Shadowy U.S. Drone War in Africa Set to Expand #Niger

2019/09/09 – The U.S. military will begin flying armed drones out of a remote base in Niger in the coming months, marking a significant escalation of the Defense Department’s little-noticed war against violent extremists in Africa.The MQ-9 Reapers will operate from new facilities the U.S. Air Force is building at an existing Nigerien base in Agadez for nearly $100 million. Until recently, the drones have been based in Niger’s capital and used solely to collect intelligence on militant groups operating in the region. Continuer à lire … « Shadowy U.S. Drone War in Africa Set to Expand #Niger »

Mali – Conflict Resolution: The Case of Northern Mali

2018/02/26 – The ongoing intra-state conflict in Mali between the central government based in Bamako, and the ethnic minority Tuareg based in northern Mali has seen several short-lived conflict resolutions since the 1960s, including the recent one that followed the 2012 rebellion. Northern Mali has been living in perpetual and unfulfilled postwar reconstruction phases due to repeated unsuccessful national reconciliations. As the Institute for Economics & Peace (2016) has claimed, Mali is near the bottom in terms of security, ranked 140 out of 163 countries. As expected, political instability and access to weapons are the two most critical factors weighing into this ranking. Although Mali enjoyed fair and free elections in 2013; instability in northern and central Mali are preventing institutions from supporting the needs of their citizens. Easy access to weapons, particularly in the north through porous borders with Libya, has led communities to settle their disputes with weapons rather than negotiations, therefore escalating conflicts. (GPI). Although the US is involved in assisting Mali with improving democracy and health issues throughout the country, if successful reconstruction and economic conditions are not improved, Mali’s instability presents a growing security threat to the region. Its porous border with Libya could expand the ‘wild west’ lawlessness that is out of control in Libya. The United States is particularly interested in the stability and prosperity of Mali to counter global terrorism in the Sahel region. This interest has materialized through the United States commitment to help Mali overcome its struggle against terrorism following the fall of its northern territories in the hands of terror groups and traffickers. (U.S. Department of State) This paper proposes a systematic postwar reconstruction framework combined with recommendations on how the United States, and other allies can accompany ECOWAS achieve sustainable reconciliation. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Conflict Resolution: The Case of Northern Mali »

Mali hails Algeria as model for national reconciliation

Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, has hailed Algeria’s readiness to help the country to achieve a national law of understanding.

“It is a necessity for us to have a charter on national understanding, of course, Algeria has announced that it is willing and available to participate in any design and reflection work,” Coulibaly added. Continuer à lire … « Mali hails Algeria as model for national reconciliation »

Mali – French Army denies killing kidnapped Malian soldiers in raid

BAMAKO, Mali  The French military is denying claims by al-Qaida-linked militants in northern Mali that 11 kidnapped Malian soldiers died during a French raid earlier this week.

The militants released a statement Friday alleging that the soldiers died during a French military operation in Tin-bidene. The French armed forces’ press office told The Associated Press that the report is false, labelling it « propaganda coming from an armed terrorist group. »

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the militants’ claim, and there was no comment from Mali’s government.

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