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West Africa’s Fifth Coup in Two Years Tests Regional Bloc

  • Soldiers have toppled leaders in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali
  • Jihadist attacks have been spreading in parts of West Africa
Coup spokesman Capt. Kiswendsida Farouk Azaria Sorgho reads a statement in a studio in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, on Sept. 30. 

Coup spokesman Capt. Kiswendsida Farouk Azaria Sorgho reads a statement in a studio in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, on Sept. 30. 

Source: RTB/AP

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West Africa’s fifth successful coup in just over two years is testing a regional bloc that’s running out of ideas to maintain political stability in the face of threats by jihadists.