Niger/Allemagne : « Les militaires allemands présents au Niger n’ont aucune mission de lutte contre le terrorisme » (ambassadeur) #Mali

2018/03/22- L’ambassadeur d’Allemagne au Niger, Bernd von Münchow-Pohl, a déclaré mardi à Niamey que les militaires allemands présents au Niger « n’ont aucune mission de lutte contre le terrorisme », répondant aux critiques de certaines organisations de la société civile et de l’opposition politique qui contestent la présence de bases militaires étrangères dans leur pays et exigent leur départ, à travers des manifestations périodiques. Continuer à lire … « Niger/Allemagne : « Les militaires allemands présents au Niger n’ont aucune mission de lutte contre le terrorisme » (ambassadeur) #Mali »

The resurgence of Al-Qaeda

2018/03/12 – Nearly seven years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda is numerically larger and present in more countries than at any other time in its history. Indeed, the movement now boasts of some 40,000 men under arms, with approximately 10,000–20,000 fighters in Syria; 7000–9000 in Somalia; 5000 in Libya; 4000 in Yemen; a similar number dispersed throughout other countries across the Maghreb and Sahel; 3000 in Indonesia; and approximately 1000 in South Asia. From north-west Africa to South East Asia, al-Qaeda has been able to knit together a global movement of some two dozen local franchises. Continuer à lire … « The resurgence of Al-Qaeda »

U.S. may lift travel ban on ‘important partner’ Chad, Tillerson says

2018/03/12 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday Washington was considering lifting a travel ban on Chad, offering an olive branch to a key ally in the fight against Islamist militant groups in West Africa.

The top U.S. diplomat flew into the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, on the last day of a truncated tour of Africa with stop-offs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Nigeria – all frontline partners against Islamic State and al Qaeda off-shoots. Continuer à lire … « U.S. may lift travel ban on ‘important partner’ Chad, Tillerson says »

US/Djibouti : What US Secretary of State Tillerson discussed with Djibouti Gov

2018/03/11 – The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Tillerson met with Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh in Djibouti on March 9 to affirm the United States’ commitment to our broad partnership with the Government of Djibouti as it addresses regional political, development, and security challenges. The Secretary thanked President Guelleh for continued security cooperation, which promotes the common economic and security interests of the people of Djibouti and the United States. The Secretary also encouraged President Guelleh and Djibouti to further efforts to make Djibouti a more attractive destination for foreign investment. Continuer à lire … « US/Djibouti : What US Secretary of State Tillerson discussed with Djibouti Gov »

Mali – Al-Qaeda Militant Raids Erode Malian President’s Popularity

2018/03/05 – Foreign travel is the first thing that comes to mind when Malian lettuce farmer Moussa Samake thinks about President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

 Nicknamed “the carrier pigeon” for his frequent trips abroad, Keita, 73, is expected to seek re-election in July after a five-year term marred by growing insecurity in the landlocked West African nation. His failure to halt a steady rise in deadly jihadist attacks has left many Malians disillusioned and the region at risk of further instability.

Continuer à lire … « Mali – Al-Qaeda Militant Raids Erode Malian President’s Popularity »

Burkina Faso: jihadist target since 2015

2018/03/02 – Burkina Faso has faced an insurgency involving various jihadist groups since 2015, with brazen attacks in its capital Ouagadougou and the northern desert region of the country.

On Friday, gunmen launched an attack on the French embassy and the country’s military HQ that left dozens of dead or injured. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso: jihadist target since 2015 »

Tuareg militias battle Islamic State-loyal militants in northern Mali

2018/02/26 – Two Tuareg militias in northern Mali, the Imghad and Allies Self Defense Movement (GATIA) and the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA), have battled militants loyal to the Islamic State over the past few days. The jihadists are under the leadership of Abu Walid al Sahrawi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). Continuer à lire … « Tuareg militias battle Islamic State-loyal militants in northern Mali »