Rethinking counter-terrorism strategy in the Sahel

Militant Islamist violence in the Sahel is accelerating faster than in any other region in Africa. After nearly a decade of conflict, violent events in the Sahel (specifically Burkina Faso, Mali, and western Niger) are surging, with a 140% increase since 2020 and no signs of abatement.

Militant Islamist group violence against civilians in the Sahel represents 60% of all such violence in Africa and is projected to increase by more than 40% in 2023.

This uninterrupted escalation of violence has displaced more than 2.5 million people and is on pace to kill more than 10,000 individuals in 2023. Government control over the vast rugged territory has diminished over the years, revealing an inability to sustain pressure on militant Islamist groups and to provide security for communities.

Editor's Comment
Respect public institutions Mr Pres

Leaders must uphold the rule of law and ensure justice, but Masisi’s remarks raise serious concerns on the separation of powers and the independence of the justice system.Masisi’s claim that he personally instructed authorities not to handcuff Khama, regardless of the legal circumstances, undermines the principles of justice and equality before the law.As Head of State, Masisi should respect the judicial process and avoid interfering in...

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