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Tango0125 Oct 2017 10:23 p.m. PST

"A massive blast in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu on Oct. 14 and more recent terror attacks in Somalia, Niger and Egypt highlight Africa as a new battleground against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State as they are being driven out of the Middle East.

The Islamic State, or ISIS, is seeking a safe harbor after major losses in Iraq and Syria. And al-Qaeda looks to secure its future by expanding operations and alliances in the sub-Saharan region, analysts say.

"The collapse of the Islamic State's stronghold in Raqqa (Syria) will cause a re-coalescence of fighters on the continent, most of whom come from North African countries," said Ali Bakr, an analyst specializing in terrorism at Future Advanced Research, a think tank in Abu Dhabi…"


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twawaddell Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2017 11:56 a.m. PST

Not just Somalia. Both Al Qaeda and ISIS have significant assets in Niger, Mali, Nigeria, and southern Algeria. Ever since the Arab Spring and the bargain basement giveaway of Libyan arms the whole region has been a hotbed for such groups.

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