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Organised crime and terrorism among big threats facing the Sahel

President Issoufou said he would attempt "to lock" his country's borders to combat free access by Islamists and traffickers. He also warned that Libya may become like Somalia.

Niger's president says Libya risks becoming like Somalia

US adds Boko Haram, Ansaru to list of foreign terrorist groups

Boko Haram has adopted al Qaeda's tactics and has communicated with top al Qaeda leaders to coordinate in the global jihad. Ansaru, a Boko Haram splinter group, was also added to the terrorism list.

Boko Haram militants 'Nigeria's problem' for now, say analysts

Four Frenchmen taken hostage in September 2010 in Niger by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb were freed. The men are thought to have spent most of their captivity in Mali, where they were freed. AQIM has bases in northern Mali. President Hollande of France credited Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou with obtaining their release.

Exclusif : un repenti révèle le vrai visage de Mokhtar Belmokhtar

Multi-national troops strike back against Mali terrorists

France Begins New Anti-Islamist Sweep in Mali

Niger confronts Sahara smugglers

Laaouar turns to propaganda to boost image

Al Qaeda group led by Belmokhtar, MUJAO unite to form al-Murabitoon

Mauritania, Niger sign defence pact

Extremists exploit Sahel unrest

A heavily armed member of a MUJAO cell near the Nigerian border was arrested by Nigerien authorities in Madaoua. The French-run Somair uranium mine has fully resumed production after it was bombed in a MUJAO attack last month.

President Issoufou is trying to form a unity government that is willing to confront the rising threat of Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region. Nigerien forces recently assisted the Nigerian JTF in the arrest of a Boko Haram leader who had fled to Karanga.

US charges Belmokhtar with murder of Americans in Algerian gas plant attack

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpgThe Justice Department charged Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of al Qaeda's al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, or Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, with eight terrorism-related charges.

Drones in Niger Reflect New US Tack on Terrorism

Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Approach in Terror Fight

The Signed in Blood Brigade, led by al Qaeda-linked Mokhtar Belmokhtar, issued a statement claiming a June 1 jailbreak in Niamey. Several terrorists, including Cheibane Ould Hama of Mali, were said to be among at least 22 prisoners freed. Some 6,240 Nigerian refugees now in Niger who fled Boko Haram have been promised by Nigerian officials that they will soon be able to return to Borno state.