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The Islamic State Franchises in Africa: Lessons from Lake Chad

While in decline in the Levant, the Islamic State has claimed some gains in Africa

Testimonies from defectors who once waged jihad in the Lake Chad basin shed new light on the impact and workings of the “caliphate” south of the Sahara.

  • Vincent Foucher
  • ICG

After the dramatic collapse of the Islamic State (ISIS) “caliphate” in 2017, officials and observers are debating whether renewed attacks by ISIS in Iraq signal a resurgence there.

What seems undeniable, though, is that the fortunes of ISIS-linked militants in sub-Saharan Africa are rising.

The ISIS franchise in the has expanded significantly, confounding the…

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