Mali needs comprehensive strategy to prevent violence and human rights abuses, says Independent Expert

2019/13/02 – The human rights situation in Mali is a cause of grave concern as security and humanitarian conditions in central and northern areas continue to worsen, says UN Independent Expert Alioune Tine.

“The combination of violence across communal lines, coupled with the violence of armed extremist group operations, the anti-terrorist operations of the Malian and international defence and security forces, and organized crime create a deep sense of fear and insecurity,” said Mr. Tine presenting a statement at the end of a fact-finding visit. Continuer à lire … « Mali needs comprehensive strategy to prevent violence and human rights abuses, says Independent Expert »

What we can learn from the British Army’s help in the fight against Boko Haram #Nigeria

2019/10/02 – For two decades, violent, extremist organisations have had a devastating impact on the African continent. Attacks by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Boko Haram, and their splinter group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have displaced millions within and across national borders and decimated vital services,  education, healthcare, and businesses. Since 2009, Boko Haram have claimed more than 27,000 lives in Nigeria and Cameroon, and as the Nigerian presidential election in February approaches, the terrorist group has renewed its campaign of violence. Continuer à lire … « What we can learn from the British Army’s help in the fight against Boko Haram #Nigeria »

UK to train Nigerian army counterterror squads to fight Boko Haram under new security partnership

2018/08/31 – Britain will train Nigerian army counterterror squads to fight against Boko Haram under a new security partnership.

The plans will see UK armed forces training full fighting units for the first time, with the aim of equipping them to also tackle Islamic State West Africa (a splinter group from Boko Haram). Continuer à lire … « UK to train Nigerian army counterterror squads to fight Boko Haram under new security partnership »

New terrorist threat as EU stance on migrants triggers disquiet in Niger

2018/06/27 N- A new terrorist threat is brewing in the Sahel, partly as a consequence of the European-sponsored crackdown on migration, according to local leaders in Niger.
Thousands of men who transported, fed, and housed the hundreds of thousands of migrants who used to cross the impoverished west African country are now unemployed and could easily be exploited by one of the major jihadist groups operating in the region, said leaders in the remote former migrant hub of Agadez. Continuer à lire … « New terrorist threat as EU stance on migrants triggers disquiet in Niger »

UAE supports Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara: Abdullah bin Zayed

2018/05/22 – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has reaffirmed the UAE full solidarity and support for Morocco in confronting all threats to its security, safety and stability. Continuer à lire … « UAE supports Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara: Abdullah bin Zayed »

Full Sahel anti-jihadist force set to deploy: minister #G5Sahel #Niger

2018/05/13 – A new five-nation force is ready to deploy to fight jihadists in the Sahel region of northwestern Africa, Niger’s defence minister said on Sunday.
The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region. Continuer à lire … « Full Sahel anti-jihadist force set to deploy: minister #G5Sahel #Niger »

Niger – US counterterror fight in Africa also turns to local police

2018/04/28 – Under the watchful eyes of U.S. authorities, an elite group of local police officers in Niger’s capital slipped into a home, rescued a « hostage, » detained an « extremist » and pretended to kill another.

The police training in one of Africa’s most remote, impoverished countries is crucial as extremists linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida carry out increasingly bold attacks in West Africa’s vast Sahel region. In October, four U.S. soldiers and five Nigeriens were killed in an ambush claimed by Islamic State group-linked fighters in rural Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger – US counterterror fight in Africa also turns to local police »