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Togo: Who’s who in Faure Gnassingbé’s new security task force 

By Jeune Afrique

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Posted on January 23, 2023 09:56

Faced with repeated and sometimes deadly incursions by jihadist groups in the northern part of the country, Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé reshuffled the military high command on 22 December. Here are the Togolese men fighting behind the scenes against terrorism.

When Togo suffered its first deadly attack in Kpékpakand on the night of 10-11 May 2022, during which eight soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded, President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé took the country’s defence strategy into his own hands.

Since November 2021, the country has been the target of at least five attacks in the far north, a region plagued by incursions of jihadist fighters from across the border in Burkina Faso.

On 24 November, the Tiwoli locality was hit hard. According to the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), which claimed responsibility, 16 people were left dead. Faced with this difficult situation, the head of state decided to reshuffle the military high command on 22 December.

The objective is, among other things, to improve coordination between the army and air force, and to reduce the number of defections within the ranks of the Forces Armées

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