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Desert gives al Qaeda refuge after Mali defeat

The first two of 12 French UAVs have been delivered to Niamey. The Reapers will support French operations in Mali, and are suspected to be earmarked for use in the Central African Republic soon as well.

US adds Belmokhtar's brigades to terrorist lists

Mokhtar Belmokhtar's al-Mulathameen Brigade is behind terror attacks in Niger, Algeria, and Mali. Its "aliases," the al-Murabitoon Brigade and al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, have also been added to the US's lists of terror groups.

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.