Al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror networks have been at war with each other in the Middle East. In West Africa they have decided to join forces in order to conquer more territory, raising concerns as they grow more violent. Coordinated attacks have led to control of a large area in the Sahel, south of the Sahara Desert. According to the head of the U.S. military’s Special Operations arm in Africa, Brigade General Dagvin Anderson, ‘multiple Afghanistans and Iraqs’ can fit within the large and rural territory that the groups are working together to take control of. More frequent raids and attacks have also been seeping into Niger and Mali, confirmed by numerous countries such as the U.S. and France. The U.S. reported this month that one coalition is believed to have 2,000 fighters, and the ISIS group in the Greater Sahara has hundreds of members and is recruiting more.
The Crossroads of Special Operations