Violent Extremism, Organized Crime, and Local Conflicts in the Liptako-Gourma Region

Livestock market in Fada N’Gourma, one of the biggest in West Africa. (Photo: GEF)

In the Liptako-Gourma region, violent extremist groups frequently have direct or indirect links to the political economy of arms trafficking, drug trafficking, poaching, cattle rustling, artisanal mining, and the organized theft of fuel and motorcycles. Jihadist groups tend to be pragmatic and opportunistic in their linkages to organized crime, and sometimes use links to criminal groups to procure sustenance, equipment, and supplies; tax the flows of illicit products that others are moving; or regulate local opportunities to conduct illicit activities.

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Security Topics:  Environment and Security   Sahel Security Trends