Niger / Mali / US : A city in Niger worries new US drone base will make it a ‘magnet’ for terrorists

Agadez 25/11/17 – Beyond the sign reading « Military Zone, » beyond the olive-green Humvees patrolling near a security tower, rows of tan tents stretch across the desert. For nearly two years, the remote, barren site has been home to several hundred U.S. troops working around the clock to turn it into a high-tech, multimillion-dollar drone base.Mohamed Seraji doesn’t like what he sees.

Dust kicked up by the construction makes the 29-year-old vendor cough. At night, the noise keeps him awake. But his biggest worry is that the facility — as well as Nigeriens like him who live in this city, just minutes away — will become a target for Islamist extremists. Continuer à lire … « Niger / Mali / US : A city in Niger worries new US drone base will make it a ‘magnet’ for terrorists »

Niger : Dans le Sahel, les aviateurs français prêts à prendre en main les drones armés

23/11/17 – Un « atout supplémentaire » dont l’usage sera strictement encadré: pour les aviateurs français engagés dans l’opération Barkhane, l’armement prochain des drones de surveillance déployés dans le ciel sahélien leur permettra de lutter plus efficacement contre les jihadistes.
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Mali – Mali blames West for chaos in Libya

Brussels 22/11/17 – Mali blames « external intervention » for the chaos that reigns throughout Libya given the Nato-led bombing campaign in 2011.

Abdoulaye Diop, Malian minister of foreign affairs, on Wednesday (22 November) said the raids were « carried out without a strategic vision, without a plan, and without the ability to manage the consequences. » Continuer à lire … « Mali – Mali blames West for chaos in Libya »

Niger /USA : Additional remains of soldier killed in Niger found as US investigates ambush

22/11/17 – U.S. military officials investigating the deadly ambush on an Army Special Forces team in Niger last month discovered additional remains of an American soldier killed in the attack while combing the scene for evidence, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.Investigators found human remains Nov. 12 during an examination of the ambush site outside the remote village of Tongo Tongo near Niger’s border with Mali, Dana White, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said in a prepared statement. A military medical examiner later determined the remains belonged to Army Sgt. La David Johnson, she said. Continuer à lire … « Niger /USA : Additional remains of soldier killed in Niger found as US investigates ambush »

G5 Sahel – A “Military First” approach in the G5 Sahel is not likely to yield significant results

19/11/17 – In the past week the United States, France and Russia pledged to increase their financial and military support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which consists of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and Mauritania, to fight terrorism and organized crime in the region. However, military efforts without a wider development strategy could just aggravate the security risks.  Continuer à lire … « G5 Sahel – A “Military First” approach in the G5 Sahel is not likely to yield significant results »

Mali – Canada will not send peacekeepers to Mali in near future – officials

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada will not be sending hundreds of peacekeepers to support a United Nations mission in Mali in the near future, officials said on Wednesday, a move likely to disappoint allies who want Canadians to play a role in the West African country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year promised to contribute up to 600 troops to peacekeeping operations and Canadian defense experts made three trips to Mali, where soldiers under the U.N. are fighting Islamist militants. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canada will not send peacekeepers to Mali in near future – officials »

Mali – Understanding the G5 Sahel Joint Force: Fighting Terror, Building Regional Security?

The G5 Sahel Joint Force—a partnership among five states in Africa’s Sahel region that have been hard hit by al Qaeda– and Islamic State–linked terrorist attacks—launched its first regional operation earlier this month to drum up support for the new initiative. In its initial phase, G5 member states Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad will seek to improve security along their shared borders, through improved cooperation and deployment of joint patrols to interdict the flow of terror groups and traffickers that currently cross these porous national boundaries with ease. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Understanding the G5 Sahel Joint Force: Fighting Terror, Building Regional Security? »