America’s counterterror strategy must be fixed starting with Libya

We now know that the attacker who mowed down cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path in Manhattan, was inspired, if not directly enabled, by ISIS. The act of terror killed eight people and injured more than a dozen others, reminding us that whatever we are doing to fight ISIS, al Qaeda, and their ilk is not working. The recent spate of terror attacks in the United States and Europe are evidence enough, as is the constant stream of devastating attacks throughout the Muslim world.

Our gut reaction when any attack occurs is to fixate on the attacker’s country of origin and his affiliation with a particular group. U.S. counterterrorism policy is framed the same way, and it is missing the point. The real threat to the West is the Salafi jihadi movement, as my colleague Katherine Zimmerman writes. Continuer à lire … « America’s counterterror strategy must be fixed starting with Libya »

Mali: Defense Ministry Promises Abuse Inquiry

Justice Ministry Should Conduct Criminal Investigations

(Nairobi) – The Mali Defense Ministry’s stated commitment to investigate serious alleged abuses by the security forces during operations in central Mali is a meaningful step toward accountability, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a September news release, Human Rights Watch documented how military counterterrorism operations in 2017 allegedly resulted in numerous human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and arbitrary arrests against alleged supporters of Islamist armed groups. Continuer à lire … « Mali: Defense Ministry Promises Abuse Inquiry »

Niger – Iran, Niger stress counter-terrorism co-op

Niami 27/10/2017 – Iran’s Foregin Minister and the President of Niger emphasized the necessity of boosting political relations and cooperation between Iran and Niger on fighting terrorism.

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is visiting the western African country, Niger, met President Mahamadou Issoufou on Thursday evening. The two sides explored bilateral relations, and the ways for enhancing political, economic and trade ties, as well as regional and international issues, including fighting terrorism.

The meeting was followed by the opening ceremony of a joint commercial forum and a meeting with the Nigerien Foreign Minister Ibrahim Yacouba.

Earlier on Thursday, Iran’s Foregin Minister had met with some other senior officials of Niger, including its Prime Minister Brigi Rafini.

Visiting the Republic of Niger is Zarif’s final stop of his African tour, which started Saturday. He has also visited South Africa and Uganda and held talks with senior officials of the two countries.

IRNA English