Rise, challenge and response to Islamic extremists in West Africa: The case of Mali and Nigeria

Abdullahi Ayoade, Ahmad and Mohd Afandi, Salleh and Hamidin, Abdul Hamid and Mohd Afandi, Salleh (2017) Rise, challenge and response to Islamic extremists in West Africa: The case of Mali and Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research and Management, 2 (11). pp. 95-102. ISSN 2455-6378

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The rise of Islamic extremism from East to West Africa by groups linked to Al-Qaeda has created chaos with unprecedented attacks and kidnappings. Such crimes have given rise to the fear that an arc of terror had emerged on the continent. Even though these groups are preoccupied with domestic issues, they share a common anti-Western rhetoric and often target foreigners and foreign elements. The situation poses a challenge not only to the region but the international community as a whole. The three main al-Qaeda-linked groups in Africa are Somalia’s Shabaab in the Horn of Africa, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb which operates across the Sahel, and Boko Haram based in Nigeria and operates across neighbouring countries. There is growing evidence of ties between the three militant groups. Each claims to have links with al-Qaeda. This research investigates the challenges that the Islamic militants in Mali and Nigeria pose to West Africa, the cooperation between concerned and neighbouring countries in finding a lasting solution, and global cooperation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Al-Qaeda, Challenges, Islamic Extremists, Regional Responses, Terrorism, West Africa
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law & International Relations
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2022 08:17
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022 08:17
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/5751

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