How Islamist militant groups are gaining strength in Africa

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Terrorist groups are destabilizing countries all over the continent.

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    Islamist terrorist groups have found a new home and it's not in the Middle East -- it's in Africa. Specifically, the Sahel, a band of territory in West Africa between the Sahara desert and the savannah.

    Since the early 2000s, Islamist extremist groups have increasingly strengthened their base here -- training fighters, raising money, and launching a massive number of attacks.

    Some are linked to al-Qaeda and other Islamic State. This is throwing these already weak countries into crises and making the region one of the most dangerous in the world.

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  • Vox

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    An earlier episode of Vox Atlas explores the man-made famines threatening 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Watch:

  • golden chariot

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  • Curiosity Culture

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    This video looks like a promo video you would see from a call of duty game.


     (Feb 12, 2019)

    That’s our reality

  • BlackScape

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Vox putting out banger after banger. Keep the flame coming.

  • John Doughboy

     (Sep 19, 2018)

    Vox always speaks the truth. Except when it comes to Trump, then they're lying traitors.

  • AlJalandhari

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Great video although it misses out a crucial part of the story. Rather than starting in 2015 Nigeria, they should have started in 2011 Libya where the NATO backed destruction of state institutions in Libya led to a proliferation of arms across North and West Africa (and indeed into Syria via flights packed with militants in to Turkey)

  • Andrew Yates

     (Dec 29, 2018)

    Africans make little kids chop up each other and thier family with machetes.

  • Andrew Yates

     (Dec 29, 2018)

    Muslims kill muslims that leave islam. Muslims are converted slaves.

  • Merlin Batory

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Africa: Hundreds of thousands of villagers being slaughtered and kidnapped.America: Someone on Twitter said something sexist.

  • Sabra

     (Feb 10, 2019)

    +Fabzil the same Americans with food and clean drinking water? I'm pretty sure they'll be around.

  • Sabra

     (Feb 10, 2019)

    Youtube commentor: I think Africa and America are both countries. I am surprised that different geographic regions have different problems or express similar problems differently. I see no sexism in Boko Haram kidnapping, raping and killing women. I cannot distinguish between or see commonalities in human rights abuses.

  • Aliens

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    I need more vox atlas and borders

  • no name

     (Aug 27, 2018)

    especially atlas

  • julio ochoa

     (Aug 25, 2018)

    Jason Nge ur a fucken fool if you believe this CIA channel Don’t be a stupid

  • AK Brahma

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Faith is strongest in an empty stomach.

  • Sky Multimedia

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    The fact that you distinguished Somaliland (North Somalia) from Somalia shows your efforts in researching your topics! We often get ignored even though we managed to stabilize our country 25 years ago and have a fully democratic government with the fifth elected president currently in power. Nevertheless, i hope these monsters of terrorists be defeated one day, it's only the innocent people getting hurt.

  • abdiqani nor

     (Nov 30, 2018)

    +Sky Multimedia The terrorists will defeat everyone inshaa allah.We are terrorists and proud.

  • Princess Said

     (Oct 16, 2018)

    Yes we were one to begin with. Somali was one before the invasion of the West. The British took control of the region of the North and the Italian they took control of the South. You actually think if Somaliland becomes separated it will be to the interest of the ppl? No, only families like Dahabshil gets richer and the ppl who are in power. Now look at Dahabshil. Even look at the berber port, it got sold cheap. When there is corruption and separation only the ppl with power and money get richer. If So...

  • Nnamdi Adom

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Vox didn’t mention the big elephant in the room...the United States and other Western countries are directly responsible for ISIS is Western Africa because they went against the Africa Union orders by assassinating Gaddafi.Don’t get me wrong, he was a dictator but he was also excellent at ensuring extremists group from the Middle East didn’t cross North Africa.

  • Sabra

     (Feb 10, 2019)

    ISIS is responsible for ISIS.

  • Sualeh Irfan

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    😣😢😥😩 Thanks to Vox for bringing this up!