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Sahelian militants pledge(d) allegiance to the Islamic State

Decoding the Sahelian part of ISWAP's 'And the [best] Outcome is for the Righteous' (published on June 15, 2019) - Islamic State's recycling of old footage to advance its cause and influence in the Sahel. The Islamic State's (IS) reconstitution in Africa has become a self-fulfilling...

“Islamic State in Burkina Faso”

For the first time ever did Islamic State Central officially publish a media product related to the militant group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). A modest release limited to a low-quality photo showing seven of the group's fighters wearing military fatigues, equipped with...

Mali: Complex attack against French forces in Menaka

ISGS militants aboard motorbikes in the Mali-Niger borderlands Around 1300 local time on Sunday afternoon, an attempted complex attack targeted French forces in the area of Akabar, Menaka Region, not far from the border with Niger. French forces reportedly spotted and opened fire against a Suicide...

Exclusive: End of the run for Tunisian Ansar al-Sharia founder Abu Iyadh al-Tunisi

Seifallah Ben Hassine, commonly known as Abu Iyadh al-Tunisi—one of North Africa's most influential jihadi ideologues—is confirmed to have been killed on February 21, 2019, in northern Mali. A senior Tunisian Al-Qaida member, Afghanistan veteran, and founder of the Islamist organization Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST)...

Burkina Faso: Airstrike hit village 130km from the actual target

On January 30, around 17h30 local time, JNIM militants aboard a 4x4 vehicle and motorbikes, equipped with RPGs and machine guns attacked the army camp in Kompienbiga, located in the country's east. The militants overran the military camp, took control of the site, and torched...

Mali: French forces killed ISGS commander involved in Tongo Tongo ambush

Early on the morning of August 26, French forces of operation Barkhane conducted a combined air-ground operation between Infoukaretane and Labouta, about 30km south of Ménaka. Two Mirage 2000 fighter jets carried out an air raid followed by action on the ground by commandos. The operation...