Nigeria / Mali – Boko Haram: Army kills seven commanders, ISIS trainer, Malian

22/09/2019 – The troops of the Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole and of the Multi-National Joint Task Force have shot dead at least seven commanders of the Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad region of Borno State, including the Islamic State trainer and a fighter from Mali. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria / Mali – Boko Haram: Army kills seven commanders, ISIS trainer, Malian »

Dialogue does not mean defeat: rethinking Africa’s stance on counter-terrorism

09/09/2019 – When neither opponent can achieve the upper hand in a game of chess, it’s only a matter of time before a stalemate is declared. In a protracted battle in which no-one enjoys the upper hand, the question is not if but when there will be an impasse. Chess is, of course, a world away from the painful deadlock between states and terror groups characterised by the loss of lives and social upheaval – but it’s a useful analogy. Continuer à lire … « Dialogue does not mean defeat: rethinking Africa’s stance on counter-terrorism »

Sahel – Strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region 2018-2020. Norway is stepping up its efforts in the Sahel

2018/23/10 – The Sahel region is facing significant security, humanitarian and development challenges. Weak state structures and porous borders have enabled Islamist terrorist groups to gain a foothold in the region. Conflicts are threatening stability in several of the region’s countries and have caused the civilian population enormous suffering. The human cost of people smuggling and irregular migration to Europe through the Sahel is  huge. Continuer à lire … « Sahel – Strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region 2018-2020. Norway is stepping up its efforts in the Sahel »

Niger – Tajani visit to Niger: we must support and expand Niger’s well-functioning model to reduce irregular migration flows

2018/07/16 – “Niger plays a key role to drastically reduce irregular migrants’ flows to Libya and the EU. My visit to Niamey aims at strengthening our partnership with this country, discussing how the EU can promote investments and make more funds available. I will also meet representatives from the Sahel and Sahara region to discuss how we can expand the Niger migration-management model to other African transit countries,” said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, ahead of his visit to Niger from 17 to 18 July. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Tajani visit to Niger: we must support and expand Niger’s well-functioning model to reduce irregular migration flows »

Diplomacy in a crisis region: Germany is supporting the stabilisation forum for Lake Chad #Niger

2018/05/15 – For eight years, the Islamist Boko Haram group has been terrorising the population: over 30,000 people have been killed and two million men, women and children displaced. Continuer à lire … « Diplomacy in a crisis region: Germany is supporting the stabilisation forum for Lake Chad #Niger »

USA/Sahel – Special operations soldiers shift training emphasis to help Africans fight terror groups

2018/04/22 The Nigerien troops, 250 miles from their higher headquarters in Agadez, were at first reluctant at first to call their commanders with information about the unfolding battle simulation.During Flintlock 2018, the largest U.S. special operations exercise in Africa, a contingent of Green Berets aimed to eliminate that hesitancy. Continuer à lire … « USA/Sahel – Special operations soldiers shift training emphasis to help Africans fight terror groups »

Italy, China ponder 2,400km canal to save Lake Chad

2018/03/02 – Italy has offered to donate €1.6m to a feasibility study into digging a 2,400-km-long canal that would channel water from the River Congo in central Africa to the much depleted Lake Chad in the Sahara. Continuer à lire … « Italy, China ponder 2,400km canal to save Lake Chad »