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2015: Terror in Africa

2015: Terror in Africa

Reporters of the German news agency Deutsche Welle  -on a special assignment-  have interviewed victims and former members of terror groups, ex-profiteers ,  and people who are trying to stop…

Controversial tanker robbed by Nigerian pirates near Abidjan.

Controversial tanker robbed by Nigerian pirates near Abidjan.

ABIDJAN –  Pirates robbed an petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast’s port of Abidjan,  the raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks that occurred…

Piracy: Ghana affected by Nigerian pirates.

Piracy: Ghana affected by Nigerian pirates.

Two recent pirate attacks have raised international concerns that Ghana is turning into a hot spot for piracy and armed robbery at sea. Released in August, last July oil tanker…

European and U.S. boots in the Horn of Africa: Djibouti becoming region´s garrison town.

European and U.S. boots in the Horn of Africa: Djibouti becoming region´s garrison town.

Washington has been building up a large military base in Djibouti and training regional armies to fight al-Shabab in Somalia. Once a French Colony and base of the Foreign Legion,…

ISIL´s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with more field power than al-Zawahiri, within Al Qaeda.

ISIL´s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with more field power than al-Zawahiri, within Al Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda has made a comeback that few at the time foresaw. On at least one important metric, it has never been stronger. Two groups linked to al-Qaeda, Islamic State of…

Al Qaeda franchisees recruiting and reassembling forces in Africa.

Al Qaeda franchisees recruiting and reassembling forces in Africa.

Recent terror attacks in Tunisia, Libya, Kenya and other African countries show that al-Qaeda and its affiliates have a new focus.  They have separate strategies according to the region, they…

International cargo tankers: Nigerian backed pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are increasing.

International cargo tankers: Nigerian backed pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are increasing.

West Africa.- Pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea have increasingly targeted international cargo tankers, with roughly $100 million (74 million euros) in product stolen since 2010, a risk analysis…

Kenya´s troops will stay in Somalia.

Kenya´s troops will stay in Somalia.

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta affirmed on Tuesday that he will keep the country’s troops in Somalia until that country is stabilized, after the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab said it staged a deadly…

Africa not able to solve piracy, now operating in Nigerian waters, specially the Gulf of Guinea.

Africa not able to solve piracy, now operating in Nigerian waters, specially the Gulf of Guinea.

Africa widens its piracy problem. Now well-armed pirates are operating -attacks, kidnappings and armed robberies- in West Africa’s oil-rich Gulf of Guinea. This new development was reported by the London-based…

Somali Pirates now in the “protection business”.

Somali Pirates now in the “protection business”.

Frustrated by many failed hijacking attempts, some Somali pirates have turned to a new business model:  providing “security” for fishing boats  illegally plundering Somalia’s fish stocks. Pirates are also trafficking…

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