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Hussein Solomon Discusses the Failure of Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Mali and Nigeria

Against All OddsHussein Solomon, editor of Against All Odds, has written a paper titled “The Failure of Counter-Terrorism Initiatives in Africa” that was published in the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs Occasional Papers journal (Volume 1, Number 6). The paper was published on the Muslims in Africa website.

Solomon writes about the opportunism of the Tuaregs in Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria, and about how the counter-terrorism initiatives in these two countries have failed:

Al Qaeda’s Opportunism

Al Qaeda and its local franchises are conservatively estimated to be operating in 60 countries around the world – having the dubious distinction of being the most widely dispersed non-state terrorist network in history[1]. This raises the interesting question of why Muslims on the African continent would find such a cruel movement attractive – from banning television and music to the stoning to death of adulterers to the amputation of limbs of thieves. I believe that the answer to this question might well lay in the fact that Al Qaeda’s local affiliates piggy-back on very real grievances – exploiting these whilst at the same time reframing it in an Islamist framework. Two recent cases illustrate the point well – Mali and Nigeria.

Book details

  • Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe edited by Hussein Solomon
    EAN: 9780620476003
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