Turkey sends missiles to Libya from Syria for key battle – report

20/07/2020 – Turkey deployed missile launchers and artillery to Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in a looming battle for the key strategic Mediterranean city of Sirte, Milliyet newspaper reported on Sunday. Continuer à lire … « Turkey sends missiles to Libya from Syria for key battle – report »

In Libya’s war, where is the UK? (By Jonathan Fenton-Harvey)

18/07/2020 – As Libya’s conflict risks turning into a new chapter of proxy war, much focus is on what key external actors involved in the war should or should not do, from Russia and Egypt, to France and Turkey.
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Why Erdogan needs Russian presence in Libya?

17/07/2020 – Ankara supports the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez as-Sarraj, that controls the west of Libya, and Cairo supports the House of Representatives, which, in turn, controls the east of the country, and backs Libyan National Army / Khalifa Haftar.

The Sirte-El-Jufra axis became, on the one hand, the border of this division to the east and west, on the other, a red line potentially capable of causing a military clash between Turkey and Egypt… And Germany, which organized the Berlin Conference, insists on so that the Sirte-El Jufra axis becomes a « demilitarized zone ». It is clear that this will mean the acceptance of the de facto partition of Libya. Continuer à lire … « Why Erdogan needs Russian presence in Libya? »

Mali : UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali

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 »

UK, Turkey in agreement on political solution in Libya: Çavuşoğlu

09/07/2020 – Turkey and the U.K. are in agreement on a diplomatic solution in Libya, Turkey’s foreign minister said on July 8.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is paying a one-day working visit to London, said Turkey thinks the only solution in Libya conflict is a political one, adding: “We need to give pace to this political process under the roof of the U.N.” Continuer à lire … « UK, Turkey in agreement on political solution in Libya: Çavuşoğlu »

NATO’s limits exposed by Turkey-France spat over Libya war

06/07/2020 – A simmering spat between Turkey and France over the Libyan conflict is exposing NATO’s limited ability to maintain order and cooperation in its ranks, Associated Press reported on Sunday. Continuer à lire … « NATO’s limits exposed by Turkey-France spat over Libya war »

Keeping Terrorism at Bay in Mauritania

28/06/2020 – Mauritania’s security reforms, including training, enhanced mobility, Special Forces, prudent procurement, and community engagement have strengthened its capability to confront violent extremist groups.

Violent extremism continues to be one of the most significant challenges to peace and security in the Sahel. Militant Islamist groups have shown remarkable staying power despite their military rout in northern Mali in 2013 following the deployment of French-led Operation Serval (now Operation Barkhane). Indeed, violent extremist groups in the Sahel have grown in number, size, and lethality—now concentrated in central Mali, northeastern Burkina Faso, and western Niger. Continuer à lire … « Keeping Terrorism at Bay in Mauritania »

Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped

23/01/2020 – Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Serraj, said this week that his country will face a “catastrophic situation” unless foreign powers put pressure on eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar to lift a blockade of oilfields that has cut output to almost zero. Continuer à lire … « Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped »

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 »

How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict

20/01/2020 – Since the 2011 NATO-backed revolt in Libya that ended 42 years of rule by strongman Muammar Qaddafi, the oil-rich North African country has been in perpetual turmoil. The latest phase began in April, when military commander Khalifa Haftar and his forces marched on the capital Tripoli determined to unseat the internationally backed government located there. The battle for the city accelerated interventions in Libya by Russia and neighboring countries as they maneuver to shape the future of the OPEC member state. More than 2,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by the fighting for Tripoli. In January, Russia and Turkey, which opposing factions, pushed the rival sides to accept a ceasefire. Continuer à lire … « How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict »