Feb. 11 – US inspectors general for the US Department of Defense, Department of State and Agency for International Development published this week a public, unclassified report on the US counterterrorism operations in East Africa and North and West Africa, which are aimed at degrading al Qaeda and ISIS affiliates, and other terrorist groups, in that area.
In the 84-page document, the inspectors general describe the current increase of the terrorist threat.
In East Africa, al Shabaab conducted several high-profile attacks to US troops and killed three US military personnel; in West Africa, local and international forces had to fight hard against violent extremist organisations, especially in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger where these organisations are “neither contained nor degraded” and killed in the last three months of 2019 at least 230 African partner nation soldiers.
USAFRICOM, the US African Command, did not conduct any counterterrorism operations in West Africa in the last quarter of 2019, and will probably be at least partially re-deployed somewhere else soon.
- Press release on the Department of Defence Office of Inspector General website
- Link to the full report