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Morocco Upgrades Legal Tools to Combat Money Laundering, Terrorism Fiancing

 

02/10/2020 – Morocco’s Minister of Justice Mohamed Ben Abdelkader said on Thursday that Morocco is ready to upgrade its judicial and institutional tools to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

The minister’s declaration took place at a meeting with the National ِAssociation of Notaries under the theme, “The role of justice in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.” Continuer à lire … « Morocco Upgrades Legal Tools to Combat Money Laundering, Terrorism Fiancing »

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Mapping the Turkish military’s expanding footprint

by Hilal Kaplan Daily Sabah 

02/10/2020 – Mapping the Turkish Military’s Expanding Footprint » was the title of a study featured last year in Bloomberg and several other prominent publications. In light of recent developments, the Eastern Mediterranean and Azerbaijan have also been added to the map. The article written by Selcan Hacaoğlu starts by saying that the Turkish military hasn’t been as effective in as many areas globally since the Ottoman Empire, and explains how it has riveted its political influence with its military presence in Syria, Iraq, Qatar and Somalia and as a peacekeeping force in Afghanistan and the Balkans. Continuer à lire … « Mapping the Turkish military’s expanding footprint »

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Esper reaffirms close security ties between US, Morocco

02/10/2020 Rabat – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper signed a military cooperation deal Friday with Morocco, his final stop on a Maghreb tour aimed at beefing up the fight against terrorism and Islamic extremists in war-torn the Sahel and helping reach a settlement in Libya. Continuer à lire … « Esper reaffirms close security ties between US, Morocco »

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Turkish-backed mercenaries | Over 2,200 fighters return from Libya to Syria in six days, after completing duration of their contracts

02/10/2020 -As the Syrian Observatory continues monitoring and tracking the issue of involving Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Libyan war, reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that a new batch of some 800 fighters have returned from Libya to Syria, after completing the duration of their contracts. Accordingly, the number of mercenaries who returned to Syria, after being sent earlier by the Turkish government to fight in Libya, has risen to more than 2,200 in just one week. Continuer à lire … « Turkish-backed mercenaries | Over 2,200 fighters return from Libya to Syria in six days, after completing duration of their contracts »

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Tunisia : U.S., Tunisia Sign Road Map for Defense Cooperation

01/10/2020 – Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Tunisian Defense Minister Ibrahim Bartagi agreed on a road map for defense cooperation during meetings in the capital city of Tunis.

The road map discussed yesterday charts a 10-year course for cooperation between the two countries.

Tunisia is a major non-NATO ally of the United States and already works with the Defense Department on many shared interests and concerns. The agreement will advance these shared security interests, said a U.S. defense official traveling with the secretary.

The road map recognizes the importance of the U.S.-Tunisian relationship in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Tunisia is a « security exporter » in the region, participating in many exercises and cooperating with other nations in security matters.

Terrorism and threats from violent extremist organizations are always a danger in the region, and Tunisia is intimately involved in looking for solutions to the migrant crisis. Esper said he is impressed by the Tunisians’ efforts to enhance their capabilities against terrorists, but also to promote stability and security on the African continent.

« The road map is a shared understanding of where our shared priorities are, » the defense official said speaking on background. « It talks about shared objectives, shared interests and shared threats. These are areas where we can work together. »

The road map took two years to negotiate, and it is a clear-eyed look at the relationship and suggests ways to close capability gaps. « We both want to improve [Tunisia’s] military capabilities and training to improve [U.S. and Tunisian] interoperability. »

Some of the shared interests include freedom of navigation, intelligence sharing, humanitarian operations and disaster relief, the official said.

The official would not speak specifically on what gaps the nations see in their military capabilities, but spoke of gaps that African nations, in general, experience — airlift, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance shortages and the like.

The 10-year road map is a relatively new program. It allows the nations to begin the planning and funding cycles in such a way as to build incrementally. The official said this may be a blueprint for negotiations with other nations in Africa and elsewhere.

BY JIM GARAMONE, DOD NEWS

US DEPT OF DEFENSE

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Algeria And Tunisia Strongly In Support Of Political Solution To Libyan Crisis

01/10/2020 – Tunisian Media sources said Algeria and Tunisia were united in the need to continue efforts to push the political solution to the crisis in Libya, away from foreign interventions. Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Bugadoum said after a meeting with President Qeis Saed said he had briefed the President on the talks he had with his Counterpart Othman Al Jrindi. Bugadoum said he had the opportunity to listen to the vision of President Saed for the situation in the region and the challenges particularly in Libya.

LANA

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U.S. defense chief’s rare Algeria visit points to Sahel region threats

Algiers-Reuters

01/10/2020 U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper made a rare visit to Algeria on Thursday for talks with the president about war-torn Libya and the troubled Sahel region to the south of the Sahara.

oth countries are alarmed by the threat posed by Islamist militant groups in North Africa and the Sahel, and Algeria is weighing a more active military role against them outside its own borders.

They held “talks on Libya and the Sahel and both parties agreed to maintain cooperation and coordination,” a statement from Algeria’s presidency said.

Esper’s visit is the first by a U.S. Defense Secretary to Algeria since Donald Rumsfeld’s in 2006 and he is also the most senior American official yet to meet President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Tebboune took office in December after last year’s mass protests led the army to push his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down after 20 years in power.

The new president has proposed changes to the constitution aimed at mollifying the opposition protest movement, but the reforms would also give the army new powers to intervene in neighbouring states.

“Mark Esper wants to discuss the Algerian army’s possible role in the region once the new constitution is passed as it allows peace-keeping operations overseas,” a Western diplomat in Algeria familiar with the matter told Reuters.

An Algerian source said the talks were expected to focus on Libya, where nine years of chaos after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi have created space for militants, and Mali, where French troops are trying to help quell an Islamist insurgency.

“Algeria has an influence in Mali. It showed it can help. The Americans understood that French military intervention did not curb terrorism,” a senior Algerian security source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

“As for Libya, it is well known that Algeria maintains good ties with all the players including tribes and personalities,” the senior source told Reuters.

REUTERS

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Libya : UN approves Turkey-Libya maritime deal

01/10/2020 – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday certified a Turkey-Libya deal on the delimitation of maritime jurisdiction areas in the Mediterranean.

The agreement « has been registered with the Secretariat, in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations, » said the certificate of registration dated Wednesday.

« Every treaty and every international agreement entered into by any Member of the United Nations after the present Charter comes into force shall as soon as possible be registered with the Secretariat and published by it, » reads Article 102.

On Nov. 27, 2019, Ankara and Tripoli signed two memorandums of understanding; one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Anadolu Agency

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Libya’s Defense Minister meets Turkish counterpart in Ankara

01/10/2020 – Turkey’s defense minister on Thursday received his Libyan counterpart in the capital Ankara, said the Turkish National Defense Ministry.

After Turkey’s Hulusi Akar welcomed Salahaddin Namroush with military honors, they spoke about the latest situation in Libya, said a ministry statement.

Akar reiterated that Ankara would continue its military and security training and consultation with Libya, adding that Turkey supports Libya’s stability, independence, and sovereignty.

Last November, Turkey, and Libya signed a security and military cooperation agreement.

By Libyan Express

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Image: Libyan and Turkish Defense Ministers. [Photo: A.A]

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Burkina Faso : le travail de sécurisation du territoire se poursuit (parti au pouvoir)

 01/10/2020 – Le travail de sécurisation du territoire se poursuit au Burkina Faso, a déclaré mercredi le président du Mouvement du peuple pour le progrès (MPP, parti au pouvoir), Simon Compaoré, le lendemain du dépôt du dossier de candidature du président Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, pour briguer un deuxième mandat le 22 novembre prochain. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso : le travail de sécurisation du territoire se poursuit (parti au pouvoir) »

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Mali – Kodal Minerals expands lithium portfolio with three new concessions in Mali

30/09/2020 – UK-based mining company Kodal Minerals has announced acquisitions of further prospective lithium projects in southern Mali, West Africa. 

UK-based mining company Kodal Minerals has announced acquisitions of further prospective lithium projects in southern Mali, West Africa. 

The new acquisitions comply with Kodal’s strategy to identify value accretive strategic mineral opportunities in West Africa and expand its exposure to the booming lithium extraction and development industry. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Kodal Minerals expands lithium portfolio with three new concessions in Mali »

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Mali Thanks Morocco, King Mohammed VI for Post-Coup Diplomacy

Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita to Mali on Tuesday to meet the country’s new leaders. 

Mali’s recently-appointed transitional president, Ba N’Daou, received the Moroccan official in Bamako. 

Bourita also met with the transitional Vice-President, Colonel Assimi Goita, and the transitional Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane. Continuer à lire … « Mali Thanks Morocco, King Mohammed VI for Post-Coup Diplomacy »

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Le Niger invite ses partenaires à renforcer leur appui dans le domaine de la sécurité

30/09/2020 – Le Premier ministre nigérien Brigi Rafini a invité les partenaires comme ceux de l’Union européenne à poursuivre et à renforcer l’appui consenti dans le domaine de la sécurité au profit de son pays, face à la situation sécuritaire qui reste préoccupante notamment dans la zone des trois frontières Burkina-Mali-Niger et dans le bassin du Lac Tchad, a-t-on appris mardi de source officielle à Niamey. Continuer à lire … « Le Niger invite ses partenaires à renforcer leur appui dans le domaine de la sécurité »

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Mali – Mohamed Ag Albachar, porte-parole du MSA-D : « Nous souhaitons que la transition puisse vraiment mettre le volet sécuritaire comme une des priorités. S’il faut une relecture de l’accord, nous pouvons nous asseoir discuter avec le nouveau gouvernement pour pouvoir savoir où est-ce que nous allons y aller «

Sahel-Elite – Bamako

30/09/2020 – Né à Tombouctou en 1985 Mohamed Ag Albachar est le chargé de communication et porte-parole du Mouvement pour le Salut de l’Azawad Daousshak (MSA-D). Le MSA est membre de la Plateforme des Mouvements du 14 juin engagés dans le processus de paix au Mali.

Le samedi 26 septembre 2020 Mohamed Ag Albachar a accordé un entretien à Sahel-Elite. Avec lui, nous avons parlé de la situation sécuritaire générale de la zone d’intervention de leur mouvement, des terroristes qui sévissent dans la zone et de la situation sociopolitique au Mali.

Sahel-Elite : De votre point de vue, quelle est la situation sécuritaire générale de votre zone d’intervention (Gao-Ménaka) qui est, aujourd’hui en proie à des rivalités entre groupes terroristes ?

Mohamed Ag Albachar : En effet, la zone d’action du MSA est principalement la région de Gao et la partie de la région de Ménaka qui fait frontière avec le Niger, donc dans toute la zone du Liptako et un peu le Gourma. La situation sécuritaire est vraiment assez déplorable ces derniers temps à cause de la multiplication des attaques terroristes contre des populations civiles et contre des camps de militaires. Notamment l’attaque contre le camp de Indelimane dans la région de Ménaka qui, après avoir été complètement décimé et a été abandonné. C’est une situation vraiment très critique que nous vivons aujourd’hui dans ces deux régions là. Ce qu’il faut savoir c’est que cette zone a toujours été une base pour l’EIGS (Etat Islamique dans le Grand Sahara). Il a une facilité de recrutement dans la zone. Comme on le dit, c’est la zone du Liptako frontalière avec le Niger.

Les communautés qui y vivent sont dépourvues de moyens et constituent un véritable vivier de recrutement pour ces groupes. C’est ce qui fait que l’EIGS est en force dans ladite zone. Ce qui explique aussi cette guerre d’hégémonie dans la zone entre eux et le GSIM (Groupe de Soutien à l’Islam et aux Musulmans), en arabe JNIM (Jamaat Nusrat al-islam wal-Muslimin). Vous n’êtes pas aussi sans savoir qu’ils ont des intérêts économiques dans la zone. Ils font payer les populations ce qu’ils appellent la « Zakaat ». Ils contrôlent aussi les foires hebdomadaires.

Sahel-Elite : Récemment nous avons vu des images de combats entre le JNIM et l’EIGS à Tallataye, dans la région de Gao. Pourriez-vous nous en dire plus et aussi est-ce qu’un groupe armé tel que le vôtre est-il attaqué par les terroristes ?

 M. A. Albachar: Le MSA a eu en réalité depuis 2018-2019 à combattre l’EIGS aux côtés du GATIA et des Forces Armées maliennes (FAMA) dans la zone du Liptako-Gourma. Nous les avons combattus et jusqu’à présent on peut dire que les groupes armés que nous sommes, ne sont pas épargnés. Les affrontements de ces derniers temps se déroulent principalement entre l’EIGS et le JNIM. Ces deux groupes sont actuellement en conflit, certainement pour des rapports de force et de contrôle de la zone. C’est ce qui s’est passé à Tallataye où il y a eu ces derniers affrontements. Malheureusement de part et d’autre il y a des fils de ces zones qui ont été embrigadés dans ces groupes extrémistes. Ils font partie de ceux qui meurent. D’autres ont été recrutés de force parce que n’ont pas le choix. A la place de l’armée nationale ils sont obligés de prendre les armes pour protéger leurs populations. Ils rejoignent donc ces groupes pour la protection de leurs tribus ou fractions. C’est pourquoi souvent dans ces affrontements, il y a des innocents qui meurent malgré eux.

Sahel-Elite : Après plusieurs mois de crises sociopolitiques le Mali semble voir de jours meilleurs avec l’investiture du Président de la transition. Quel est le sentiment qui vous anime ?

 M. Ag Albachar : Nous souhaitons que tous les maliens accompagnent dans cette transition. Nous allons être optimistes parce que quand le Comité National pour le Salut du Peuple (CNSP) est venu faire partir le président Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) ils ont appelé l’ensemble des maliens à discuter lors des concertations nationales. Ce qui a permis d’élaborer une charte de la transition consensuelle que tout le monde a acceptée. Bien sûr, il y a toujours des gens qui ont dit non, ce qui est normal. Cependant nous accordons notre confiance aux nouvelles autorités et espérons qu’ils vont au moins poser les jalons permettant au futur gouvernement qui sera élu de pouvoir bien travailler. Nous souhaitons que la transition puisse vraiment mettre le volet sécuritaire comme une des priorités, du moins jeter les bases pour que nous pouvions avoir une armée reconstituée pour faire face à cette crise sécuritaire. Également permettre, pas immédiatement, mais plus tard d’appeler les mouvements signataires pour discuter de ce qui est faisable dans l’accord. S’il faut une relecture parce que comme vous le savez il y a des contradictions. Ces contradictions, nous pouvons nous asseoir discuter avec le nouveau gouvernement pour pouvoir savoir où est-ce que nous allons y aller. Et il y a également la révision de la Constitution qui est un volet important dans l’application de l’accord… cette révision de la Constitution elle doit également se faire. Et nous espérons que cette transition va en jeter les bases. Mais il ne faut pas que cette révision se fasse au détriment de l’unité nationale. Ça il faut que ça soit clair. Nous espérons que cela se fera bien et nous allons les accompagner comme il se doit, avec nos moyens et nos prières. Merci.

© Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Auteurs : Maria Crespo / Kanfari Sonni Annass  Photo : ©Sahel-Elite – Maria Crespo : Mohamed Ag Albachar, porte-parole du MSA-D ce dernier 26 septembre à Bamako.

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Algérie/Burkina – Lutte contre le terrorisme: l’Algérie disponible à accompagner le Burkina Faso

14/09/2020 -L’ambassadeur de la République du Burkina-Faso, Oumarou Sadou, a souligné, dimanche à Alger, avoir reçu des assurances de la part du président de la République, M. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, sur la « disponibilité » de l’Algérie à « accompagner » son pays dans la lutte contre le terrorisme. Continuer à lire … « Algérie/Burkina – Lutte contre le terrorisme: l’Algérie disponible à accompagner le Burkina Faso »

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Algerian Army Rejects Constitutional Amendment on Foreign Military Operations

14/09/2020 – The Algerian army rejected the constitutional amendment, to be submitted for a referendum in two months, that would allow the military establishment to participate in operations outside the country to restore peace.

The army command suggested replacing the term “restoring peace” with “peacekeeping,” which observers interpreted as the military leadership’s rejection to involve the army in possible battles on foreign territories. Continuer à lire … « Algerian Army Rejects Constitutional Amendment on Foreign Military Operations »

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Niger – Sécurité : La situation de protection reste précaire dans 4 régions (rapport)

14/09/2020 – « La situation de protection [des populations] dans les régions de Diffa, Tillabéri, Tahoua et Maradi reste précaire avec un activisme des groupes armés non-étatiques ». C’est ce qui ressort d’un rapport de présentation analytique de protection UNHCR qui a prévalu dans 4 régions du Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Sécurité : La situation de protection reste précaire dans 4 régions (rapport) »

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Libya – Arrest of 13 members of ‘Al-kani’ militia gang

By Rabia Golden

14/09/2020 – The Libyan Army announced on Saturday, the arrest of a villainous gang, consisting of 13 members of ‘Al kani’ militia, in the city of Tarhuna in the western region.

The Media Center for the Volcano of Rage Operation stated that the forces tasked with the protection and security of the Costal Road (Treeq Al-Sahali), arrested the gang members while they attempted to hide in the Hawatim area of Tarhuna.

The Media Center added that the gang consisted of criminal elements who trawled the Al-Sahali Road, engaging in kidnappings and murder of passers-by, just as was their practice during the aggression on Tripoli.

The Libya Observer

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After UAE and Bahrain deals, Trump said aiming for direct Israel-Morocco flights

By TOI staff

14/09/2020 – Rabat and Jerusalem have no formal relations, but Israeli tourists are allowed into the country, which is home to the largest Jewish community in the Arab world

US President Donald Trump is looking toward following up the landmark normalization deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with the introduction of direct flights between Israel and Morocco, Channel 12 news reported Saturday.

Morocco is considered an ally of the United States, and has long maintained informal but close intelligence ties with Israel. Continuer à lire … « After UAE and Bahrain deals, Trump said aiming for direct Israel-Morocco flights »

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Morocco, Israel set to establish direct flights: Report

Ismaeel Naar, Al Arabiya English

14/09/2020 – Israel and Morocco are set to announce direct flights as part of the next step in US efforts to facilitate normalization efforts between Israel and Arab states, according to Israeli Channel 12.

The Channel 12 report also said Israel is currently in talks with Sudan regarding plans to send a humanitarian aid plane carrying much-needed assistance amid major flash floods.

The report comes a day after Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.

Israel has so far normalized ties with Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and Bahrain. The country still does not have formal ties with either Morocco or Sudan.

Bahrain and the UAE will formally sign their peace agreements with Israel at a signing ceremony on September 15 at the White House.

Al-Arabiya

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Traffic of Phosphate, Derivatives Increases by 13.1% in Moroccan Ports

29/08/2020 – The traffic of phosphate and its derivatives in Moroccan ports reached a volume of 21.1 million tons at the end of July 2020. The figure represents an increase of 13.1% compared to the same period in 2019.

The National Agency for Ports (ANP) announced the results in a statement earlier this week.

The increase is mainly due to a rise in fertilizers exports, by 39.8%, as well as a growth in sulfur (15.1%) and ammonia (29%) imports. Continuer à lire … « Traffic of Phosphate, Derivatives Increases by 13.1% in Moroccan Ports »

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Mali : l’imam Dicko met en garde la junte

29/08/2020 – L’imam Mahmoud Dicko, figure principale des manifestations politiques qui ont entraîné le départ du président Ibrahim Boubacar Keita à l’issue d’un coup de force survenu le 18 août 2020, a mis en garde les responsables de la junte qui ont pris le pouvoir ce vendredi 28 août lors d’un rassemblement organisé pour rendre hommage aux victimes de la répression policière. Le religieux les a pressés de tenir leur promesse de changement et les a avertis qu’ils n’avaient pas carte blanche. Continuer à lire … « Mali : l’imam Dicko met en garde la junte »

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Libya : PC suspends Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha over recent protests

29/08/2020 – Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha has been suspended and ordered to appear for administrative investigation within three days from the date of the suspension, the PC said in a statement on Friday.

The PC suspended Bashagha on Friday on the backdrop of his handling of the demonstrations that took place in the capital Tripoli and some other cities during the past week, and “his failure to protect protesters from a violent crackdown.” Continuer à lire … « Libya : PC suspends Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha over recent protests »

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Mali: ECOWAS gives junta 12 months to restore democracy

AUTHORITY of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has told the new military junta in the Republic of Mali that it has just one year to return the country to civilian rule.

This was one of the conditions given by the ECOWAS authority at the end of its second virtual extraordinary session on the socio-political situation in Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali: ECOWAS gives junta 12 months to restore democracy »

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Mali : Divisions emerge between Mali junta, opposition leaders

 

29/08/2020 – Tensions mounted on Saturday between Mali’s military junta and the country’s longtime political opposition after the coup leaders failed to invite prominent opposition figures to a planned forum on the country’s political future.

The meeting ultimately was cancelled and the junta leadership instead met with imam Mahmoud Dicko, an opposition leader who on Friday urged the junta to speed up the transition to civilian rule so the West African country could avoid further crushing financial sanctions. Continuer à lire … « Mali : Divisions emerge between Mali junta, opposition leaders »

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Niger : prorogation de l’état d’urgence de trois mois dans deux départements après l’attentat meurtrier de Kouré

28/08/2020 – Le gouvernement nigérien vient de décider une prorogation de l’état d’urgence pour trois mois, à compter du 28 août prochain, dans les départements de Baleyara et de Kollo, région de Tillabéry, instauré suite à l’attentat meurtrier perpétré le 9 août dernier dans la zone de Kouré, a annoncé mercredi un communiqué officiel à Niamey.Pour rappel, le dimanche 9 août dernier, aux environs de midi, six humanitaires français et deux citoyens nigériens (un guide et un chauffeur) ont été tués par des individus armés dans la zone de Kouré, située à environ 70km au sud-est de Niamey, dans le département de Kollo, région de Tillabéry, dont relève la réserve de Kouré. Continuer à lire … « Niger : prorogation de l’état d’urgence de trois mois dans deux départements après l’attentat meurtrier de Kouré »

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Le Niger se dote d’une autorité de régulation nucléaire en prélude à son programme électronucléaire

 28/08/2020 – Le gouvernement nigérien a adopté mercredi en conseil des ministres un projet de loi sur la création d’une Autorité de Régulation et de Sûreté nucléaires (ARSN), dans la perspective de la mise en oeuvre du programme électronucléaire national du pays, a-t-on appris jeudi de source officielle à Niamey. Continuer à lire … « Le Niger se dote d’une autorité de régulation nucléaire en prélude à son programme électronucléaire »

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Libya/US : Al-Sarraj discusses security arrangements with US Jones Group International

  Written By: Abdulkader Assad

28/08/2020 – The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj discusses with the US-based security firm « Jones Group International » shared visions for building the capabilities of Libyan security personnel, and fighting extremism and terrorism. Continuer à lire … « Libya/US : Al-Sarraj discusses security arrangements with US Jones Group International »

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Turkish DefMin, Libyan minister meet in Ankara

28/08/2020 – Turkish defense minister and Libya’s interior minister discussed the latest situation in Libya in the capital Ankara, the National Defense Ministry said Friday.

Hulusi Akar welcomed Fathi Bashagha with military honors, said a written statement by the ministry. Continuer à lire … « Turkish DefMin, Libyan minister meet in Ankara »

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Turkey blocks NATO over UN arms embargo against Libya

28/08/2020 – Turkey is blocking the Western military alliance NATO in the enforcement of an arms embargo against Libya decided by the UN. The Erdoğan regime prevents NATO support for Operation Sea-Guardian to monitor the embargo. Continuer à lire … « Turkey blocks NATO over UN arms embargo against Libya »

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Mali’s New Leader Thanks Morocco for Crisis Resolution Efforts

26/08/2020 – The leader of the new entity running post-coup Mali has thanked King Mohammed VI for Morocco’s active support towards resolving the country’s political crisis. 

A coup unfolded in Mali on August 18, forcing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign. After the president stepped down, the military personnel who staged the coup announced the establishment of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) as the entity in charge of leading Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali’s New Leader Thanks Morocco for Crisis Resolution Efforts »

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Algerian Minister: Algeria Open to Dialogue With Morocco

26/08/2020 –  Communication Minister and Spokesperson of Algeria’s government Ammar Belhimer has said Morocco is a “neighbor and brother country,” recalling the historic and cultural depth that the two countries share.

When asked about the Morocco-Algeria crisis in an interview with Russia’s state-sponsored Sputnik News, Belhimer said the two countries share a mutual goal: A unified Maghreb. Continuer à lire … « Algerian Minister: Algeria Open to Dialogue With Morocco »

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Mali Lithium operations unaffected by political instability in Mali

26/08/2020 – Mali Lithium Limited is continuing normal operations with the ongoing political instability in the West African country having no adverse impact.

It appears to be business as usual for the mining sector in Mali after a military coup ousted the President last week with no reported impact on operations or security at operating mines. Continuer à lire … « Mali Lithium operations unaffected by political instability in Mali »

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UAE confirms its desire for stability in Mali and Sahel region

26/08/2020 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has said it is closely following the situation in the Republic of Mali.Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, has contacted a number of African organisations, stressing the UAE’s commitment to ensuring stability throughout the Sahel region. Continuer à lire … « UAE confirms its desire for stability in Mali and Sahel region »

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Libyan-Italian agreement for establishment of committee for cooperation on military medicine

Written by: RabiaGolden

26/08/2020 – The Ministry of Defense of the Government of National Accord (GNA), along with Italian representatives, agreed to establish a joint committee from both countries to discuss methods of activating joint bilateral cooperation in the field of military medicine. Continuer à lire … « Libyan-Italian agreement for establishment of committee for cooperation on military medicine »

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Libya, Turkey, Qatar agree to boost Libyan army

26/08/2020 – Libya has agreed with Turkey and Qatar to sign a three-way agreement for rendering military cooperation to the Libyan army, a senior Libyan official has announced following a quick visit by the Turkish and Qatari top soldiers to Tripoli.

The announcement came from Libya’s Deputy Defense Minister Salah Al-Namroush on Aug. 17 in a statement following tripartite talks with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah in Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Libya, Turkey, Qatar agree to boost Libyan army »

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​​​​​​​Turkish mercenaries’ confessions: Fighting in Libya in exchange for Turkish promises to them

26/08/2020 – According to the latest statistics of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkey has sent more than 18,000 Syrian mercenaries to Libya, of whom about 7,000 returned to Syria, in addition to about 10,000 from other nationalities.

Thousands of mercenaries join the groups affiliated with the government of National Accord in Tripoli, which is currently planning to seize the strategic city of Sirte, amid a state of international anticipation that subsided with the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement in Libya on Friday. Continuer à lire … « ​​​​​​​Turkish mercenaries’ confessions: Fighting in Libya in exchange for Turkish promises to them »

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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Moroccan F-16s

26/08/2020 – Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract from the United States Department of Defence for F-16 fighters for Taiwan and Morocco, which will receive 66 and 24 respectively under the contract.

On 14 August the Department of Defence announced that Lockheed Martin had been awarded a contract for new production of F-16 Foreign Military Sale (FMS) aircraft. “The total value for the initial delivery order is $4 941 105 246 and will be awarded on the same date. The initial delivery order is for 90 aircraft, including both the pre-priced recurring core configuration costs at $2 862 797 674 and the engineering change proposal/undefinitized contract action for the non-recurring costs not-to-exceed $2 078 307 572 obligated at approximately $1 018 370 710,” the contract announcement read. Continuer à lire … « Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Moroccan F-16s »

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USA – Apogee-SSU to continue training west African pilots #Chad #Niger

26/08/2020 – US company Apogee-SSU is training Cessna 208B Caravan crews of the Cameroonian, Nigerien and Chadian air forces under a United States government contract.

The US Department of State recently renewed the company’s training contract, Africa Intelligence reports, and Apogee-SSU said on its website it has openings in Africa performing services for the Department of State (DOS), Bureau of African Affairs. This requirement is for the full-time services of three Technical Advisors to train selected aviation personnel in Cameroon, Chad and Niger on Cessna 208B aircraft and respective mission equipment, such as Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and/or Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC), so that partner nation aviation personnel are self-sufficient in the operations and maintenance tasks of Caravan aircraft. Continuer à lire … « USA – Apogee-SSU to continue training west African pilots #Chad #Niger »

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More than 100 migrants arrested in Niger near Algerian border

26/08/2020 – Niger’s security forces have arrested more than 100 people in the Sahara desert who were trying to illegally cross the country’s northern border into neighbouring Algeria, security sources said Monday. Continuer à lire … « More than 100 migrants arrested in Niger near Algerian border »

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ISS: Chad’s illegal drug trade contributes to regional insecurity

Written by ISSAfrica
25/08/2020 – On 24 July, a court in Chad sentenced ten people including high-ranking security and intelligence officials as part of a transnational tramadol trafficking cabal. Tramadol is a synthetic opiate and anti-inflammatory medication.

Although not a first, this case is unprecedented in its scope and involvement of senior officials. In January 2020, a shipment of 246 boxes (about 47kg) of tramadol, worth XAF12.3 billion (around €18.8 million), coming from India via Douala, Cameroon, and bound for Libya, was seized by Chadian customs.

Chad is positioned south of Libya, on the eastern edge of the Sahel and Lake Chad, west of Sudan and north of the Central African Republic (CAR). There’s latent conflict in the CAR, Boko Haram in the west, intensifying community conflicts on the border with Sudan and various armed gangs, and a volatile situation in southern Libya.

This complexly insecure environment makes it a lucrative market for contraband. Apart from tramadol, other smuggling activities involve arms, other types of drugs (particularly hashish), stolen vehicles and humans.

Even with prominent members of the network behind bars, fighting drug trafficking will be long and arduous.

Considering possible connections between trafficking and insecurity in the country and the neighbourhood, trafficking must be curbed to prevent entrepreneurs of violence and insecurity (armed gangs, highway robbers, highway criminals and violent extremist groups) in Chad from creating destabilising interdependencies.

With one of the trafficking routes into Chad, the Cotonou road, now under surveillance, traffickers have changed routes and are increasing the scale of their operations. The corridor from northern Chad to Libya also sees other types of insecurity and illicit activities including armed gangs, organised crime and smuggling, despite a state security presence. This could become an alternative route for trafficking into and from Chad. It’s a huge desert area that’s impossible to completely control and is well known to traffickers.

Due to its proximity to Libya, northern Chad has suffered the full impact of the Libyan conflict for almost a decade. The conflict in Libya has made it a corridor for various types of trafficking. This area also often escapes effective state control.

Even before the Libyan civil war, northern Chad had been the object of Chad-Libyan contestation (1978-1987). The discovery of gold deposits there has accentuated conflict and insecurity dynamics by attracting actors from different backgrounds, including armed gangs eager to profit from the illicit exploitation and trafficking of this resource.

In other contexts, entrepreneurs of insecurity and violence take advantage of illicit activities to strengthen logistical, operational and financial bases and enhance their resilience to state responses. In 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime also warned of the extent of tramadol trafficking in the Sahel and its use by non-state armed groups.

In July 2019, two senior officials of Chad’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs were arrested for tramadol trafficking from India via Cotonou, Benin. Beninese authorities apprehended the escort with the cargo. The Chadian senior officials involved tried to have him released on the pretext that the cargo was destined for the Chadian national army. The senior officials were tried and imprisoned in Chad and the escort in Benin.

Chad is cited as one of the most corrupt countries in Africa.

A corollary to trafficking is often corruption of administrative authorities. Indeed the huge sums of money involved deepen mistrust in Chad, which is cited as one of the most corrupt countries in Africa. The tramadol trial has set a precedent, but much remains to be done to clean up the system once and for all.

It is important to continue the work to restore the integrity of the security and intelligence environment, from agents using their positions to organise the trafficking, to strengthen the capacity of the judiciary to better track down and try traffickers.

The National Agency for Financial Investigation (ANIF) and the Task Force on Money Laundering in Central Africa (GABAC) should also be asked to track systems through which money gained from the illicit drug trade is being laundered in Chad’s economy and regionally. Asset forfeiture of those involved in trafficking could be effective in this regard.

Finally, the international scope of trafficking raises the need for transnational cooperation involving not only Chad’s neighbours (Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Libya, Sudan and the CAR), but also the countries that serve as corridors for this trafficking, particularly Benin, to curb it. An intergovernmental institution such as Interpol, but also existing regional mechanisms such as ANIF and GABAC, should be reinforced to facilitate this cooperation.

Written by Remadji Hoinathy, Senior Researcher, ISS Regional Office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin. Republished with permission from ISS Africa. The original article can be found here.

 
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Opération Barkhane: Actualités des opérations

22/08/2020 – La force Barkhane poursuit son effort dans le Liptako-Gourma et concentre son action dans la lutte contre les groupes armés terroristes dans la région « des trois frontières ». L’opération Barkhane, demandée par les Maliens et autorisée par le Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU, se poursuit. Les militaires français en lien avec les partenaires européens et sahéliens, continuent d’assurer leur mission avec professionnalisme, au bénéfice de la sécurité de tous. Continuer à lire … « Opération Barkhane: Actualités des opérations »

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Mali/Bénin – Le président béninois plaide pour l’assouplissement des sanctions économiques contre le Mali

22/08/2020 – Le président béninois Patrice Talon a plaidé jeudi pour un assouplissement des sanctions économiques contre le Mali au sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO) l consacré à la crise politique au Mali, a annoncé le gouvernement béninois dans un commuiqué parvenu vendredi à Xinhua à Cotonou. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Bénin – Le président béninois plaide pour l’assouplissement des sanctions économiques contre le Mali »

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Mali: 4 soldats maliens tués par un engin explosif dans le centre du pays

22/08/2020 – Quatre soldats maliens ont été tués et un grièvement blessé samedi par un engin explosif au passage de leur véhicule dans le centre du Mali, ont indiqué des sources concordantes.

« Un véhicule des militaires du Garsi, le Groupe d’action rapide de surveillance et d’intervention, a sauté ce samedi sur un engin explosif », dans la région de Koro, proche de la frontière avec le Burkina Faso, « il y a 4 morts et un blessé grave », a déclaré à l’AFP une source militaire.

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Turkey, Qatar, Libya’s GNA Agree to Establish Turkish Naval Base in Misrata – Reports

22/08/2020 – Turkey, Qatar, and Libya’s Government of National Accord signed an agreement to establish a Turkish naval base in the Libyan city of Misrata, the Al-Arabiya TV channel reported citing sources.

Turkish and Qatari defence ministers Hulusi Akar and Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah arrived in Tripoli on Monday. The ministers held meetings with the leaders of the Government, Libya’s High Council of State, as well as the Government’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

According to Al Arabiya’s sources, the agreement envisions « the creation of a trilateral military coordination centre in the city of Misrata, as well as the creation of training centres and headquarters for GNA militants in Doha ».

In July, Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Hulusi Akar, and Fathi Bashagha held negotiations on the situation in Libya in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Previously, Turkey provided military support to the Government of National Accord after Ankara and Tripoli signed a military cooperation pact. In response, the Libyan National Army leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar vowed to oppose the Turkish forces and accused Ankara of meddling in Libyan internal affairs.

As of today, Libya is divided between two main centres of power — an elected parliament in the country’s east, supported by the Libyan National Army, and the UN-backed Government of National Accord in the west, headed by Fayez Sarraj.

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Despite the Libyan-Libyan consensus, Turkish government continues recruitment operations

22/08/2020 – Reliable sources have told the Syrian Observatory that the Turkish government continues recruitment operations, as a new batch of mercenaries has arrived in camps in Turkey to undergo military training courses and drills. These mercenaries have been recently recruited in areas in Aleppo and Idlib. However, the next destination has yet to be known whether they will be sent to Libya or another country. It is worth noting that such recruitment operations are still continuing, despite the recent Libyan-Libyan consensus. Continuer à lire … « Despite the Libyan-Libyan consensus, Turkish government continues recruitment operations »

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Report: Mossad chief met Sudanese official (Arutz Sheva)

Elad Benari, Canada

22/08/2020- Mossad chief Yossi Cohen met with a senior Sudanese official in a meeting that was organized and hosted by the United Arab Emirates, the Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper reported on Friday. Continuer à lire … « Report: Mossad chief met Sudanese official (Arutz Sheva) »

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Germany, France, Britain to keep troops in Mali despite coup

German Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer said Sahel terrorism remained a « great threat. » Her French coounterpart called Mali part of a « security challenge » across Sahel Africa, impinging to ‘the whole of Europe. » Continuer à lire … « Germany, France, Britain to keep troops in Mali despite coup »

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Niger/Libye: Frontière nigéro – libyenne : naissance hier d’un groupe politico-militaire (AÏR Info)

21/08/2020 – Selon une vidéo authentique parvenue à la rédaction de Aïr Info, un mouvement politico militaire dénommé Union des Forces Patriotiques pour la Refondation- UFPR vient de voir le jour.
Le baptême de ce nouveau front s’est fait à travers un dur réquisitoire de la gouvernance actuelle en cours au Niger.
Nous ignorons pour l’instant le chef-fondateur et le programme de ce mouvement.

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‘Local politics, porous borders benefit Boko Haram’

21/08/2020 – While many extremist terror groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS/Daesh have largely faded from the world scene, their African counterpart, Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. Continuer à lire … « ‘Local politics, porous borders benefit Boko Haram’ »