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Ukraine and Algeria agreed to hold new rounds of business talks in February-March


12/01/2021 – Ukraine and Algeria agreed to hold new rounds of business talks in February-March to establish direct contacts between concerned business circles of both countries.

As the press service of the Embassy of Ukraine in Algeria informs, this was discussed during a meeting between Ambassador Maksym Subkh and the BG ICC Consulting Agency delegation headed by Director General Rassim Benghanem.

« As a result of negotiations and taking into account the current quarantine restrictions, it was agreed to work out the possibility of organizing in February-March several joint business webinars and forums aimed at establishing direct contacts between concerned business circles of Ukraine and Algeria, » the statement reads.

As noted, the BG ICC Consulting Agency promotes the development of Algerian exports and the adoption of experience of foreign companies to establish joint ventures in Algeria and sell their products in the domestic market of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and export them to other African countries.


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Morocco – Rabat Hosts 11th Morocco-US Defense Consultative Committee Session

By Yahia Hatim / MWN

Morocco and the US today held the 11th meeting of the joint Defense Consultative Committee (DCC). The meeting took place in Rabat at the headquarters of the National Defense Administration.

Morocco’s Minister Delegate for National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudyi, co-chaired the session with the US Under-Secretary of Defense in charge of Political Affairs, Anthony Tata. Continuer à lire … « Morocco – Rabat Hosts 11th Morocco-US Defense Consultative Committee Session »

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Nigerien C-130 arrives home from the United States

Author: Guy Martin | Defence Web

12/01/2021 – Niger’s Air Force has officially taken delivery of a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft from the United States.

It was accepted in a ceremony on 4 January at Air Base 101 in Niamey attended by the United States Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Ambassador Eric Whitaker, Nigerian Minister of National Defence Issoufou Katambe, and Nigerien Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Salifou Mody. Continuer à lire … « Nigerien C-130 arrives home from the United States »

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Israel Shipyards begins construction of OPV-45 vessels for African country

Written by Guy Martin |Defence Web

12/01/2021 – Israel Shipyards has launched construction of the first of two OPV-45 offshore patrol vessels destined for an undisclosed African country.

The company made the announcement in mid-December, saying the vessels will be delivered to an African Navy within the next two years. Continuer à lire … « Israel Shipyards begins construction of OPV-45 vessels for African country »

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NATO surveillance mission off Libya

Rabia Golden

11/01/2021 – ItaMilRadar reported that a NATO Global Hawk RQ-4D “Phoenix” took off on Friday morning bound for southern Europe, heading towards Libya for a surveillance mission.

NATO recently carried out a similar mission over the Gulf of Sirte and that Friday mission appears to achieve similar goals, according to ItaMilRadar.

Libya Observer

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Italy, Qatar and Turkey in Libya


Author: Giovanni Giacalone / Pravda Report

11/01/2021 – On Friday, January 8th the GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj met with an Italian government delegation led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio; the official meeting took place in Palazzo Chigi.

The visit occurred during a very complicated phase for Libya as violence between the GNA and the LNA is about to erupt once again, and Serraj very likely travelled to Rome with the objective of asking the Italian government for more support. Continuer à lire … « Italy, Qatar and Turkey in Libya »

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Algeria, Mauritania Coordinate Efforts on Cross-Border Terrorism

08/01/2021 –

Algiers – Boualem Goumrassa

Algerian Army Chief of Staff Said Chengriha has called on his Mauritanian counterpart, Major General Mohamed Bamba Meguett, to coordinate efforts in facing regional security challenges and strengthening cooperation on the border of the countries of the Sahel region. Continuer à lire … « Algeria, Mauritania Coordinate Efforts on Cross-Border Terrorism »

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Morocco and Djibouti Strengthen Ties, Collaborate on Renewable Energy

By Toms Dumpis / MWN

08/01/2021 – Agadir – Representatives of Morocco and Djibouti met to discuss the cooperation of the two states in the field of renewable energy on Tuesday, January 5.Morocco’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti Nezha Alaoui M’Hammdi met with Djibouti’s Minister of Energy Yonis Ali Guedi, at the headquarters of the Djiboutian Ministry of Energy. Continuer à lire … « Morocco and Djibouti Strengthen Ties, Collaborate on Renewable Energy »

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Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted


Written by Guy Martin


08/01/2021 – The December event was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Defence Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd); the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as well as other dignitaries. Continuer à lire … « Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted »

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Al-Serraj welcomes reconciliation with Qatar


08/01/2021 – Head of the government of national accord, Fayez Al-Serraj welcomed the positive outcome of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Saudi Arabia where the three-year rift between Qatar and other GCC members came to an end. Continuer à lire … « Al-Serraj welcomes reconciliation with Qatar »

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The National Oil Corporation entered into a partnership with the US Department of Energy

08/01/2021 –  Within the framework of supporting transparency and developing the performance of the National Oil Corporation and its subsidiaries, the Corporation cooperates with the US Department of Energy to implement a comprehensive study of the corporation’s plan in the medium and long term to rehabilitate and develop newly discovered producing fields to increase oil and gas production. The corporation’s website on the international information network stated that the study includes reviewing the corporate governance system in the corporation and its companies, the main objective of the study is to highlight the strengths of the National Oil Corporation, identify areas for improving efficiency and effectiveness and propose measures to support the performance of the corporation and its companies, and enhance Supporting international investment in Libya, and aligning the institution with the best international practices of major companies, which enhances opportunities to attract international investment and facilitates cooperation with leading international companies in all areas of the oil industry.


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Libya tops Tunisia-led Security Council January agenda: Tunisian Foreign Ministry

By Sami Zaptia

08/01/2021 -Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry stressed Monday (4 December) that Libya will top the agenda of the UN Security Council. Tunisia assumed the rotating presidency of the Security Council for January on Monday as a Non-Permanent Member of the Security Council in 2021. Continuer à lire … « Libya tops Tunisia-led Security Council January agenda: Tunisian Foreign Ministry »

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Moroccan PM: Morocco Ready to Open Borders With Algeria

Despite recent escalation, Morocco’s government is ready to open a direct and “frank” dialogue to break the stalemate with Algeria.

Continuer à lire … « Moroccan PM: Morocco Ready to Open Borders With Algeria »

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BAF to replace 110-member contingent in Mali

22/12/2020 -Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) is going to replace its 110-member contingent at United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat briefed the members of contingent at BAF Base Bashar, Tejgaon today, said a press release.

While addressing the briefing, Chief of Air Staff advised them to discharge their duties with honesty, professionalism and sincerity to uphold good reputation for BAF as well as for the country.

He emphasized on preventive actions to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus and remain extra careful about it.

Thereafter, he participated in a special munajat arranged for success of the contingent.

A total 110 BAF members will depart in the 1st week of January 2021 for Mali led by contingent commander Group Captain Abdullah Al Farooq.

Among others, Principal Staff Officers of Air Headquarters, Air Officers of Dhaka area, senior BAF officers of Air Headquarters and Bases were present on the occasion.

BSS News

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Mali – New EDF contingent starts Mali anti-insurgency operation service

22/12/2020- An Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) platoon newly-slated for the French-led counter-insurgency Operation Barkhane has largely arrived in the West African country of Mali, Baltic News Service reports.

The bulk of the BKN-08 Estpla personnel arrived in the city of Gao, where the EDF has been based for several years, while Maj. Vjatseslav Senin relieved Maj. Argo Sibul of command, as per schedule, the defense ministry says.

Maj. Senin said that in cooperating with its allies, the EDF is boosting the security of not only the local populace, but also, ultimately, Europe, and with it, Estonia.

He said: « The main group of the infantry platoon arrived today and is about to achieve initial combat readiness in a few hours. BKN-08 Estpla will start performing its duties in a few days already. »

Operation Barkhane as a whole inolves several of the Sahel nations, many of them former French colonies, and thus a vast swathe of territory, and is also focused on combating human trafficking and terrorism.

Estonia’s rationale for taking part primarily revolves around a trade-off; helping to secure the EU’s southern approaches in Operation Barkhane and other initiatives in return for the presence of both the EU and NATO in Estonia, at Tapa and Ämari and with it the securing of the union’s eastern flank.

Maj. Senin expressed his gratitude to the previous contingent for a seamless handover procedure, wishing them a safe trip back home and a happy time with family during the upcoming holidays.

Junior Warrant Officer Janek Pent from BKN-08 Espla said concurred that the takeover of responsibilities and duties from the outgoing platoon had gone smoothly. 

He said: « We went on patrol with the previous platoon three times and received a very good overview of our area of responsibility and the environment. The fact that all squad leaders have participated in the operation Barkhane and are familiar with the area of responsibility helped a lot; in addition, we have a detailed overview of the other tasks of our platoon, which are guarding of the base and rapid response to emergencies. The main unit just arrived, we will achieve tentative combat capability in a few hours and full combat capability in a few days. »

Gao, on the banks of the River Niger, is temporary home to over 1,500 troops from several countries involved in Operation Barkhane, with the EDF component tasked with patrolling, base protection and manning of a rapid response unit.

ERR News

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo: EDF member from a previous rotation (Espla-30) on patrol in Gao, Mali. Source: mil.ee 

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Ministry of interior looks into cooperation with western military

By Libyan Express

22/12/2020 – Ministry of Interior, Fathi Bashagha met today with the Commander of the Western Military Region, Major General Osama Al-Jowili.

During the meeting, they discussed several military issues, regarding military and security support and joint cooperation, as well as reviewing the matter of political and secure settlement situation inside the country.

The meeting also covered a number of topics of common interest with the highlight being the outcome of the 5+5 joint military committee and how to actively support it to reach the best positive results for the national interest.

Libyan Express

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo: Commander of Western forces meets with GNA’s Minister of Interior. [Photo: MoI]

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Hamza Discuss With Italian Ambassador Supporting Stability and Development in Southern Libya.

22/12/2020 – Presidency Council Member and Minister of State for Civil Society Organisations Ahmed Hamza has discussed with Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Bocino cooperation on issues concerning the southern region. The Presidency Council Communication Office said the meeting which was held at the Council’s headquarters on Monday reviewed mechanism of supporting development in the southern region.


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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.



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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.


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


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.


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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.


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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 »

Saudi Arabia and Algeria sign MoU to boost cooperation to housing sector

11/01/2021 –  Saudi Arabia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Algeria in the field of housing and infrastructure development.

The MoU, which aims to activate joint cooperation between the two sides, was signed by Saudi Minister of Housing Majid Al-Hogail and his Algerian counterpart Kamel Nasri. Continuer à lire … « Saudi Arabia and Algeria sign MoU to boost cooperation to housing sector »