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Will Africa adapt its counter-terrorism operations to changing realities? […]

According to the African Union (AU) Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), from January to August 2020 Africa experienced 1 168 terrorist attacks. This is an 18% increase compared to 982 attacks in the same period in 2019.

Years after the deployment of a number of counter-terrorism operations, including the AU Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko Haram and a number of non-African forces
in different regions, the continent is no closer to defeating or containing terrorism and violent extremism.

On the contrary, the threat is now spreading to regions such as the Great Lakes and Southern Africa, and to countries such as Mozambique and coastal states in Western Africa that until recently had not experienced terrorist attacks.

In order to scale up its responses to this threat, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) will discuss the possibility of forming a counter-terrorism unit under the African Standby Force (ASF) on 28 October 2020. […]

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Source: ISSAfrica