Two leaders of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list #Mali

16/07/2019 – The United States added two leaders of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Mali to its global terrorism list on Tuesday, accusing them of engaging in destabilizing attacks across the West African country, the U.S. Treasury said. Continuer à lire … « Two leaders of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list #Mali »

Israel seeking to strengthen ties with Mali

2019/01/23 – After announcement of resumption of relations with Chad, senior Israeli officials say Mali is next.

Senior Israeli officials said on Monday that there are ongoing contacts for a visit by the Prime Minister of Mali to Jerusalem even before the Israeli elections this April. Continuer à lire … « Israel seeking to strengthen ties with Mali »

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018: West Africa and the Sahel

2018/04/10 – The security situation is evolving rapidly in West Africa and the Sahel—and worsening in places. The region has already featured quite prominently in the news in the first quarter of 2018. There has been another mass abduction of girls by the Islamist group, Boko Haram, in Nigeria, then an attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, against the army’s headquarters and the French embassy. Continuer à lire … « Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018: West Africa and the Sahel »

Mali/Burkina : State Department designates Burkinabe jihadist group Ansaroul Islam

2018/02/21 – The State Department added the Burkinabe jihadist group Ansaroul Islam, which is tied to al Qaeda’s network in Mali, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorist organizations today. State noted that Ansaroul Islam has “launched numerous attacks in northern Burkina Faso near the border with Mali.” While State’s announcement did not mention it, Ansaroul Islam is closely associated with al Qaeda’s network in Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Burkina : State Department designates Burkinabe jihadist group Ansaroul Islam »

Islamic State, al-Qaeda Support Fuels Attacks in West Africa

2018/02/06- Islamist militant groups in West Africa’s Sahel region are using increased support from al-Qaeda and Islamic State and enhanced cooperation among themselves to carry out more sophisticated and deadly attacks, according to the chief of United Nations mission in Mali. Continuer à lire … « Islamic State, al-Qaeda Support Fuels Attacks in West Africa »

Niger/US -Pentagon looking into images purporting to show US soldiers killed in Niger

2018/01/25 – The U.S. military is reviewing images posted on social media purportedly showing dead American soldiers from the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.

One author and researcher posted on Twitter that a video broadcast by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) lasted more than 10 minutes and included scenes of a wounded soldier and the bodies of the three other U.S. soldiers killed in the ambush. Continuer à lire … « Niger/US -Pentagon looking into images purporting to show US soldiers killed in Niger »

Mali /Security – Malian army plans anti-jihadist operation in restive centre

11/01/18 – Mali’s army is to deploy patrols in an operation to fight jihadists in the country’s restive centre, according to documents and sources consulted by AFP, as the government expresses concern over extreme instability in the area.

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said last week « urgent measures » were required to address Al-Qaeda-linked groups who control territory in the area. Continuer à lire … « Mali /Security – Malian army plans anti-jihadist operation in restive centre »