Saudi Arabia pledges $113m to support Sahel countries #G5Sahel

2018/11/12 – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Kattan announced Friday a donation of $113.7 million to support Sahel countries. Kattan revealed the donation during the opening ceremony of the Coordination Conference of G5 Sahel Partners and Funders for Financing of Priority Investment Programme (PIP) for (2019-2021) in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.
The G5 Sahel comprises Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. He said King Salman had ordered the money to support these five countries, adding that half this amount would be allocated to support priority investments in the Sahel.

Arab News / Sahel-Elite Photo: Ahmed Kattan said King Salman had ordered the money to support these five countries. (AFP)

Mali: Dangerous Upsurge in Abuse by Ethnic Militias

2018/07/12 – Ethnic militias have killed over 200 civilians and burned dozens of villages in communal violence in central Mali during 2018, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Most victims have been ethnic Peuhl villagers targeted by Dogon and Bambara “self-defense groups” for their alleged support of Islamist armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda. Continuer à lire … « Mali: Dangerous Upsurge in Abuse by Ethnic Militias »

Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks #USArmy

2018/04/12 – U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) completed a foreign military sales (FMS) case to deliver eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to partner country Tunisia this summer.

The Black Hawks will provide Tunisia with cargo/personnel transport, medical evacuation and combat operations capabilities. The case value is more than $338 million. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, awarded the contract. Continuer à lire … « Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks #USArmy »

Sudan/Libya – Khartoum meeting discusses Libya’s border security

2018/02/12 – Since 2012, Libya’s six neighbouring counties have met with increasing regularity to assess the situation there. Ministers from the six met in Niamey last April and are to meet there in December for a scheduled update on the subject.However, a November 29 regional meeting in Khartoum had a more specific aim. Foreign ministers from Libya, Sudan and Egypt and UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salame, as well as junior foreign ministers of Tunisia and Algeria, attended the meeting. Also present were representatives from Chad, the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union. Continuer à lire … « Sudan/Libya – Khartoum meeting discusses Libya’s border security »

Algeria is using Mauritania to accelerate influence across Africa

2018/29/11 – Algeria’s growing interest in Mauritania reached a point of no return when the two countries officially opened their territorial borders early this year. The promising step paves the road to greater military and, most importantly, economic cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Algeria is using Mauritania to accelerate influence across Africa »

Sudan’s al-Bashir to visit Belarus next month: sources

2018/28/11 – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir would conduct an official visit to Belarus from 9 to 11 December, a well-informed source told the Russian news agency, Sputnik, on Monday“Al-Bashir would be accompanied by a ministerial delegation including ministers of oil and gas, minerals, trade and industry besides the state minister of finance and the governor of the central bank of Sudan,” said the same source. Continuer à lire … « Sudan’s al-Bashir to visit Belarus next month: sources »

US/Africa – Pentagon Announces Force Optimization

2018/15/11 – The Department of Defense announced today the realignment of Counter-Violent Extremist Organization personnel operating in U.S. Africa Command to support priorities outlined in the National Defense Strategy. Over the next several years, the realignment projects a reduction of less than 10 percent of the 7,200 military forces serving in Africa Command. Continuer à lire … « US/Africa – Pentagon Announces Force Optimization »