ISIS and Al-Qaeda Escalate Expansion Efforts in Africa


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Should be particularly concerning for us as the Gospel has also been spreading in Africa. There are more Christians living there than any other continent. Seven of the top 10 countries in the world where the most violence carried out against Christians are in sub saharan Africa; Nigeria, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Tanzania, and the DRC.

08/30/2022 Africa (International Christian Concern) – According to a recent article published by media outlet Homeland Security Today by Dr. Mahmut Cengiz, ISIS and Al-Qaeda have been redoubling growth efforts in Africa. Both groups remain the most active terrorist organizations in the world and have made Africa their new nucleus of jihadism.

According to the article, affiliates or direct members of ISIS and Al-Qaeda were responsible for 5,110 violent events in Africa in 2021. ISIS has eight affiliate groups in Africa, while Al-Qaeda has three. Many parts of Africa remain the ideal breeding ground for jihadism. Government corruption is endemic across the continent. Permeable borders and weak security allow for an easy transfer of money and weapons to terrorist organizations.

Even more alarming is the fact that in most African countries, the jihadist groups are better equipped and possess more technologically advanced weapons than military forces in the countries they are attempting to occupy. This makes it exponentially easier for the terrorist groups to fulfill their goals of gaining territory and governing the communities that they conquer.

Recently, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana appealed to the US government to help West Africa deal with the ever-rising tide of jihadism and religiously motivated violence in the region.

From August 25-27, Congresswoman Barbara Lee led a US delegation to Ghana. During the visit, President Akufo-Addo discussed the detrimental economic and social consequences of the expanding Islamic network in the region.

He also told the delegation that the rise of jihadism in the region could be attributed largely to US military actions against terrorist groups in the Middle East and other parts of the world. When the US drove hardened terrorist groups from the Middle East a decade ago, they traveled down into Africa and took advantage of the unstable regimes there.

When Muammar Gaddafi’s regime collapsed in Libya in 2011, the jihadist groups moved in and have ever since been waging a war against Mali and attempting to gain more land in West Africa. President Akufo-Addo called on the US to join the EU and Britain in helping combat terrorism in West Africa.