World Food Program executive director David Beasley talks during an interview at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, Australia, Monday, March 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)
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The head of the United Nations food agency warned Monday that the relocation of Daesh (ISIS) militants from the Middle East to Africa could trigger a massive new European migrant crisis.David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, said many of the militants who fled Syria amid the collapse of Daesh's self-described "caliphate" had ended up in the greater Sahel region, a belt of semiarid land spanning east-west across Africa and home to 500 million people.Daesh militants are now collaborating with other extremist groups, including Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabab and Boko Haram, to create "extraordinary difficulties" across the Sahel, Beasley said in an interview with the Associated Press.The experts said the extremist group Jama Nusrat Ul-Islam wa Al-Muslimin, which positioned itself as the Al-Qaeda branch in Mali, and Daesh in the Greater Sahara have claimed attacks not only in Mali but in Niger, in the regions of Tahoua and Tillaberi.Globally, Beasley said, 60 percent of the 815 million chronically hungry people who don't know where their next meal is coming from live in conflict areas.
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