Jihadist leader ‘very probably’ killed by French forces in Mali

2018/15/11- French forces operating in Mali killed seven suspected jihadists after a recent nighttime raid, possibly including a top leader in an alliance of insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda, the French army said Thursday.

Al-Mansour Ag Alkassim, the chief of a wing of the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), was « very probably » among those killed in the operation the night of Sunday to Monday, army spokesman Patrik Steiger told AFP. Continuer à lire … « Jihadist leader ‘very probably’ killed by French forces in Mali »

Libya’s GECOL demands protection of nation’s grid amid frequent attacks

2018/15/11 – The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) urged the Ministry of Interior and all security authorities to protect the electrical network, which is being exposed daily to looting and theft.

« The hands of evil are using all means to inflict harm and damage to the nation’s electrical grid, and this time they have hit the distribution lines of Jafara in Sawani district, » GECOL clarified on Facebook, adding that an unknown group has looted over eighty-three thousand meters of power lines.

The company explained that this has led to frequent power outages to large parts of Wirshiffana town.

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US/Africa – Pentagon Announces Force Optimization

2018/15/11 – The Department of Defense announced today the realignment of Counter-Violent Extremist Organization personnel operating in U.S. Africa Command to support priorities outlined in the National Defense Strategy. Over the next several years, the realignment projects a reduction of less than 10 percent of the 7,200 military forces serving in Africa Command. Continuer à lire … « US/Africa – Pentagon Announces Force Optimization »

Mali – Navy SEALs and Marines charged with murdering Green Beret in horrific hazing incident: Prosecutors

2018/15/11 – Two SEALs from the Navy’s elite Seal Team Six and two Marines have been charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali in June 2017. If the case moves to a court-martial, the four members of some of the U.S. military’s most elite units face the possibility of life in prison without parole. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Navy SEALs and Marines charged with murdering Green Beret in horrific hazing incident: Prosecutors »

Mali – Canada resisting UN request to extend Mali mission: Sources

2018/15/11 – The Trudeau government is reportedly resisting a United Nations request to extend Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali so medical evacuations can continue while replacements for Canada’s personnel arrive. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canada resisting UN request to extend Mali mission: Sources »

Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called for greater commitment from the Malian government to ensure peace. So far so good, but that’s not enough, says Daniel Pelz. Continuer à lire … « Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk »

France ‘deeply concerned’ over health of Mali hostage

2018/15/11 – The French government said Wednesday that it was « deeply concerned » over Sophie Petronin, a 73-year-old hostage in Mali, after a new video in which her kidnappers say her health has deteriorated. Continuer à lire … « France ‘deeply concerned’ over health of Mali hostage »