Western intelligence sources have issued information that groups of Daesh fighters in Lybia are crossing the country’s southern desert in the effort to get into Niger and Chad.
Both of Chad and Niger are already engaged in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, while weak and vulnerable Niger also faces insurgency of Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Appearance of the third major jihadist actor in Sahel would further complicate security situation in the region. Besides, Boko Haram is part of the Daesh network, which implies that Boko Haram insurgents could cooperate and coordinate their actions with the Daesh fighters from Lybia.
United Stated and France lead the fight against jihadist groups in Sahel, in close partnership with local states, including Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.