France is Arming its Drones to Target Islamist Terrorists in Sahel


20/12/2019 – France is fighting terrorists in the African Sahel region where Islamist violence has been on the rise this year. France has already lost 38 service members in Mali, the country hit most by violence, since 2013 – and a third of those soldiers died in a helicopter accident during an anti-terror raid last month.
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French president visiting Ivory Coast, Niger over weekend

20/12/2019 – French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Ivory Coast, where he plans to share a holiday meal with French forces Friday evening, at the start of his West Africa visit aimed at confronting the region’s rising jihadist violence. Continuer à lire … « French president visiting Ivory Coast, Niger over weekend »

U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

21/12/2019 – The Trump administration is preparing to create a new special envoy position and task force to deal with security threats in the Sahel region of Africa, reflecting a growing alarm in Washington about the rise of extremist groups in West Africa, including ones affiliated with the Islamic State. Continuer à lire … « U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region »

France, UK say they look beyond Brexit in Mali cooperation

18/12/2019 – Sharing the cockpit of a helicopter on sizzling tarmac, French and British air force chiefs vowed to pursue the joint fight against jihadists in the heart of the Sahel even as the shadow of Brexit looms over their countries. Continuer à lire … « France, UK say they look beyond Brexit in Mali cooperation »

Libya / Mauritania – President of Mauritania: Fighting Terrorism in Africa Requires Solution to Libyan Crisis

19/11/2019 – President Mohamed Weld Al Ghazwani of Mauritania said the world is scene of widespread opinions sceptical of UN Capability and its vital role in the world. ‘Fighting terrorism requires a solution to the crisis in Libya, to restore peace and stability in the entire region, Al Ghazwani said remarks before the Dakar Forum for Peace and Security in Africa, which kicked off here on Monday.

The President indicated that there were a number of initiatives aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region such the Group 5 in the Sahel region, Nouakchott Track and Economic Community Initiative of West Africa, explaining the challenges faced by these initiatives in a space of multiple threats and complexities. He welcomed the initiative brought forward by Germany and France in August within what is known as Partnership for Peace and Stability in the Sahel Region which involves extension of terrorism combating effort in the Sahel region to include west African countries.



Mali: Nothing Religious, Just Business

13/10/2019 – Mali continues to be the most dangerous UN peacekeeping operation with over 200 dead so far. This is largely due to northern Mali, where most of these deaths occur. There was lots of violence up there since (and before) the peacekeepers arrived in early 2013. The peacekeepers are mainly African and in 2018 the combined forces suffered a death rate of about 130 per 100,000 per year (a standard measure of such things.) The rate in 2017 was nearly double that and that high rate seems to be returning in 2019. A lot of the violence has moved south to central Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali: Nothing Religious, Just Business »

Mali – Worst Jihadist Attack in Years Stokes Anger Over Mali’s Response

13/10/2019 – One of the deadliest militant attacks in the seven-year Islamist insurgency in Mali has stoked fresh anger over the government’s failure to halt jihadist raids, months after protests forced the prime minister to resign. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Worst Jihadist Attack in Years Stokes Anger Over Mali’s Response »