May 24, 2019Islamic State
The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) claimed a May 16 attack near Tongo Tongo, Niger, killing more than 20 soldiers not far from the Malian border. In March it issued a photo of its members in Burkina Faso and in April it claimed an attack on a militia in Mali. But, it is not clear that the ISWA group based primarily in Nigeria is behind those attacks.
June 1, 2018Niger
The name of the organization conjures association with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but caution is required. Evidence that the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara is somehow an extension of the Islamic State in the Middle East or even in Libya is sparse.
October 20, 2017Niger
The American military presence in Niger is attracting increasing attention in the United States following an ambush that killed four American soldiers. The tone of President Donald Trump’s condolence…
November 6, 2017Niger
An attack on Green Berets in southwest Niger has reignited a debate over U.S. policy in the region that stretches back decades.
March 7, 2012Iran
"Hamas rules out military support for Iran in any war with Israel," reads a headline in London’s Guardian newspaper. The statements by Hamas leaders that they "would not get involved" and are "not p…