U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

21/12/2019 – The Trump administration is preparing to create a new special envoy position and task force to deal with security threats in the Sahel region of Africa, reflecting a growing alarm in Washington about the rise of extremist groups in West Africa, including ones affiliated with the Islamic State. Continuer à lire … « U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region »

Morocco Outranks Saudi Arabia in US Arms Acquisition in the MENA Region

19/12/2019 – Morocco’s plan to modernize its military equipment, particularly in the Air Force, has made it the US’ first customer in the sector.

Morocco has outranked Saudi Arabia, previously the primary recipient of the US weapons, with deals worth $10.3 billion. Continuer à lire … « Morocco Outranks Saudi Arabia in US Arms Acquisition in the MENA Region »

ISIS militants in Libya pledge allegiance to new leader

16/11/2019 – ISIS Libya pledged Friday allegiance to the new leader of the terrorist group Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi after the killing of the ringleader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

ISIS media outlets posted photos of about 32 militants in different areas in what they called « Wilayat Barqa » – Cyrenaica Region – saying it took place this month. Continuer à lire … « ISIS militants in Libya pledge allegiance to new leader »

US reopens Somalia embassy after 28 years

05/10/2019 – The US has reopened its embassy in Somalia 28 years after it closed it. The previous one was closed in January 1991 after civil war broke out in Somalia.

Long-time leader Siad Barre was removed from office in 1991 by clan militias, who then fought each other for power. Continuer à lire … « US reopens Somalia embassy after 28 years »

Morocco/Marrakech to Host 3rd International Nuclear Security Conference

01/10/2019 – Morocco will be the third country to host the nuclear regulators’ meeting, and the first in Africa, after it previously met in the US and Spain.

This week, experts on nuclear security will arrive in Morocco for the International Regulator’s Conference on Nuclear Security in Marrakech. Although Morocco does not yet have nuclear power, the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (AMSSNuR), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will host the conference October 1-4. Continuer à lire … « Morocco/Marrakech to Host 3rd International Nuclear Security Conference »

Algerian, Sudanese Armies advance opposite but equally uncertain paths

08/0972019 – As he puts himself and his family forward, Gaid Salah should bear in mind that he is the spokesman of the majlis of senior generals, no more. Some of them might think he is getting too big for his boots. Continuer à lire … « Algerian, Sudanese Armies advance opposite but equally uncertain paths »

Will countries heed the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent?

28/08/2019 – Africa is host to a rising number of foreign military operations and bases, largely due to bilateral agreements between some African Union (AU) member states and foreign powers. This is despite the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent and the establishment of new ones. Continuer à lire … « Will countries heed the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent? »