Mali – Navy SEALs and Marines charged with murdering Green Beret in horrific hazing incident: Prosecutors

2018/15/11 – Two SEALs from the Navy’s elite Seal Team Six and two Marines have been charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali in June 2017. If the case moves to a court-martial, the four members of some of the U.S. military’s most elite units face the possibility of life in prison without parole. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Navy SEALs and Marines charged with murdering Green Beret in horrific hazing incident: Prosecutors »

Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called for greater commitment from the Malian government to ensure peace. So far so good, but that’s not enough, says Daniel Pelz. Continuer à lire … « Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk »

France ‘deeply concerned’ over health of Mali hostage

2018/15/11 – The French government said Wednesday that it was « deeply concerned » over Sophie Petronin, a 73-year-old hostage in Mali, after a new video in which her kidnappers say her health has deteriorated. Continuer à lire … « France ‘deeply concerned’ over health of Mali hostage »

Niger – Germany opens new military camp in Niger

2018/12/11 – The German defense minister has called Niger a strategic partner « in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration. » Nearly 900 German troops are deployed in the Sahel region, including 40 in Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Germany opens new military camp in Niger »

Mali – Navy Completes Inquiry Into Strangling Death of Army Green Beret in Mali

2018/07/11 – Navy criminal authorities have completed their investigation into the strangling of an Army Green Beret in June 2017 in Mali, and sent their report to an American admiral who will decide what charges, if any, will be brought in the case, officials said on Tuesday. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Navy Completes Inquiry Into Strangling Death of Army Green Beret in Mali »

An Operation in Niger Went Fatally Awry. Who Is the Army Punishing?

2018/04/11 – In one of the final chapters in a lengthy investigation into how four Americans died on an obscure battlefield, some of those who fought in the pitched firefight have been reprimanded, while senior officers who approved the mission have gone unpunished.

The Army has punished two members of the Special Forces team ambushed in Niger last October for their decisions before the mission and for insufficient training alongside their Nigerien allies in advance, according to military officials. Four others in their chain of command were also disciplined. Continuer à lire … « An Operation in Niger Went Fatally Awry. Who Is the Army Punishing? »

Sahel – Strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region 2018-2020. Norway is stepping up its efforts in the Sahel

2018/23/10 – The Sahel region is facing significant security, humanitarian and development challenges. Weak state structures and porous borders have enabled Islamist terrorist groups to gain a foothold in the region. Conflicts are threatening stability in several of the region’s countries and have caused the civilian population enormous suffering. The human cost of people smuggling and irregular migration to Europe through the Sahel is  huge. Continuer à lire … « Sahel – Strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region 2018-2020. Norway is stepping up its efforts in the Sahel »