03/01/18 – Les députés à l’Assemblée nationale, 7ème législature, ont procédé le vendredi 29 décembre 2017, au vote de la loi portant recueil du renseignement en République du Bénin. C’était par un vote de 38 voix pour, 06 contre et 00 abstention. Continuer à lire … « Bénin : Assemblée nationale : Les députés adoptent la loi portant recueil du renseignement au Bénin »
03/01/18 – Le président du Niger Mahamadou Issoufou a promis lors de son allocution télévisée de Nouvel An de renforcer en 2018 son armée, qui fait face à des groupes jihadistes responsables d’attaques meurtrières et recurrentes.
03/01/18 – Dans son discours de fin d’année, le Président Mahamadou Issoufou a promis la création de nouvelles infrastructures militaires pour permettre aux forces de défense de faire face à toute menace.
Continuer à lire … « Niger : L’Etat promet de nouvelles infrastructures militaires pour faire face à toute menace sécuritaire en 2018 »
Italy aims to deploy up to 470 troops to Niger to help tackle people-smuggling, the military General Staff said on Thursday.
Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Sunday some of the 1,400 Italian troops now stationed in Iraq could be transferred to the Sahel region in West Africa – which includes Niger – after victories against Islamist militants in Iraq.
Gentiloni said the redeployed troops could also help to combat terrorism in the Sahel.
The General Staff said in a statement that a reconnaissance mission was underway in Niger to help decide the scale of the assistance, which the African country’s government has requested but which still needs to be approved by Italy’s parliament.
If the necessary approval is given, Italy would aim to gradually send up to 470 troops, probably posting an average of 250 over the course of a year, the statement said.
“The aim of the mission is to increase the operational capacity of the Niger forces and put them in a position to guarantee stability in the area and fight illegal trafficking of migrants,” it added.
Italy’s president dissolved parliament on Thursday ahead of an election due in March, but lawmakers will continue to meet, and could approve Gentiloni’s request to transfer the personnel. Italy is especially keen to help tackle the people-smuggling gangs because it has borne the brunt of seaborne illegal migration to Europe from Africa.
More than 600,000 people have made the perilous journey across the central Mediterranean from Libya in the past four years. Arrivals have fallen sharply since officials working for the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli persuaded smugglers to stop boats leaving and the Libyan coastguard stepped up interceptions at sea.
23/12/17 – President Emmanuel Macron has visited French counterterrorism troops based in Niger who are tackling extremists in the Sahel. He stressed the need for development programs to tackle the root causes of extremism. Continuer à lire … « French President Emmanuel Macron visits counterterrorism troops in Niger »
21/12717 – Khalifa Haftar, who rules eastern Libya, has dismissed the two-year-old, UN-backed accord about how the country should be run. Haftar’s regional and international partners should act now to mitigate this new risk of escalation over his apparent ambition to rule Libya on his own.
Tensions are rising in Libya after the de facto ruler of the country’s east, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, publicly dismissed the two-year-old international deal on how Libya should be governed. To neutralise the risk of new conflict, Haftar’s international and regional allies should forcefully condemn his attempt at undermining the UN-led peace process and urge him back to the diplomatic track. Continuer à lire … « New Risks in Libya as Khalifa Haftar Dismisses UN-backed Accord »
21/12/17 – Terrorism and radicalisation are common challenges for India and Mali, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday, calling for greater international cooperation to deal with the menace. Continuer à lire … « Mali / India : Terrorism, radicalisation common challenges for India and Mali, says M Venkaiah Naidu »