24/03/2020 – Le président de la République Idriss Déby va rester dans la province du Lac pour diriger personnellement des opérations militaires contre Boko Haram. Il« refuse de rejoindre son bureau à N’Djaména », après un déplacement mardi à Boma, au Lac, où l’armée a subi hier une attaque meurtrière de Boko Haram, faction d’Aboubakar Shekau. Continuer à lire … « Tchad : Déby décide de rester au Lac pour diriger des opérations militaires »
23/03/2020 – Seven Ukrainian sailors from the MSC Talia F container ship, flying the flag of Madeira, Portugal, have been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Africa.
The vessel was heading from the port of Lomé (Togo) to the port of Libreville (Gabon), the Seafarers journal.com said on March 22.
There were 17 crew members on board. During the attack, the pirates captured seven sailors, all of them are reportedly Ukrainian nationals.
There is no further information about the captives. The vessel continued its voyage, the publication said.
Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo from seafarersjournal.com.
23/03/2020 – The American ambassador to Libya ‘Richard Norland’, said that his country is trying to convince the Libyan parties for negotiations, to solve the current crisis in the country, asserting Washington’s work to support a negotiable settlement. This came in a statement quoted by the embassy today Monday, from an interview made by the American ambassador ‘Norland’, with the London’s newspaper ‘The Arab Weekly’. The American embassy had called on Thursday for a humanitarian truce in Libya, which was declared last Saturday with fighting parties agreement for a humanitarian truce, in order to fight the new epidemic of Corona.
23/03/2020 – The EU has increased its military operation in the Sahel, and extended its mission to train the Malian Armed Forces.
The European Council on Monday said the mission would provide military assistance to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which comprises troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Continuer à lire … « EU extends military mission in the Sahel »
23/03/2020 – The UK government’s decision to deploy an additional 250 soldiers to join the United Nations mission in Mali (known as MINUSMA) might be in Britain’s security interests. Firstly, because it is important to counter the spread of terrorism in Mali, and secondly because supporting France is consistent with the UK’s wider security goals. Such deployments display the UK’s commitment to international security and may well form a critical part of its post-BREXIT diplomacy. Continuer à lire … « Why the UK May Be Sending Troops to Mali »
Following the 1991 dissolution of the USSR—which maintained diplomatic relations with 46 African countries in the mid-1980s—the Russian Federation lost a large part of the Soviet influence on the continent. Beginning in the mid-2000s, however, Russia`s regional policy started to change, and the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis solidified Russia`s resolve to pursue opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Russiancouncil.ru, February 20). A truly pivotal event that demonstrated Russia`s determination was the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see EDM, October 28, 2019). Given Russia`s relative economic weakness, one of the very few competitive advantages at the Kremlin`s disposal is military-technical cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel »
26/01/2020 – Le conseil des Ministres a adopté un projet de décret portant proclamation de l’état d’urgence dans le département de Filingué, région de Tillabéri, compte tenu de l’exacerbation de la situation sécuritaire dans la zone du département de Filingué « caractérisée par des attaques ciblées sur des installations militaires et des assassinats d’autorités coutumières ».
L’état d’urgence a été proclamé dans plusieurs départements de la région de Tillabéri en raison de la menace terroriste qui affecte certaines localités, rappelle-t-on.
ANP / Niamey