African lead­ers urge new doc­trine sup­port

‘Back anti-ter­ror fight’

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

DAKAR, Nov 14, (AFP): African lead­ers on Mon­day used a re­gional fo­rum to un­der­line the need for the con­ti­nent to as­sure its own se­cu­rity af­ter years of Western in­ter­ven­tions, while also call­ing for in­ter­na­tional fund­ing to sup­port the anti-ter­ror fight.

The an­nual Dakar In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum on Peace and Se­cu­rity this year brings to­gether the pres­i­dents of Mali, Rwanda and host Sene­gal along with mil­i­tary of­fi­cials and ex­perts to dis­cuss Africa’s se­ri­ous chal­lenges in the sec­tor.

In an open­ing ad­dress, Sene­gal’s Pres­i­dent Macky Sall said a “mil­i­tary re­sponse must be com­pre­hen­sive, and one of sol­i­dar­ity, to leave ter­ror­ist groups no place to hide.

“The risk today is see­ing ter­ror­ists de­feated else­where seek­ing fall­back zones in Africa,”


Sall added.

The vast Sa­hel re­gion, stretch­ing from Sene­gal to Su­dan, has turned into a hot­bed of law­less­ness since chaos en­gulfed Libya in 2011, Is­lamists over­ran north­ern Mali in 2012 and Boko Haram rose up in north­ern Nige­ria.

Be­yond the Sa­hel, the al-She­bab, a mil­i­tant group aligned with al-Qaeda, reg­u­larly car­ries out sui­cide bomb­ings in its bid to over­throw So­ma­lia’s in­ter­na­tion­ally-backed gov­ern­ment, while civil con­flicts in east­ern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Cen­tral African Repub­lic and South Su­dan blight the con­ti­nent.

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