Burkina Faso’s security disaster

22/01/2020 – Europe discusses a stronger military engagement in the Sahel. But the example of Burkina Faso shows the need for more.

In a highly symbolic ceremony on 13 January 2020, prior to the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, French President Emmanuel Macron and the presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, laid a wreath for the 13 French soldiers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Mali last November. 4,500 of their comrades are currently stationed in these countries as part of Operation Barkhane in the face of loud protests from large parts of the population and the resistance of a growing number of intellectuals. They are accusing the French foreign intervention of imperialist motives on the one hand, and ineffectiveness on the other — and even of fuelling the conflicts. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso’s security disaster »

Mercenaries Turkey sent to Libya are seeking refuge in Europe

21/01/2020 – On Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s orders, the Turkish state has been deploying its mercenaries from Syria to Libya. The Syrian mercenaries used primarily in the occupation of Afrin in Rojava have been sent to Libya in order to support the Tripoli-based government under the prime ministry of Fayez al-Sarraj. Continuer à lire … « Mercenaries Turkey sent to Libya are seeking refuge in Europe »

War against Boko Haram has failed —EU

20/01/2020 – The European Parliament which is the legislative branch of the European Union (EU), recently suggested that the Nigerian Army and the government had not been telling citizens the whole truth about the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

This followed the EU parliament’s claim that progress in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria has been stalled. Continuer à lire … « War against Boko Haram has failed —EU »

Libya / EU – Foreign Ministry postpones EU officials’ visit to Tripoli

06/01/2020 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to postpone the visit of the European Union’s foreign policy chief to Libya, along with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Italy, and Germany until further notice, « in view of the current circumstances, » according to a statement by the ministry today.

The visit of the EU officials to Tripoli was scheduled for Tuesday to discuss with the Chairman of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj the developing situation in Libya.

The Libya Observer

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Boko Haram: Presidency allays fears over Chadian troops withdrawal

06/01/2020 – The Presidency on Sunday asked Nigerians not to panic over the withdrawal of 1,200 Chadian troops from the Lake Chad Basin bordering the country.

It said the withdrawal was in line with the mandate of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), launched on July 1, 2016 and due to end on December 31, 2019.

It said Nigeria will be sending troops to Chad as part of a new concept against the Boko Haram insurgency. Continuer à lire … « Boko Haram: Presidency allays fears over Chadian troops withdrawal »

Centrafrique : 340 militaires supplémentaires formés par les instructeurs russes

05/01/2020 – Trois cent quarante militaires formés par des instructeurs russes sont désormais autorisés à rejoindre les rangs des Forces armées centrafricaines (FACA), a-t-on appris samedi auprès du ministère de la Défense nationale.Ce sont désormais plus de 3.400 militaires qui ont été formés à manier les armes russes fournies à la Centrafrique. Pour rappel, en septembre dernier, la Russie a livré à ce pays une cargaison d’armes légères et des munitions.

Ces recrues ont suivi le processus normal de recrutement dans l’armée, sur toute l’étendue du territoire national et avec le concours de la mission onusienne de maintien de la paix (MINUSCA). Par la suite, elles ont subi une première étape de formation dans le cadre de la coopération avec l’Union européenne (EUTM/RCA).

Xinhua

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EU Foreign Affairs Official Heads Delegation to Libya on Jan.

29/12/2019 – EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said he will, along with a number of European Ministers, visit Libya on January 7 to meet Libyan leaders. Borrell disclosed the visit at a phone call with the GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala to discuss situation in Libya. Borrell said he will be accompanied, on his visit to Libya, by Foreign Ministers of Italy, Germany, Britain and France, to discuss the situation in the country with the Head of the Presidency Council Fayez Al Serraj. Meanwhile, the Belgian capital is hosting a meeting on Monday on the Libyan crisis, which will bring together high ranking officials from Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, to arrange for the EU mission to Libya.

LANA / Libya

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