[THREAD] 1/ Focus on the attacks claimed by the Islamic State in the Central #Sahel region. Over the past two years, #ISGS has claimed 144 operations in the #LikpatoGourma area which borders Mali 🇲🇱, Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 and Niger 🇳🇪. Far less attacks than it has actually conducted. https://t.co/HMEzEkHVh0
2/ Detail about the methodology: I have collected and analysed the data of every single attack claimed in all the issues of the Islamic State’s weekly magazine al-Naba’ published between 28/03/2019 and 15/04/2021. Data include targets, weapons used, spoils of war, geolocation.
3/ Among the 144 #ISGS claimed attacks, 62 were reportedly conducted in Burkina Faso 🇧🇫, 59 in Mali 🇲🇱 and 23 in Niger 🇳🇪. Over the past twelve months, the number of attacks has been low but steady, with two peaks in July and October 2020. https://t.co/JzKJOsgJxS
4/ Since the start of the year, #ISGS has only claimed nine attacks, including six in Mali 🇲🇱, two in Niger 🇳🇪 and one in Burkina Faso 🇧🇫. A figure far below the 107 attacks probably conducted by ISGS, as reported by the expert on the #Sahel @MENASTREAM. https://t.co/EE1DrEqzRu
5/ Even if the group tends to overstate the number of casualties, it is interesting and sad to note that despite the small number of claimed attacks, #ISGS caused many casualties in #BurkinaFaso, #Mali and #Niger during its operations. https://t.co/qEYlWXHRjh
6/ Regarding the type of attacks, #ISGS mostly claimed targeted operations against its “enemies”. Among the biggest attacks: Akabar, Tongo Tongo, Indelimane, N'Daki and In-Ates. It is noteworthy that the group has conducted six suicide attacks in the area in the past two years. https://t.co/or0iqNFpmD
7/ As for the targets, #ISGS mostly targeted #AQIM in Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 and Mali 🇲🇱, even more than national military forces and French forces 🇫🇷. Again, let's keep in mind that the group has only claimed a tiny fraction of the operations it has actually conducted. Cf. @MENASTREAM. https://t.co/DBC2sJFLWI
8/ With respect to weapons, the Islamic State did not always provide all the detail in its weekly magazine al-Naba’. From the information gathered though, one can note that #ISGS reportedly used IEDs, machine guns, rockets and SVBIEDs. https://t.co/cpDs2ctZha