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Burkina Faso Army leadership conduct operational planning during exercise Flintlock 19.

Burkina Faso's counterterrorism strategy is anchored in shared national values.

Fighting Terrorism in Burkina Faso

October 2016, Number 07.04

“Terrorism and violent extremism have been prevalent in West Africa since the beginning of the Malian crisis in 2012. Among Sahelian countries such as Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, Burkina Faso has remained safe from violent terrorism until recently — which may be attributed to its perceived role as a mediator.

Since 2015, terrorist groups such as al-Mourabitoun and the Macina Liberation Front, located in northern Mali, have started targeting Burkina Faso. The worst attack took place in the capital, Ouagadougou, on January 15, 2016, and claimed 33 people, including the three terrorists. Experts believe that more violent terrorist acts will take place in the region. Consequently, Burkina Faso must adapt its counterterror strategy, to be enforced by a joint counterterrorism agency...”

Excerpt from Djomagne Didier Yves Bamouni, “Fighting Terrorism in Burkina Faso,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 4, 2016: 32-35.

Maj. Djomagne Didier Yves Bamouni is a Burkina Faso Army officer. He has held command and training positions, including chief of operations of a counterterrorism task force. He holds a postgraduate degree in defense and conflict studies and is pursuing a master’s degree in the science and economy of climate change. He graduated from the Marshall Center’s Program on Terrorism and Security Studies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.