Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
U.S. military presence in Africa is already huge and still growing.
Ghana's immigration service released a memo stating that Ghana and Togo will be the next targets for Islamist fighters, following high-profile attacks this year in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
The militants said Sunday's raid in Grand Bassam, which killed 18 people, was meant as a warning for countries who have allied with France and its military operations in West Africa.
Four men arrived in a Ford saloon car at a beachside bar around noon on Sunday, according to a waiter at the establishment, before launching the attack that killed 18 people.
This is the third time in recent months that the North African-based group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for an attack on soft targets in West Africa.
"I hung up in his face. And it felt good,” Yves Richard told a Montreal radio station on Thursday. His wife was among six Canadians killed in the Friday assault on the capital of Burkina Faso.
Special forces troops freed around 150 hostages from a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital that was attacked by al Qaeda fighters, but at least two dozen people from 18 countries were killed.
A statement released on public television late on Saturday urged residents to provide information on Cheikh Ould Saleck, a militant with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who has been on death row since 2011.
A total of 20 people were wounded after unknown attackers fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali.
In the first case of its kind, the International Criminal Court arrested a Malian rebel accused of attacking historic religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu.
Abdelkrim al-Targui, a high-ranking member of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was held responsible for the kidnapping and killing of several French hostages.