Burkina Faso Looks to Its Neighbors for Help in Battling a Domestic Jihadi Threat

A soldier outside the Splendid Hotel, in the wake of a terrorist attack there that killed more than 30 people, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Jan. 18 , 2016 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
A soldier outside the Splendid Hotel, in the wake of a terrorist attack there that killed more than 30 people, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Jan. 18 , 2016 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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Late last year, in the early morning hours of Dec. 16, 40 heavily armed fighters stormed a military post in Nassoumbou, in northern Burkina Faso, about 18 miles from the border with Mali. Many observers assumed the attack was conducted by one of the extremist groups that are active across the Sahel and that find a safe haven in parts of Mali. Burkina Faso had already suffered several attacks at the hands of foreign insurgents, most often in its remote northern provinces, but also when operatives of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb infiltrated Ouagadougou, the capital, in January 2016, killing […]

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