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A discarded Islamic State flag lies torn on the ground in the village of Baghouz, Syria, on March 24. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success

The amorphous Boko Haram splinter group is taking inspiration where it can get it and bringing disaster to the Lake Chad Basin in the process.

Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrol in Omar Bongo Square in Buea, Cameroon’s majority-Anglophone southwestern province’s capital, during a political rally for incumbent President Paul Biya on Oct. 3. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

Cameroon’s Paul Biya Gives a Master Class in Fake Democracy

One of the world’s most experienced autocrats has clinched another seven-year term by bending the rules of the game in his direction in ways both old and new.

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

Chadian soldiers patrol in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru on Feb. 4, 2015. (Stephane Yas/AFP/Getty Images)

America Should Beware a Chadian Military Scorned

Stung by its inclusion on the Trump administration’s travel ban, Chad is already making life harder for U.S. troops in Africa.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 4:  Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno attends the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathering for the 11th G20 Summit from September 4-5. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein - Pool/Getty Images)

Why Is Chad in Trump’s New Travel Ban?

Experts are puzzled by Trump’s decision to include a U.S. counterterrorism ally in the new travel restrictions.

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This Punchline Has Been Approved for All Audiences

Chad’s most famous comedian used to skewer President Idriss Déby's notoriously abusive government. Then he got seduced by praise and gifts — and decided to campaign for the dictator instead.

A picture taken on August 21, 2014 shows Internally Displaced People (IDP) sitting in Mubi camp in Nigeria's northeastern Adamawa State. Mostly women and children, the IDPs in Mubi fled their homes in Gwoza, Borno State, to neighbouring Adamawa State following incessant attacks by Islamists insurgents Boko Haram. Nearly 11,500 people from one town in northeast Nigeria are receiving emergency aid after fleeing Boko Haram militants, the country's main relief agency said on on August 21. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 11,442 men, women and children from Gwoza in Borno state had been registered at two facilities for displaced people in neighbouring Adamawa state. The Islamists took over Gwoza, which lies near the border with Cameroon, on August 7 and NEMA said the town was "still under siege".  AFP PHOTO/ OLATUNJI OMIRIN        (Photo credit should read OLATUNJI OMIRIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram Has Forced 1 Million Children Out of School

Boko Haram militants have forced 1 million children out of school.

Soldiers of the Chadian hold a Chadian national flag as they patrol in armoured vehicles on January 21, 2015, at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, some 40 km from Maltam, as part of a military contingent against the armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Chad, seen as having the most capable military in the region, sent on January 17-18, 2015 a convoy of troops and 400 military vehicles into neighbouring Cameroon to battle Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO / ALI KAYA        (Photo credit should read ALI KAYA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria Scores Rare Victory Against Boko Haram

A mass surrender in a strategic fishing village indicates Buhari’s counterterrorism might have hope afterall.

A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp,  set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. In the Assaga camp, many refugees live in abject poverty and sleep in makeshift shelters at the mercy of mosquitoes and bad weather, an AFP reporter saw. AFP PHOTO / BOUREIMA HAMA        (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Number of Children Displaced by Boko Haram Surpasses 1.4 Million

The number of children displaced by Boko Haram continues to grow despite pledges from government leaders they will stop the group.

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Judgment Day for Hissène Habré

Twenty-five years after he fled to Senegal, Chad’s former dictator is on trial for allegedly overseeing the killing and torturing of thousands of his own people. Will his victims see justice?

Nigeria's new President Mohammadu Buhari waves to the crowd during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Boost Military Aid to Nigeria for Boko Haram Fight

Washington wants to help Nigeria’s new president battle one of Africa’s deadliest terrorist groups, but don’t expect a fleet of surveillance drones to be part of the mix.

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Africa’s Angry Young Men

No school, no job, no future. Why so many of Africa's young men choose militias.

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Nigerian Officials: Military Expects to Win Back All Boko Haram Territory This Month

Nigerian officials visiting Washington Wednesday said the army expects to regain all territory currently under control of Boko Haram by the Nigerian presidential elections on March 28.

Liberia Turns Towards Normalcy As Fight Continues To Eradicate Ebola

Why Are Chadian Youth Rioting Over a Motorcycle Helmet Law?

In Chad, a new law passed requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But the cost of helmets has now tripled and students fear they won't be able to afford their daily rides to class.

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Boko Haram Turns Robin Hood’s Strategy on Its Head

Forget oil or gold. West Africa’s most dangerous terrorist group is funding its rampages by ignoring the rich and targeting the poor.

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Amnesty International: Boko Haram Attacks May Have Left 2,000 Dead

While the world’s eyes were on Paris, Boko Haram may have slaughtered as many as 2,000 in northern Nigeria, marking a new escalation in the group’s bloody campaign.

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