From Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
11/08/2020 – The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said the recent warning by the United States of America (U.S.A) about bandits’ infiltration of the West African region was meant to sustain the onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Continuer à lire … « Nigeria – DHQ differs with U.S on ISIS movement »
08/08/2020 – Some 15,000 Malians were moved out of two large refugee camps in western Niger in late 2019 to live in nearby towns where they will be safer from jihadist attacks, the United Nations announced for the first time on Wednesday.
« The closure of the camps in December 2019 was a joint decision (by the UN refugee agency and the government of Niger) and was accelerated last year with the deterioration of the security situation, » Benoit Moreno, a UNHCR official in the capital Niamey, told AFP. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Niger : UN closes two Malian refugee camps in Niger, citing security fears »
18/07/2020 – Turkey sent between 3,500 and 3,800 paid Syrian fighters to Libya over the first three months of the year, the U.S. Defense Department’s inspector general concluded in a new report, its first to detail Turkish deployments that helped change the course of Libya’s war.
The report comes as the conflict in oil-rich Libya has escalated into a regional proxy war fueled by foreign powers pouring weapons and mercenaries into the country. The U.S. military has grown increasingly concerned about Russia’s growing influence in Libya, where hundreds of Russian mercenaries backed a campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli, in the country’s west. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon report: Turkey sent up to 3,800 fighters to Libya »
10/07/2020 – It is remarkable that the Iraqi government doesn’t not take place in the Libyan conflict scene, the most critical and dangerous political-military conflict in the Middle East; despite Iraq’s important political weight in the region. Continuer à lire … « « Information for the Iraqi Intelligence Service », increases Baghdad’s uncertainty in the Libyan conflict »
07/06/2020 – Al Shabaab, as an insurgent terrorist outfit, has primarily been operating from Somalia in the Horn of Africa. The merger of Al Shabaab with Al Qaeda, a multinational terrorist organisation, in 2012 has enhanced its strength. After completing twenty years of its existence in April 2020, it is showing no signs of waning. Al Shabaab’s endeavours to consolidate its hold over the parts of southern and central Somalia and extract taxes from people is weakening the hold of Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), established in 2012. Continuer à lire … « Al Shabaab’s insurgency and the Somalian imbroglio in the Horn of Africa (By: Rajen Harshé) »
06/07/2020 – The Western Sahel region of the African continent has become an infighting battleground for jihadist groups competing for hegemony over the region. In May, Islamic State (IS) in its newspaper Al-naba revealed its clashes with Al-Qaeda affiliates. IS has blamed Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), an Al-Qaeda affiliate, for initiating the fierce fighting and mobilization of forces in order to wrest areas from Islamic State’s control. Continuer à lire … « Islamic State and Al-Qaeda Clash in the Sahel (By Prashant Kandpal) »
16/04/2020 – On March 8, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the Sahel region — Jama‘at Nusrat al-Islam wa-l-Muslimin (“The Group for Supporting Islam and Muslims” or JNIM) — released a communiqué accepting an offer by the Malian government to negotiate a peace. The jihadists set only one precondition for entering into negotiations: “Ending the racist, arrogant, French Crusader occupation.” Continuer à lire … « France Should Give Mali Space to Negotiate with Jihadists »
12/04/2020 – Chad’s government said on Sunday that its army would continue to participate in regional taskforces targeting jihadist groups, as well as the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, following President Idriss Deby’s suggestion it might withdraw its troops. Continuer à lire … « Chad’s army says it will continue joint operations against jihadists »
20/01/2020 – Al-Qaeda’s senior management, or general command, has released a two-page statement praising the jihadists in Mali and Somalia. Al-Qaeda has strong branches in both East and West Africa, and the international organization’s leaders signal their approval for the jihadists’ ongoing wars in the new missive.
“Salutations for the Defenders of Islam in Mali” was released online on Jan. 18, with al-Qaeda’s propagandists making both Arabic and English versions available on various websites and social media channels. Continuer à lire … « Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership praises jihadists in Mali and Somalia »
10/01/2020 – Les armées burkinabè et ivoirienne vont amplifier leur collaboration afin de renforcer la lutte contre le terrorisme, a promis jeudi le chef d’état-major général de l’armée ivoirienne, le général Lassina Doumbia, à l’issue d’une rencontre à Ouagadougou avec son homologue burkinabè, le général Moïse Miningou. »La lutte contre le terrorisme ne peut se faire seul. Il faut forcement une réponse collective, surtout que la Côte d’Ivoire et le Burkina Faso ont une frontière d’environ 500km à partager. Donc il était important pour nous d’établir des procédures simplifiées de coopération et de collaboration entre nos forces », a-t-il dit. Continuer à lire … « Les armées burkinabè et ivoirienne entendent renforcer leur collaboration dans la lutte contre le terrorisme »