Analysis: Conflict within a conflict in Mali’s northern Menaka region

2018/05/04 – Over the course of the last week, intercommunal violence within Mali’s northern Menaka region has escalated in dramatic fashion. Dozens of civilians from Tuareg and Fulani communities have been killed in massacres while ongoing counterterrorism operations are being conducted against the so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). Continuer à lire … « Analysis: Conflict within a conflict in Mali’s northern Menaka region »

Mali/Estonia -Riigikogu to vote on sending EDF unit to Mali on May 9

2018/05/01 – The Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee decided on Monday to send a bill to the parliament’s plenum for its second reading that would allow the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) to send up to 50 active-duty military personnel to French-led antiterror Operation Barkhane in Mali.

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Mali: is it all about terrorism?

The situation

Mali has hit the headlines quite often in the last years, with journalistic articles and reports mainly focusing on the threat posed by terrorist groups in the country as well as in the region. Continuer à lire … « Mali: is it all about terrorism? »

Mali/Canada – Canada already assisting counterterror force in #Mali, defence minister says

2018/04/10 – Harjit Sajjan said Monday that Canadian troops have been “supporting the G5 Sahel force for some time.” The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is providing assistance to the African-led force. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – Canada already assisting counterterror force in #Mali, defence minister says »

US special operations troops launch war games in Niger with partner forces #Sahel #Flintlock2018 #Niger

2018/04/09 – U.S. special operations forces kicked off their largest exercise in Africa on Monday in Niger, a country that is at the center of a growing counterterrorism mission.

The focus of the two-week Flintlock 2018, which involves eight African and 12 Western countries, is the day-to-day threats faced by local forces on the ground, the top U.S. commander of special operations troops in Africa told reporters before the exercise. Continuer à lire … « US special operations troops launch war games in Niger with partner forces #Sahel #Flintlock2018 #Niger »

USA/Niger – Department of State Participation in Flintlock 2018

2018/04/09 – The Department of State is pleased to once again participate in Flintlock, U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) annual and largest Special Operations Forces exercise. Flintlock exercises have taken place regularly since 2005 with partner nations from the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) and are planned by African partner nation special operations forces; Special Operations Command, Africa (SOCAFRICA); and the U.S. Department of State. Approximately 1,900 service members from 20 African and Western partner nations will participate in Flintlock at multiple locations in Niger, Burkina Faso, and Senegal from April 9-20, 2018. Continuer à lire … « USA/Niger – Department of State Participation in Flintlock 2018 »

Mali/US – Marine Raider receives Silver Star for actions during terror attack in Mali

2018/04/09 – A Marine Raider was awarded the Silver Star Friday for heroic actions that led to the rescue of dozens of hostages during the infamous November 2015 terrorist attack on the Raddison Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali/US – Marine Raider receives Silver Star for actions during terror attack in Mali »

Mali – Canadian helicopters in Mali could be used to support multinational counterterror mission

2018/04/02 – The assistance includes medical evacuations for combat and non-combat injuries as well as the provision of fuel, water and rations — exactly what the Canadian military helicopters due to arrive in Mali in August will be configured to do.

The six military helicopters that Canada plans to send to Mali could be used to move more than peacekeepers: they could be called upon to support a multinational counterterrorism force also operating in the country.The UN Security Council in December authorized the peacekeeping mission in Mali to provide assistance to the Group of Five (G5) Sahel, a military force composed of troops from five African nations. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canadian helicopters in Mali could be used to support multinational counterterror mission »

Nigeria, Djibouti to strengthen bilateral relations

The current report have it that Nigeria and Djibouti have resolved to intensify efforts at strengthening existing bilateral relations.

Nigerian Non-residence Ambassador to Djibouti, Mr. Bankole Adeoye, and President of the Republic of Djibouti, Mr. Ismail Guelleh, made the commitment during a diplomatic talk. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria, Djibouti to strengthen bilateral relations »

Algeria joins FSB databank on foreign terrorists, notes Russian top diplomat #Sahel #NorthAfrica

2018/02/20 – Algeria has joined the international databank on foreign terrorists created by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at talks with his Algerian counterpart Abdelkader Massahel on Monday. Continuer à lire … « Algeria joins FSB databank on foreign terrorists, notes Russian top diplomat #Sahel #NorthAfrica »