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Vol 60 No 21

Published 25th October 2019

Burkina Faso

The politics of counter-terror

The government issues appeals to the West and the region for solidarity and money to resist the jihadist onslaught

Soldiers, civilians, worshippers at a mosque were but some of the dozens of victims of Islamist guerrillas in Burkina as the pace of jihadist attacks on civilians and security forces continued in October. Army and police seem unable to halt the momentum of the attacks, which were the topic of the 13-14 September Ouagadougou meeting of ten heads of states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The political elite of the capital, hitherto far from the barren fields of battle, has become increasingly nervous.

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