Terror | ECOWAS's New and Old War

After terrorists struck cities in Burkina Faso and Mali, the BBC asked where next? 

In a statement issued this week, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expressed outraged at the news of the terrorist attack perpetrated in Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire. 
The ECOWAS Commission said it is closely monitoring the situation, and is in total solidarity in the fight against terrorism. 

The Commission also said it is committed to the creation of a broad anti-terrorism front.


For each attack, the terrifying stories of those who survived massacres feed a growing climate of fear while West African governments struggle to provide a solid response.But in the meantime, these survivors' dramatic tales have become all too familiar in the region.Everywhere, populations are left with the dreadful question: when and where is next?

In March 2013, Martin A. Ewi, a senior researcher, Transnational Threats and International Crime Division, ISS Pretoria, said military interventions against terrorist groups (Ansar al-Dine, al-Qaeda in the Maghreb [AQIM] and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa [MUJAO] in Mali and al-Shabaab in Somalia) signal that terrorism, if not contained, is the next major threat to peace and security in Africa. 


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