Violence at the June 2 Opposition March in Bamako, Mali

2018/056/04 -The United States condemns the Government of Mali’s refusal to allow the opposition political march that was requested for June 2, and the subsequent use of violence and tear gas by security forces to break up the peaceful protest by political opposition leaders in Bamako. Continuer à lire … « Violence at the June 2 Opposition March in Bamako, Mali »

Foreign mercenaries in new scramble for Africa and the #Sahel

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 »

Mali/Niger – Military investigating if two Marines played role in Green Beret’s death

2018/05/11 – The military is investigating whether two special forces Marines played a role in the choking death of a Green Beret in Mali last year and the possible cover up of how it occurred, according to five U.S. defense officials.
Two Navy SEALs from the famed SEAL Team 6 are already under investigation for their involvement in the strangling death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar during the predawn hours of June 4, 2017. Melgar, 34, died in embassy housing he shared with other service members in Bamako, capital of the West African nation. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Niger – Military investigating if two Marines played role in Green Beret’s death »

Libya, US sign security cooperation agreement

2018/04/30 – The Libyan deputy foreign minister of Presidential Council government Lutfi Al-Maghrabi signed with the US Charge d’Affaires to Libya, Stephanie Williams, a security cooperation agreement in Tunisia. Continuer à lire … « Libya, US sign security cooperation agreement »

Mali/Burkina – Sahel: Dozens of Tuareg killed on Mali-Niger border; 100 arrested, explosives seized in Burkina Faso

2018/04/28 – More than 40 Tuareg were killed in two attacks blamed on jihadists on Mali’s northeastern border with Niger, sources said, while Burkina Faso authorities arrested around 100 people and seized explosives in operations near its Mali border.

“There have been 43 deaths in two days, all civilians, from the same community,” tribal leader Sidigui Ag Hamadi told AFP from the regional capital Menaka. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Burkina – Sahel: Dozens of Tuareg killed on Mali-Niger border; 100 arrested, explosives seized in Burkina Faso »

Niger – Special Forces Opacity: Dangers for the U.K.

2018/03/29 – When news first emerged that four American special operators and five Nigeriens had been killed in a deadly ambush on the 4th of October 2017, it catapulted the hitherto, little-known United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) presence in Niger into the limelight. Almost immediately, Senators were poring  back over the documents they had been briefed on concerning United States (U.S.) combat operations in the region. Many of them admitted they had not been aware of the scale or nature of the US presence in Niger. Some commentators suggested they should have been paying more attention. Lora Lumpe and Jacob Marx of the Open Society Foundation stated, “Either the Pentagon has not been informing Congress, or it is sending updates…but nobody is reading them.” Continuer à lire … « Niger – Special Forces Opacity: Dangers for the U.K. »

Djibouti plans new container terminal to bolster transport hub aspirations #France

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Djibouti is in talks with French shipping company CMA CGM to develop a new container terminal at an initial cost of $660 million as part of the tiny African country’s bid to expand into a sea and air transport hub for the continent. Continuer à lire … « Djibouti plans new container terminal to bolster transport hub aspirations #France »