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 »

The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa

2018/08/17 – Over the past several years, North African countries have worked to heavily fortify their borders. A 200-kilometer (125-mile) trench, completed in February 2016, runs along the Tunisian–Libyan border. Twelve hundred kilometers (746 miles) to the west, two new walls mark the border between Morocco and Algeria. These barriers are symptom and symbol of a new securitized approach to borders in areas that have historically been culturally and economically linked.
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Algeria conducts security sweep in three border provinces with Tunisia

2018707/12 – The Algerian army launched a military operation in three border provinces with Tunisia in order to “prevent the infiltration of terrorists during their pursuit by the Tunisian security forces”. This comes in response to an attack on the members of the National Guard two days ago, according to a security source. Continuer à lire … « Algeria conducts security sweep in three border provinces with Tunisia »

Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive #Mali #Chad #Niger

2018/06/14 – The London-based Saudi magazine, El Majalaa, is reporting that Mokhtar Belmokhtar is still alive, contrary to U.S. claims in 2013, 2015, and 2016 that he had been killed in Libya. The report, which cites correspondence with Libyan and Algerian intelligence services, states that he is operating in the largely ungoverned spaces between Chad, Niger, and Mali. Continuer à lire … « Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive #Mali #Chad #Niger »

Mali – Talks with jihadists? A radical idea gains currency in Mali

2018/04/26 In Mali, which has been wracked by violence and is prone to frequent and deadly jihadist attacks, the once unthinkable is now being asked by observers: is it time to negotiate with the extremists?

« Every analysis of the Malian crisis shows that a purely military solution is not possible,” said Ambroise Dakouo of the Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa (ARGA), a think tank. “We cannot be dogmatic. We must be open to dialogue with these groups to find out if conciliation is possible. We must find out what they want and what we can concede.” Continuer à lire … « Mali – Talks with jihadists? A radical idea gains currency in Mali »

Is there a secret French-Algerian-Malian immunity pact for militants in the Sahel? #Mali #Algeria #France

2018/04/24 – France, Algeria and Mali have a agreement that will offer immunity militates in the Sahel region of northern Africa, in return for disarmament, Middle East Eye (MEE) reports. Continuer à lire … « Is there a secret French-Algerian-Malian immunity pact for militants in the Sahel? #Mali #Algeria #France »

Exclusive: Sahel al-Qaeda offered immunity in ‘secret French-backed deal’ #Mali #Algeria

2018/04/24 – Al-Qaeda and other militants in Sahel region will gain immunity if they surrender in deal between Algiers, Bamako and Paris, sources tell MEE

France, Algeria and Mali are operating a secret agreement to offer Sahel militants immunity in return for them laying down arms, security sources in Algeria have told Middle East Eye. Continuer à lire … « Exclusive: Sahel al-Qaeda offered immunity in ‘secret French-backed deal’ #Mali #Algeria »