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Burkina Faso to create military zones to fight jihadi rebels

Jun. 22, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s ruling junta says it will create two military zones where civilians must vacate their homes to allow the army to battle jihadi rebels without any hindrances. The two zones will be established in the country's hard-hit East and Sahel...

French military: Nearly 40 jihadis killed in drone strikes on motorcycle column in Niger, near border with Burkina Faso.

Jun. 16, 2022 10:35 AM EDT
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — French military: Nearly 40 jihadis killed in drone strikes on motorcycle column in Niger, near border with Burkina Faso.

55 people killed in latest attack in northern Burkina Faso

Jun. 13, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 55 people over the weekend in northern Burkina Faso, authorities said Monday, the latest attack in the West African country where mounting violence is blamed on Islamic extremists. Suspected militants targeted civilians in...

Jihadi attacks mount in Burkina Faso despite junta's efforts

Jun. 13, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The mutinous soldiers who ousted Burkina Faso's democratically elected president early this year vowed they would do a better job at stopping the jihadi violence rocking the country. Five months later, however, attacks are increasing and patience with the junta...

Authorities say 55 people have been killed in northern Burkina Faso in a suspected Islamic extremist attack

Jun. 13, 2022 14:00 PM EDT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities say 55 people have been killed in northern Burkina Faso in a suspected Islamic extremist attack.

West African leaders put off further post-coup sanctions

Jun. 04, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African heads of state put off further punishing the leaders of Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso at a regional summit Saturday, as coup leaders in all three countries continue to insist that it will take years before new elections can be held. The 15-nation...

'We don't have food': African leaders meet as crises grow

May. 27, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

DJIBO, Burkina Faso (AP) — African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent extremism, climate change challenges and a run of military coups. Leaders called for...

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

Jihadis' attack in eastern Burkina Faso kills 11 soldiers

May. 20, 2022 07:58 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Eleven soldiers were killed and nearly two dozen injured by jihadis targeting a military base in eastern Burkina Faso, the government said. Injured soldiers have been taken to hospital and aerial support killed 15 attackers trying to flee after...

UN: Mali pullout from counterterrorism force `unfortunate'

May. 18, 2022 23:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s top political official for Africa called Mali’s decision to withdraw from the Sahel regional counterterrorism force “unfortunate and regrettable” Wednesday, especially at a time of increasing terrorist activity and insecurity. Assistant...