ALAKHBAR (Nouakchott) – Le procès en appel de Mohamed Cheikh Oud M’Keitir, le blogueur mauritanien condamné à mort pour apostasie, sera repris le 7 novembre devant une nouvelle cour d’appel.
BAMAKO, Mali The French military is denying claims by al-Qaida-linked militants in northern Mali that 11 kidnapped Malian soldiers died during a French raid earlier this week.
The militants released a statement Friday alleging that the soldiers died during a French military operation in Tin-bidene. The French armed forces’ press office told The Associated Press that the report is false, labelling it « propaganda coming from an armed terrorist group. »
It was not immediately possible to independently verify the militants’ claim, and there was no comment from Mali’s government.
The vast majority of Americans probably had no idea that the US even had military troops participating in combat missions in Africa before the incident in Niger in the beginning of October that left four American soldiers dead. But now the Trump administration is already planning to escalate lethal military operations in the country where the attack occurred – all with little debate.
Donald Trump has been involved in a bizarre public feud with the families of the fallen soldiers, which has dominated headlines and cable television for weeks. But there has been far less pointed questions about why the US military is fighting in Niger at all, and yet it seems likely that there’s about to be more US military presence in the country that will only make matters worse.
A fourth German Tiger combat helicopter was airlifted to Mali on 27 October, the Bundeswehr has announced. The partly dismantled helicopter was flown by Antonov An-124 from Leipzig to Bamako, where it is being reassembled before flying to Gao.
France condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack on a logistical convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) between Tassalit and Aguelhok. Three Chadian peacekeepers were killed and two others were injured during this attack. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Terrorist attack on a MINUSMA convoy (26 October 2017) »
These are challenging times for North Africa’s Muslim governments. Even as Daesh is ousted from its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the extremist group is continuing its battle against authorities in countries like Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.
On Oct. 16, the Egyptian military announced that six soldiers and at least 24 Daesh militants were killed in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai. That same weekend, Moroccan police arrested 11 members of an “extremely dangerous” Daesh-linked cell and seized chemical products used to make bombs. Algerian forces, meanwhile, have killed at least 71 Islamist fighters so far this year – the most since 2014. Continuer à lire … « In Sunni North Africa, fears of Iran’s Shi’ite shadow »
Niami 27/10/2017 – Iran’s Foregin Minister and the President of Niger emphasized the necessity of boosting political relations and cooperation between Iran and Niger on fighting terrorism.
Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is visiting the western African country, Niger, met President Mahamadou Issoufou on Thursday evening. The two sides explored bilateral relations, and the ways for enhancing political, economic and trade ties, as well as regional and international issues, including fighting terrorism.
The meeting was followed by the opening ceremony of a joint commercial forum and a meeting with the Nigerien Foreign Minister Ibrahim Yacouba.
Earlier on Thursday, Iran’s Foregin Minister had met with some other senior officials of Niger, including its Prime Minister Brigi Rafini.
Visiting the Republic of Niger is Zarif’s final stop of his African tour, which started Saturday. He has also visited South Africa and Uganda and held talks with senior officials of the two countries.