Libya – Joint Force issues armed groups a two-day warning to evacuate southern Tripoli

15/07/2020 – The Joint Force, affiliated with the Libyan Army, has given a 48-hour warning to all armed groups in the Salah Al-Din Road, Sidra Road and Al-Shouk Road areas, south of Tripoli, to evacuate residential homes, rest houses and various civilian buildings such as hospitals, ministries, colleges and companies.

The Joint Force demanded on its official site, that the armed groups occupying those areas go to the Second Brigade Camp, informing the offenders that it would take all necessary measures against them, should they choose to ignore this warning.

Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali)

Libya army spots arrival of Egyptian weapons for Haftar

15/07/2020 – Haftar says his forces were preparing for ‘major battle’ near Sirte, al-Jufra.

The Libyan army said Wednesday it has spotted the dispatch of military supplies from Egypt to the city of Tobruk in northeastern Libya. Continuer à lire … « Libya army spots arrival of Egyptian weapons for Haftar »

Erdoğan, Trump agree to work more closely in Libya to ensure stability

14/07/2020 – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his United States counterpart Donald Trump agreed in a phone call Tuesday to work more closely in Libya to ensure lasting stability in the country, according to Turkey’s Communications Directorate. Continuer à lire … « Erdoğan, Trump agree to work more closely in Libya to ensure stability »

China’s growing peace and security role in Africa (MERICS)

15/07/2020 – The discussion of Sino-African relations continues to be dominated by China’s economic activities and aspirations. However, the People’s Republic has been working for more than a decade to establish itself as a serious actor in security policy on the African continent and has already made significant progress. All the indications are that China, with its security ambitions, is pursuing a systematic and holistic continent-wide approach, including arms supplies and military diplomacy, as well as deployment in peacekeeping missions and participation in military training. Continuer à lire … « China’s growing peace and security role in Africa (MERICS) »

Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts (AFRICOM)

15/07/2020 – Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June.

Africa Command (AFRICOM) has clear evidence that Russian employed, state-sponsored Wagner Group laid landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in and around Tripoli, further violating the United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans. Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June. These weapons are assessed to have been introduced into Libya by the Wagner Group. Continuer à lire … « Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts (AFRICOM) »

Mali : UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali

14/07/2020 – Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey confirmed the loan, plus a three-week training package, for elite soldiers of the Estonian Armed Forces.

The loan will equip Estonian troops as they join the international fight against Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa, a further example of the UK’s strong partnership with one of its closest NATO allies. Continuer à lire … « Mali : UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali »

Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency (By Timothy Walker)

14/07/2020 – Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it could have profound socio-economic and security implications for southern Africa.

The Islamic State-inspired Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jama’at (Al-Sunnah) has been attacking Cabo Delgado inhabitants since 2017, killing over 1,000 people to date. Al-Sunnah has launched frequent attacks on coastal villages, and used coordinated landward and amphibious attacks when it recaptured the coastal town of Mocímboa da Praia in June. This showed the insurgents that attacking from the sea was a viable option, as the risk of being intercepted by Mozambique’s maritime security actors is low. Continuer à lire … « Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency (By Timothy Walker) »

Libya – Agreement to operationalize Interpol system to apprehend those on Red Notice

14/07/2020 – Chief of Arab and International Police, Brig Abdul Hamid Al Gjazali and head of Passports Authority, Brig Jouma Gjariba held a meeting Monday. They agreed at the meeting to operationalize the Interpol system to apprehend people on Interpol’s Red Notice at Amitiqa and Misrata Airports and Tas Jadiet and Dhahiba border posts with Tunisia. The equipment are to be delivered to the Control Department at the Passports Authority as of Tuesday in preparation for its operationslization as soon as the border posts are opened.

Lana

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali)

Eastern-based Libyan parliament asks Egypt to intervene in war

14/07/2020 – Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for Egypt to directly intervene in the country’s civil war to counter Turkish support for the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), based in the capital Tripoli.

In a statement late on Monday, the House of Representatives based in the eastern port of Tobruk said Egyptian backing was needed to stave off what it described as a Turkish invasion and occupation. Continuer à lire … « Eastern-based Libyan parliament asks Egypt to intervene in war »

Mali – Timbuktu war crimes trial set to begin in The Hague

14/07/2020 – An alleged Islamist arrested in Mali in 2018 is going on trial at the International Criminal Court. He is accused of orchestrating war crimes, including torture and rape, in the city of Timbuktu.

In 2012, a coalition of Islamic extremists occupied the ancient city of Timbuktu in the Saharan desert. They imposed a brutal regime, murdering and raping those they considered to be non-believers and destroying centuries-old holy sites that they saw as blasphemous. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Timbuktu war crimes trial set to begin in The Hague »