Can the Sahel recapture its lost glory? #Mali

Today the vast Sahel region, lying between North and sub-Saharan Africa, is characterised by general poverty, lawlessness and the presence of terrorist groups. But it once formed one of the world’s busiest and wealthiest trading routes. Can the fortunes of this region be revived and restored to their long-lost glory? Report by Tom Collins.

2018/08/06- Across much of West Africa a trend has developed. As the Atlantic Ocean feeds the economic powerhouses on the coast, the Sahara has given way to instability, contraband and disrepair. This wasn’t always the case. In fact the very opposite was true.
Transit routes criss-crossing the desert connected once-powerful cities like Timbuktu, Gao, Djenné, and Kano with North Africa and the Middle East. Goods like gold, salt, cotton, leather and ostrich feathers were transported and traded in large caravans and it was the interior that flourished. Continuer à lire … « Can the Sahel recapture its lost glory? #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.
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Mali – Accord d’Alger : L’impossible application (Opinion)

2018/07/17 – Le processus de mise en œuvre de l’Accord est dans l’impasse. Tout le monde y convient, même les Nations unies qui, d’ailleurs, menacent les parties signataires, dont le gouvernement, de sanctions. En réalité, l’état dans lequel se trouve cet accord n’a rien de surprenant, tant il s’est avéré, dès le début du processus, moribond avec des termes que les tous les observateurs avertis savaient inapplicables sur le terrain. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Accord d’Alger : L’impossible application (Opinion) »

Mali – Communiqué de la coalition GATIA-MSA suite à l’assassinat de civils à Tamkoutat (09/07/2018)

La coalition GATIA-MSA a le regret d’informer l’opinion publique nationale et internationale des assassinats ciblés des Sieurs Adame Ag Intazabaye ( 60 ans),
Aboubacrine ag Ewatane (60 ans), Chataghye ag Oumar (50 ans) à Tiziwanatène ( secteur de Tamkoutat) ce jour 8 juillet 2018. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Communiqué de la coalition GATIA-MSA suite à l’assassinat de civils à Tamkoutat (09/07/2018) »

Mali – At least two French soldiers killed in Gao attack in Mali – sources

2018/07/02 – At least two French soldiers were killed in an attack after a car bomb was detonated in the northern town of Gao on Sunday, two sources said on Sunday.
One Malian military source said another 10 people had been killed, including civilians.

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Mali – Réunion du Comité de suivi de l’Accord : Des progrès malgré un point de désaccord autour de Gourma Rharous

2018/06/28 – Ouverte lundi dernier, la 26è session ordinaire du Comité de suivi de l’Accord pour la paix et la réconciliation au Mali (CSA) a pris fin hier sans donner les résultats escomptés. Les travaux, qui auraient dû être consacrés à la mise en œuvre de la feuille de route du 22 mars 2018 et le rapport établi par l’observateur indépendant, ont finalement buté sur la sempiternelle question de répartition des postes de responsabilité au niveau des cercles. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Réunion du Comité de suivi de l’Accord : Des progrès malgré un point de désaccord autour de Gourma Rharous »

Mali / Sahel – First UK troops arrive in Africa to support France’s Barkhane mission in the Sahel

2018/06/15 – The first troops from a 100-member U.K. contingent to be deployed alongside French counter-terrorism forces in west Africa have arrived in the region, the French military said Thursday.
“The first troops from the British Chinook deployment, which will comprise three heavy transport helicopters and will be deployed in Gao [northern Mali] have arrived,” armed forces spokesman Colonel Patrik Steiger said. Continuer à lire … « Mali / Sahel – First UK troops arrive in Africa to support France’s Barkhane mission in the Sahel »