29/11/2019 – President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said there was a need for African nations to pool resources to put up trans-border and trans-regional energy infrastructure so as to fully leverage the potential of natural gas in the continent. Continuer à lire … « Buhari proposes pool fund for africa trans-regional gas infrastructure »
29/11/2019 – L’actuel président mauritanien Mohamed Ould Ghazouani aurait fait campagne en faveur d’un troisième mandat, interdit par la Constitution, pour son prédécesseur Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, selon Boidiel Ould Houmeid, parlementaire et vice-président du parti au pouvoir Union Pour la République (UPR). Continuer à lire … « Mauritanie – Boidel : Ghazouani « a demandé un 3 mandat » pour Aziz »
29/11/2019 – Le chef d état-major de la Garde Nationale de Mauritanie, le Général de Division Misgharou Ould Sidi, a procédé à plusieurs nominations ce vendredi :
Le colonel Ahmed Ould Tachfine a été nommé commandant du 15ème Groupement régional de la Garde nationale à Nouakchott. Continuer à lire … « Mauritanie : Plusieurs nominations à la Garde nationale »
28/11/2019 – L’ambassadeur de la Russie au Burkina Faso, avec résidence en Côte d’Ivoire, Vladimir Baykov, a échangé, le mardi 26 novembre 2019, à Ouagadougou, avec le chef de la diplomatie burkinabè, Alpha Barry, sur plusieurs questions d’intérêt liant les deux pays. Continuer à lire … « Coopération Burkina-Russie : «Il y a une nécessité de se concerter», ambassadeur Vladimir Baykov »
19/11/2019 – Near the port of Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, one of Africa’s smallest states, is a neglected monument to past rebellion. A giant fist of black steel commemorates striking dockers gunned down by Portuguese soldiers in 1959. The strike—and subsequent massacre—helped start a war for independence led by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), a Soviet-sponsored guerrilla movement. It took power in 1974 when Portugal’s dictatorship fell. Continuer à lire … « Guinea-Bissau, Africa’s most famous narco-state, goes to the polls »
Their differences notwithstanding, the UK and Russia could cooperate in Africa.
Today, neither Russia nor the UK can claim a leadership role in Africa. London reached the peak of its influence there between the First and Second World Wars, when the British Empire had a large part of the continent under its direct control. Moscow’s heydays in Africa were the 1960s and 1970s, when the Soviet Union was the main overseas supporter of the continent’s national liberation movements. The odds are that in the 21st century, the destinies of African countries will depend more on the logic of the emerging global competition between the US and China than on any decisions taken in the Kremlin or Downing Street. Continuer à lire … « We Should Exempt Africa from the UK-Russia Geopolitical Confrontation »
19/11/2019 – La justice bissau-guinéenne a condamné, ce lundi 18 novembre, le nigérien Mohamed Sidi Ahmed, à 15 ans de prison, pour « trafic de drogue », selon un communiqué du ministère de la Justice rapporté par l’AFP. Continuer à lire … « Trafic de drogue/Guinée Bissau : le nigérien Mohamed Sidi Ahmed condamné à 15 ans de prison »
19/11/2019 – Trente soldats maliens ont été tués lundi dans une attaque attribuée aux jihadistes dans l’est du Mali, à proximité de la frontière nigérienne, a-t-on appris mardi de source sécuritaire malienne, alors que l’armée avait jusqu’ici fait état d’un bilan de 24 militaires tués. « Trente corps de soldats tombés au cours d’une mission dans le secteur de Tabankort (région de Ménaka) sont arrivés à Gao (nord) en provenance de Niamey (Niger) » mardi à la mi-journée, a précisé cette source. Continuer à lire … « Mali: le bilan de l’attaque à la frontière nigérienne monte à 30 soldats tués »
19/11/2019 – Le ministre de la Défense et des Anciens combattants, le général Ibrahima Dahirou Dembélé, accompagné du général Ouhaoun Koné, chef d’état-major de la Garde nationale, du général Elhadji Gamou, inspecteur général des Armées et du général Abdouramane Baby, chef d’état-major général adjoint des Armées, a rendu visite le week-end dernier aux forces de défense de la première région militaire de Gao et aux éléments d’Ansongo et Ménaka. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Régions de Gao et Ménaka : Le Général Ibrahima Dahirou Dembélé promet que tous les camps seront réoccupés par l’armée »
19/11/2019 – Les forces armées de la Guinée-Bissau refusent la décision de renforcer sur leur sol le contingent de l’ECOMIB, la force d’interposition de la CEDEAO, a-t-on appris lundi de source militaire. Continuer à lire … « Guinée-Bissau : l’armée refuse que la CEDEAO renforce son contingent militaire sur son sol »
19/11/2019 – For Africans to contain the increasing tension and insecurity plaguing the continent, member states must seriously consider a return to pre-colonial boundaries, togetherness and joint border security management.
Speakers at the 16th Africa Security Watch Awards and Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), which included military and police chiefs, renowned academia and political leaders from West, Central, South and East African regions agreed on the need to address issues such as religious extremism/ intolerance, bad governance, illiteracy, unemployment and poverty identified as root causes of insecurity in Africa just as participants agreed it was about time the continent developed homegrown lasting solutions to tackle its problems. Continuer à lire … « How to contain terrorism in Africa »
19/11/2019 – Russia will on Wednesday land the world’s biggest military aircraft in South Africa, the Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” bomber, in a rare display of cooperation between the defense forces of the two countries. Continuer à lire … « Russia Sends 2 Tu-160 Nuclear Bombers to South Africa in a Display of Defense Cooperation »
19/11/2019 – GNA Minister of Interior Fathi Pashagha on Monday met the British Ambassador to Libya Nicholas Hopton. According to the Interior Ministry’s website, the meeting focused on political and humanitarian situation in Libya and prospects of mutual cooperation in combating terrorism and organized crime, illegal migration and other issues of common interest.
19/11/2019 – President Mohamed Weld Al Ghazwani of Mauritania said the world is scene of widespread opinions sceptical of UN Capability and its vital role in the world. ‘Fighting terrorism requires a solution to the crisis in Libya, to restore peace and stability in the entire region, Al Ghazwani said remarks before the Dakar Forum for Peace and Security in Africa, which kicked off here on Monday.
The President indicated that there were a number of initiatives aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region such the Group 5 in the Sahel region, Nouakchott Track and Economic Community Initiative of West Africa, explaining the challenges faced by these initiatives in a space of multiple threats and complexities. He welcomed the initiative brought forward by Germany and France in August within what is known as Partnership for Peace and Stability in the Sahel Region which involves extension of terrorism combating effort in the Sahel region to include west African countries.
19/11/2019 – A secret deal between Khalifa Haftar and figures from the Moammar Gaddafi-era Revolutionary Committees has been signed in the UAE, Libya Al-Ahrar TV Channel has reported. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Haftar, Gaddafi-era Revolutionary Committees figures sign secret deal in UAE to share power »
19/11/2019 – The Nigerian Air Force will before December 2019 take delivery of two helicopter gunships from Italy which will be deployed to complement the air power in various operations across the country. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria to receive two helicopter gunships before December – Air chief »
18/11/2019 – Lors de la sixième réunion du comité de pilotage sur l’Initiative de Gouvernance en matière de sécurité (SGI), le 14 novembre 2019, à Niamey, les Etats-Unis ont apprécié les efforts réalisés par les autorités nigériennes dans la mise en œuvre des réformes sécuritaires. Continuer à lire … « Réformes sécuritaires : les Etats-Unis satisfaits des progrès du Niger »
18/11/2019 – Les incidents survenus dans les régions frontalières au Nigeria, ces derniers jours, notamment à Pobè et Igolo, n’ont pas laissé sans réaction le gouvernement béninois. C’est avec fermeté que le ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération a exprimé, samedi 16 novembre dernier, son indignation à l’ambassadeur de la République fédérale du Nigeria près le Bénin, convoqué expressément. Continuer à lire … « Bénin – Incidents dans les régions frontalières au Nigeria: Le gouvernement béninois condamne avec fermeté »
18/11/2019 – In May 2019, the family of the Cossack Grigory Tsurkanu received a death certificate for him, even though he had been considered only “missing” until then, Kommersant reports, citing its own sources. Continuer à lire … « Russia declares Wagner PMC mercenary captured by ISIS dead »
18/11/2019 – The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on four companies and two people operating in Syria, Turkey, the Gulf and Europe for providing financial and logistical support to Islamic State.The targets were blacklisted under an executive order that imposes sanctions on terrorists and those who have provided assistance or support for terrorists, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
Turkey-based Sahloul Money Exchange Company, Al-Sultan Money Transfer Company and ACL Ithalat Ihracat were targeted for providing financial and logistical support to Islamic State, as were Turkish nationals Ismail Bayaltun and his brother Ahmet Bayaltun.
18/11/2019 – Islamic State (IS), somewhat shockingly, announced the formation of Islamic State Central Africa Province (IS-CAP) nearly seven months ago on April 18, expanding the group’s presence into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (The East African, April 19). Details regarding the size or demographics of its forces are murky, but evidence indicates ties to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), one of the country’s most bellicose militant groups. Many analysts believed the announcement portended a drastic shift in the security environment, but the operations claimed by IS-CAP seemingly indicate that it has only coopted a small faction within the ADF, or that there are only a handful of ADF fighters aligned, or in communication, with IS. Continuer à lire … « Islamic State Central Africa Province: Rebranding or Coopting of ADF Faction »
18/11/2019 – Guinea President Alpha Conde has replaced his security minister following deadly protests against suspected efforts by Conde to extend his mandate.
Conde (81) is due to step down next year when his second and final five-year term expires, but refuses to rule out running again and asked government to investigate drafting a new constitution. Continuer à lire … « New Security Minister for Guinea »
18/11/2019 – Ghana is one of the most recent customers for the Turkish Otokar Cobra and Cobra II armoured vehicles, with both models seen in service with the Ghanaian Army earlier this month. Continuer à lire … « Ghana operating Otokar Cobra armoured vehicles »
18/11/2019 – The first ever Russia-Africa economic forum, which kicked off on Wednesday, has resulted in hundreds of deals and agreements, Russian Presidential Adviser Anton Kobyakov said. Continuer à lire … « Over 500 Agreements Worth $12 Billion Inked at Russia-Africa Forum »
18/11/2019 – After decades of conflict, war-hardened civilians in Marsabit County are arguably better armed than security forces.
Arms trafficking and cattle rustling are driving local conflict in Kenya’s northern border county of Marsabit. Scores have been killed in the politically motivated ethnic conflict this year alone. In the latest flare-up on 25 August, 12 people died in attacks on two villages in Marsabit’s Forolle settlement along the Kenya-Ethiopia border. Continuer à lire … « Cross-border arms trafficking inflames northern Kenya’s conflicto (by Duncan E Omondi Gumba and Guyo Chepe Turi) »
18/11/2019 – The military prosecutor in eastern Libya under the command of Khalifa Haftar has rejected surrendering the fugitive criminal Mahmoud Al-Werfalli to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Continuer à lire … « Military Prosecutor under Haftar’s command refuses to surrender Al-Werfalli to ICC »
18/11/2019 – Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien have discussed security situation developments in Libya. According to a statement carried by the Italian news agency ‘Nova’, the two sides discussed Middle East, Libya, terrorism and bilateral relations.
Nova quoted Italian Foreign Minister as saying ‘Italy will host a meeting for Libya’s neighbouring countries on Dec.1, indicating that the meeting will be held on the margins of the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum which will be held from 5th to 7th of the same month. The Italian Minister disclosed steps that Italy was taking which included easing the intensity of conflict which could lead to a ceasefire, and resuming the UN-led political process through the UN Special Envoy Ghasan Salama.
18/11/2019 – The Libyan Canadian Committee for Human Rights and Justice has condemned the meeting of the Canadian Ambassador to Libya, Hilary Childs Adams with a delegation from the Tobruk-based House of Representatives last Thursday in Tunis. Continuer à lire … « Libyan-Canadian Committee condemns Canada’s ambassador’s meeting with Tobruk HoR representatives »
17/11/2019 – Turkey might be sending weapons to Nigeria, arming militants known as the « other ISIS, » Boko Haram, to slaughter both Christians and Muslims, making for a potential location to « recalibrate ISIS, » according to a Gate Stone Institute citing an Egyptian TV report. Continuer à lire … « Report: Turkey Arms Might ‘Recalibrate ISIS’ in Africa »
17/11/2019 – When the Berlin Wall was pierced on 9 November 1989, world attention was on Europe. But the collapse of the Soviet Union that followed resonated across Africa and globally. The 30th anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on these forces and their implications for Africa’s politics and foreign relations. Continuer à lire … « How the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago resonated across Africa »
18/11/2019 – A state of emergency, attacks by Boko Haram militants, and rebel incursions are bringing new humanitarian and security concerns to Chad – a landlocked central African nation that shares borders with some of the region’s most unstable countries.
The state of emergency – which covers three provinces – follows an increase in inter-communal clashes in Ouaddai and Sila, in eastern Chad, and fighting between self-defence groups, rebel forces, and the national army around gold mines in the north. Continuer à lire … « Briefing: Problems multiply in Déby’s Chad. ‘Déby feels he is losing control.’ »
17/11/2019 – Last month marked ten years since Mohammed Yusuf, founder of Boko Haram, died in police detention. His death led to the radicalisation of the sect and a declaration of Jihad against the Nigerian state.
In an earlier paper on the sect I argued that before 2009, its operations were more or less peaceful, but that it was radicalised in 2009 after a confrontation with Nigerian security agencies. The police cracked down on the group setting off an armed uprising in Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria. Continuer à lire … « How Boko Haram has evolved over the past ten years »
16/11/2019 – Ambassador to Sudan Vladimir Zheltov pointed out that currently Sudan’s Armed Forces is 60% equipped with the weapons and military hardware made in either the Soviet Union or Russia Continuer à lire … « Sudan eyes defense technology cooperation with Russia »
17/11/2019 – Sudan has set a date to announce the verdict against ex-president Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir who has been under trial since his ouster from the leadership of the country in April this year. Continuer à lire … « Sudan to announce verdict on ex-president al-Bashir in December »
17/11/2019 – The EU has wounded up a 2 day workshop on assessment of capacity and laying down plans to promote the private sector in Libya. The project management said it aimed to put in place a work plan, and provide training opportunities for emerging small and medium size companies, to encourage their investments. The EU has launched, two week ago, a plan to support the private sector in Libya in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and civil society organisations across the country, with the aim of building capacities and encouraging youth and women to contribute vigorously to the national economy. The EU-financed project is executed by France Experts Organisation.
16/11/2019 – ISIS Libya pledged Friday allegiance to the new leader of the terrorist group Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi after the killing of the ringleader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
ISIS media outlets posted photos of about 32 militants in different areas in what they called « Wilayat Barqa » – Cyrenaica Region – saying it took place this month. Continuer à lire … « ISIS militants in Libya pledge allegiance to new leader »
16/10/2019 – Réagissant à la récente attaque terroriste contre une mosquée faisant 15 morts dans le nord, le président du Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré a déclaré, lundi que ces attaques visaient à fragiliser le vivre-ensemble dans son pays. »Ces attaques visent à fragiliser notre vivre-ensemble et la cohésion sociale, que nous ont légués nos ancêtres, et que nous devons préserver à tout prix », a déclaré M. Kaboré dans un message à la nation. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso: les attaques contre les confessions religieuses visent à fragiliser le vivre-ensemble (président Kaboré) »
16/10/2019 – Le général Babacar Gaye, ancien chef d’état-major général des armées sénégalaises, a demandé mardi au gouvernement du Sénégal de ne pas « sous-estimer » la force du G5 Sahel. »Ne sous-estimons pas le G5 Sahel », groupe de coopération militaire et de développement qui rassemble la Mauritanie, le Mali, le Niger, le Burkina Faso et le Tchad, parce qu’il y a derrière ce G5 Sahel « une approche globale des problèmes du Sahel », a affirmé le général Gaye. Continuer à lire … « G5 Sahel : un ancien chef d’état-major sénégalais demande de ne pas « sous-estimer » cette force »
16/10/2019 – GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala has sent a letter to the President of the UN security Council, following the barbaric shelling of a home in the Tripoli area of Al Fernaj on Monday, in which 3 children died and a woman and a girl wounded all from one family. The letter reads: ‘Every day passes and indeed every hour without a firm stance taken to repel this aggression on the capital and halt the crimes will lead to crimes that will not only threaten Libya but the entire region.’
16/10/2019 – The Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha has discussed with the Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy in Libya, Nicholas Hopton training of security service personnel of the ministry.
The meeting reviewed prospects for cooperation between Libya’s Interior Ministry and its British counterpart, in addition to other security topics related to the fight against terrorism, organized crime, and illegal immigration, according to the ministry’s Information Office.
16/10/2019 – President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said all hands must be on deck to ensure that Boko Haram insurgents are completely defeated.
Buhari said Nigerians and security agents must team up with his government to stop the degraded Boko Haram insurgents from attacking soft targets in the Northeast. Continuer à lire … « Boko Haram degraded, we need citizens’ partnership to finish the job – Buhari »
16/10/2019 – The Nigerian Army yesterday asked Chairman of Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, to prove his claim that 847 soldiers had been lost to Boko Haram insurgency in the last six years.
13/10/2019 – Nigeria Army said the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have captured 10 senior commanders of the Boko Haram insurgency group.
Army spokesman Aminu Iliyasu in a statement said the arrest of the insurgents was part of the Nigeria Army’s heightened level of fight against terrorism. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria Army ‘captures’ 10 Boko Haram commanders »
13/10/2019 -Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hopes to sign a military technical cooperation deal with Russia at talks with President Vladimir Putin this month that will help it fight Boko Haram militants, Nigeria’s ambassador in Moscow said on Friday.The Nigerian leader is due to meet Putin on the sidelines of a Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi amid a push by Moscow to expand its influence in Africa. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria looks to sign military cooperation deal with Russia this month »
13/10/2019 – The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has held a series of meetings in London to discuss the development of oil and gas sectors in Libya.
The NOC head, Mustafa Sanallah, convened a meeting with Suncor and Equinor energy companies to review the mechanisms of enhancing cooperation and activating the role of the Joint Task Force to increase the production of oilfields managed by Harouge Oil Operations company, according to the NOC Facebook page.
Equinor is associated with a production sharing agreement with the NOC and is part of the second consortium of companies in the Sharara oil field, which is operated by Akakus Oil Operations company.
13/10/2019 – Libya’s Foreign Ministry of the Government of National Accord said Saturday it refuses to reduce diplomatic representation and cooperation with Turkey. Continuer à lire … « Libya rejects Arab League’s proposal to reduce diplomatic cooperation with Turkey »
13/10/2019 – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle East and Africa Affairs Michael Bugdanov has discussed with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Xing Xian Dong political and security developments in Libya. The two officials stressed the need to continue cooperation between Moscow and Beijing to achieve permanent stability in the Middle East and North Africa, said the Russian Foreign Ministry which said the Libyan issue was subject of extended talks between the two officials.
13/10/2019 – Le Parlement nigérien en séance plénière de ce vendredi 11 octobre a entériné les projets de lois portant prorogation de l’état d’urgence dans la région de Diffa et dans plusieurs départements des régions de Tillabéry et Tahoua. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Prorogation de l’état d’urgence dans la région de Diffa et certaines parties des régions de Tillabéry et Tahoua »