As Terrorists Settle Into the Sahel, West Africa Prepares for Battle
May 29, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
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- Unstable areas in sub-Saharan Africa will become even more attractive hot spots for militant activity as extremists shift focus from fighting Western-led operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
- The inability of France and other foreign actors to help stabilize the increasingly precarious Sahel region has made the region a particularly enticing destination for militants, both in terms of financing and manpower.
- Militants' growing presence in northern Mali and Burkina Faso could lead to an uptick in attacks and kidnappings in West Africa as groups expand their footholds southward.
- Such an increase in terrorist activity in Ghana and Ivory Coast could eventually prompt their Western beneficiaries to bolster counterterrorism efforts on the ground.