China’s growing peace and security role in Africa (MERICS)

15/07/2020 – The discussion of Sino-African relations continues to be dominated by China’s economic activities and aspirations. However, the People’s Republic has been working for more than a decade to establish itself as a serious actor in security policy on the African continent and has already made significant progress. All the indications are that China, with its security ambitions, is pursuing a systematic and holistic continent-wide approach, including arms supplies and military diplomacy, as well as deployment in peacekeeping missions and participation in military training. Continuer à lire … « China’s growing peace and security role in Africa (MERICS) »

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 »

Mali president’s son quits parliament role amid protests

14/07/2020 – The son of Mali’s embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a target of popular anger in the fragile West African state, resigned as chair of the parliament’s defence committee on Monday.

Karim Keita left the role as the government faces a growing protest movement, sparked by the outcome of parliamentary elections in March and April, but whose underlying causes include discontent over its handling of Mali’s jihadist insurgency. Continuer à lire … « Mali president’s son quits parliament role amid protests »

EU special ops to deploy in Mali Wednesday: French minister

13/07/2020 – A joint EU special ops force formed to back Mali’s fight against jihadist groups will deploy in the West African country on Wednesday, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said.Around 100 French and Estonian troops will initially make up the force dubbed Takuba, Parly told the online version of the daily La Croix on Sunday. Continuer à lire … « EU special ops to deploy in Mali Wednesday: French minister »

Situation in West Africa, Sahel ‘Extremely Volatile’ as Terrorists Exploit Ethnic Animosities, Special Representative Warns Security Council

1/07/2020 – Intercommunal violence and persistent attacks by extremists continue to undermine peace and security across West Africa, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the region warned the Security Council in a 9 July videoconference meeting*, as delegates called for sustained engagement with all partners to advance a holistic approach to peace. Continuer à lire … « Situation in West Africa, Sahel ‘Extremely Volatile’ as Terrorists Exploit Ethnic Animosities, Special Representative Warns Security Council »

Terrorists kill eight soldiers in Chad: Security sources

09/07/2020 – At least eight soldiers in western Chad were killed when their vehicle struck a landmine laid by suspected jihadists, security sources and a local official said Thursday.

The blast occurred on Wednesday at Kalam in the Lake Chad region, which has been battered by attacks from jihadists crossing from neighbouring Nigeria.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the toll at eight or nine dead and between 11 and 21 wounded.

AFP

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo: Soldiers from the Chadian Presidential Guard. (File photo: AFP) 

Mauritanian Expert: Morocco Plays ‘Essential’ Role in Sahel Stabilization

Dr. Mustapha Faty, a doctor of legal sciences and professor at the University of Nouakchott Al Aasriya, has said Morocco is “an essential actor” in the stabilization of the Sahel.

The 14th episode of “Sahara Debate,” an online talk show that aims to shed light on the territorial dispute in southern Morocco, featured the Mauritanian expert on July 7. Faty researches security and stability in the Maghreb and the Sahel. Continuer à lire … « Mauritanian Expert: Morocco Plays ‘Essential’ Role in Sahel Stabilization »

Comment and analysis – As Burkina Faso’s conflict spirals, its judicial system appears unfit for purpose

08/07/2020 – In Burkina Faso, a conflict between the government and groups linked to Islamic State, al-Qaeda and local bandits has rapidly escalated since 2015. The country is now at the centre of a broader conflict in West Africa’s arid Sahel region, which is pulling in troops from France and the United Nations in an effort to stop it.The war has its origins in neighbouring Mali, which has been in conflict since 2012. Instability spilled over the border after Burkina Faso’s former president, Blaise Compaoré, was ousted by an insurrection in 2014. Continuer à lire … « Comment and analysis – As Burkina Faso’s conflict spirals, its judicial system appears unfit for purpose »

Endeavour permitted to mine extended area around Houndé mine

08/07/2020 – SX-listed Endeavour Mining has been granted a mining permit extension by the Burkina Faso government, covering the full Kari Area at its Houndé gold mine.

The Kari area hosts the Kari Gap, Kari South, Kari Pump, Kari Center and Kari West discoveries. Continuer à lire … « Endeavour permitted to mine extended area around Houndé mine »

G5 Sahel: the coalition is in place

On 30 June 2020, the President of the Republic took part in the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott (Mauritania). This visit formed part of France’s counter-terrorism commitment in the Sahel region and of follow-up on the pledges made at the Pau Summit back in January 2020. Continuer à lire … « G5 Sahel: the coalition is in place »