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 »

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 »

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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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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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) »

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 »

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 »

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) »

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 »

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 »