Arms, investment and ‘instructors’: Russia boosts Africa role

2018/08/19 – Touting military cooperation, arms deals and investment, Russia is making a comeback in Africa after years of inactivity and now aims to rival European countries and even China, analysts say.

Moscow has worked hard over the last three years to strengthen its position in Africa, a pace that seems to have accelerated in recent months, they say. Continuer à lire … « Arms, investment and ‘instructors’: Russia boosts Africa role »

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.
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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 »

Army Commander, interlocutors tackle general situation #Lebanon #Algeria #Italy

2018/08/06 – Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, on Monday welcomed at his Yarzeh office Lebanon’s Ambassador to Algeria, Mohammad al-Hassan, with whom he discussed an array of matters. Continuer à lire … « Army Commander, interlocutors tackle general situation #Lebanon #Algeria #Italy »

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 »

Russia/CAR – Russian Intrigue in the Heart of Africa #military

2018/08/05 – The fact of murdering three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR) may have serious political repercussions both for the authorities in Bangui and Russia’s interests in the country. The journalists were investigating a Russian private military company; disclosing some information would harm mercenaries from the Wagner Group as well as they would possibly hit the policy implemented by the Kremlin in Africa. Continuer à lire … « Russia/CAR – Russian Intrigue in the Heart of Africa #military »