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September 9, 2021

Nigeria
Boko Haram Capture of Military Equipment Fuels Lake Chad Insurgency

A new report shows that the quantities of lethal materiel seized by Boko Haram from state stockpiles are astonishingly high, and the range of weapon systems lost is worryingly extensive. The diversion of contingent-owned equipment (COE)—that is, government-owned materiel—from the four Lake Chad Basin countries participating in and alongside the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has occurred on a level unprecedented on the African continent.

Two solders crouch on one knee, one with an assault rifle pointed forward, the other with his rifle aimed at the ground. Behind them is a Toyota pickup truck with a mounted gun in the back, with another soldier manning the gun.

April 13, 2021

Chad
Chad Holds Another Sham Election

On April 11, Chadians went cast their votes to elect a president. Not that the outcome was ever in doubt: incumbent president Idriss Deby, born in 1952, said publicly that he knew in advance that he would win "as I have done for the last thirty years."

A picture of Chadian President Idriss Deby.

October 20, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 9 to October 15, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

October 13, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 2–8

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 2 to October 8, 2021.

April 21, 2021

Chad
Deby's Death Heightens Uncertainty in Chad, West Africa

Chad strongman Idriss Deby's death on April 20, allegedly in combat with rebel forces that had crossed over from Libya, is bad news for the immediate struggle against jihadi radicalism in Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon. The news is also unwelcome for France and the United States.

A picture of recently deceased Chadian President Idriss Deby, sitting in front of a soldier wearing military fatigues.

October 5, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 25–October 1

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 25 to October 1, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

September 28, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 18–24

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 18 to September 24, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

September 21, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 11–17

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 11 to September 17, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

September 14, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 4–10

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 4 to September 10, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

October 18, 2021

Cameroon
Cameroon Presidential Succession Looms Large in Solving Country's Political Crises

In Cameroon, an incident last week in which a gendarme shot and killed a young child in Buea—a regional capital that has been the site of clashes between anglophone separatists and federal government forces—is the most recent outrage to make international headlines. Yet every day, the country’s civil conflict inflicts a brutal toll on the population, with surprisingly little outside attention. For five years, a deepening crisis has pit anglophone separatists against federal authorities, leading to thousands of lives lost and hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced—disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children in the process.

Soldiers brandishing rifles sit in the back of a camouflaged pickup truck. An election advertisement board of Cameroon President Paul Biya is seen behind them alongside another billboard with an advertisement.