Into Africa: Prigozhin, Wagner, and the Russian Military

(PONARS Policy Memo) Yevgeny Prigozhin, the corrupt military contractor from St. Petersburg who funds the informal armed organization known as the Wagner Group, expanded his lucrative foreign adventures into Africa in 2018 with Russian state support. His fortunes continued to rise even after scores of his fighters were killed and wounded by a United States air strike in eastern Syria. Continuer à lire … « Into Africa: Prigozhin, Wagner, and the Russian Military »

Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears #Niger #Mali

2019/03/01 – Algeria has barred all Syrians from entering the country via its southern border with Mali and Niger to keep out members of defeated rebel groups from Syria deemed to pose a security risk, a senior official said on Wednesday.Hassen Kacimi, the official in charge of migrants policy at the interior ministry, told Reuters that Syrians seeking refuge in Algeria in this way were suspected to be Islamist militants and were not welcome. Continuer à lire … « Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears #Niger #Mali »

Mauritania/Syria : Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz next Arab leader in line to visit Damascus

2019/02/01 – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is reportedly going to pay an official visit to Syria early this year amid promising signs that the incumbent Damascus government led by President Bashar al-Assad is being admitted back into the Arab world. Continuer à lire … « Mauritania/Syria : Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz next Arab leader in line to visit Damascus »

Hybridizing Security: Armies, Militias and Constrained Sovereignty (Commentary – Yezid Sayigh)

2018/04/11- Defence sectors in several Arab countries have undergone significant transformation leading to the hybridization of security governance, leaving them with forms of sovereignty that are both constrained and constantly contested. Continuer à lire … « Hybridizing Security: Armies, Militias and Constrained Sovereignty (Commentary – Yezid Sayigh) »

Russia’s Mach 3 MiG-25 Foxbat: Built to Take Out a Supersonic Bomber That Never Was Built #Libya

2018/23/10 – The Soviet Union built over 1,000 Foxbats, some 80 to 90 percent of which served in the Soviet air forces in various roles. Had these planes not existed, the USSR would have had to look elsewhere for fighter, fighter-bomber, recon and interceptor roles. Continuer à lire … « Russia’s Mach 3 MiG-25 Foxbat: Built to Take Out a Supersonic Bomber That Never Was Built #Libya »

Russia is suspected of deploying troops to Libya, but what’s Moscow’s play in this muddy conflict?

2018/11/10 – Russian and Western media outlets say Moscow has been deploying troops to Libya for the past several months, reportedly to bolster one group in the country’s civil war. Russia is apparently filling a vacuum: the U.S. has effectively abandoned its efforts to intervene in the situation, and European nations are more concerned with stemming the flow of immigrants from Africa than resolving the conflict. Meduza takes a look at who’s fighting whom in Libya, and what Russia’s interests are in this messy conflict. Continuer à lire … « Russia is suspected of deploying troops to Libya, but what’s Moscow’s play in this muddy conflict? »

Russia Dispatches Yet Another ‘Private Military Company’ To Syria, More To Africa – OpEd

2018/07/10 – Moscow has now dispatched another of what it calls “a private military company” to fight in Syria, a reflection of its desire to avoid having regular army units there, its unwillingness to rely on the Vagner group alone, and its interest in having a force that will do some of its dirty work on a deniable basis. Continuer à lire … « Russia Dispatches Yet Another ‘Private Military Company’ To Syria, More To Africa – OpEd »