Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’

2018/08/19- Last month, the UK sent three Royal Air Force helicopters and about 100 troops to Mali to help French forces combat jihadists still active in the region.

The Sun has cited a Whitehall source as saying that British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson was outraged after Paris said that London will have to pay £2 million ($2.5 million) so that the UK military can fly spare parts and kits to the Mali mission on French transport aircraft. Continuer à lire … « Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’ »

The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa

2018/08/17 – Over the past several years, North African countries have worked to heavily fortify their borders. A 200-kilometer (125-mile) trench, completed in February 2016, runs along the Tunisian–Libyan border. Twelve hundred kilometers (746 miles) to the west, two new walls mark the border between Morocco and Algeria. These barriers are symptom and symbol of a new securitized approach to borders in areas that have historically been culturally and economically linked.
Continuer à lire … « The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa »

The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali

2018/08/17 – We have to address the underlying cause of problems in Africa, not bury our heads in the sand

On 9 May 2018, the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) approved sending an armoured infantry platoon to Mali. The Scouts Battalion troops deployed in Africa will participate in the French military anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane for a year. This decision must, above all, be viewed in the light of bilateral military cooperation between Estonia and France, which began with our participation in the European Union Military Training Mission in the Central African Republic in 2015. France was grateful to the countries that took part in this mission, because this allowed it to move some of its troops into Operation Sangaris that was taking place in the CAR at the same time. Continuer à lire … « The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali »

Niger- Le président nigérien en visite officielle en Allemagne axée sur la sécurité et la migration illégale

2018/08/15 – Le président nigérien Mahamadou Issoufou a quitté Niamey mardi à destination de Berlin en Allemagne pour une visite officielle d’amitié et de travail, du 14 au 16 août, au cours de laquelle il rencontra la Chancelière allemande Angela Merkel, a appris mardi Xinhua de source officielle à Niamey. Continuer à lire … « Niger- Le président nigérien en visite officielle en Allemagne axée sur la sécurité et la migration illégale »

Algérie/Sahel – L’intervention militaire étrangère au Sahel « ne sera jamais une solution aux problèmes de la région » (Opinion)

2018/08/15-  L’expert et chercheur algérien en questions sécuritaires et stratégiques, Ahmed Mizab a estimé, mardi à l’université M’hamed Bouguerra à Boumerdès, que « l’approche sécuritaire proposée par les partisans de l’intervention militaire étrangère dans la région du Sahel n’a pas été et ne sera jamais une solution aux problèmes de la région ». Continuer à lire … « Algérie/Sahel – L’intervention militaire étrangère au Sahel « ne sera jamais une solution aux problèmes de la région » (Opinion) »

Defence spends Ultra Electronics nearly £1m on a fraud probe over suspected corruption in Algeria

2018/08/06 – Defence firm Ultra Electronics has revealed spending nearly £1million on a fraud probe.
The Serious Fraud Office started an investigation in April over suspected corruption connected with dealings in Algeria.
Ultra, based in Dorset, makes software, parts and security equipment for fighter jets, submarines, airports and nuclear plants. Its biggest market is the US, which provides more than 50pc of revenue. Continuer à lire … « Defence spends Ultra Electronics nearly £1m on a fraud probe over suspected corruption in Algeria »

Algeria, Tunisia discuss border security

2018/08/05 – Tunisian Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi met with Algerian Ambassador to Tunisia, Abdelkader Hajjar to discuss security issues especially along their shared border.
The pair have established close military exchanges to counter the threat of terrorist groups in the region. Continuer à lire … « Algeria, Tunisia discuss border security »