Specter of jihadism continues to haunt Maghreb

2018/12/11 – The jihadist threat is not new to the Maghreb. However, the fallout of the 2011 Arab uprisings has fundamentally altered the political and security environment of North African countries. While states such as Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia witnessed an increase in deaths from jihadist attacks, others like Algeria and Morocco experienced a reduced impact. Despite differences, the threats are persistent and numerous, including local jihadi cells that range from the already settled to the residual to those burgeoning into external groups that operate in the Sahel, such as the well-established al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The mutual lack of trust and cooperation in counterterrorism and security among Maghreb countries further complicates countering such threats. Put together, the region’s security could become even more precarious, and the fight against jihadism might be a long one. Continuer à lire … « Specter of jihadism continues to haunt Maghreb »

An Algerian Military Purge as a Survival Strategy

2018/11/10 – A series of shake-ups has upended the leadership of Algeria’s powerful security apparatus, with personnel reshuffles affecting the upper echelons of the country’s military, police and security forces. The extent of and motives behind the ousters, unprecedented during the 19-year administration of President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika, remain unclear, but their nature and timing give some indications of the intent behind them. Algeria’s inner political workings remain opaque, making it difficult to know what exactly is unfolding in Algiers. But some of the details associated with the spate of military reorganizations point to a mutual effort by the army and the presidency to retain control. Continuer à lire … « An Algerian Military Purge as a Survival Strategy »

Algeria must stop arbitrary expulsion of West African migrants in desert: UN migration rights expert

2018/11/10 – The appeal for help from the international community from UN Special Rapporteur on migration Felipe González Morales, follows his official visit to Niger; a hub for those looking to leave in search of new opportunities, for decades. Continuer à lire … « Algeria must stop arbitrary expulsion of West African migrants in desert: UN migration rights expert »

Algeria urges Libyan warrant parties stop armed confrontations

2018/09/25 – Algeria on Sunday urged Libyan disputing parties to put an end to armed confrontations, noting that such confrontations undermine any political settlement in Libya. »Algeria deeply concerns over recent developments in Libya, particularly the escalation of violence in Tripoli and its dire repercussions on its population, » Algeria said in a statement. Continuer à lire … « Algeria urges Libyan warrant parties stop armed confrontations »

Algeria – Petrofac awarded $600m project in Algeria

2018/09/09 – UK-based Petrofac, a global provider of oilfield services, said it has received a provisional letter of award for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth $600 million with Sonatrach for EPC1 of the Tinhert Field Development Project in Algeria. Continuer à lire … « Algeria – Petrofac awarded $600m project in Algeria »

Expansion of Iran’s environmental cooperation with Finland, Algeria

2018/09/09 –  The head of the Center for International Affairs and the Conventions of the Organization for the Environment of Iran, met with the environmental ministers of Finland, Estonia and Algeria, and emphasized the deepening of the environmental relations among the countries. Continuer à lire … « Expansion of Iran’s environmental cooperation with Finland, Algeria »

Russia/Africa – Delegations From Africa Participate In Russian Military Technical Forum – OpEd #Defense

2018/08/31 – About twenty military delegations (groups) from Africa participated in the International Military-Technical forum «ARMY-2018» organised by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in Kubinka, located approximately 280 km from Moscow.

The «ARMY-2018» received about 120 official delegations from foreign countries and featured nearly 150 events as part of its scientific business programme. The annual games allow the different world forces to improve their efficiency, knowledge and friendship. The army extravaganza, billed the Olympics of the Military World, now in its fourth year. Continuer à lire … « Russia/Africa – Delegations From Africa Participate In Russian Military Technical Forum – OpEd #Defense »