Algeria detects 11 missiles near border with Mali

2018/07/12 – The Algerian army has discovered a hideout containing 11 surface-to-air missiles near the country’s border with Mali, the defence ministry announced yesterday.

“After a search operation in the country’s border town of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, a division at the Algerian People’s National Armed Forces found an ammunition cache containing 11 anti-tank missiles,” the ministry said in a statement. Continuer à lire … « Algeria detects 11 missiles near border with Mali »

Saudi Crown Prince to Visit Mauritania, Algeria

2018/02/12 – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, will kick off on Sunday a visit to each of Mauritania and Algeria as part of his Arab tour. Continuer à lire … « Saudi Crown Prince to Visit Mauritania, Algeria »

Algeria is using Mauritania to accelerate influence across Africa

2018/29/11 – Algeria’s growing interest in Mauritania reached a point of no return when the two countries officially opened their territorial borders early this year. The promising step paves the road to greater military and, most importantly, economic cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Algeria is using Mauritania to accelerate influence across Africa »

Launching of International meeting in Algeria to discuss terrorist threats on the Sahel

2018/28/11- An international meeting with 100 security experts has been launched in Algeria on Tuesday to discuss the terrorist threat in the Sahel and West Africa by studying ways to address the two phenomena of the returning of combatants from the sites of conflict and the funding of terrorism. Continuer à lire … « Launching of International meeting in Algeria to discuss terrorist threats on the Sahel »

Niger – Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

2018/05/2018 – Germany and the Netherlands have pledged to fund special forces in Niger to control its border and prevent illegal migration, the EU’s security mission in the country said Thursday. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration »

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 »