2018/06/14 – The United States recently revealed the names of three « Islamic State leaders » who planned and directed the ambush in Niger, which killed four U.S. Special Forces troops last October. The incident raised pointed questions about what the U.S. military is doing there. But it should also raise questions about the longer-term peace and stability of the region itself. Continuer à lire … « Niger – For safety and security in Niger, solutions must flow upstream »
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 »
2018/06/04 – The Foreign Ministry in the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) said a quadripartite agreement to control and monitor borders among Libya, Sudan, Chad and Niger has been signed in Ndjamena.
Continuer à lire … « Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger sign border protection agreement »
2018/05/22 – Migration control is now “high politics” in Europe and a priority for the EU. For example, on May 2, 2018, the European Commission proposed that the budget for the management of external borders, migration and asylum – set at 13 billion euros for the period 2014-2020 – be raised to 34.9 billion euros. Continuer à lire … « How far can Europe push back its borders? The case of France in Niger »
2018/05/15 – For eight years, the Islamist Boko Haram group has been terrorising the population: over 30,000 people have been killed and two million men, women and children displaced. Continuer à lire … « Diplomacy in a crisis region: Germany is supporting the stabilisation forum for Lake Chad #Niger »
2018/05/15 – In the middle of the night a group of Islamist extremists attacked the small town of Banamba, Mali, looting the town bank and freeing prisoners. It was not only money the town lost that November night 2016. The attack closed the town’s only bank, severing an economic lifeline between Banamba and the rest of the Malian economy, leaving local businesses and already vulnerable groups to face an even less certain future. Continuer à lire … « Why the Sahel Must Build Local Economies to Address Regional Security #Mali »
2018/05/13 – A new five-nation force is ready to deploy to fight jihadists in the Sahel region of northwestern Africa, Niger’s defence minister said on Sunday.
The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region. Continuer à lire … « Full Sahel anti-jihadist force set to deploy: minister #G5Sahel #Niger »