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October 8, 2018 6:42 AM Former Nigerian minister and Chibok girls champion to vie for presidency in 2019

Former Nigerian minister Obiageli Ezekwesili, co-founder of a group to raise awareness about more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, announced on Sunday that she will run for president next year. Ezekwesili, 55, a former vice president for Africa at the World Bank, said she would run as the candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria 309

October 20, 2017 10:47 PM What the Hell Happened in Niger?

Rumors are swirling over what took place in the final hours before four U.S. servicemen died—but a clear picture of what actually took place is only beginning to emerge. On October 4, a small group of U.S. troops were preparing to leave a meeting with community leaders near the small town of Tongo Tongo in Niger. They were close to the Malian border 96

October 18, 2017 8:32 PM Jihadists claiming to be 'Islamic State in Central Africa' call for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as Middle East 'caliphate' crumbles

Jihadists claiming to be 'Islamic State in Central Africa' have called for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the extremist group's self-styled 'capital', Raqqa, was reclaimed by US-backed Syrian forces. A video circulating on pro-ISIS sites purports to be a message from dedicated jihadis, although ISIS has not expanded 45

October 10, 2017 11:50 PM Let The President Speak

In modern societies, the media plays an important role in shaping public opinion. In modern democracies, the Commander-in-Chief's public statements can influence both the media cycle and the actions of other politicians. The reactions from President Buhari’s speech on his return from a 106-day medical leave in the United Kingdom reminded us of the polarising 58

October 9, 2017 12:25 AM Deadly Ambush in Niger Highlights America’s Growing Mission in Africa

NBC - The deaths of four American soldiers in an ambush in Niger on Wednesday highlight America's increasingly deep and broad military commitments in Africa. With conventional troops and special forces officially operating in dozens of countries, including direct involvement in at least four active conflicts, America has become enmeshed in the fortunes 62

September 26, 2017 11:16 PM Chad’s Inclusion in Travel Ban Could Jeopardize American Interests, Officials Say

At the Pentagon, several Defense officials expressed anger that years of close work could be jeopardized by what one characterized as a “casual” process that failed to take into account America’s long-term interests in the region. Current and former officials at the United States Africa Command, which works closely with the Chadian military to fight 68

September 18, 2017 12:06 PM US forces increase Somalia airstrikes amid uncertainty over future

An intensifying U.S. airstrike campaign against Somalia is unlikely by itself to defeat a resilient band of al-Qaida-aligned militants, a fact that could tempt the U.S. to wade deeper into a country faced with the departure of an African force that has offered protection for a decade. The uptick in U.S. strikes against al-Shabab targets — 13 different 60

September 7, 2017 6:03 PM Development deficit feeds Boko Haram in Cameroon

One of the main reasons Boko Haram has been able to gain a foothold and recruit thousands of young people in the Far North Region of Cameroon is its relative lack of development and employment opportunities. Since Boko Haram began to launch attacks in northern Cameroon in 2014, more than 2,000 people have been killed and at least 155,000 forced to flee their 22

September 7, 2017 2:45 PM Boko Haram and al-Shabab recruits 'lack religious schooling'

Many young Africans drawn to extremist groups know "little to nothing" about religious texts and interpretations, a UN study has found. The survey, the first of its kind in Africa, profiled nearly 500 voluntary recruits to militant groups including al-Shabab and Boko Haram. Finding a job is "the most acute need at the time of joining a group," the report 20

September 7, 2017 6:03 AM We killed two Shekau’s deputies on sallah day –Military

The Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, said two Boko Haram commanders were killed in a successful military operation at Alafa in Borno State on sallah day. Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement that the commanders, who were killed in the onslaught, were deputies to the Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau. “This is in addition to Ba’Abba 18