Al-Qaeda vs. Islamic State: The ‘fight’ for West Africa’s riches

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A photograph made available 01 February 2013 shows Malian troops gesturing to civilians on a roadside in the northern town of Diabaly, Mali, 22 January 2013.

Al-Qaeda vs. Islamic State: The ‘fight’ for West Africa’s riches


After the jihadist attacks against civilian targets in the capitals of Mali in November 2015 and Burkina Faso in January, killing 21 and 30 people respectively, West Africa is once again a region of international concern.

Even though the French military intervention in Northern Mali in 2013 had restored state control in the area, it is no secret that jihadist armed groups are still active. Not only that, but they are also growing very rich.

West Africa generates profits from illicit activi...


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