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Boko Haram strengthens ties with ISIL, sends fighters to Libya

Boko Haram terrorists.

Special to Nigerian-based terror group Boko Haram has bolstered its alliance with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) by sending jihadists to fight alongside ISIL in Libya. Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIL in March. In June, ISIL […]

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New Nigerian leader faces Boko Haram threat backed by Sudan, Turkey and Qatar

Nigeria President Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. / Ben Curtis / AP

Special to By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (People’s Democratic Party: PDP) on March 31, conceded defeat in the March 28-29, presidential election, paving the way for Maj.-Gen. (Ret.) Muhammadu Buhari, 72, to be sworn-in […]

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The great Africa switcheroo: U.S. policy is now ideological, while China’s is pragmatic

First Lady Michelle Obama greets French President Francois Hollande to a state dinner in his honor at White House in February.  /AP

Special to Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The global strategic framework has changed beyond recognition in the past decade, even if the majority of the world’s population cannot grasp it. The face of Africa, however, is changing […]

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The Bergdahl swap with 5 Taliban prisoners of ‘high intelligence value’ may expedite deal with Boko Haram


Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The U.S. Barack Obama Administration was, on June 2, coming under intense domestic and international criticism for violating a fundamental tenet of Western alliance states not to “negotiate with terrorists” or militant groups, […]

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Turkish airlines exec on arms shipped to Islamists in Nigeria: ‘I feel sinful’


Special to ANKARA — Turkey was said to have been arming groups in Nigeria. An airline executive said the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was arming factions in the war in Nigeria. The executive, Mehmet Karatas, said Ankara […]

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U.S. intel presses for expanded satellite surveillance of Al Qaida in North Africa

Gen. David Rodriguez.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has intensified coverage of North Africa and its Al Qaida network. Officials said the intelligence community was ordering additional electronic and satellite intelligence on North Africa and the Sahel region amid […]

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Trial reveals close ties between Nigerian intelligence and Mossad on Hizbullah

Two Lebanese men claim they were harshly grilled by Mossad agents in Nigeria.

Special to CAIRO — The trial of alleged Hizbullah operatives has highlighted growing security cooperation between Israel and Nigeria. A trial in Nigeria has released information on an Israeli intelligence presence in the African country. The trial of two […]

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An Easter appeal for hope and God’s mercy


VATICAN CITY — Following are excerpts from the official English language translation provided by the Vatican of Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday message, delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica: I would like it to enter every […]

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Al Qaida reports execution of German hostage in Nigeria

German engineer Edgar Fitz Raupach was reportedly killed by his Al Qaida captors.

Special to WASHINGTON — Al Qaida has warned the West against trying to rescue hostages held in North Africa through military means. Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has reported the death of a European hostage said […]

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UN ties weapons shipments for West Africa to Iran’s IRGC

Nigeria had in November 2010 reported Iran to the United Nations Sanctions Committee over high calibre arms and ammunition intercepted by security agencies at Apapa Port.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations has sanctioned Iranian arms exporters to Africa. A Security Council committee has identified members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Force responsible for shipping weapons to African clients. On April 20, the committee, […]

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