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On February 17, 2015 the Inter-­‐University Center for Terrorism Studies (IUCTS) published its sixth annual report, “Terrorism in North Africa and the Sahel in 2014,” authored by Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director-­‐IUCTS. The report finds the region & global community facing the most serious security challenges since 9/11, from natural and man-­‐made threats ranging from Ebola to extremism. The rise of the so-­‐called 'Islamic State' and resilience of al-­‐Qaida & affiliates contributed to a 25% jump in terrorist attacks in N. Africa & the Sahel in 2014, the highest level since 9/11. The study recommends the US & allies engage more effectively to slow a security crisis that is erupting across Africa’s “arc of instability."

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