Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’

2018/08/19- Last month, the UK sent three Royal Air Force helicopters and about 100 troops to Mali to help French forces combat jihadists still active in the region.

The Sun has cited a Whitehall source as saying that British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson was outraged after Paris said that London will have to pay £2 million ($2.5 million) so that the UK military can fly spare parts and kits to the Mali mission on French transport aircraft. Continuer à lire … « Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’ »

The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali

2018/08/17 – We have to address the underlying cause of problems in Africa, not bury our heads in the sand

On 9 May 2018, the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) approved sending an armoured infantry platoon to Mali. The Scouts Battalion troops deployed in Africa will participate in the French military anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane for a year. This decision must, above all, be viewed in the light of bilateral military cooperation between Estonia and France, which began with our participation in the European Union Military Training Mission in the Central African Republic in 2015. France was grateful to the countries that took part in this mission, because this allowed it to move some of its troops into Operation Sangaris that was taking place in the CAR at the same time. Continuer à lire … « The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali »

Britain risks ‘open ended’ conflict in Mali in bid to protect European security

2018/07/21 – British helicopters have deployed to Mali in support of a French counter-terrorism operation amid warnings of being dragged into ‘open-ended’ conflict.
Three RAF Chinook helicopters supported by 90 military personnel have been sent to north-west Africa to assist French forces in their fight against Islamist insurgents.
The British helicopters, from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, will provide logistical and troop movement support. However, experts fear the deployment could mark the start of an open-ended commitment to a new military campaign.
Continuer à lire … « Britain risks ‘open ended’ conflict in Mali in bid to protect European security »

Niger : IAEA praises Niger’s progress on nuclear programme #Uranium

2018/07/18 – Niger has a strong commitment to developing the infrastructure for a nuclear power programme, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission team has concluded in its final report. The report from the mission – conducted in April – was submitted to the Nigerien government on 16 July.
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Lutte antiterroriste: Interpol dans huit ports de la Méditerranée dont l’Algérie

2018/07/17 – Des agents de la police internationale Interpol ont été dépêchés dans huit ports de Méditerranée occidentale, dont l’Algérie, pour aider les autorités locales à dépister les voyageurs et à détecter les terroristes potentiels pendant la période estivale, a indiqué lundi cette institution basée à Lyon. Continuer à lire … « Lutte antiterroriste: Interpol dans huit ports de la Méditerranée dont l’Algérie »

Analysis: Jihadist exploitation of communal violence in Mali

2017/07/17 . In a press briefing earlier today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) detailed an alarming rise in communal violence among different ethnic groups in central Mali. Continuer à lire … « Analysis: Jihadist exploitation of communal violence in Mali »

G5 Sahel – Couacs et changements à la tête du contingent panafricain: Le G5 Sahel traîne les rangers (Opinion) #Algérie

2018/07/17 – Si ce changement traduit la volonté de la Mauritanie et du Tchad à s’affirmer comme des maillons essentiels de cette force, il dénote d’une rivalité féroce qui oppose les chefs d’Etat des cinq pays.
Il y a un défaut dans la cuirasse. Avant même d’entamer les opérations sur le terrain, une féroce guerre de leadership éclate au sein du G5 Sahel, cette force anti-jihadiste parrainée par la France et composée de soldats de cinq pays de la région, à savoir le Mali, le Niger, la Mauritanie, le Burkina Faso et le Tchad. Continuer à lire … « G5 Sahel – Couacs et changements à la tête du contingent panafricain: Le G5 Sahel traîne les rangers (Opinion) #Algérie »