The Wall Street Journal on 5th September carried an article about the OFAC listing of Mali-based Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, or JNIM.  It says that this reflects a growing focus in the US on an increasingly brazen pattern of attacks linked to various local militant groups across the semi-arid Sahel region of Africa.  The US also is contributing funds to a planned 5,000-strong force of African troops tasked with improving border security and subduing violence in 5 Sahel countries: Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.  JNIM, whose name translates as “Group to Support Islam and Muslims,” formed and declared its allegiance to al Qaeda last year and has claimed responsibility for a string of high-profile attacks since then.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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