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Malian troops join with former rebels during a joint patrol in Gao, Mali. Malian troops join with former rebels during a joint patrol in Gao, Mali, Feb. 23, 2017 (AP photo by Baba Ahmed).

With Major Attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, the Sahel Keeps Sliding Toward ‘Chaos’

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

Even for a region that has witnessed the growing entrenchment of extremist groups and skyrocketing violence, it was a particularly deadly week in Africa’s Sahel. On Nov. 1, Islamist militants killed 54 people, including dozens of soldiers, in an attack on an isolated military base in northeastern Mali; the Islamic State claimed responsibility. Days later, gunmen ambushed a Canadian mining company’s convoy in northern Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 more. ...

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