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France24: November 2015 Paris attacks trial ends – Several grey areas remain

Main suspect Salah Abdeslam started the trial by proudly saying he was a “soldier” of Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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Don’t believe the Hype: The Wagner Group’s Presence in Mali

Compounded by the tensions between Russia, Europe, and the United States as well as by France’s waning influence in the Sahel in West Africa, Wagner became an unexpected leverage asset for West African countries and another Russian sanctions’ target for the EU and the United States.

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Coup in Burkina Faso: Realpolitik and shifting geostrategic dynamics

Burkina Faso is now the 3rd Sahel country since 08/20 to experience a putsch, while another possible attempt was thwarted in Niger in 03/21. It is also the 4th coup in northern Africa in less than a year after Chad, Guinea, and Sudan. This suggests that the deterrents the international community uses to stop this trend are failing and that military officials in the region see little impediment to seizing power.

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France 24: Paris terror attacks trial

France24 spoke to Yan St-Pierre about how the terror threat in Europe has evolved since the 2015 Paris attacks, as well as how successive anti-terrorism laws have fundamentally changed France’s legal landscape since then.