Libya black market run by the same militias controlling government (Opinion)

2018/05/21 – Little has been known or even touched upon by media and the press about the millions of dollars militias have been making in illicit dealings in Libya black market, especially the capital Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Libya black market run by the same militias controlling government (Opinion) »

Libya – Tobruk-based Parliament Denies French Initiative to Resolve Libyan Crisis

2018/05/21 – Libya’s Tobruk-based parliament denied on Sunday the existence of a new French initiative aimed at resolving the country’s crisis. Official parliamentary spokesman Abdullah Balihak described as baseless reports that said that the parliament had received such an initiative. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Tobruk-based Parliament Denies French Initiative to Resolve Libyan Crisis »

Attack kills at least 17 in Niger village bordering Mali

2018/05/20 – At least 17 civilians of the Peuhle community were killed Friday night in the Niger locality of Aguey near the Malian border by armed bandits, sources said Saturday.
According to local officials and media, the attack was perpetrated by young Tuaregs from neighboring Mali on board several motorcycles.
In early May, Niger’s Fulani village council chairman Aboubakar Diallo, accused Tuareg vigilante militias in Mali, of committing abuses on Peuhles populations.
Niger and Mali share a border of more than 800 km.

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Mali/Canada – Petawawa helicopter crews training in Alberta for Mali mission – Canadian helicopters in Africa in July

2018/05/19 – Pre-deployment training for Canadian Forces personnel who are headed to Mali is now underway. The pre-deployment training for Air Task Force Mali is taking place in Wainwright, Alberta and some of that training will be on display on May 21 for journalists, according to the Canadian Forces. Helicopters and personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 450 and 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadrons, along with medical and support personnel, are validating their capabilities in anticipation of an eventual deployment in August 2018, the military noted. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – Petawawa helicopter crews training in Alberta for Mali mission – Canadian helicopters in Africa in July »

Senegal/Military: Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution

2018/05/15 – The Senegalese Armed Forces will train Mi-35 attack helicopter and Mi-17 transport helicopter aircrews for collective and tactical operations leveraging Thales’s expertise in training and simulation. The Thales helicopter mission trainer will enable pilots to acquire and develop the tactical skills and be mission-ready. Continuer à lire … « Senegal/Military: Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution »

Diplomacy in a crisis region: Germany is supporting the stabilisation forum for Lake Chad #Niger

2018/05/15 – For eight years, the Islamist Boko Haram group has been terrorising the population: over 30,000 people have been killed and two million men, women and children displaced. Continuer à lire … « Diplomacy in a crisis region: Germany is supporting the stabilisation forum for Lake Chad #Niger »

Why the Sahel Must Build Local Economies to Address Regional Security #Mali

2018/05/15 – In the middle of the night a group of Islamist extremists attacked the small town of Banamba, Mali, looting the town bank and freeing prisoners. It was not only money the town lost that November night 2016. The attack closed the town’s only bank, severing an economic lifeline between Banamba and the rest of the Malian economy, leaving local businesses and already vulnerable groups to face an even less certain future. Continuer à lire … « Why the Sahel Must Build Local Economies to Address Regional Security #Mali »