Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger …

The Islamic State group, which once held about a third of Syrian territory and even more ground in Iraq, now oversees a network of affiliates of varying sizes across Africa.

Each affiliate arose in disparate regions with unique histories and grievances. Groups exploiting those grievances through extortion and violence eventually took on the brand known globally as ISIS.
Now the international community is joining African nations in looking for ways to combat the spread.

Islamic State group influence in Africa has grown yearly since 2014.

By 2019, at least 22 African countries had seen suspected IS-linked activity, even if no affiliate was based there. By 2020, eight countries had seen an increase in such violence.

Those eight represent West Africa’s Sahel, the current epicenter of Islamic State group violence on the continent, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mozambique.

Local Jihadist groups gain the cachet of the Islamic State brand as well as the resources that come along it, such as financing, training, and a worldwide social media-based propaganda platform .

In turn, the Islamic State group can point to successes in Africa as it struggles to recover from defeats in the Middle East.

In fact, African affiliates now are featured on the front page of the Islamic State group’s weekly publication, al-Naba, more than core groups in Iraq and Syria.

There are six African affiliates, or provinces, of the Islamic State group in Africa. The first three began in 2014 in war-torn Libya, Algeria and Egypt’s troubled Sinai region.
A year later, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) formed and has branches in the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel.

One branch emerged from Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency and the other out of militant groups active in northern Mali.
A small group in Somalia pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2018, and a year later Islamic State Central Africa Province formed.

It has branches in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province insurgency and in a faction of the eastern DRC’s Allied Democratic Forces militant group.

The African groups vary by history, size and motivation. Experts have found that discerning the true relationships between them and the so-called ISIS Core can be elusive.

Ultimately, the Islamic State group has to designate a group as a province for it to be considered an affiliate.

Bottom Line and Caution :
The only 2 African States seriously confronting this menace are Rwanda and South Africa in Mozambique.

As our collective , inept leadership sleeps on the job , this Cancer is steadily creeping Northwards into Malawi , Zambia , Zimbabwe , Tanzania , Comoros , Burundi , DRC and finally, right here at our doorstep.

Our collective Security is not something to bargain about.
If each affected country could contribute just 1 Special Forces Volunteer Battalion this mess would be cleaned up in under 1 year…

And only a small fraction of the Trillions currently consumed by Graft and Wasteful Schemes would be required to fund this noble venture …

The clock is ticking fast and time waits for no one …

Rexumbwa

Wacha wakuje. Who cares if a few bonobos live or die for the imaginary sky daddy