Two leaders of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list #Mali

16/07/2019 – The United States added two leaders of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Mali to its global terrorism list on Tuesday, accusing them of engaging in destabilizing attacks across the West African country, the U.S. Treasury said. Continuer à lire … « Two leaders of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list #Mali »

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.

The Libya Observer

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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 »

Libyan MPs Warn against Turkey’s Arming of Militias in Tripoli

13/07/2019 – Libyan MPs warned Saturday against the dangers of the « Turkish role over their country’s stability,” due to Ankara’s arming of terrorist militias in Tripoli. They also stressed their keenness to “extend bridges of cooperation with Egypt and bolster means of communication to eliminate terrorism in their country.” Continuer à lire … « Libyan MPs Warn against Turkey’s Arming of Militias in Tripoli »

West Africa’s Fine Line Between Cultural Norms and Child Trafficking

2019/05/09 – On a bus in Cotonou, Benin’s commercial capital, four Nigerian girls aged between 15 and 16 sit closely together as they are about to embark on the last part of their journey to Mali, where they are told that their new husbands, whom they never have met, await them. Continuer à lire … « West Africa’s Fine Line Between Cultural Norms and Child Trafficking »

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.

The Libya Observer

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 »