February 16, 2016: Groups of Islamic State fighter have been reported to quit their bases in Libya for the fear of Western airstrikes. The fighters are reported to move towards the south in a move that is set to destabilize the Sahel region.
Among the countries facing new threat from the migration of the fighters is Niger and Chad which are already battling the Boko Haram.
Western nations have formed a coalition and have already sent troops into Libya to bombard ISIS positions in Libya after they migrated from the Middle East to escape the airstrike ground boots of the US-led coalition in Syria.
Reports have indicated that the Islamic State fighters are now seeking haven in the south which will pose a new threat to the Sahel region including Niger and Chad who are already battling the Boko Haram- which is an ISIS affiliate in the West African Country Nigeria.
Their migration into the lawless Sahel will not only pose a threat to the region but also act as a springboard for wider attacks in Africa.
The entry of another militant group into the Sahel region which stretches from the Sahara Desert to the Sudanian Savanna which is home to the AQIM will bring dire consequences and a lot of violence and collateral damage as the two jihadists seek to acquire the territory.
Countries in the Maghreb and Sahel Regions are already battling the threat from the Boko Haram and the isolated but frequent attacks from the ISIL and AQIM and the migration will increase the threat. African Countries and the West have however pooled their efforts to combat the militants the existing and new entrants.