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Responding to rise in violent extremism in Sahel | Africa Center for Strategic Studies

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The number of violent events in Sahel have doubled every year since 2015. Over 700 of these incidences involving terrorists have taken place in 2019. Three groups are responsible for the majority of the attacks: the Macina Liberation Front, the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, and Ansaroul Islam. Despite opposition efforts carried out by security forces, the number of fatalities continues to grow. Author, Pauline Le Roux, recommends that while asserting a robust and mobile security presence in the affected regions, the Sahelian government should make more concerted efforts to bolster solidarity with affected communities. There are a number of promising initiatives by government officials, NGOs and security forces that can help enable the region to combat terrorism.

Source: https://africacenter.org

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