Libya/US : Al-Sarraj discusses security arrangements with US Jones Group International

  Written By: Abdulkader Assad

28/08/2020 – The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj discusses with the US-based security firm « Jones Group International » shared visions for building the capabilities of Libyan security personnel, and fighting extremism and terrorism. Continuer à lire … « Libya/US : Al-Sarraj discusses security arrangements with US Jones Group International »

‘Local politics, porous borders benefit Boko Haram’

21/08/2020 – While many extremist terror groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS/Daesh have largely faded from the world scene, their African counterpart, Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. Continuer à lire … « ‘Local politics, porous borders benefit Boko Haram’ »

Mozambican govt begs Zim for military rescue

07/08/2020 – The Mozambican government, battling an Islamist insurgency which has cost more than 1 000 lives, has abandoned the idea of seeking military intervention from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and now prefers a bilateral arrangement with Zimbabwe, it has emerged. Continuer à lire … « Mozambican govt begs Zim for military rescue »

Senegal builds military camp near Mali boundary to deal with ‘cross-border threats’

17/07/2020 – Senegal on Tuesday began building a military camp near its border with violence-torn Mali to address « cross-border threats (and) trafficking », the defence ministry said.

The camp is being constructed at Goudiry in the east of the country, nearly 600km from the capital Dakar. Continuer à lire … « Senegal builds military camp near Mali boundary to deal with ‘cross-border threats’ »

Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency (By Timothy Walker)

14/07/2020 – Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it could have profound socio-economic and security implications for southern Africa.

The Islamic State-inspired Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jama’at (Al-Sunnah) has been attacking Cabo Delgado inhabitants since 2017, killing over 1,000 people to date. Al-Sunnah has launched frequent attacks on coastal villages, and used coordinated landward and amphibious attacks when it recaptured the coastal town of Mocímboa da Praia in June. This showed the insurgents that attacking from the sea was a viable option, as the risk of being intercepted by Mozambique’s maritime security actors is low. Continuer à lire … « Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency (By Timothy Walker) »

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 »

Nigeria – Military new frontiers

09/07/2020 – From every indication, it definitely looks as if it’s the populace that wants to determine who should be or not to be ascribed as members of the elite service Chiefs. Their persistent call on every radio Talk Show programs are all indicative or majorly the  voice of Jacob but the hand of Esau .

Their voices are voiceferous and could be  almost misleadingly convincing. Unfortunately, the officers many want out of their seat are the Chief of Army Staff , Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff Ibok Ekwe Ibas all the above mentioned officers are constitutionally mandated to save guard Nigeria from external aggression. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria – Military new frontiers »

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) 

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 »