A new US report claims that China plans to open new military bases across Africa.
Foreign military presence is not very pronounced in Kenya, though British and American personnel either train or assist in security operations.
Somalia is one of East Africa’s terrorism hotspots.
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All terrorism in the region has domestic origins but is linked to regional and international events.
The Mozambican military has proven to be inept at stopping atrocities by extremist insurgents in the Cabo Delgado province.
Should South Africa’s military get involved, it would be venturing into a highly violent and complex landscape, requiring a counter-terrorism type of operations.
Isis claims attacks in Beni province of northern Kivu, eastern Congo, close to the border to Uganda.
Links between groups within the Kivu province and the Islamic state are not new.
The Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, provides fertile ground for extremism.
Speculation and conspiracy theories abound about the Mozambican insurgents leaving a trail of violence in resource rich Cabo Delgado.
Parts of Mozambique are under attack from an Islamist militia that wants to uphold sharia law.
A guerrilla movement in Mozambique could upend the government’s plans for stability and prosperity.
Mozambique’s military responded swiftly following deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen on three police stations recently.
The first Islamist attack carried out by Mozambicans in the country is particularly surprising given the pride the country takes in its sound and relaxed inter-religious relations.
Herder Ahmed Haji waters his goats.
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According to 2016 rankings, Somalia is the most fragile state in the world, worse off even than Syria. But there are reasons to believe things will improve.
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (right) with outgoing President Hassan Sheik Mohamud.
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If Al-Shabaab maintains its hard stance, the possibility for dialogue will continue to be remote and Somalia’s government will be forced to intensify the war on terror through new strategies.
The dogmas of ruling and rebel groups in Africa conflate political conflict and spirituality.
The failure of African states to adequately address their racial, ethnic, cultural, religious and economic differences provided the fertile ground on which rebel groups now prosper.
The coalition has embraced African issues.
Governments come and go, but Britain’s Africa policy has long been a beacon of continuity.
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The aftermath of a car bombing in Mogadishu in February, blamed on Al-Shabab.
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