30 Oct '12, 5pm

New @IISS_org analysis: Extremism spreads across West Africa and the Sahel

New @IISS_org analysis: Extremism spreads across West Africa and the Sahel

Although the intensity of terrorist incidents seems to be declining globally, there has been a surge of violent Islamist activity across West Africa, where both new and established armed groups are destabilising fragile states and creating a regional security threat. While the problem remains local for the moment, the international community is keen to avoid any regional safe havens from becoming springboards for terrorist activities further afield. But instead of intervening directly, it is focusing on supporting African forces on the ground, calculating that 'African solutions to African problems' should be the most effective and lasting. The most recent statistics on global terrorist incidents, produced by the United States National Counterterrorism Center, paint a broadly encouraging picture. In 2011 the number of terrorist attacks across the globe fell to a five-year ...

Full article: http://www.iiss.org/publications/strategic-comments/past-...

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