2018/08/10 – As heads of state, diplomats and political advisers from around the world converge on New York for the United Nations General Assembly, we are reminded of the challenges facing UK foreign policy. New alliances and new partnerships are a necessity. Neglected allies, most notably the countries of the Commonwealth with whom we have a shared history, language, and culture are an obvious place to start. Continuer à lire … « UK/Africa – Our special relationship with Nigeria is a model for UK-Africa relations (Opinion) »
2018/08/25 – Rebels in northern Chad attacked government forces this week at the border with Libya, the fighters and two military sources said on Friday, although the government denied an attack had taken place. A fledgling rebel movement, the Military Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic (CCMSR), says it seeks to overthrow President Idriss Deby, as Chad faces threats from jihadists and is trying to prevent the influx of militants fleeing the Libyan conflict. Continuer à lire … « Chad / Libya – Fighters from new rebel group attack Chad soldiers at Libya border »
Estonian troops in Mali have finalized their preparations and will begin support for France’s Operation Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel, the Kaitsevägi (Estonia’s Defense Forces) said in a release.
Estonia’s Estpla-26 infantry team arrived in Mali on August 8, joining French and British forces in Gao. It is tasked with ensuring the security of the Gao military base and its surroundings, manning checkpoints, providing escorts and patrollling around the military base. Continuer à lire … « Mali: Estonia troops to begin operations in Gao »
2018/06/28 – Senegal’s president Macky Sall believes ‘you won’t settle the problems in the Sahel with flowers.’ He wants reinforcements for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (Minusma), ‘one of the deadliest in the history of UN peacekeeping’ (102 Blue Helmets killed to date). Continuer à lire … « 2018/06/28 – Fighting ‘pseudo-religious highway terrorism’ in Mali Barkhane bunkers down »
2018/05/25 – Private military firms from the US, Russia, France and the UK, among others, are moving in to provide ‘solutions’ for national governments.
They guard mines, train the bodyguards of African presidents and provide security support to UN operations. And increasingly, behind every foreign soldier in the Sahel today, you will find a private military contractor. Continuer à lire … « Foreign mercenaries in new scramble for Africa and the #Sahel »
2018/05/13 – A new five-nation force is ready to deploy to fight jihadists in the Sahel region of northwestern Africa, Niger’s defence minister said on Sunday.
The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region. Continuer à lire … « Full Sahel anti-jihadist force set to deploy: minister #G5Sahel #Niger »
2018/04/26 In Mali, which has been wracked by violence and is prone to frequent and deadly jihadist attacks, the once unthinkable is now being asked by observers: is it time to negotiate with the extremists?
« Every analysis of the Malian crisis shows that a purely military solution is not possible,” said Ambroise Dakouo of the Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa (ARGA), a think tank. “We cannot be dogmatic. We must be open to dialogue with these groups to find out if conciliation is possible. We must find out what they want and what we can concede.” Continuer à lire … « Mali – Talks with jihadists? A radical idea gains currency in Mali »