Sunday, February 7, 2016

Could ISIS be forming a New Cell in Central Africa?

By  Scott A Morgan
Within the last couple of weeks there have been a couple of stories that have raised the interest of CT Analysts regarding the situation in Central Africa.

                                    In late January Rwandan Authorities acting on a tip raided a mosque in Kigali. The raid yielded some interesting news.[1] First the Deputy Imam was actually shot and killed by Security Forces, A Treasure Trove of Data including extremist literature,CDs, messages left from Social Media Platforms and a trail to other Jihadists. Some of the Jihadists were actually able to flee the Country. This may show just how poor security is in the region.

 (Image courtesy of the Clarion Project)

                                      Also in the same timeframe an incident occurred within the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Units of FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) fired upon peacekeepers from Tanzania at the behest of local inhabitants. In the past UN Reports have been critical of Tanzanian support for the FDLR.[2] The point of divergence this time is that the Tanzanians were accused of supporting Islamist Fighters[3] in the DRC.