Source: Analisi Difesa
In the Sahel several groups of jihadists united under the banner of the Islamic State and declared war on the anti-terrorism force of the G5 (FC-G5S) formed by Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad.
This was announced by a jihadist spokesman for the France Presse Agency. The group, led by Adnan Abu Walid Sahraoui and calling itself “Islamic State in the Great Sahara” (ISBS), has made it known that he is responsible for several terrorist attacks, which occurred in the five African countries. Among these the one against the French forces of the Barkhane operation in Mali and that cost the lives of 4 members of the US special forces and as many Nigerian soldiers on 4 October.
ISBS informs that in the Sahel it is active in the “area of the three borders”. That is, those between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Just the area where the activity of FC-G5S will concentrate. “We will do everything to ensure that the G5 anti-terrorism force does not settle in this area,” said Isis spokesman, a close longtime associate of Adnan Abu Walid Sahraoui who identified himself as “Amar”.
“Our brothers Iyad Ag Ghali and other mujaheddin as we defend Islam”, he continued referring to the Malian Tuareg head of Ansar Dine. “To fight the infidels, we are holding hands – he concluded – we will continue to fight together”.
The new jihadist alliance not only troubles the G5 countries but also their European allies who are about to send military contingents into the Sahel in addition to the already present French and US troops.
It is not yet clear who actually is part of it, but ISBS may have joined even groups belonging to the antagonist galaxy of al-Qaeda that in Sahel is expressed mainly with al-Mourabitoun as well as with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). On the other hand, the two formations, together with Ansad Dine in March 2017 officially declared their merger in the new group Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, as reported in the Defense Analysis , which means “Support to Islam and Muslims” .