EU extends military mission in the Sahel

23/03/2020 – The EU has increased its military operation in the Sahel, and extended its mission to train the Malian Armed Forces.

The European Council on Monday said the mission would provide military assistance to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which comprises troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Continuer à lire … « EU extends military mission in the Sahel »

Why the UK May Be Sending Troops to Mali

23/03/2020 – The UK government’s decision to deploy an additional 250 soldiers to join the United Nations mission in Mali (known as MINUSMA) might be in Britain’s security interests. Firstly, because it is important to counter the spread of terrorism in Mali, and secondly because supporting France is consistent with the UK’s wider security goals. Such deployments display the UK’s commitment to international security and may well form a critical part of its post-BREXIT diplomacy. Continuer à lire … « Why the UK May Be Sending Troops to Mali »

Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel

Introduction

Following the 1991 dissolution of the USSR—which maintained diplomatic relations with 46 African countries in the mid-1980s­—the Russian Federation lost a large part of the Soviet influence on the continent. Beginning in the mid-2000s, however, Russia`s regional policy started to change, and the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis solidified Russia`s resolve to pursue opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Russiancouncil.ru, February 20). A truly pivotal event that demonstrated Russia`s determination was the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see EDM, October 28, 2019). Given Russia`s relative economic weakness, one of the very few competitive advantages at the Kremlin`s disposal is military-technical cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel »

Burkina Faso’s security disaster

22/01/2020 – Europe discusses a stronger military engagement in the Sahel. But the example of Burkina Faso shows the need for more.

In a highly symbolic ceremony on 13 January 2020, prior to the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, French President Emmanuel Macron and the presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, laid a wreath for the 13 French soldiers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Mali last November. 4,500 of their comrades are currently stationed in these countries as part of Operation Barkhane in the face of loud protests from large parts of the population and the resistance of a growing number of intellectuals. They are accusing the French foreign intervention of imperialist motives on the one hand, and ineffectiveness on the other — and even of fuelling the conflicts. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso’s security disaster »

Chad plans military deployment to Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area

21/01/2020 – Chad’s defense minister discussed plans to deploy a battalion of military personnel to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area with his French and Swedish counterparts on Monday, January 20, according to reports.

France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly arrived in Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Sunday to begin a two-day visit to the Sahel region accompanied by Sweden’s Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, the French ministry said in a statement. Continuer à lire … « Chad plans military deployment to Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area »

Nigerian Air Force receives second batch of AW109 helicopters

21/01/2020 – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is about to take into service two more AW109 Power helicopters after they were delivered by air from Italy last week.

The two partially disassembled rotorcraft, along with equipment and spares, arrived at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja on board a Boeing 737-400 Cargolux Airline aircraft from Malpensa International Airport in Italy on 15 January 2020. Continuer à lire … « Nigerian Air Force receives second batch of AW109 helicopters »

Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership praises jihadists in Mali and Somalia

20/01/2020 – Al-Qaeda’s senior management, or general command, has released a two-page statement praising the jihadists in Mali and Somalia. Al-Qaeda has strong branches in both East and West Africa, and the international organization’s leaders signal their approval for the jihadists’ ongoing wars in the new missive.

“Salutations for the Defenders of Islam in Mali” was released online on Jan. 18, with al-Qaeda’s propagandists making both Arabic and English versions available on various websites and social media channels. Continuer à lire … « Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership praises jihadists in Mali and Somalia »