The Puzzle of JNIM and Militant Islamist Groupsin the Sahel

This brief entails an analysis of Jama’atNusrat al Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) and other militant Islamist groups in the Sahel. The authors emphasise that despite the group presenting itself as a unified front for Salafist jihad in the Sahel, JNIM is actually a coalition of distinct militant Islamist groups with different organizational structures, leaders, and objectives. Another finding from the brief is that the groups comprising JNIM do not enjoy wide popular support. Rather, these groups have increasingly tapped into local criminal networks and, in some cases, mounted attacks on civilian populations.

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Author(s): Daniel Eizenga and Wendy Williams

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Publisher or Journal: Africa Center

Year of Publication: 2020

Document Type: Article


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