Terrorism in Africa

Do Islamists on the continent threaten the West?


Parts of Africa have become battlefronts in the fight against terrorism by jihadists and other extremists. The breakdown of law and order in Libya, in particular, has allowed the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization to capture pockets of territory and gain a foothold on the continent. Some jihadi groups want to impose strict Islamic law, which calls for floggings, stonings and executions of nonbelievers. To the south, another violent group, Boko Haram, has killed thousands in Nigeria — and kidnapped hundreds of girls — and aligned itself with ISIS. In Somalia, al Shabab, an affiliate of al Qaeda, has launched attacks in neighboring countries and is trying to prevent Somalia from re-establishing a functioning government. The United States has responded with limited military interventions and ...

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