Niger – A swarm of motorbikes, then heavy fire: testimony sheds new light on Niger attack

New details of the attack in which four US special forces and four Nigerien soldiers were killed by militants suggest that they fought alone against a far superior force for hours – despite repeated calls for help by local villagers.

Testimony collected by the Guardian suggests that soldiers ambushed in Niger last month faced an overwhelming and coordinated attack – but one that might have been cut short if Nigerien authorities had reacted as soon as they were called. Continuer à lire … « Niger – A swarm of motorbikes, then heavy fire: testimony sheds new light on Niger attack »

Mali / UAE : Mohamed bin Zayed receives Malian President

ABU DHABI 14/11/17– His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Tuesday, received at Al Bahr Palace, the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who is here to attend the « Reaching the Last Mile: Mobilising Together to Eliminate Infectious Disease » forum, due to be launched on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcomed the Malian President and discussed co-operation and ways to enhance it in the best interest of the two countries. Continuer à lire … « Mali / UAE : Mohamed bin Zayed receives Malian President »

Mali : UAE and Mali sign MoU on security cooperation

ABU DHABI 14/11/17 – The UAE and the Republic of Mali have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on security cooperation and counter-terrorism.In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and Salif Traore, Malian Minister of Security and Civil Protection, signed the MoU. Continuer à lire … « Mali : UAE and Mali sign MoU on security cooperation »

Sudan / CAR: Khartoum, Juba and Bangui to sign deal to combat illicit drugs

13/11/2017 – Sudan’s Interior Minister, Hamid Mannan, said his country will sign an agreement with South Sudan and Central African Republic to crackdown on drug gangs who are actively using the common borders for their business.

Addressing a number of police officers tasked with combating illicit drug gangs Tuesday after returning from Al-Radom area in Darfur, Minister Hamid said there is a need to find other means to get rid of illicit drugs in Sudan. Continuer à lire … « Sudan / CAR: Khartoum, Juba and Bangui to sign deal to combat illicit drugs »

South Sudan : What causes deeper hatred and disunity in South Sudan ? November 6, 2017

In October 1964, Gen. Ibrahim Aboud stepped down and gave power to the people to form a civilian caretaker government. Aboud was pressurized to step down following demonstrations in Khartoum because of his inability to fix economic policies of the country and his restriction on political leaders. Continuer à lire … « South Sudan : What causes deeper hatred and disunity in South Sudan ? November 6, 2017 »

Sudan: France special envoy meets N. Darfur deputy governor

A senior French delegation on Sunday has arrived in El Fasher, North Darfur state capital to at the beginning of a tour to inspect the security and humanitarian situation in the restive region.

The delegation, which includes the French Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Stéphane Gruenberg and the French Ambassador to Khartoum France special envoy meets N. Darfur deputy governor, has met with the deputy governor of North Darfur Mohamed Biraima. Continuer à lire … « Sudan: France special envoy meets N. Darfur deputy governor »

Niger: a reminder of why the US military’s presence Africa needs constant scrutiny

On October 4 an American Special Forces team was ambushed by a contingent of Islamic State affiliated fighters in Niger. Four American soldiers were killed and two wounded. The team of 12 soldiers was returning from a meeting with community leaders when it ran into a group of up to 50 terrorists.

The incident caused a furore in the US, sparking recollection of 1993’s “Black Hawk Down” incident in Somalia that saw 18 American soldiers killed. Questions were raised about how it was that four US soldiers died, why one of the bodies was retrieved only 48 hours after the ambush, and why US troops were in Niger in the first place. US President Donald Trump’s failure to address the matter with the necessary transparency and sensitivity fuelled the agitation. Continuer à lire … « Niger: a reminder of why the US military’s presence Africa needs constant scrutiny »