There’s long-term jihadist risk in Africa, says a former NCTC

Russ Travers, a former deputy director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), on the occasion of an interview (CBS) with Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA, delivered some U.S. perspective about the security situation in West Africa.

Reminding that the region is likely the place where the inter-jihadist cooperation is the most effective, Travers also cites liquid natural gas U.S. interests in northern Mozambique and the security deterioration in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Adding that Africa is a continent where the U.S. government is not particularly well postured to do intelligence collection, the former DIO insisted on the diffuse, diverse aspect of the threat over there. It’s a challenge, Travers emphasized, “because we need to distinguish between and amongst what are local insurgency problems.”