Amb. Sanders on AL Jazeera (AJA) News - Interviews on Increasing Terrorist Activities in Burkina Faso & Uganda-DRC Joint Border Security Operations
AJA News - Burkina Faso Unrest & Insecurity:
Ambassador Sanders appeared on Al Jazeera (AJA) News on December 3, 2021, to talk, in general, about the continuing rise and expansion of jihadist activity in the Sahel as insecurity concerns reached a peak with massive street protests in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, over the last few months. Protesters are demanding the government improve security and the protection of civilians against the uptick of violence, murder, and human rights abuses, leading to the resignation of the country's Prime Minister, Christophe Dabire, and a care-taker government in response. Meanwhile, the insecurity driven by terrorist attacks continues unabated.
The rash and harsh violence has been led by local militants, disaffected or jihadists-leaning groups with both support (monetary and materiel) linkages to various affiliates of Al Qaeda and its splitter groups; remnants of the Islamic State Group from Iraq and Syria (ISIS); such as the Islamic State-West Africa Providence (aka ISWAP); and possibly now fighters from Afghanistan and the Libyan conflict. As a former National Security Director for Africa, and U.S. Representative to the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), Sanders stresses in the AJA new broadcast that one cannot talk about the insecurity driven by these elements in Burkina Faso in a vacuum from the rest of the deteriorating security situation happening in the five countries of the Sahel-Group of Five (G-5) and Northern Nigeria. She notes that Al Qaeda affiliates started moving into the Sahel region as far back as 2009-2010, with the fragmentation of ISIS and later the buildup of the Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Nigeria. As a result, both the level, and number of countries where jihadist groups are operating has grown three-fold not just in the Sahel Region, but elsewhere in Africa.
Burkina Faso has become part of a continuing jihadist effort to target select countries because they understand the advantages they have when there is not a strong security or government structure or the resources (manpower as well as materiel) to combat them. In addition, these terrorist groups are strategic in building ties with local disaffected groups (over anti-Western sentiments and issues of extreme poverty, in-country regional/ethnic differences, food insecurity, & lack of development) in every country in the Sahel. These myriad of issues gives outside jihadists groups several things: power, influence, reach, and key partners to develop local strategic knowledge. They have used this framework not only to further expand in Burkina Faso, but in Mali (where there have been now for a decade, and which has had 2 coups on 12 months), Niger, northern Nigeria (at least since 2010), Chad, and other areas of Africa such as the Central African Republic, the Cabo Delgado Region of Mozambique. While in East Africa, it is Al Shabab applying the same tactics in parts of Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. Thus far, 2020-2021 has been the most violent years in the advancement of jihadist violence in the Sahel. Click here for link https://youtu.be/cSnTIyLUrzo or see video below:
AJA News - DRC allows Uganda Forces Hot Pursuit & Joint Operations Against Terrorists: