Africa may be the next stronghold of Islamic State, warns UN

Africa may be the next stronghold of Islamic State, warns UN

United Nations. Africa's security expert Martin Evie warned the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the threat of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Africa is increasing every day and the continent could be its "future of caliphate". AV said that Islamic State has increased its influence in Africa and that at least 20 countries are directly experiencing the terrorist organization's activities and more than 20 other countries are being used to raise funds and other resources.

"These are now regional strongholds, which have become a source of destabilization in Africa," he said. However, many areas of the Sahel are now "uncontrolled" and Somalia remains an IS stronghold in Africa. Avi cited several reasons for the success of IS in Africa, including the presence of natural resources that help organizations such as Daesh raise funds for themselves. In addition, poverty and the lack of political will to tackle the issue of Palestine are the main reasons for many African youths to become "fanatics". UN counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov also warned the Security Council that the threat of the Islamic State has been increasing since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

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