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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, second left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Antonio Guterres, second right, Secretary-General of the United Nations, attend a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Libya's neighbors, global envoys seek solutions to conflict

Jan. 23, 2020 2:46 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Top diplomats from Libya's neighboring countries and beyond met in the Algerian capital on Thursday amid intensifying international efforts to end the conflict tearing apart the oil-rich North African country. The meeting brought together foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad,...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, poses with G5 African heads of state after the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, southwestern France, Monday Jan.13, 2020. France is preparing its military to better target Islamic extremists in a West African region that has seen a surge of deadly violence. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

French summit aims to boost counterterror fight in W. Africa

Jan. 13, 2020 6:56 PM EST

PAU, France (AP) — French and West African heads of states vowed to boost their military efforts under a joint command in Africa's Sahel region, which has seen a surge of deadly violence. They also urged the U.S. to maintain its key support in the fight against Islamic extremism. Leaders of Mali, Burkina...

Niger army chief fired after 89 killed in extremist attack

Jan. 13, 2020 8:44 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger’s president has fired the army’s chief of staff after attacks against security forces have killed at least 174 security force members since December. President Issoufou Mahamadou's action on Monday came after the death toll from an attack by Islamic extremists on...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 displaced Burkinabe people in the Pissila town camp, near Kaya, Burkina Faso. Islamic extremists carried out a record number of attacks last year in Burkina Faso and the instability has now spread to the country's east. The violence in northern and now eastern Burkina Faso has displaced more than half a million people, according to the United Nations. And there are fears the unrest could throw elections planned for late 2020 into question.  (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Islamic extremism wracks Burkina Faso, spreading east

Jan. 10, 2020 5:03 AM EST

FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The jihadists who killed Wabwa Ampougovni's son and two grandchildren wanted them to suffer: They cut the backs of their necks before slitting their throats, leaving them to a slow and agonizing death. They were among 14 people killed in late November when extremists...

Niger military says 25 soldiers are dead after another large attack blamed on Islamic extremists

Jan. 9, 2020 4:03 PM EST
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger military says 25 soldiers are dead after another large attack blamed on Islamic extremists.

Suspected jihadists strike Niger military; 25 soldiers dead

Jan. 9, 2020 4:03 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Islamic militants carried out another large assault on Niger's military Thursday, leaving at least 25 soldiers dead along with dozens of jihadists only a month after the worst attack of its kind in years, the military said. The latest violence blamed on extremists struck the town of...

UN envoy: Terrorist attacks surging in Sahel and West Africa

Jan. 8, 2020 7:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for West Africa and the Sahel says the region has experienced “a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets” in recent months. Mohamed Ibn Chambas told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that the “unprecedented...

14 dead in Niger after Islamic extremists attack convoy

Dec. 26, 2019 3:56 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Islamic extremists on motorcycles killed 14 security force members who were escorting election officials in the West African nation of Niger, the first large attack there since 71 soldiers were killed in a massive ambush earlier this month, authorities said Thursday. The attack took...

French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by President Alassane Ouattara upon arrival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Friday Dec. 20, 2019. Macron is in Ivory Coast for a three-day official visit.  (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Macron wraps up a trip to West Africa focusing on security

Dec. 23, 2019 12:01 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute Sunday to the victims of Niger's largest extremist attack in recent memory while on the last stop of a three-day visit to West Africa. Macron visited the cemetery where 71 Nigerien soldiers were interred after the Dec. 10 attack on a remote...

French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by President Alassane Ouattara upon arrival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Friday Dec. 20, 2019. Macron is in Ivory Coast for a three-day official visit.  (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Macron vows to keep fighting extremism in West Africa

Dec. 21, 2019 5:14 PM EST

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — France's President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to boost the fight against Islamic extremism in West Africa as French troops killed 33 Islamic extremists in central Mali. Saturday was Macron's second day of his three-day trip to Ivory Coast and Niger that has been dominated by the...