Expansion of Sahel Militant Threat Exposes Coastal West Africa to Growing Risk of Enduring Violence

The failure to stem the spread of extremist groups in Burkina Faso and Mali is increasingly exposing countries in coastal West Africa, hitherto relatively untouched by the phenomenon, to the threat of militant Islamist violence. In previous years militant Islamist groups have periodically sought to launch hit-and-run attacks in coastal countries,...
  • The failure to stem the spread of extremist groups in Burkina Faso and Mali is increasingly exposing countries in coastal West Africa, hitherto relatively untouched by the phenomenon, to the threat of militant Islamist violence.
  • In previous years militant Islamist groups have periodically sought to launch hit-and-run attacks in coastal countries, but the risk now looks more substantial as terrorist cells are also being discovered in the region suggesting an increased desire to establish rear bases therein.
  • Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Togo are all facing rising levels of political instability and large sections of their populations are disgruntled with government performance, intensifying the risk that extremists will be able to recruit with ease and embed in these countries in the coming 6–12 months.
Source: www.janes.com