01/10/2019 – Daesh affiliate in West Africa dominates large tracts of Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno province. The nation’s military recently consolidated soldiers in large « supercamps » instead of poorly protected rural positions to battle the terrorist group, which controls much of the region, the report explained. Continuer à lire … « Daesh Gives Drones, Technical Instruction to Affiliate in West Africa – Report »
2018/04/11- Defence sectors in several Arab countries have undergone significant transformation leading to the hybridization of security governance, leaving them with forms of sovereignty that are both constrained and constantly contested. Continuer à lire … « Hybridizing Security: Armies, Militias and Constrained Sovereignty (Commentary – Yezid Sayigh) »
2018/07/12 – A former double agent for Israel and Iraq won’t be in danger if he’s deported to Tunisia because no one would remember his “distant past” and the current regime has made efforts to address the use of torture against detainees, the Federal Court has heard.
“I’m not here to say things in Tunisia are wonderful. I’m not going to convince the court otherwise,” government lawyer Judy Michaely said Wednesday at a Toronto appeal hearing of Ottawa’s decision that Hussein Ali Sumaida’s life is not at risk if returned to Tunisia. Continuer à lire … « Canada / Tunisia – Double agent won’t be in danger if deported to Tunisia, court told #Israel »
2018/03/07 – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved plans on Wednesday to expand Germany’s military missions abroad, including in Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq, government sources said.
The defence bill, which must still be approved by the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, would raise the number of German troops deployed in Afghanistan by a third to 1,300. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Military – German cabinet approves increase in troops for Afghanistan »
2018/03/05 – In an incisive talk here in New Delhi (February 28) on Morocco’s security strategy to prevent terrorism and counter extremism, Dr Assia BenSalah Alaoui, ambassador at large of King Mohammed VI, put forth an excellent presentation on behalf of the North African nation. It will be recalled that despite turbulent winds sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring movement, Morocco has remained an island of stability in this part of the world. Meanwhile, Morocco’s regional neighbours including Tunisia – which experienced a painful democratic transition – Egypt – whicha saw a series of violent protests and counter-protests with the army finally gaining control – and Libya – where all institutions were destroyed with the country being overrun by a plethora of militias – have truly suffered. This has created dangerous security threats in the region, forcing Morocco to adapt and put in place systems to counter the twin scourges of terrorism and extremisms. Continuer à lire … « Morocco’s Security Strategy: A comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach is the answer »
12/12/17 – Lawmakers in Germany on Tuesday extended the country’s military mission against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali until March 2018.
Germany has not formed a new government following an election in September, but it is expected that the next administration will further extend the mission. Continuer à lire … « Mali /Afganistan /Iraq : Germany extends military mission to train Peshmerga »
BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet has approved extending Germany’s military deployments in Afghanistan, Mali and several other nations — but only for three months as she seeks to form a new government.
The dpa news agency reported Wednesday the Cabinet also approved continuing reconnaissance flights in support of the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, training Kurdish militias in northern Iraq, and other missions.
Extending the deployments still needs parliamentary approval but the move is not expected to be contentious.
Germany normally extends such missions for a year but after winning September’s election Merkel is now seeking to form a new government. The three-month extension is expected to give her enough time to do that, and after that the new government will have to readdress the issue.