Burkina Faso’s Gamble on Negotiating With Jihadists Could Backfire

Two soldiers enter the Catholic church at the 10th RCAS army barracks in Kaya, Burkina Faso, April 10, 2021 (AP photo by Sophie Garcia).
Two soldiers enter the Catholic church at the 10th RCAS army barracks in Kaya, Burkina Faso, April 10, 2021 (AP photo by Sophie Garcia).
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In early June, jihadist militants in Burkina Faso raided homes and the local market in Solhan, a village close to the border with Niger. By sunrise, they had killed at least 160 civilians in what local officials said was the country’s worst terrorist attack in years. Though particularly shocking for its scale, the attack is the latest expression of an ongoing and escalating conflict. Since 2016, Burkina Faso has been home to a jihadist insurrection that has thrown the country into an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis,” according to the United Nations, and displaced more than 1 million people—a number that has increased […]

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