U.N. Chief: Taliban Resurgence May 'Embolden Jihad' in African Sahel

U.N. Chief: Taliban Resurgence May 'Embolden Jihad' in African Sahel


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Thursday he fears the Taliban terror group’s recent seizure of power in Afghanistan may “embolden” fellow jihadists in the African Sahel to increase terror attacks in the hopes of similarly gaining control over their home countries.

Asked by AFP “about the risks of an Afghanistan-like scenario occurring in the Sahel,” Guterres said he believed there may be a “psychological and real impact” among Islamic terrorists in the region, which spans horizontally across Africa along the southern rim of the Sahara Desert.

“There is a real danger,” the U.N. chief acknowledged.”[Some] terrorist groups may feel enthusiastic about what happened and have ambitions beyond what they thought a few months ago.”

The Taliban, a jihadist terror group based on Sunni Islam, staged a military campaign starting in May to recapture Afghanistan after previously ruling the country — which stands at the

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