Chad plans military deployment to Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area

21/01/2020 – Chad’s defense minister discussed plans to deploy a battalion of military personnel to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area with his French and Swedish counterparts on Monday, January 20, according to reports.

France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly arrived in Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Sunday to begin a two-day visit to the Sahel region accompanied by Sweden’s Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, the French ministry said in a statement. Continuer à lire … « Chad plans military deployment to Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area »

Rwanda, Israel meet over border protection

17/01/2020 – A one-day seminar on border protection jointly organised by the Rwandan and Israeli Defence ministries was held in Kigali on Wednesday.

According to Defence Minister Maj Gen Albert Murasira, the seminar provides an opportunity for Israeli and Rwandan participants to share lessons and experiences and come up with strategies “to better defend our people.” Continuer à lire … « Rwanda, Israel meet over border protection »

Boko Haram: Presidency allays fears over Chadian troops withdrawal

06/01/2020 – The Presidency on Sunday asked Nigerians not to panic over the withdrawal of 1,200 Chadian troops from the Lake Chad Basin bordering the country.

It said the withdrawal was in line with the mandate of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), launched on July 1, 2016 and due to end on December 31, 2019.

It said Nigeria will be sending troops to Chad as part of a new concept against the Boko Haram insurgency. Continuer à lire … « Boko Haram: Presidency allays fears over Chadian troops withdrawal »

Turkish military units moving to Libya, Erdogan says

05/01/2020 – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkish military units had started moving to Libya to support Fayez al-Serraj’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli.Speaking in an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Erdogan said Turkey was also sending senior military personnel.

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Libyan National Army calls civilians to arms after Turkish deployment bill

03/01/2020 – As Turkey prepares to deploy its armed forces to support the Tripoli government in Libya, their rivals in the Libyan National Army have called on civilians to take up arms against Turkish troops, the Associated Press reported. Continuer à lire … « Libyan National Army calls civilians to arms after Turkish deployment bill »

Would Russia Ship Stealth Fighters to Africa?

02/01/2020 – Rumors circulated in late December 2019 that Algeria had inked a contract with Russia to become the first export customer of the Su-57 stealth fighter.

Be skeptical. The Su-57 hasn’t completed flight testing and lacks key systems. Production of the radar-evading, twin-engine fighter has proved difficult to scale. Sukhoi likely will struggle to fill, on time, Russia’s own orders for the type. Never mind building Su-57s for Algeria, too. Continuer à lire … « Would Russia Ship Stealth Fighters to Africa? »

United States provides 54 New Humvees to Djibouti

28/12/2019 – A shipment of 54 new Humvees arrived in port at Djibouti City, Djibouti this week, as part of a $31 million train-and-equip partnership between the U.S. government and the Djiboutian military. Continuer à lire … « United States provides 54 New Humvees to Djibouti »