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Landmines spell silent threat in Libyan former war zone

Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  The smell of gunpowder still lingered in the battle-scarred south of Libya’s capital when Hicham Suleiman, a teacher in his 50s, cautiously returned to his home. He left his car some 400 metres (yards) from his house and continued on foot, anxious about booby traps hidden …

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Boko Haram attack kills nearly 100 Chadian troops

N’Djamena, Chad | AFP |  Boko Haram jihadists have killed nearly 100 Chadian soldiers in a seven-hour attack on an island army base, in their deadliest assault yet on the country’s armed forces. President Idriss Deby told Chad television he travelled to the scene of the attack on Tuesday to pay …

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Caught up in Sahel war, Mali villagers flee to uncertainty

Sevare, Mali | AFP | Two months ago, all 400 inhabitants of the Malian village Toou grabbed a few belongings and fled fighting between armed groups, leaving their homes behind among the ghosts of the country’s war. Today, they sleep in an abandoned school in Sevare near the regional capital Mopti, …

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Poverty gap fueling north-south migration in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Mustapha Abdullahi spent his childhood in constant hunger “roaming the streets for food” in his village in northern Nigeria, unsure when his next meal would arrive. Like many living in areas where opportunities are scarce, he knew he had to move. When he turned 12 he travelled …

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Why Mali has opted for dialogue with jihadists

Bamako, Mali | AFP |  Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has opened the door to talks with jihadists to defuse mounting violence in the West African country, in a break with long-held tradition. Despite the presence of foreign troops, Mali has been struggling to contain a jihadist revolt that broke out …

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Terror as jihadists target key northeast Nigeria road

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP |  The bus driver sensed straight away that he and his six passengers were in trouble when the gunmen, dressed in Nigerian army uniforms, stopped their vehicle at a checkpoint. They were on the main road connecting the city of Maiduguri in volatile northeast Nigeria with the …

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36 civilians killed in northern Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP |  Militants killed 36 civilians when they attacked villages in northern Burkina Faso, the government said Tuesday, appealing for local volunteers to bolster its fight against jihadists. A “terrorist group” killed 32 civilians when they attacked and burned the market in Nagraogo village before killing four …

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‘Really tired’: French IS women languish in Syria camp

Al-Hol Camp, Syria | AFP | In an overcrowded desert camp for families linked to the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, a French woman begged for another chance so she and her children could go home. In the same settlement, two other French women were more tepid about the prospect …

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Children of foreign IS jihadists must be repatriated: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | UN investigators on Thursday called for thousands of children of jihadists who fought for the Islamic State group to be repatriated from Syria. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report that the children were in a “particularly precarious” situation since they often …

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