Mali – Canada to deploy Hercules in Africa support missions

2019/02/01 – anada’s top military commander says once-a-week C-130J Hercules aircraft support missions for United Nations peacekeeping forces in Africa will begin soon.

But in a year-end interview with the CBC’s Murray Brewster., Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of Canada’s defence staff, did not say exactly when those missions would begin. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canada to deploy Hercules in Africa support missions »

Mali – Canada resisting UN request to extend Mali mission: Sources

2018/15/11 – The Trudeau government is reportedly resisting a United Nations request to extend Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali so medical evacuations can continue while replacements for Canada’s personnel arrive. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canada resisting UN request to extend Mali mission: Sources »

Mali /Canada – UN secretary general says Canadian peacekeepers entering Mali ‘war zone’ but downplays risks

2018/06/10 – When Canadian Forces arrive at the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali this summer, soldiers will be entering one of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world.

But the new UN secretary general is trying to downplay the safety and security threats Canadians will face once they land on the ground. Continuer à lire … « Mali /Canada – UN secretary general says Canadian peacekeepers entering Mali ‘war zone’ but downplays risks »

Mali /Canada – Federal government open to sending more military helicopters to Mali

The Trudeau government is keeping the door open to sending more helicopters to Mali to ensure the Canadian Forces can provide round-the-clock medical evacuations in what is expected to be a harsh operating environment.
Canada is preparing to send two Chinook transport helicopters and four armed Griffon escorts to the African nation this summer as part of a commitment to support the UN mission there. Continuer à lire … « Mali /Canada – Federal government open to sending more military helicopters to Mali »

Mali/Canada – With details of Canada’s deployment to Mali still murky, Conservatives demand House of Commons vote

2018/04/26 – As details remain scarce around Canada’s prospective deployment to a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, Conservatives are asking the Liberal government for a formal debate and vote in the House of Commons. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – With details of Canada’s deployment to Mali still murky, Conservatives demand House of Commons vote »

Mali/Canada – Justin Trudeau discusses Mali peacekeeping mission with Michaelle Jean

2018/04/16 – The head of the Francophonie, former Canadian governor general Michaelle Jean, thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday for joining the peacekeeping mission in Mali, which is reeling after yet another deadly attack by Islamic militants. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – Justin Trudeau discusses Mali peacekeeping mission with Michaelle Jean »

Niger – Special Forces Opacity: Dangers for the U.K.

2018/03/29 – When news first emerged that four American special operators and five Nigeriens had been killed in a deadly ambush on the 4th of October 2017, it catapulted the hitherto, little-known United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) presence in Niger into the limelight. Almost immediately, Senators were poring  back over the documents they had been briefed on concerning United States (U.S.) combat operations in the region. Many of them admitted they had not been aware of the scale or nature of the US presence in Niger. Some commentators suggested they should have been paying more attention. Lora Lumpe and Jacob Marx of the Open Society Foundation stated, “Either the Pentagon has not been informing Congress, or it is sending updates…but nobody is reading them.” Continuer à lire … « Niger – Special Forces Opacity: Dangers for the U.K. »