Growing Terrorism in Burkina Faso

“Researchers argue that Campaoré’s complicated web of relations to the who’s who in West African and Sahel rebel and Islamist movements was a “deal with the devil”. Whether tacit or explicit, agreements between Campaoré’s party and jihadists facilitated a two-sided relationship. The Burkinabé government had negotiating power to promote its interests in the region and secured for jihadists a safe-haven and state-level ally to provide refuge and support.”