U.S. Embassy Trains and Equips Chadian G5 Sahel Forces

16/07/2019 -The United States Embassy in Chad delivered 16 trucks, 900 medical kits, and a newly-constructed warehouse to Chadian forces participating in the G5 Sahel during a July 11 ceremony. This donation, valued at 3.5 billion CFA, is the first part of a 16 billion CFA training and equipment package. With this assistance from the United States, the Chad contingent of the G5 Sahel will be fully trained and equipped for its mission to fight terrorism and trafficking in the region. Continuer à lire … « U.S. Embassy Trains and Equips Chadian G5 Sahel Forces »

Russian press reveals UAE-Niger negotiations on setting military base near the Libyan border

15/07/2019 – The Russian newspaper Kommersant has published a report on the ongoing negotiations between the UAE and Niger, regarding the establishment of an Emirati military base on the territory of Niger.

The newspaper added that the UAE’s aim is to get a foothold near the Libyan border in order to support the forces of Haftar, disclosing that negotiations are in their final stages.

An expert at the Russian Council for International Affairs was quoted as saying that the establishment of the base is not only to monitor the situation in Libya but also to guarantee secret air routes to Libya and the possibility of transferring special forces there.

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Janjaweed, Chadian mercenaries join Haftar’s forces for Tripoli battle, Libya’s Interior Minister says

14/07/2019 – The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said Saturday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had provided Khalifa Haftar with mercenaries from Sudan’s Janjaweed and Chadian rebels for him to continue his offensive against Tripoli.

Bashagha added that those mercenaries were getting ready to join the battle on the outskirts of Tripoli and their main mission is help Haftar enter the capital. Continuer à lire … « Janjaweed, Chadian mercenaries join Haftar’s forces for Tripoli battle, Libya’s Interior Minister says »

AFRICOM Commander: Troop reduction plan will not affect operations in Libya

2019/11/03 – Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Thomas Waldhauser said that the US Department of Defence plan, to reduce the number of US troops in Africa, will have no impact on the air strikes in Libya.

In his briefing before the US Congress, Waldhauser said that the first phase of the reduction plan requires the withdrawal of about 300 US troops from the African continent by June 2020, which represents 10% of the US forces in Africa.

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Sahel-Elite |Photo: Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Thomas Waldhauser

Israel’s diplomatic thrust into Africa spearheaded by military training

2019/03/07 – TV report says IDF commandos are teaching local forces krav maga, urban combat and hostage rescue in a dozen African nations.

Israel Defense Forces commandos are reportedly training local forces in more than a dozen African nations, part of a broad strategy by Israel to boost its diplomatic ties in the continent. Continuer à lire … « Israel’s diplomatic thrust into Africa spearheaded by military training »

Libya – Russia denies presence in Benghazi

2019/03/07 – The Russian Foreign Ministry denied the presence of Russian fighters in Benghazi to support the Dignity Operation forces led by Khalifa Hafter.

The ministry said in a statement that it has no information regarding activities of Russian watchdogs in Libya, according to Sputnik.

British newspaper The Telegraph reported on Sunday that around 300 Russian mercenaries belonging to the private military company Wagner Group are present and active in Benghazi on the side of Hafter’s forces.

According to the report, the company had provided Hafter with arms, including artillery, tanks, and drones.

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Egypt conducts military exercise near Libya border

2019/03/06 – The Egyptian army on Tuesday conducted a major military exercise near the Libyan border.

The exercise was attended by Army Chief-of-Staff Mohamed Farid, according to an army statement.

The drills included tactical exercises simulating real-time combat scenarios.

Within recent years, the Egyptian army has foiled numerous attempts to smuggle weapons from neighboring Libya.

Mahmoud Barakat  / Anadolu Agency

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