2018/07/21 – Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Africa on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties.
His visit comes as the US, the country’s rival in a bitter trade war, shows little interest in the world’s second most populous continent. Continuer à lire … « China’s President Arrives In Africa To Develop Deeper Military Ties With Continent »
2018/07/19 – British helicopters have arrived in West Africa as the UK’s support to a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali reaches its next phase.
Three Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters from RAF Odiham, supported by around 90 British troops, are now on the ground and ready to begin providing logistical and troop movement support to our allies. Continuer à lire … « Mali/UK – UK deployment in Mali reaches the next stage #ChinookHelicopters »
2018/05/19 – Pre-deployment training for Canadian Forces personnel who are headed to Mali is now underway. The pre-deployment training for Air Task Force Mali is taking place in Wainwright, Alberta and some of that training will be on display on May 21 for journalists, according to the Canadian Forces. Helicopters and personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 450 and 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadrons, along with medical and support personnel, are validating their capabilities in anticipation of an eventual deployment in August 2018, the military noted. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – Petawawa helicopter crews training in Alberta for Mali mission – Canadian helicopters in Africa in July »
The number of helicopters the RCAF will eventually send to Mali continues to be uncertain.
In mid-March Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada would send to the United Nations mission in Mali two Chinook helicopters and four armed Griffon helicopters to escort them. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Military – More RCAF helicopters for Mali being considered #Canada »
2018/05/04 – Niger has been increasingly playing a pivotal role in the global struggle against jihadism since the terrorist threat has been quickly shifting from the middle-east to Africa.
The special forces of the Sahel country are being trained and supported by Western military personnel. The doctrine consists of rolling back and eventually destroying the jihadists in their own desert sanctuaries, even beyond Niger’s borders. Continuer à lire … « Europe and USA take the fight against Jihadism to Niger #Mali »
2018/05/02 – Mauritanian Defence Minister, Jallow Mamadou Bhatia, has called on politicians not to involve the armed and security forces in political debate.
The minister made the remarks during a press conference held on Sunday evening in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott alongside Chairman of the ruling Union for the Republic Party, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed Lemine. Continuer à lire … « Mauritania defence minister calls not to involve military in politics »
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.
Continuer à lire … « Mali/Estonia -Riigikogu to vote on sending EDF unit to Mali on May 9 »