Mali ‘Sahel coalition’ wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018

12/12/17 – A French-backed West African military force to tackle Islamist militants must secure its first victories by the middle of 2018 to prove its worth and ensure more concrete support from the United Nations, the French and Malian leaders said on Wednesday.

The G5 Sahel – composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad – launched a symbolic military operation to mark its creation in October amid growing unrest in the region, whose porous borders are regularly crossed by jihadists, including affiliates of al Qaeda and Islamic State. Continuer à lire … « Mali ‘Sahel coalition’ wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018 »

Mali /Afganistan /Iraq : Germany extends military mission to train Peshmerga

12/12/17 – Lawmakers in Germany on Tuesday extended the country’s military mission against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali until March 2018.

Germany has not formed a new government following an election in September, but it is expected that the next administration will further extend the mission. Continuer à lire … « Mali /Afganistan /Iraq : Germany extends military mission to train Peshmerga »

Terrorism : 6,000 IS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns

11/12/17 – Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union’s top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.Smail Chergui, the AU’s commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants. Continuer à lire … « Terrorism : 6,000 IS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns »

Niger /Sahel : Bad Idea: Armed Drones in West Africa (opinion)

10/12/17 – It’s unofficial: “The government of Niger has approved the use of armed American drones.” Though this Reuters report is not a statement of American policy, it follows an NBC News report that American policymakers were indeed considering the use of airborne “lethal force” in the western Sahel, a semi-arid strip of land bordering the Sahara Desert. The Department of Defense (DoD)’s expansion of an airfield in central Niger and the Nigerien Minister of Defense’s public comments corroborate the story: the U.S. plans to add remotely piloted airstrikes to its policy approach in West Africa. Continuer à lire … « Niger /Sahel : Bad Idea: Armed Drones in West Africa (opinion) »

Mali /G5 Sahel – Security Council considers measures to support regional force in the Sahel

09/12/17 – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution clarifying the ways in which the international community, including the UN mission Mali – known by its French acronym MINUSMA – is expected to provide support to a multi-country joint military force conducting counter-terrorist operations in the Sahel. Continuer à lire … « Mali /G5 Sahel – Security Council considers measures to support regional force in the Sahel »

After six years in jail, Gaddafi’s son Saif plots return to Libya’s turbulent politics

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan dictator, is seeking to make a comeback after years in detention, and claims to be leading a military campaign against terrorist groups around Tripoli.

Gaddafi was freed in June after six years as the prisoner of a militia in the town of Zintan following the Nato-supported uprising in 2011 that led to the killing of his father, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fragmentation of the country. Continuer à lire … « After six years in jail, Gaddafi’s son Saif plots return to Libya’s turbulent politics »

Niger – Playing Zone Defense: Niger and the Risk Versus Reward of Remote Operations

06/12/17 – The aftershocks of the combat deaths of four U.S. special operations soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4 are still shaking the Pentagon two months later.

The deaths prompted a familiar refrain from the American public: “Why are we there?” This expected, if fair, question reminds us of the precisely opposite question asked about Afghanistan after the shock of 9/11: “Why aren’t we there?” Continuer à lire … « Niger – Playing Zone Defense: Niger and the Risk Versus Reward of Remote Operations »