Jihadist leader ‘very probably’ killed by French forces in Mali

2018/15/11- French forces operating in Mali killed seven suspected jihadists after a recent nighttime raid, possibly including a top leader in an alliance of insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda, the French army said Thursday.

Al-Mansour Ag Alkassim, the chief of a wing of the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), was « very probably » among those killed in the operation the night of Sunday to Monday, army spokesman Patrik Steiger told AFP. Continuer à lire … « Jihadist leader ‘very probably’ killed by French forces in Mali »

Mali – Jihadist-hit Mali extends emergency by a year

2018/27/10 – Jihadist-hit Mali on Thursday extended by a year a state of emergency in place since a deadly November 2015 attack on a top hotel in the capital Bamako which claimed 20 lives. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Jihadist-hit Mali extends emergency by a year »

Mauritania – Anti-terror force in Sahel begins officer training

2018/15/11 – A military school gathering five countries in the Sahel inducted its first officers on Monday into a programme to train future leaders of a joint anti-terror force.

Thirty-five senior officers were inducted into the G5 Sahel Defence Academy, located in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, for an eight-month course, an AFP reporter saw. Continuer à lire … « Mauritania – Anti-terror force in Sahel begins officer training »

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 »

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’ »

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 »

Mali – In central Mali, jihadism and communal conflict make for deadly mix

2018/07/15 – From torched villages to mass graves, new atrocities come to light each week in central Mali’s escalating conflicts.
The heart of the country is becoming its deadliest region, gripped by a mutually-reinforcing mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes that are also sharpened by suspected climate change. Continuer à lire … « Mali – In central Mali, jihadism and communal conflict make for deadly mix »