Militant Threats in Africa: Wall Street Journal

Africa is confronting increasing militant threats from extremists, including Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and Boko Haram. However, the United States has reduced its military presence in Africa by cutting 17 percent of personnel over the past two years – actions aligned with an adjustment of its worldwide troop commitment and the Trump administration’s strategy of reducing dispersed actions against terrorists and competing with China and Russia. The security situation in the Sahel, the semiarid belt between Sahara and southern tropical areas, is worsening as Al Qaeda and Islamic State cooperate in their aim to establish a caliphate. The United Nations reported that more than 4,000 civilians and soldiers died in attacks in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, a sharp increase from 770 deaths in 2016. To reduce the effect of troop reductions in Africa, the United States presses European allies to fill the gap. According to France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly, the reduced US support will “severely limit” the effectiveness of French military operations in the Sahel. – YaleGlobal

Militant Threats in Africa: Wall Street Journal

Africa confronts more militancy, extremism and security risks as the United States reduces its troop presence
Michael M. Phillips
Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Michael Phillips is a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He has covered the US ground war in Afghanistan since 2001, embedding with American forces in the field on two-dozen occasions. He has covered the global financial crisis, international economics, sub-Saharan Africa, foreign assistance and AIDS.

Sahel natIons: Cvilian facilities 2015-2019 Year	Burkina Faso	Mali	Niger 2015	1	80	119 2016	38	71	26 2017	66	237	22 2018	173	783	139 2019	1295	818	180

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