Africa’s Counterterrorism Growth Industry May Backfire

Africa’s Counterterrorism Growth Industry May Backfire
Chadian peacekeepers with the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) patrol a check point, Tessalit, northern Mali, Nov. 3, 2013 (U.N. photo Marco Dormino).

Who can do the best job of fighting terrorists in Africa? Islamist extremist groups such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Somalia’s al-Shabab and northern Nigeria’s Boko Haram are garnering increasingly intense international attention. Last week, the U.S Army chief of staff was in Tanzania to discuss the threat with his African counterparts. In the meantime, United Nations Security Council ambassadors were visiting Somalia, while Western and Arab foreign ministers met in Vienna to discuss Libya, where the self-declared Islamic State has a foothold. Also last week, the Nigerian government claimed a symbolic victory when it announced that it had […]

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