Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’

2018/08/19- Last month, the UK sent three Royal Air Force helicopters and about 100 troops to Mali to help French forces combat jihadists still active in the region.

The Sun has cited a Whitehall source as saying that British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson was outraged after Paris said that London will have to pay £2 million ($2.5 million) so that the UK military can fly spare parts and kits to the Mali mission on French transport aircraft. Continuer à lire … « Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’ »

The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa

2018/08/17 – Over the past several years, North African countries have worked to heavily fortify their borders. A 200-kilometer (125-mile) trench, completed in February 2016, runs along the Tunisian–Libyan border. Twelve hundred kilometers (746 miles) to the west, two new walls mark the border between Morocco and Algeria. These barriers are symptom and symbol of a new securitized approach to borders in areas that have historically been culturally and economically linked.
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The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali

2018/08/17 – We have to address the underlying cause of problems in Africa, not bury our heads in the sand

On 9 May 2018, the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) approved sending an armoured infantry platoon to Mali. The Scouts Battalion troops deployed in Africa will participate in the French military anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane for a year. This decision must, above all, be viewed in the light of bilateral military cooperation between Estonia and France, which began with our participation in the European Union Military Training Mission in the Central African Republic in 2015. France was grateful to the countries that took part in this mission, because this allowed it to move some of its troops into Operation Sangaris that was taking place in the CAR at the same time. Continuer à lire … « The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali »

Algeria, Tunisia discuss border security

2018/08/05 – Tunisian Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi met with Algerian Ambassador to Tunisia, Abdelkader Hajjar to discuss security issues especially along their shared border.
The pair have established close military exchanges to counter the threat of terrorist groups in the region. Continuer à lire … « Algeria, Tunisia discuss border security »

Niger/US – After deadly Niger ambush, US military in Africa says changes made to protect troops

2018/08/05 – The U.S. military in Africa has taken steps to increase the security of troops on the ground, adding armed drones and armored vehicles and taking a harder look at when American forces go out with local troops, the head of the U.S. Africa Command said Monday.
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Can Niger Rise Again as a Post-Terror Tourism Hub?

2018/05/08 – Battered by years of violence, the city of Agadez is fighting to restore itself as a popular tourist destination.

Mawli Dayak turns emotional as he quotes his late father, Mano Dayak, the legendary former rebel leader of Niger’s Tuareg community. “You can’t speak about the desert, you have to live it,” says Dayak, as our conversation in the central Niger city of Agadez veers from a formal interview to words like attay, the tea served in every Tuareg home. But Dayak’s words aren’t meant only for the residents of the city.
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Mali – Canada sending police to Mali as part of peacekeeping mission

2018/08/05 – Canada will deploy up to 20 civilian police officers to support both the United Nations peacekeeping mission and the European Union training mission in Mali.
The contribution is in addition to the 250 aircrew and soldiers already assigned to the mission’s military helicopter detachment. Another 10 Canadian soldiers will serve at the UN headquarters in the war-torn west African country. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canada sending police to Mali as part of peacekeeping mission »