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Jun 8 2021

Al-Qaeda-Linked JNIM Group Denied Responsibility For Recent Massacre In Burkina Faso

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Nusrat al-Islam (officially known as Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin’ (JNIM) that is an Al-Qaeda’s branch in Sahel has released a statement denying its involvement in the massacre in northern Burkina Faso. On June 4th, at least 160 civilians, including “volunteer anti-terrorism fighters” were killed in the bloodiest string of Islamist attacks in Burkina Faso since 2015. Amid the media reports on the appalling massacre, the JNIM organization has announced “its complete absolvement … and fully denied its involvement.” The group’s statement stressed out that “these heinous acts” were not  a part of the methodology of …

May 16 2021

In Photos: 15 Killed In Deadly ISIS Attack In Southeastern Niger

Support SouthFront A destroyed ACMAT Bastion APC. Click to see full-size image. On May 16, ISIS news agency, Amaq, released photos from a recent attack by the group’s cells on the Niger Armed Forces. The attack, which took place on May 4, targeted a post of the Nigerien military located near the town of Einthusan in the southwestern region of Tillabéri. At the time, the post was manned by soldiers from a special anti-jihadist forces called “Operation Almahaou”. ISIS claimed that about 20 Nigerien soldiers were killed as a result of the attack. However, the Ministry of Defense of Niger …

May 9 2021

ISIS Terrorists Killed, Injured Over 30 Nigerien Soldiers In Two Separate Attacks (Photos)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image. More than 30 Nigerien soldiers were killed in two separate attacks by ISIS cells in western and southwestern Niger in the first week of May. The first attack, which took place on May 1, saw ISIS cells ambushing a unit of the FAN [Forces Armées Nigériennes – reads in English the Niger Armed Forces] near the town of Talia in the Tahoua region in western Niger. Ibrahim Miko, Secretary General of Tahoua, said on national TV that the unit was on its way back from a mission when it came under attack. “From …

May 5 2021

Video Of French Journalist Abducted By Al-Qaeda In Mali Surfaced Online

Support SouthFront Olivier Dubois as seen in the recently released video. On May 5th, a video showing French Journalist Olivier Dubois, who went missing last month while working in Mali’s northern city of Gao, surfaced online. In the video, Dubois says he was kidnapped on April 8 by al-Qaida-linked Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM). The journalist calls on his family, friends and French authorities to work for his release. Dubois works for a number of French news outlets including Le Point Afrique and Libération. According to Libération, he has been based in Mali for six years. Christophe Deloire, head …

Apr 27 2021

Two Spanish Journalists, An Irish National Abducted In Burkina Faso (Photos)

Support SouthFront Illustrative Image Two Spanish journalists and an Irish national were abducted in eastern Burkina Faso on April 26. They disappeared alongside a Burkinabe soldier after an attack on an anti-poaching military unit in a national park in the east of the country, near the border with Benin. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed that two Spaniards were killed, naming the victims. Both were described as seasoned war journalists. They reportedly had histories of working in conflict zones in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. Se confirma la peor de las noticias. …

Apr 11 2021

Israeli-French Drone Spotted In Moroccan Airport

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image. A drone jointly developed by France and Israel was recently spotted in a Moroccan airport located on the coast of the disputed region of Western Sahara. On April 10, a number of sources shared a photo showing the drone, identified as an EADS Harfang, in Dakhla Airport. A short video of the drone flying over an unspecified part of Morocco also surfaced online. The Harfang, known as Système Intérimaire de Drone [The Interim medium-altitude, long-endurance drone system] was specially developed for the French Air Force by France’s EADS -now a part of European …

Mar 25 2021

Mauritanian Security Forces Apprehend Foreigner Who Stormed Airliner In Nouakchott Airport

Donate File image, Source: Sahara Medias, Via RT On March 25, Mauritanian security forces apprehended a foreigner who stormed an airliner of Mauritania Airlines in Nouakchott International Airport – Oumtounsy. According to the Mauritanian News Agency, the hijacker stormed the airliner, which was empty at the time, to demand “compensation” form the Mauritanian government over an unclear personal issue. “A man, who claims to be an American citizen, has threatened to burn down a Mauritanian air plane, of Amberear type, on the floor of Nouakchott International Airport – Oumtounsy,” the state-run news agency said in a report. “The hijacking operation …

Nov 18 2020

Clashes In Western Sahara Continue, As Polisario Front Says There’s No Hope For Peace

Donate Click to see full-size image Fighting is on-going between Moroccan military forces and the Polisario Front (Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Río de Oro). On November 16th and 17th, clashes are continuing along the security wall in the disputed area. King Mohammed VI said the military operation by Morocco’s army had enabled trade to resume through the strategic border post at El Guergarat that had been blockaded by supporters of the pro-independence Polisario Front. Morocco “has redressed the situation, settled the problem definitively and restored the flow of trade,” the monarch told United Nations Secretary …