Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says

2019/10/02 – Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that private Russian companies were training the army in Sudan, confirming for the first time their presence in a country shaken by protests against its president, a close Russian ally.

Demonstrators have been on the streets near-daily since Dec. 19, initially to protest against an economic crisis then to call for an end to the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. Continuer à lire … « Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says »

France, China, Others Collaborate with Nigeria Navy in Curbing Maritime Crimes on Gulf of Guinea

2018/06/10 – As part of moves to curb incidences of maritime crimes on the Gulf of Guinea (GOG) waters, especially piracy and sea robbery, the Nigerian Navy (NN) Wednesday launched a collaboration with France, China, Portugal and three other African navies.
The collaboration was the flag off a regional maritime exercise code named Exercise EKU KEGBE, of which 12 Nigerian Navy ships, alongside others from the participating countries were deployed. Continuer à lire … « France, China, Others Collaborate with Nigeria Navy in Curbing Maritime Crimes on Gulf of Guinea »

Groups, councils in western Libya reject Paris summit

2018/05/29 – Thirteen councils and armed groups based in western Libya have voiced their rejection of a French initiative ostensibly aimed at achieving reconciliation between Libya’s rival political camps. Continuer à lire … « Groups, councils in western Libya reject Paris summit »

Niger – US soldiers killed in Niger were outgunned, ‘left behind’ in hunt for ISIS leader

2018/05/03 – Four Army special operations soldiers killed in action during an ambush in Niger last October were part of a largely inexperienced and lightly-armed team outmatched by ISIS fighters who exploited bad decisions by U.S. commanders, families of the fallen soldiers and other sources briefed on the military investigation told ABC News. Continuer à lire … « Niger – US soldiers killed in Niger were outgunned, ‘left behind’ in hunt for ISIS leader »

Sudan, Chad and Niger armies discuss border security #Mali

2018/04/23 – Military chiefs of staff from Chad, Niger and Sudan held a consultations meeting in Khartoum on border security following the increase of transnational crimes in the sub-Saharan region.Took part in the meeting Lt. Gen. Kamal Abdel-Marouf Chief of the General Staff of the Sudan Armed Forces, Lt Gen. Ahmed Mohamed Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Niger, and Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Saeed Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Chad. Continuer à lire … « Sudan, Chad and Niger armies discuss border security #Mali »

Mali /Security – Malian army plans anti-jihadist operation in restive centre

11/01/18 – Mali’s army is to deploy patrols in an operation to fight jihadists in the country’s restive centre, according to documents and sources consulted by AFP, as the government expresses concern over extreme instability in the area.

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said last week « urgent measures » were required to address Al-Qaeda-linked groups who control territory in the area. Continuer à lire … « Mali /Security – Malian army plans anti-jihadist operation in restive centre »

Libya may not be ready for democracy, says military strongman

10/01/18 – The Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar has warned that the country may not be ready for democracy even though the UN is planning to hold elections this year.

Haftar, a former CIA asset who controls nearly half of Libya from his base in the east of the country, said: “The upcoming elections in the country must bring a solution to the current bloodshed, but if the situation and the chaos continue after the elections, then we will say ‘enough is enough’ and take action.” Continuer à lire … « Libya may not be ready for democracy, says military strongman »