Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger to launch border protection centre

2019/02/ 25- Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger have signed the executive regulation of the Joint Operations Centre to secure the border among the four countries.The fourth ministerial meeting to secure the border among the four nations has been held on 22 February in the Niger’s capital, Niamey. Continuer à lire … « Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger to launch border protection centre »

Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa #Chad

2019/14/02 – A private jet believed to belong to the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef”, has been flying nearly every month to the Near East and Africa, where Russian mercenaries are known to be fighting, according to an investigation by the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta and the Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa

The aircraft, a Raytheon HAWKER 800XP with the registration number M-VITO, officially belongs to a company in the Seychelles with an unknown owner. The authors of the investigation believe it belongs to Prigozhin, based on information from his daughter’s social network account and the fact that the same company owns a yacht that was used by the Prigozhins on a family holiday. Continuer à lire … « Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa #Chad »

IAEA reports on Sudan’s nuclear power infrastructure

2019/12/02 – There is strong commitment from the government of Sudan to developing the infrastructure needed for a nuclear power programme, a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded in its final report.

The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) was conducted between 27 August and 3 September at the invitation of the Sudanese government. INIR missions enable representatives from IAEA member states to have in-depth discussions with international experts about conditions and best international practices in the development of a nuclear power programme. Continuer à lire … « IAEA reports on Sudan’s nuclear power infrastructure »

Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says

2019/10/02 – Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that private Russian companies were training the army in Sudan, confirming for the first time their presence in a country shaken by protests against its president, a close Russian ally.

Demonstrators have been on the streets near-daily since Dec. 19, initially to protest against an economic crisis then to call for an end to the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. Continuer à lire … « Russian Contractors Are Training the Army in Sudan, Moscow Says »

Ukrainian Security Service: Russian private military company Wagner active in Syria and Sudan

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has published documents belonging to mercenaries from the Private Military Company (PMC) Wagner which confirm that it is a secret detachment of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).

“Russia continues to lie shamelessly, trying to justify its crimes committed throughout the world. The Kremlin doesn’t stop ‘shouting’ that its GRU armed divisions are not protecting dictator regimes in Sudan and Syria, and were not involved in the killing of journalists in the Central African Republic, who were trying to shed light on their ‘classified’ activity,” the SBU said in a statement on its official website.

On 25 January the SBU published materials which it claims prove that Russian mercenaries and weapons are being sent to Sudan and other countries in the region in Russian military aircraft commissioned by LLC M Invest, a company belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s Chef”. Furthermore, it was through M Invest that tickets were booked for these flights by Russia’s 223rd Flight Unit for “passengers” – PMC Wagner employees.

“Between August and December 2018, Tu-154M aircraft (tail numbers RA-85041 and RA-85155) were used transfer 1,012 ‘they-are-not-theres’ (soldiers whose presence Russia denies) to Sudan, the Central African Republic and other African countries on a rotation basis. Today, the SBU possesses their tickets, serial and passport information,” the SBU stated.

The SBU also published the first list of 149 people who had been directly involved in suppressing democratic protests in Sudan at the start of 2019.

“An analysis of the passport data of more than 1,000 PMC Wagner employees attests that the overwhelming majority of the Russian mercenaries’ documents were made in a centralized manner in Moscow by a division of Russia’s Federal Migration Service, which also issued cover-up documents for the GRU officers “Petrov” and “Boshirov” who carried out the chemical attack in Salisbury, England. The passport numbers of several hundred ‘Wagnerites’ also differ only by the last digits. The series and number of the PMC Wagner mercenaries’ passports, as well as the place they were made, once again confirm that it is a secret detachment of GRU freelance killers. All that remains is to hear from Russian officials exactly which ‘steeple’ they were visiting in Sudan or the Central African Republic,” said SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak.

The SBU also established that citizens of other countries – Belarus, Moldova and the Russia-backed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” – have been sent as part of the PMC Wagner’s African rotations.

“In addition, the available information attests to a targeted recruitment for the Sudan « business trip » of Ukrainian traitors from among the inhabitants of temporarily occupied Crimea, who have received Russian citizenship as a reward for collaborating with the Russian aggressor. It has also been established that one of the ways the PMC Wagner is replenished is through the Russian intelligence service recruiting the close relatives of Russian mercenaries. Overall, the SBU has documented more than 112 people for whom the « Russian blood business » has become a family business,” the SBU said.

The SBU says that more than 90% of the African mercenary contingent also took part in military aggression against Ukraine between 2014 and 2015, most notably in the assaults on the Luhansk airport and the city of Debaltseve.

According to the SBU, Russia has also been working since 2018 to establish its own naval logistics point in Sudan with the help of former Ukrainian naval officers who defected to the Russian occupiers in the spring of 2014 and are now serving in the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.

PMC Wagner has been linked to the Russian restaurant tycoon Yevgeny Prigozhin, who also owns one of Russia’s largest media holdings which evolved from the “Troll Factory”.

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Sahel-Elite Photo: Russian mercenaries

Sudanese rebel leader killed near Chadian border – reports

2019/04/02 – The leader of the Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minawi or SLA-MM, Suleiman Arcua Minnawi, popularly known as Minni Minnawi has reportedly been killed this morning near the Chadian border.Several sources have claimed that the rebel leader was killed during a joint French-Chadian airstrike against unidentified rebel convoy which was crossing through Chad from the neighboring Libya to Sudan. Continuer à lire … « Sudanese rebel leader killed near Chadian border – reports »

IAEA Delivers Report on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development to Sudan

2019/03/02 – The IAEA delivered the final report of an expert mission that reviewed Sudan’s infrastructure development for a nuclear power programme.

The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission was conducted from 27 August to 3 September 2018 at the invitation of the Government of Sudan. An IAEA team of experts reviewed the status of nuclear infrastructure development as outlined for Phase 1 of the IAEA’s Milestones Approach. This three-phased, comprehensive method enables a country to understand the commitments and obligations associated with developing a safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power programme. Continuer à lire … « IAEA Delivers Report on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development to Sudan »