Niger – Funds slow to come to anti-jihadist Sahel force, says Niger

2018/06/18 – A joint military force to fight jihadists and organised crime in the Sahel has chalked up successes but promised funding is slow to materialise, the foreign minister of Niger said on Monday. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Funds slow to come to anti-jihadist Sahel force, says Niger »

Implications of Trust-Building in the Sahel Region

2018/06/17 – The International High-Level Conference on the Sahel held in February 2018 in Brussels, co-chaired by the EU, the UN, the African Union, and the G5 Sahel, focused on strengthening much needed international support to Sahel countries in the areas of security and development. Five months after the conference, GMF’s Paris office organized a meeting on European Engagement in the Sahel Region in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark in Paris. GMF program and public affairs coordinator Jessica Pennetier spoke with Ambassador Maman Sambo Sidikou after the event about the challenges of dovetailing a coherent security and development strategy in the Sahel region, which is plagued by recurring security challenges. Continuer à lire … « Implications of Trust-Building in the Sahel Region »

Mali / Sahel – First UK troops arrive in Africa to support France’s Barkhane mission in the Sahel

2018/06/15 – The first troops from a 100-member U.K. contingent to be deployed alongside French counter-terrorism forces in west Africa have arrived in the region, the French military said Thursday.
“The first troops from the British Chinook deployment, which will comprise three heavy transport helicopters and will be deployed in Gao [northern Mali] have arrived,” armed forces spokesman Colonel Patrik Steiger said. Continuer à lire … « Mali / Sahel – First UK troops arrive in Africa to support France’s Barkhane mission in the Sahel »

Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive #Mali #Chad #Niger

2018/06/14 – The London-based Saudi magazine, El Majalaa, is reporting that Mokhtar Belmokhtar is still alive, contrary to U.S. claims in 2013, 2015, and 2016 that he had been killed in Libya. The report, which cites correspondence with Libyan and Algerian intelligence services, states that he is operating in the largely ungoverned spaces between Chad, Niger, and Mali. Continuer à lire … « Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive #Mali #Chad #Niger »

Morocco pledges support to G5 Sahel operations

2018/06/14 – Morocco pledged Monday its support to G5 Sahel operations to maintain peace and stability in the Sahel region. Continuer à lire … « Morocco pledges support to G5 Sahel operations »

Germany to approve €1b deal to lease Israeli UAVs #Mali #Military #Israel

2018/06/13 – The IAI-made UAVs are likely to carry munitions and carry out attacks in the German army’s theaters of operations in Mali and Pakistan. Continuer à lire … « Germany to approve €1b deal to lease Israeli UAVs #Mali #Military #Israel »

Russia, Sudan are discussing naval supply centre, not military base: diplomat

2018/06/10 – Moscow and Khartoum are discussing the establishment of a naval supply centre but not a military base on the Red Sea, said the Russian ambassador to Sudan Vladimir Giltov on Saturday. Continuer à lire … « Russia, Sudan are discussing naval supply centre, not military base: diplomat »