), 3 SKS, 1 Mosin, 11 artisanal cannons ("dougouwouli"), 4 AK mags & 1 drum, various loose ammo, pile of ~50 traditional hunting rifles
Sep 18, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
#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.
Aug 2, 2021 9 tweets 7 min read
#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.
Jul 29, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
#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
Jul 9, 2021 20 tweets 20 min read
#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
Apr 27, 2021 14 tweets 7 min read
#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.
Jan 30, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
#Sahel: Here’s a quick roundup of ISGS’s comeback in Al-Naba #271, no big surprises, the group claimed 9 operations over a 2-month period (or 9 weeks). Image The primary focus is its Al-Qaeda counterpart #JNIM, accounting for 2/3 of the modest number of operations claimed, 2 out of 6 operations purportedly targeting JNIM were by local sources reported as civilian targeting, namely in N’Tillit (Oussadia) and Menaka (Inekar Ouest)
May 22, 2020 26 tweets 18 min read
#BurkinaFaso: A thread on military operations and the militant groups straddling the borders of several West African coastal states #BurkinaFaso: To begin with several of these countries are on the alert, fearing spillover [or maybe even expansion] of violent militant activities into their countries, debatable if that will happen,..
Mar 22, 2019 5 tweets 5 min read
#Mali-#BREAKING: As expected #JNIM claims the March 17 assault against the #FAMa camp in Dioura (Ténenkou), #Mopti, says it killed nearly thirty soldiers, wounded others, while the remaining fled, and also burned eight vehicles #Mali-#BREAKING: Further, burning the camp, and details a large seizure including 2x 14.5mm HMG, 1x DshK, 2 SPG-9 RCL rifles, 1 PK MMG, 82mm & 60mm mortars, 6 military vehicles, 38 AKs and RPGs