Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa #Chad

2019/14/02 – A private jet believed to belong to the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef”, has been flying nearly every month to the Near East and Africa, where Russian mercenaries are known to be fighting, according to an investigation by the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta and the Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa

The aircraft, a Raytheon HAWKER 800XP with the registration number M-VITO, officially belongs to a company in the Seychelles with an unknown owner. The authors of the investigation believe it belongs to Prigozhin, based on information from his daughter’s social network account and the fact that the same company owns a yacht that was used by the Prigozhins on a family holiday. Continuer à lire … « Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa #Chad »

Libya – Supreme Commander of Libyan Army appoints an aide to Chief of General Staff.

2019/14/02 – The Presidential Council (PC) has appointed Mohammed Al-Sharif as the new Chief of Staff of the Libyan Army – loyal to the government based in Tripoli.

Al-Sharif’s appointment replaces Abdelrahman Al-Taweel who was named Chief of Staff in September 2017. Al-Taweel was at the time head of the security preparations committee of the PC. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Supreme Commander of Libyan Army appoints an aide to Chief of General Staff. »

China and Africa Hold the Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative

2019/14/02 – On February 6, 2019, the Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative was held in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. The Dialogue was jointly hosted by the co-chairs of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) China and Senegal as well as the African Union (AU) Commission. Chairman of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of the FOCAC and Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad Mame Baba Cissé of Senegal and AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate Cessouma attended the Dialogue and delivered keynote speeches. 23 African Foreign Ministers and representatives from member states of the AU Peace and Security Council and the Group of Five for the Sahel (the G5 Sahel) also attended and addressed the meeting. Continuer à lire … « China and Africa Hold the Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative »

NATO provides Intelligence Training to Royal Moroccan Forces

NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command sent a Mobile Training Team to Morocco to conduct training with the Royal Moroccan Forces on the subject of Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR).
According to a statement:

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India Follows Chinese Footsteps in Africa With First Multi-Nation Military Drill

2019/10/02 – The 10-day joint exercise named « India-Africa Field Training » will be conducted with a focus on anti-terror operations, humanitarian action, and joint peace operations at the Aundh Military station and College of Military Engineering in Pune, India.

The first ever field exercise between the armed forces of India and African countries have been scheduled for March this year. Twelve African nations, including Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, and Uganda will join in the 10-day exercise to be hosted in the Indian city of Pune from March 18. Continuer à lire … « India Follows Chinese Footsteps in Africa With First Multi-Nation Military Drill »

Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says

2019/10/02 – Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that private Russian companies were training the army in Sudan, confirming for the first time their presence in a country shaken by protests against its president, a close Russian ally.

Demonstrators have been on the streets near-daily since Dec. 19, initially to protest against an economic crisis then to call for an end to the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. Continuer à lire … « Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says »

Ukrainian Security Service: Russian private military company Wagner active in Syria and Sudan

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has published documents belonging to mercenaries from the Private Military Company (PMC) Wagner which confirm that it is a secret detachment of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).

“Russia continues to lie shamelessly, trying to justify its crimes committed throughout the world. The Kremlin doesn’t stop ‘shouting’ that its GRU armed divisions are not protecting dictator regimes in Sudan and Syria, and were not involved in the killing of journalists in the Central African Republic, who were trying to shed light on their ‘classified’ activity,” the SBU said in a statement on its official website.

On 25 January the SBU published materials which it claims prove that Russian mercenaries and weapons are being sent to Sudan and other countries in the region in Russian military aircraft commissioned by LLC M Invest, a company belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s Chef”. Furthermore, it was through M Invest that tickets were booked for these flights by Russia’s 223rd Flight Unit for “passengers” – PMC Wagner employees.

“Between August and December 2018, Tu-154M aircraft (tail numbers RA-85041 and RA-85155) were used transfer 1,012 ‘they-are-not-theres’ (soldiers whose presence Russia denies) to Sudan, the Central African Republic and other African countries on a rotation basis. Today, the SBU possesses their tickets, serial and passport information,” the SBU stated.

The SBU also published the first list of 149 people who had been directly involved in suppressing democratic protests in Sudan at the start of 2019.

“An analysis of the passport data of more than 1,000 PMC Wagner employees attests that the overwhelming majority of the Russian mercenaries’ documents were made in a centralized manner in Moscow by a division of Russia’s Federal Migration Service, which also issued cover-up documents for the GRU officers “Petrov” and “Boshirov” who carried out the chemical attack in Salisbury, England. The passport numbers of several hundred ‘Wagnerites’ also differ only by the last digits. The series and number of the PMC Wagner mercenaries’ passports, as well as the place they were made, once again confirm that it is a secret detachment of GRU freelance killers. All that remains is to hear from Russian officials exactly which ‘steeple’ they were visiting in Sudan or the Central African Republic,” said SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak.

The SBU also established that citizens of other countries – Belarus, Moldova and the Russia-backed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” – have been sent as part of the PMC Wagner’s African rotations.

“In addition, the available information attests to a targeted recruitment for the Sudan « business trip » of Ukrainian traitors from among the inhabitants of temporarily occupied Crimea, who have received Russian citizenship as a reward for collaborating with the Russian aggressor. It has also been established that one of the ways the PMC Wagner is replenished is through the Russian intelligence service recruiting the close relatives of Russian mercenaries. Overall, the SBU has documented more than 112 people for whom the « Russian blood business » has become a family business,” the SBU said.

The SBU says that more than 90% of the African mercenary contingent also took part in military aggression against Ukraine between 2014 and 2015, most notably in the assaults on the Luhansk airport and the city of Debaltseve.

According to the SBU, Russia has also been working since 2018 to establish its own naval logistics point in Sudan with the help of former Ukrainian naval officers who defected to the Russian occupiers in the spring of 2014 and are now serving in the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.

PMC Wagner has been linked to the Russian restaurant tycoon Yevgeny Prigozhin, who also owns one of Russia’s largest media holdings which evolved from the “Troll Factory”.

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Sahel-Elite Photo: Russian mercenaries