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Macron Calls for Countries’ to do More in Fight Against Extremism

GAO, Mali (AP) — On his first official trip outside Europe, new French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday highlighted his determination to crush extremism but said “other countries can do more” to help protect Europe from the threat. He was visiting France’s largest overseas military operation, which is combating jihadist groups in West Africa.


US Transfers Gitmo Detainee to African Nation with Possible Al-Qaeda Cells

Shawqi Awad Balzuhair, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist from Yemen, has been transferred from the U.S. prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to the island nation of Cabo Verde off the coast of West Africa, where al-Qaeda is believed to have set up sleeper cells and is recruiting jihadists to train in Yemen.

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Video Shows Boko Haram Leader Defying Nigerian Military: ‘Here I Am’

The leader of the Nigeria-based Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) wing Boko Haram is reportedly featured in a video recently posted on social media denying claims by the Nigerian military that he had been seriously wounded and warning, “you have not seen the worst yet.”

NIGERIA, Kano : A screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Shekau dismissed Nigerian military claims of his death in a new …

Islamic State Video Praises Successes of Boko Haram in Niger

This Islamic State released a video Wednesday touting the successes of its African affiliate, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the terror group more popularly known as Boko Haram. The jihadists in the video vow to enslave the entire continent, beginning with the conquest of Niger.

NIGERIA, UNKNOWN : A screen grab made on January 20, 2015 from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau holding up a flag as he delivers a message. Boko Haram has claimed a …

Nigeria Opens Boko Haram Rehab Camp

The Nigerian military has issued an offer to Boko Haram jihadists seeking to surrender to hand over their arms and join the nation’s first jihadi rehabilitation camp, where the government hopes to train the former terrorists to work and prepare them to reintegrate into society.

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Nigeria: Rumors Fly That ‘Boko Haram’ Video May Be Work of ‘Paid Actors’

Rumors are flying in Nigeria following the release of a video featuring alleged members of the Islamic State-affiliated terror group Boko Haram, in which jihadists claim the group is still active and dangerous. The head of a regional youth organization claims the men are actors, paid by con artists hoping to extort the Nigerian government.

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Liberia Shuts Border with Guinea as Suspected Ebola Victims Flee Doctors

The government of Guinea confirmed Wednesday that five people had died after contracting the Ebola virus in the southern border state of Macenta, prompting a closing of the border and a manhunt for hundreds of villagers suspected of having had contact with the virus.

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Dozens of Starving Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender to Nigeria ‘Begging for Food’

Anonymous Nigerian soldiers have told media outlets that a group of Boko Haram terrorists and their hostages, number 76 people, have surrendered to the military in northeast Borno state. The terrorists surfaced from the forests in which they were hiding “begging for food,” one witness stated, having chosen surrender over starvation.

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Nigerian Military Frees 195 Boko Haram Captives in Terrorist Market Raid

The Nigerian military has announced the liberation of 195 Boko Haram captives after a raiding they described as a terrorist-operated market and pharmacy outlet in northeastern Borno State. Nigeria has struggled to prevent the jihadist group from staging more terror attacks since the nation declared victory in January.

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Nigeria Arrests Soldiers Supplying Arms to Boko Haram

The government of Nigeria may have declared the war won against Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram, but new evidence has surfaced that they not only remain active, but have deep ties within the Nigerian military. Officials arrested two soldiers this week for having provided government-issued weapons to the jihadist terror group.


Ebola Death Confirmed Hours After Outbreak Declared Over, 100 Quarantined

The government of Sierra Leone has quarantined more than 100 people after the body of a 22-year-old student tested positive for Ebola. The announcement arrived hours after the World Health Organization announced that the outbreak beginning in 2014 was officially over.

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Boko Haram ‘Defeated’; Nigeria to Relaunch Investigation into Missing Chibok Girls

Despite rampant violence and clear signs that Boko Haram, an Islamic State affiliate, is still a threat to west Africa, the Nigerian government has declared the fight against the terror group won, and will begin a new investigation into the abduction of more than 200 girls and young women from a secondary school in northeast Chibok, Borno, in April 2014.


When the World’s Newest Islamic Republic Honors the Jewish State

The Times of Israel reports: A month after Gambia declared itself an “Islamic Republic,” its longtime ruler this week warmly hosted the ambassador of the world’s only Jewish state. Israel’s Ambassador Paul Hirschson on Tuesday inspected a presidential honor guard