Insecurity in the Sahara

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As we have commented in the past, insecurity in the Sahara is nothing new. Since the In Amenas raid in Algeria a year ago nothing has caught the world headlines, but kidnapping, smuggling, tribal and ethnic violence and jihadist extremism continue to threaten all the Sahara states. Three Libyan factors have tended to make things worse: availability …

Mauritania

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With a population of nearly three and a half million, one of the poorest countries in Africa (despite having some oil and abundant mineral resources), is a member of the Arab league and has recently had a slightly raised profile because of concern about security in the Sahara and Sahel countries. President Muhammad Ould Abd al-Aziz came to power …

Security in the Sahara

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Since the French intervention Operation Serval in Mali in January and the In Amenas raid in the Algerian Sahara in which 39 foreign hostages were killed also in January there have been no security incidents in the Sahara which have caught the world's headlines. But there are regular reports of minor clashes and Sahara security remains a …