Germany provides €18m for Tunisian surveillance of Libyan border

17/12/17 –  Germany is giving €18 million towards installing an electronic surveillance system along Tunisia’s Libyan border in order to prevent extremists and migrants getting through. Continuer à lire … « Germany provides €18m for Tunisian surveillance of Libyan border »

Turkey, Senegal agree to enhance bilateral relations

15/12/17 – Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Senegal President Macky Sall met on Friday in the capital Ankara and agreed to further develop bilateral relations.

In a statement from the prime ministry’s press office, Yildirim and Sall stressed that they are eager to enhance already existing good relations between the two countries. Continuer à lire … « Turkey, Senegal agree to enhance bilateral relations »

Russia says open to working with U.S. to try to resolve Libya crisis – RIA

15/12/17 – Russia is open to working with the United States to try to solve the crisis in Libya, Russia’s ambassador to Libya was cited as saying on Friday by the RIA news agency.

He was also cited as saying that Moscow was ready to initiate the lifting of an international arms embargo on Libya, but that was something he said could only be done once the North African country had a united army.

Source: Reuters

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) »