Congo attacks show Islamic State’s expansion across Africa

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(Worthy News) – The ’s foothold across is expanding amid a recent spate of gruesome attacks and there are growing fears in that the terror group, as well as other extremist outfits like it will use the continent as a staging ground for future jihadist strikes against the West.

After years of inroads made across North Africa and in such nations as Mali and , counterterrorism specialists are now closely watching the group’s southward movement into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a resource-rich country that’s also at the center of evolving strategic competition between the U.S. and .

While the ’s Africa Command closely tracks terror groups operating in the Congo, the bulk of U.S. and wider Western counterterrorism operations in Africa over the past decade have been focused to the north — most notably in Somalia, the headquarters of the al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, and on the wider Sahel. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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