Mozambique urged to use force wisely, aid and dialogue to tackle insurgency

Mozambique should combine its military response to a spiralling jihadist insurgency with aid to disenchanted communities and dialogue with militants to offer them an exit from violence, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said Friday. The Brussels-based think tank urged Maputo to “use force wisely” in tackling the brutal campaign unfolding in its gas-rich north. The … Read more

Elite European anti-jihadist force takes first steps in Sahel

GAO, MALI: Inside a military base in northern Mali, a concrete bollard emblazoned with French, Estonian and Swedish flags marks a zone reserved for a new anti-jihadist unit of elite European troops. Dubbed Task Force Takuba, the new joint deployment marks a coup for France, which has sought partners in its long fight against Islamist … Read more