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French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum during the opening of a conference on strategy against the Islamic State group, Paris, Sept. 15, 2014 (AP photo by Brendan Smialowski).

France Joins Fight Against Islamic State Group to Revive Ties to Iraq

By Myriam Benraad
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By participating in U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State group, France is making a remarkable comeback in Iraq after distancing itself from Baghdad a decade earlier. Paris is regaining a seemingly long-term foothold in Iraq and opening a new era in French-Iraqi relations. more


Boko Haram, Corruption Purges Put Cameroon on Edge

By Alex Thurston
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Alongside the political risks of President Paul Biya’s desire to stay in power indefinitely, two short-term problems stoke anxiety in Cameroon: the potential for destructive escalation in the fight with Boko Haram, and the ambiguous effects of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. more