Belarus to produce UAVs in Egypt

30/04/2020 – Belarus will manufacture unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Egypt under an agreement signed earlier this year.

This is according to the Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Vladimir Gusakov, news company BelTA reported on 20 February. Continuer à lire … « Belarus to produce UAVs in Egypt »

Niger’s National Guard to receive an additional Delair UAV

30/04/2020 – Niger’s National Guard is set to take delivery of a fourth unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from French company Delair, after having received three aircraft in November last year.

The delivery of the fourth UAV was reported by Africa Intelligence earlier this month. Continuer à lire … « Niger’s National Guard to receive an additional Delair UAV »

A Large, Expensive US Air Force Base In Africa – OpEd

2018/08/25 – In July of 2016, Nick Turse wrote at The Intercept about “1,700 Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other military personnel” who were then “carrying out 78 distinct ‘mission sets’ in more than 20 nations” across Africa. Continuer à lire … « A Large, Expensive US Air Force Base In Africa – OpEd »

Armed US drones up and running in Niger

2018/07/21 – Armed U.S. drone flights over Niger — which started after four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in October — have put a scare into local militants, the country’s top defense official said.
Earlier this year, U.S. Africa Command quietly began armed unmanned surveillance flights in Niger, adding more firepower in the country where the Oct. 4 attack on a team of Green Berets raised questions about whether troops were carrying out dangerous missions without sufficient backup. Continuer à lire … « Armed US drones up and running in Niger »

Niger – Tajani visit to Niger: we must support and expand Niger’s well-functioning model to reduce irregular migration flows

2018/07/16 – “Niger plays a key role to drastically reduce irregular migrants’ flows to Libya and the EU. My visit to Niamey aims at strengthening our partnership with this country, discussing how the EU can promote investments and make more funds available. I will also meet representatives from the Sahel and Sahara region to discuss how we can expand the Niger migration-management model to other African transit countries,” said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, ahead of his visit to Niger from 17 to 18 July. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Tajani visit to Niger: we must support and expand Niger’s well-functioning model to reduce irregular migration flows »

Niger – U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger

2018/03/15 – Green Berets working with government forces in Niger killed 11 Islamic State militants in a firefight in December, the American military acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday. The battle occurred two months after four United States soldiers died in an ambush in another part of Niger — and after senior commanders had imposed stricter limits on military missions in the West African country. Continuer à lire … « Niger – U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger »

Niger/Sahel: The Destabilizing Dangers of U.S. Counterterrorism in the Sahel

2018/02/08 – Sub-Saharan Africa has long been a strategic backwater for American foreign policy. Until the mid-2000s, American engagement in the region was sporadic and limited to areas of Cold War conflict or humanitarian crisis. However, the October deaths of four U.S. Green Berets and five Nigerien soldiers in Niger has thrown a public spotlight on a growing U.S. military presence in Africa. At present, AFRICOM, the U.S. military command responsible for Africa, oversees the activities of some 6,000 troops on the continent, of which over 800 are based in Niger. Apart from the large base at Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti, the United States maintains a dozen or so “cooperative security locations,” i.e. small semi-permanent military installations across Africa. This will soon include a substantial $100 million dollar base in the central Nigerien city of Agadez to host and support drone operations. Continuer à lire … « Niger/Sahel: The Destabilizing Dangers of U.S. Counterterrorism in the Sahel »