WASHINGTON, DC — Climate change coupled with wide-spread famine is “creating more terrorism” in Africa, home to jihadist organizations like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda, declared Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday partly focused on jihadi activity in Africa, Gillibrand noted:
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), who testified before the Senate panel, conceded that “environmental challenges” are impacting jihadist organizations in his area of responsibility (AOR).
These environmental challenges put pressure on these different organizations — some are VEO [violent extremist organizations], some are criminal, but it puts pressure on these organizations just for their own livelihood.
So, consequently, in areas like northern Mali, ISIS West Africa and the northern part of Niger, these are areas that are a very concern to us.