The AU has announced a cessation of its 22,000 strong peacekeeping mission currently operating in Somalia by the end of 2017. The decision was accelerated in August by a 20 per cent financial cut in sponsorship from the European Union, which forced the Ugandan government, AMISOM’s largest military contingent to initiate a unilateral withdrawal […]PublishedSeptember 26th, 2016 Author Legacy
Abubakar Shekau, a leading Boko Haram figure, has appeared in a video saying he is in “good health” and denying claims by the Nigerian army that he was fatally wounded in an airstrike last month. It is not clear when the video was recorded, but the references to the airstrike and the fact that […]PublishedSeptember 26th, 2016 Author Legacy
The once tense relations between President Keita of Mali, and leader of the opposition Soumalia Cissé have been tempered in recent weeks, as both parties have agreed to work together to find a solution to the country’s rapidly escalating internal conflict. The two met on September 9th to begin the first of a series […]PublishedSeptember 12th, 2016 Author Legacy
by Laura Gardner This article has been edited after the Nigerian military’s announcement on August 23rd that Abubakar Shekau was fatally wounded in an airstrike. Given that similar claims have been made by Nigeria’s army in the past, only to be disproven, we await further details and verification and may edit the story in the […]PublishedAugust 23rd, 2016 Author Legacy
STRATEGIC COMMENT: In this post, IISA briefly considers several socio-political elements that suggest that the Nigerian government needs to rethink and widen its counter-insurgency strategy. ContinuedPublishedJune 16th, 2016 Author Legacy
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