AFRICOM Commander: Troop reduction plan will not affect operations in Libya

2019/11/03 – Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Thomas Waldhauser said that the US Department of Defence plan, to reduce the number of US troops in Africa, will have no impact on the air strikes in Libya.

In his briefing before the US Congress, Waldhauser said that the first phase of the reduction plan requires the withdrawal of about 300 US troops from the African continent by June 2020, which represents 10% of the US forces in Africa.

The Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite |Photo: Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Thomas Waldhauser

Libya – Foreign Minister denies allowing foreign military bases on Libyan territory

2019/19/02 – Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala stated Sunday that Libyans reject the existence of any military base on Libyan territory, explaining that their request is limited to providing assistance to enhance the Libyan force’s capacities.

Sayala’s statements came in response to a question by Russian news agency Sputnik about the US intention to establish a military base in Libya, saying « Libya welcomes any actors working to raise the efficiency of the Libyan security forces ».

The head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, requested Saturday, the commander of AFRICOM, Thomas Waldhauser, to prepare a field training program for Libyan military units under the supervision of Africom trainers.

The Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite |Photo: Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala

Libya – Al-Sarraj seeks broader cooperation with Africom

2019/18/02 – Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj discussed on Saturday with General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander of the US Africa Command « AFRICOM », strengthening cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries.

The meeting held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference focused on the possibility of increasing and expanding security and military coordination with the Libyan military and security apparatuses, beyond cooperation in the fight against terrorism, and to include support, capacity-building and training programs, according to the PC’s head Press Office.

In this regard, Al-Sarraj called for the preparation of a field training program for special military units with the assistance of AFRICOM.

The Libyan Observer

Sahel-Elite |Photo: Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj discussed on Saturday with General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander of the US Africa Command « AFRICOM »

Libya/AFRICOM – Tuareg tribesmen denounce AFRICOM airstrike in southwestern Libya, confirm victims were civilians

2018/04/12 – Members of the Tuareg community gathered in Ubari town in southwestern Libya to condemn in the strongest terms the airstrike conducted by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) near Awaynat town last Thursday, which killed 11 people; AFRICOM claimed they were al-Qaeda militants. Continuer à lire … « Libya/AFRICOM – Tuareg tribesmen denounce AFRICOM airstrike in southwestern Libya, confirm victims were civilians »

Niger : les Etats-Unis informent le président Issoufou des résultats de l’enquête sur la mort des militaires à Tongo Tongo

2018/06/11 – L’ambassadeur des Etats-Unis au Niger, Eric Whitaker, a été reçu lundi à Niamey par le président nigérien Mahamadou Issoufou, qu’il a informé des résultats de l’enquête sur la mort des militaires américains et nigériens en octobre 2017 près de Tongo Tongo (ouest), a-t-on appris de source officielle.Quatre soldats des forces spéciales américaines et autant de soldats nigériens ont été tués par des combattants affiliés au groupe Etat islamique (EI), lourdement armés, lors d’une embuscade tendue le 4 octobre 2017 près de ce village proche de la frontière avec le Mali. Continuer à lire … « Niger : les Etats-Unis informent le président Issoufou des résultats de l’enquête sur la mort des militaires à Tongo Tongo »

Niger ambush prompts training changes for special operations in Africa

2018/08/29 – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the military will modify how special operations forces are prepared for missions in Africa because of a deadly ambush by extremists last year in Niger that revealed a lack of training for troops heading into hot spots. Continuer à lire … « Niger ambush prompts training changes for special operations in Africa »

Une base aérienne américaine proche des frontières sud algérienne

2018/08/28 – L’armée de l’air américaine est sur le point d’achever la construction d’une base aérienne au Niger pour des drones armés qui cibleront des groupes militants opérant dans la région, a déclaré à VOA un responsable militaire américain. Continuer à lire … « Une base aérienne américaine proche des frontières sud algérienne »