Mali – Organisation de la présidentielle : L’administration territoriale fait le point

2018/05/21 – Le secrétaire général du ministère de l’Administration territoriale et de la décentralisation, Baba Hamane Maïga, a animé le jeudi 17 mai dernier, une conférence de presse. Objectif ? Faire le point sur les préparatifs de l’élection présidentielle qui aura lieu au mois de juillet prochain. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Organisation de la présidentielle : L’administration territoriale fait le point »

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 »

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 »

USA/Niger – Questions linger over deadly Niger mission

2018/05/13 – Lawmakers and former defense officials are questioning why the Pentagon for months did not reveal the true mission of the Army special operations team involved in a deadly ambush last year in Niger.
The Pentagon confirmed for the first time Thursday that the U.S. team involved in the Oct. 4 firefight that killed four American troops initially embarked on a kill-or-capture operation, not a low-risk advising mission as previously portrayed. Continuer à lire … « USA/Niger – Questions linger over deadly Niger mission »

Full Sahel anti-jihadist force set to deploy: minister #G5Sahel #Niger

2018/05/13 – A new five-nation force is ready to deploy to fight jihadists in the Sahel region of northwestern Africa, Niger’s defence minister said on Sunday.
The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region. Continuer à lire … « Full Sahel anti-jihadist force set to deploy: minister #G5Sahel #Niger »

G5 Sahel force ready to launch operations, Niger’s defense minister says

2018/05/13 – The G5 Sahel force is ready to deploy to fight armed extremist groups in the Sahel region of northwestern Africa, Niger’s defense minister said on Sunday, just days after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the G5 countries to accelerate deployment.
Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed last year to set up the 5,000-strong G5 Sahel joint counter-terrorism force that aims to train 5,000 troops to work alongside French troops and U.N. peacekeepers. Continuer à lire … « G5 Sahel force ready to launch operations, Niger’s defense minister says »

Niger – AFRICOM Increasing ISR Support, Limiting Missions in Wake of October 2017 Ambush

2018/05/13 – US special operations forces in Africa are paring down their operations, and will be supported by an increase in Air Force-provided surveillance from a large USAF operating location in Niger, following the Oct. 4, 2017, ambush in that country that killed four Green Berets. Continuer à lire … « Niger – AFRICOM Increasing ISR Support, Limiting Missions in Wake of October 2017 Ambush »