Conspiracy Theories Multiply After Terrorist Assault in Burkina Faso
The bloodiest terror attack West Africa has experienced in recent times was a shock, but not surprising. Three years ago, I lived in Burkina Faso’s peaceful and relaxed capital, Ouagadougou, where it wasn’t rare to hear talk about the possibility of a large-scale atrocity as Islamist groups rampaged through neighboring Mali.... Read more
Burkina Faso’s Coup Leader Likes to Party Like It’s 1987
Twenty-eight years ago, Gen. Gilbert Diendéré was involved in a coup d’etat that overthrew Burkina Faso’s revolutionary president Thomas Sankara, also known as “Africa’s Ché Guevara.” Diendéré’s soldiers stormed a cabinet meeting on the orders of Sankara’s successor, Blaise Compaoré, and shot the charismatic president to death. Now, let’s fast forward... Read more
How 1,500 Elite Soldiers Hijacked a Country
A shadowy menace haunts the West African nation of Burkina Faso. The country’s hated and feared Regiment of Presidential Security–a praetorian guard-like military force–works behind the scenes, and the interim government cowers whenever this branch of the military threatens a coup d’etat. The soldiers have killed regime critics and... Read more

Peter Dörrie

Africa Correspondent

Journalist specialising in security politics on the African continent.

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