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The Risk of Jihadist Contagion in West Africa

Faced with jihadist breakthrough in Burkina Faso, neighbouring states in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea increasingly fear attacks in their own territories.

These countries should improve intelligence sharing, strengthen border controls and regain the trust of local populations.

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What’s new?

Islamist militants’ lengthening reach in the Sahel, particularly in Burkina Faso, is a growing concern for coastal West African states.

These states’ leaders fear that militants could use Burkina as a launching pad for operations further south.

Why does it matter?

Militant attacks could…

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