Women soldiers in the Somali National Army being trained to fight al-Shabaab terrorists (photo:dpa)

Alarm grows as Islamic extremism takes hold in Africa

The spread of Islamic jihadi groups in Africa is causing growing concern in the West. Many of the militant groups in Africa have locally-based goals in contrast to the global aims espoused by Islamic extremists in other parts of the world. But they do still present a major challenge for Africa and global security, particularly in areas where they are able to take advantage of power vacuums and poverty.

ISLAMIC militants have been expanding their operations in Africa, creating an arc of instability stretching from Mauritania to Somalia.

The countries most affected – Mali, Nigeria and Somalia – share common denominators: ethnic or religious divisions a...

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Money rather than faith is crucial for recruitment. Half of the Malian population lives on less than US$1.25 a day
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