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Développements explosifs : la menace croissante des engins explosifs improvisés dans l’ouest du Niger

26 June 2019

Durant les sept derniers mois, des groupes armés ont conduit une série d’attaques au moyen d’engins explosifs improvisés (EEI) dans l’ouest du Niger – une première dans cette zone en proie à l’insurrection. L’utilisation croissante d’EEI par l’État Islamique au Grand Sahara (EIGS) dans les régions de Tillabéri et de Tahoua au Niger indique une…

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Democracy Delayed: Parliamentary Elections and Insecurity in Mali

6 June 2019

This month, Malians will go to the polls to vote in delayed parliamentary elections: voting was originally slated for October 2018, then delayed until November, then delayed until April 2019, before being scheduled for June 2019 (DW, October 16, 2018; GardaWorld). The courts cited “force majeure” (meaning unforeseen circumstances) as the reason for the delays…

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Branching Out: The Islamic State’s Continued Expansion

3 June 2019

ACLED Research Analyst Melissa Pavlik maps the ongoing expansion of the Islamic State in 2019 as the militant group’s global footprint continues to grow. Find more about Islamic State activity around the world here and here. © 2019 Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). All rights reserved.

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A Vicious Cycle: The Reactionary Nature of Militant Attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali

31 May 2019

In recent weeks, a series of attacks on churches in Burkina Faso has received global media coverage (BBC, 2019). Jihadi militant groups recently accused of pitting ethnic communities against each other (HRW, 2019) are now also accused of trying to ignite a religious war (La Croix, 2019). While jihadists do play a crucial role in…

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Heeding the Call: Sahelian militants answer Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi’s call to arms with a series of attacks in Niger

23 May 2019

In the past week, Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) launched a series of attacks across northern Tillabery in Niger, and included the deadliest ambush ever recorded in the Tillabery region by the group. This suggests that resumed transmissions between ISGS and the Islamic State (IS), as well as IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi…

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Endgames & Affiliations: Explaining Differing Patterns of Behavior Between Islamist Groups

19 April 2019

Islamist groups have been deemed one of the most significant threats to international security in the 21st century, and current conflicts include peak levels of political violence involving Islamist actors (New York Times, 6 July 2018). Islamism can imply a variety of qualities – most commonly, the term implies that the group in question aims…

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Political Violence Skyrockets in the Sahel According to Latest ACLED Data

28 March 2019

28 March 2019: As the UN Security Council returns from a visit to Mali and Burkina Faso, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has recorded a massive spike in deadly violence across the Sahel.1 Over the last five months, there has been an increase in both fatalities and conflict events in the…

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Beyond the Caliphate: The Islamic State’s Global Future

27 February 2019

ACLED Research Analyst Melissa Pavlik tracks Islamic State activity outside of its former “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, evaluating the militant group’s continued potential for global disruption.* ________ *Correction: This infographic previously included activity where the specific faction of Boko Haram involved in the event (Barnawi or Shekau faction) was unknown based on reporting. As…

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JNIM: A Rising Threat to Stability in the Sahel

1 February 2019

ACLED Research Analyst Hilary Matfess traces the history of Jama’at Nusrat ul-Islam wal-Muslimeen (JNIM) and its growing threat to civilians. © 2019 Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). All rights reserved.

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Ten Conflicts to Worry About in 2019

Disorder spread across ACLED’s areas of coverage last year, with political violence and protest surging in more countries than they declined. These trends show few signs of stopping in 2019, as conflict and unrest threaten to expand in scope and scale. In this special report on 10 conflicts to worry about in 2019, ACLED analyzes…

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