The Fledgling Insurgency in Burkina’s East

The Fledgling Insurgency in Burkina’s East

Since February this year, a new battlefront has emerged in eastern Burkina Faso (ACLED, 2018), in the  Est Region situated along the borders with Niger, Benin, and Togo is regarded as a bastion of banditry. However, militancy is a new

The Reconstitution of the Islamic State’s Insurgency in Central Iraq

The Reconstitution of the Islamic State’s Insurgency in Central Iraq

Following the protracted Battle for Mosul between October 2016 and July 2017, the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq was subsequently pushed out of its other major strongholds in Telafar and Haweeja. With the further loss of the border town of

Burkina Faso – Something is Stirring in the East

Burkina Faso – Something is Stirring in the East

Since late 2016, Burkina Faso has been confronted with a growing insurgency and has suffered several high-profile attacks in the capital of Ouagadougou (ACLED, 3 March 2018). However, in recent months a new front has emerged in Burkina Faso’s far

From the Mali-Niger borderlands to rural Gao – Tactical and geographical shifts of violence

From the Mali-Niger borderlands to rural Gao – Tactical and geographical shifts of violence

In late April and early May, six massacres took place in the Mali-Niger border corridor. Presumed militants of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) carried out massacres against the Dawsahak community. Militiamen of the Movement for the Salvation