14/07/2020 – Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey confirmed the loan, plus a three-week training package, for elite soldiers of the Estonian Armed Forces.
The loan will equip Estonian troops as they join the international fight against Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa, a further example of the UK’s strong partnership with one of its closest NATO allies. Continuer à lire … « Mali : UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali »
2019/14/02 – The Presidential Council (PC) in Libya has renewed its call for leaving oil facilities outside political conflicts in the country.
Mohammed El Sallak, the spokesman for the Head of the PC Fayez Al-Sirraj, said the oil facilities should remain under the oversight of the International-recognized National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG.) Continuer à lire … « Libya’s Presidential Council wants oilfields to be outside political conflicts »
2018/07/19 – British helicopters have arrived in West Africa as the UK’s support to a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali reaches its next phase.
Three Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters from RAF Odiham, supported by around 90 British troops, are now on the ground and ready to begin providing logistical and troop movement support to our allies. Continuer à lire … « Mali/UK – UK deployment in Mali reaches the next stage #ChinookHelicopters »
2018/06/28 – Senegal’s president Macky Sall believes ‘you won’t settle the problems in the Sahel with flowers.’ He wants reinforcements for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (Minusma), ‘one of the deadliest in the history of UN peacekeeping’ (102 Blue Helmets killed to date). Continuer à lire … « 2018/06/28 – Fighting ‘pseudo-religious highway terrorism’ in Mali Barkhane bunkers down »
2018/06/27 – Several Congolese, Malian and Yemeni groups have been added to the United Nation’s annual black list of groups violating children’s rights in wartime, the world body said this week. Continuer à lire … « DRC, Mali groups join UN black list »
2018/05/22 – Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wants answers from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the presence of US troops in Niger after four American service members were killed during an ambush by ISIS fighters there in October.
CNN has obtained a copy of the letter Menendez sent Tuesday to Pompeo inquiring about US policy and objectives in Niger as President Donald Trump’s top diplomat prepares to brief the entire committee on the issue this week. Continuer à lire … « US/Niger -Democratic senator presses Pompeo on US forces in Niger »
2018/02/10 – 2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command. There was the investigation of the two-star commander of U.S. Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man’s wife. There was the investigation into the alleged killing of an Army Special Forces soldier by Navy SEALs in Mali. There was the inquiry into reports of torture and killings on a remote base in Cameroon that was also used by American forces. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Niger : Drug Wars, Missing Money and a Phantom $500 Million »