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An African Powder Keg: Terrorism in the Sahel

  A Continent on the Rise Africa is a complex continent, and one that is deserving of greater analysis and threat assessments. Consisting of 54 countries, Africa continues to grapple with the lingering aftermath of sudden decolonization: a lack of infrastructure and artificial borders that distort historical ethnic and tribal lands and boundaries. As government  corruption , resource mismanagement, and the significance of tribal loyalty remain rampant, these conditions contribute to the strengthening and longevity of coordinated violence and terrorism against government and soft targets, such as civilian populations, hospitals, churches, schools, and markets. The lack of education, healthcare, employment, and socioeconomic opportunities are four main factors that grow the attraction of terrorism in Sub-Sahara Africa, especially the Sub-Sahara G5 countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. As great power politics return to the forefront of foreign and national security p

Africa at par with Pakistan, Afghanistan in terrorism, here's how terrorism grew in the Dark Continent

  NEW DELHI:   Any conversation on radical Islamic terrorism leads us to the images of the war-torn Middle East, North Africa (MENA) region or South Asian countries. However, the imageries might change soon as another part of world might replace the dominance of the said regions. Trends have started suggesting so. For example, according to the Global Terrorism Index 2019 (GTI), the number of terror-related deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa has already surpassed the number of deaths in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The spread of radical Islamic terrorism is largely going unnoticed by the International community, including India. Recent data suggests that Africa has been at par with countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria in terms of terror-related incidents. The terrorism is advancing downwards from North Africa towards the central and southern parts and from internal to the coastal areas. African countries host a significant population of the Muslim Ummah. 28 out of 56 Org

Pakistani army assisting terrorists: Major General Aujla

  Many types of attacks are carried out in Jammu and Kashmir. In the meantime, terrorists mull for infiltration on that side of the Line of Control near North Kashmir. 200-250 terrorists are hiding in about 16 launching pads. They are getting information about the   Indian Army . The disclosure has been made by Major General ADS Aujla, GOC of 28 Div, of the army, which is responsible for the Gurez, Tangdhar, Machil, Kieran and Karnah sectors of the border region of Kupwara,  Kashmir Valley . He told that the Indian Army is aggressively facing narco-terrorism with terrorists. ADS Aujla, while informing about the current situation on the  Line of Control  in North Kashmir, said that nefarious activities are still continuing from Pakistan. But in the last few months, the strength of the Pakistani Army has increased more than ever on the Line of Control. In the present time, if we see in the context of the dispute that arose with China, then no such change has been made by Pakistan, which

Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?

It was almost as if Emmanuel Macron forgot that Lebanon is no longer a French protectorate. Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France's leader comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France's own heart. "France will never let Lebanon go," Macron said. "The heart of the French people still beats to the pulse of Beirut." His critics denounced the overtures as a neocolonialist foray by a European leader seeking to restore sway over a troubled Middle Eastern land - and distract from mounting problems at home. A meme circulating online dubbed him Macron Bonaparte, a 21st century Emperor Napoleon. But Macron's defenders - including desperate Beirut residents who called him "our only hope" - praised him for visiting gutted neighborhoods where Lebanese leaders fear to tread, and for trying to hold Lebanon's politicians accountable for the corruption and mismanagement blamed for Tuesday&

Why were Wagner fighters from Russia seized in Belarus and can Ukraine get them extradited?

      33 fighters from the notorious Wagner ‘private military company’ have been in custody in Belarus since 29 July after they were very publicly seized by the Belarusian KGB.  While for Ukrainians, Wagner fighters are inextricably linked with Moscow’s aggression and hybrid war tactics, the situation in Belarus is not so clear-cut.  Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is very obviously unpopular and able to ‘win’ the approaching elections only by arresting his rivals and fiddling the results.  The problem with the claims about the Wagner fighters having arrived in the country to destabilize the situation on the eve of the elections was not so much in some very implausible details, but in the way that even  the first Investigative Committee report  about their arrest began with similar accusations being made against two important opposition politicians.  The claim made both by the fighters and by Moscow that the men had been on their way “to Turkey” certainly seems more plausible

At least 8 soldiers dead, 14 others wounded in blast outside Somali army base

  A car bomb exploded at the gates of a military base in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 14 others. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm, Andalus. Associated Press A car bomb exploded at the gates of a military base in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 14 others, with the toll expected to rise, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm, Andalus. The group often targets military sites in Mogadishu and controls large parts of southern and central Somalia, with little sign of being hampered by the coronavirus pandemic. Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein shared the attack's toll with The Associated Press, and Col. Ahmed Muse said the bomber struck the 12th April Army Brigade base near the newly reopened sports stadium in Warta-Nabadda district. The stadium's reopening had been ce

Who funds terrorism in Lebanon?

Accusations of Qatar financing terrorism are very serious, says British MP Smoke seen from Mount Lebanon rises from the site of a car bomb explosion in southern Beirut, Lebanon, August 15, 2013. Accusations of Qatar financing terrorism are very serious, say British MP Ian Paisley, Jr.  Image Credit: AP Abu Dhabi: Since the July 2006 war, the effects of “Thank you Qatar” continue to this day. This is how the relationship between Qatar and Hezbollah, which continued after 2006 in the dark, was devoted to financial and moral support through the Kefraya and Al Foah negotiations, and the billions deal to release 26 fishermen who belonged to the ruling family of Qatar. In the latest chapters of the Qatari conspiracy with the Devil Party, the American Fox News channel revealed that Doha had funded the delivery of weapons to the terrorist Hezbollah militia, considering that this would endanger the American forces in Qatar, which number about 10,000 people. SEE ALSO In pictures: Lebanon protest

Qatari royal family member authorized arms supply to Hezbollah - dossier

  A dossier provided by security contractor, Jason G., documented the role played since 2017 by a Qatari royal family member in a sprawling terror finance scheme. Qatar ’s monarchy has financed weapons deliveries to Hezbollah, a private-security contractor told  The Jerusalem Post  this week. Jason G., who claims to have worked for Western intelligence agencies as well as being a consultant to the Gulf state , s aid he penetrated Qatar’s weapons-procurement business as part of an apparent sting operation. A “member of the royal family” authorized the delivery of military hardware to the US- and EU-designated terrorist entity Hezbollah in Lebanon, he told  the Post. A dossier provided by Jason G. documented the alleged role played since 2017 by a Qatari royal family member in a sprawling scheme to finance terrorism. The Lebanese Hezbollah organization is an Iranian proxy Shi’ite militia, established by Tehran’s Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Lebanon in 1982. It rem

How serious is the Islamic State threat to attack South Africa?

  Whether or not the Islamic State – or any jihadist terror group – represents a serious threat to South Africa has been a contentious topic for some time. The question comes heavily loaded with ideological and political baggage and provokes strong emotions either way. Over the last few months, the debate has however risen to a different level via the growing assertiveness of Islamic State in the brutal  insurgency  in Mozambique’s northernmost Cabo Delgado province. Though the precise nature of that insurgency remains hazy, Islamic State has for some months been laying claim to the attacks. The extremists themselves, generally known as Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama, have proclaimed allegiance to Islamic State. The involvement of Islamic State in northern Mozambique seems to be what has eventually jolted the South African government into really taking notice of the insurgency, which started in October 2017 and has killed over  1 400 people . During a video parliamentary committee meeting in May