ISIL in Mozambique

Mozambique is a nation on the East Coast of Africa that shares a border with South Africa in the south and Zimbabwe in the east. It’s population is about 58% Christian and 18% Muslim. The nation supported the African National Conference (ANC) in the struggle against apartheid. Mozambique also supported the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) in Rhodesia during their revolution against white rule.

The northern province of Cabo Delgado has been the arena of an separatist Islamic uprising since 2015. The group calls themselves Ansar Al-Sunna. Since 2018 the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) has joined their cause. Beginning on the 24th of March (2021) militants captured the town of Palma. The ISIL members beheaded captives and killed civilians. On the 5th of April Mozambique Forces recaptured the town although most of it has been destroyed. Fighting continues in the outskirts.

The US believes this is an indication ISIL still poses a threat to free nations and has called upon the coalition fighting them to maintain pressure (HSToday.com). ISIL, and their spiritual guide, is still attempting to spread it’s extreme apocryphal brand of Islam in Africa. Mozambique, in the Sub Saharan region is not in the Levant.

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