G5 Sahel force ready to launch operations, Niger’s defense minister says

2018/05/13 – The G5 Sahel force is ready to deploy to fight armed extremist groups in the Sahel region of northwestern Africa, Niger’s defense minister said on Sunday, just days after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the G5 countries to accelerate deployment.
Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed last year to set up the 5,000-strong G5 Sahel joint counter-terrorism force that aims to train 5,000 troops to work alongside French troops and U.N. peacekeepers. Continuer à lire … « G5 Sahel force ready to launch operations, Niger’s defense minister says »

5,342 terrorism suspects in 5 intelligence prisons #Chad #Sudan #Morocco

2018/05/13 – There are 5,342 terror suspects from 41 countries currently being detained in five intelligence prisons in Riyadh, Jeddah, Buraidah, Abha and Dammam, according to the Presidency of the State Security.

The presidency said 71 suspects belonging to 11 different nationalities were detained during the past two weeks. Continuer à lire … « 5,342 terrorism suspects in 5 intelligence prisons #Chad #Sudan #Morocco »

Gambia/Russia – The Gambia Seeks To Develop Strong Economic Partnership With Russia – Interview

2018/05/03 – Th Gambia is a small country in West Africa and is entirely surrounded by Senegal except for its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. English language is the official language. The Gambia’s economy is dominated by farming, fishing and has excellent natural spots for tourism. Previously, the United Kingdom and many EU countries constituted its major domestic export markets. However, in recent years, the United States, China and Japan have become significant trade partners of The Gambia. Despite that, The Gambia looks forward to developing a strong economic partnership with Russia and former Soviet republics. Continuer à lire … « Gambia/Russia – The Gambia Seeks To Develop Strong Economic Partnership With Russia – Interview »

Can Libya Survive Without Haftar?

2018/04/16 – Libya was thrown into further flux this past week amid reports of the death of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. His exact condition remains unclear; Haftar was reportedly hospitalized in Jordan after suffering a stroke before falling into a coma after his transfer to a hospital in France. Other sources reported that eastern strongman passed away while in Paris. Reports of his death, while unconfirmed, will significantly impact the calculus of Libya’s major players, both domestically and regionally. Haftar’s death could serve as an opportunity to revive political dialogue, but it could also trigger an escalated conflict between Libya’s competing factions that would further fragment the country.   Continuer à lire … « Can Libya Survive Without Haftar? »

Turkey, Mauritania sign protocol on trade

2018/04/09 – Turkey and Mauritania on Wednesday signed a preferential trade agreement.

« With the preferential trade agreement…we aim to increase the investments of Turkish investors in Mauritania, » Turkey’s Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said at a meeting with Mauritania’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Naha Mint Hamdi Ould Mouknass in the capital Ankara. Continuer à lire … « Turkey, Mauritania sign protocol on trade »

Sudan, Qatar to sign $4 bln deal to manage Red Sea port

2018/03/29 – Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4 billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan’s coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying.
Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on March 25, the reports said. Continuer à lire … « Sudan, Qatar to sign $4 bln deal to manage Red Sea port »

Senegal/Turkey – Senegal closes schools linked to Turkish cleric in exile #Gulen

2018/03/20 – Senegal’s government has closed more than a dozen schools linked to a man the Turkish government considers a terrorist, underlining Turkey’s growing influence in predominantly Muslim West Africa. Continuer à lire … « Senegal/Turkey – Senegal closes schools linked to Turkish cleric in exile #Gulen »