Sri Lankan ‘war criminals’ deployed as UN peacekeepers #Mali

2018/07/21 – The UN has been sending alleged war criminals to act as peacekeepers in conflict zones, a confidential report claims.
The document, seen by the Observer, and sent to the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations last month, claims that senior Sri Lankan officers accused of war crimes have been deployed to UN operations in Mali, Lebanon, Darfur and South Sudan. Continuer à lire … « Sri Lankan ‘war criminals’ deployed as UN peacekeepers #Mali »

Mali – To build peace we have to ask why people go to war

2018/07/10- A recent spate of extremist attacks in Mali has once again underlined the need to rethink the hard security approach that dominates the response to terrorism in the Sahel.
The end of June saw attacks in Mali on French forces as well as the headquarters of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, a security force made up of five regional countries to combat jihadist insurgents and criminal groups. The attacks overshadowed the African Union (AU) summit in Mauritania, which also hosted French President Emmanuel Macron keen to discuss the region’s burning security problems. Continuer à lire … « Mali – To build peace we have to ask why people go to war »

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 »

Attack kills at least 17 in Niger village bordering Mali

2018/05/20 – At least 17 civilians of the Peuhle community were killed Friday night in the Niger locality of Aguey near the Malian border by armed bandits, sources said Saturday.
According to local officials and media, the attack was perpetrated by young Tuaregs from neighboring Mali on board several motorcycles.
In early May, Niger’s Fulani village council chairman Aboubakar Diallo, accused Tuareg vigilante militias in Mali, of committing abuses on Peuhles populations.
Niger and Mali share a border of more than 800 km.

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Why the Sahel Must Build Local Economies to Address Regional Security #Mali

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 »

Mali ripe territory for ISIS, local militias — and they often clash

2018/05/07 – A militia in Mali claims it found the vehicle used by four American soldiers killed in an ambush by Islamist militants in neighboring Niger last fall. The discovery indicates how fighters linked to the Islamic State likely traveled between the two countries. Continuer à lire … « Mali ripe territory for ISIS, local militias — and they often clash »

Canada to send over 200 soldiers to Mali in UN peacekeeping mission

2018/03/17 – Canada will be dispatching an aviation task force to the troubled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said Friday. Continuer à lire … « Canada to send over 200 soldiers to Mali in UN peacekeeping mission »