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Africa, Togo joins the CIMCT to counter the jihadist threat

Togo joins the CIMCT to counter the jihadist threat. Groups such as JNIM expand their activities on the borders of Burkina Faso and Benin, escalating attacks

Togo joins the Coalition Islamique Militaire pour Combattre le Terrorisme (CIMCT). Objective: to counter the jihadist threat, present above all in the north on the border with Burkina Faso and growing exponentially in the last period. So much so that in the Savannah region there have been at least two attacks by militiamen against regular forces in the last two weeks, which are believed to be the work of the Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) and which forced Lomé to intervene by sending reinforcements in the area. In fact, the pro al Qaeda group, to counter the rivalry with ISGS, linked to the former ISIS, is trying to expand its influence from the Sahel towards Togo and Benin. As a result, it has increased activities in the area along the borders of the three nations, also considered extremely profitable for smuggling and illicit trafficking, one of the pillars on which the survival of the JNIM is based.

Lomé, unable to independently stop the expansion of terrorists in the area, asks for help from the Islamic Coalition and pushes for the activation of the MNJTF/AI in the Sahel

Togo, despite its commitment, is unable to counter the threat of the JNIM and other jihadist formations on its own. The armed forces are poorly trained and equipped. They also lack airlift and Close Air Support (CAS) capabilities to troops on the ground. As a result, they had to ask for help from the CIMCT, founded in 2015 by Saudi Arabia and today made up of 41 countries, four of which are African: Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Gabon. As a further step to contain the threat at its source, Lomé participates together with four other nations in the region in the Multinational Joint Force of the Accra Initiative (MNJTF/AI), whose goal is to counter jihadism in the quadrant, which should become operational in a month and launch a regional version of Operation Koudanlgou, conducted so far in several tranches but only on a local basis.

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