Morocco’s BCIJ Has Dismantled 57 Terrorist Cells Since 2015

2018/12/11 – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has dismantled 57  terror cells since its creation in 2015.

Since the beginning of 2018, BCIJ has dismantled eight terror cells. The BCIJ dismantled 9 cells in 2017, 19 in 2016, and 21 in 2015.

Abdelhak Khiame, the head of the BCIJ, shared his statistics in a recent interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Continuer à lire … « Morocco’s BCIJ Has Dismantled 57 Terrorist Cells Since 2015 »

Specter of jihadism continues to haunt Maghreb

2018/12/11 – The jihadist threat is not new to the Maghreb. However, the fallout of the 2011 Arab uprisings has fundamentally altered the political and security environment of North African countries. While states such as Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia witnessed an increase in deaths from jihadist attacks, others like Algeria and Morocco experienced a reduced impact. Despite differences, the threats are persistent and numerous, including local jihadi cells that range from the already settled to the residual to those burgeoning into external groups that operate in the Sahel, such as the well-established al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The mutual lack of trust and cooperation in counterterrorism and security among Maghreb countries further complicates countering such threats. Put together, the region’s security could become even more precarious, and the fight against jihadism might be a long one. Continuer à lire … « Specter of jihadism continues to haunt Maghreb »

Libya – UK vows £1.5 million for ERW and mines removal project in Benghazi

2018/11/10 – UK’s ambassador to Libya, Frank Baker, announced Monday in a televised statement that his country had pledged £1.5 million to a project that aims to remove explosive remnants of war (ERW) and mines from Libya’s eastern city, Benghazi. Continuer à lire … « Libya – UK vows £1.5 million for ERW and mines removal project in Benghazi »

USA/Niger – Questions linger over deadly Niger mission

2018/05/13 – Lawmakers and former defense officials are questioning why the Pentagon for months did not reveal the true mission of the Army special operations team involved in a deadly ambush last year in Niger.
The Pentagon confirmed for the first time Thursday that the U.S. team involved in the Oct. 4 firefight that killed four American troops initially embarked on a kill-or-capture operation, not a low-risk advising mission as previously portrayed. Continuer à lire … « USA/Niger – Questions linger over deadly Niger mission »

Niger – AFRICOM Increasing ISR Support, Limiting Missions in Wake of October 2017 Ambush

2018/05/13 – US special operations forces in Africa are paring down their operations, and will be supported by an increase in Air Force-provided surveillance from a large USAF operating location in Niger, following the Oct. 4, 2017, ambush in that country that killed four Green Berets. Continuer à lire … « Niger – AFRICOM Increasing ISR Support, Limiting Missions in Wake of October 2017 Ambush »

Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers

2018/04/18 – Niger’s military has detained a suspect who it believes could be the militant leader who was being pursued when an ambush left four American soldiers dead in October, the American ambassador said Tuesday. Continuer à lire … « Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers »

Can Libya Survive Without Haftar?

2018/04/16 – Libya was thrown into further flux this past week amid reports of the death of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. His exact condition remains unclear; Haftar was reportedly hospitalized in Jordan after suffering a stroke before falling into a coma after his transfer to a hospital in France. Other sources reported that eastern strongman passed away while in Paris. Reports of his death, while unconfirmed, will significantly impact the calculus of Libya’s major players, both domestically and regionally. Haftar’s death could serve as an opportunity to revive political dialogue, but it could also trigger an escalated conflict between Libya’s competing factions that would further fragment the country.   Continuer à lire … « Can Libya Survive Without Haftar? »