Mali – U.S. to keep supporting French military effort in Mali: Pentagon chief

2018/04/10 – The United States will continue to support French-led military efforts in Mali against militants and there is no intention to reduce the level of assistance, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said on Tuesday.“We have no intention of cutting back one bit on that support,” Mattis said during a press conference with his French counterpart in Paris.

“We will maintain the intelligence support, our logistic support and we fully embrace the French mission there as do a number of our other allies,” Mattis said.

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Mali – Coopération Mali-USA : La Gendarmerie vers son autonomie

2018/09/10 – Financée entièrement par les Etats Unis d’Amérique à hauteur de 8 milliards de Francs CFA, la Gendarmerie nationale  a inauguré une nouvelle infrastructure, le vendredi 7 septembre 2018. La cérémonie s’est déroulée au Groupement Spéciale d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (GSIGN) dans la caserne Chef d’Escadron Balla Koné de Faladiè. Désormais la Gendarmerie dispose d’un champ de tir pour l’entrainement tactique, des casernes pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 80 personnes sur le site, une armurerie, un entrepôt de matériels et des salles de classe. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Coopération Mali-USA : La Gendarmerie vers son autonomie »

Une base aérienne américaine proche des frontières sud algérienne

2018/08/28 – L’armée de l’air américaine est sur le point d’achever la construction d’une base aérienne au Niger pour des drones armés qui cibleront des groupes militants opérant dans la région, a déclaré à VOA un responsable militaire américain. Continuer à lire … « Une base aérienne américaine proche des frontières sud algérienne »

The Security Briefing: Libya, Lebanon, and Italy’s new defense minister

As part of this GRI series, Nicolò Donà dalle Rose dissects major conflicts around the world and provides reflections on potential future developments. This issue focuses on the appointment of Italy’s new Minister of Defense and its impact on Italian involvement in Libya and Lebanon, as well as Italy’s broader foreign policy stance. Continuer à lire … « The Security Briefing: Libya, Lebanon, and Italy’s new defense minister »

A Large, Expensive US Air Force Base In Africa – OpEd

2018/08/25 – In July of 2016, Nick Turse wrote at The Intercept about “1,700 Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other military personnel” who were then “carrying out 78 distinct ‘mission sets’ in more than 20 nations” across Africa. Continuer à lire … « A Large, Expensive US Air Force Base In Africa – OpEd »

The U.S. Is Building a Drone Base in Niger That Will Cost More Than $280 Million by 2024

2018/08/23 – A U.S. drone base in a remote part of West Africa has garnered attention for its $100 million construction price tag. But according to new projections from the Air Force, its initial cost will soon be dwarfed by the price of operating the facility — about $30 million a year. By 2024, when the 10-year agreement for use of the base in Agadez, Niger, ends, its construction and operating costs will top a quarter-billion dollars — or around $280 million, to be more precise.

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The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa

2018/08/17 – Over the past several years, North African countries have worked to heavily fortify their borders. A 200-kilometer (125-mile) trench, completed in February 2016, runs along the Tunisian–Libyan border. Twelve hundred kilometers (746 miles) to the west, two new walls mark the border between Morocco and Algeria. These barriers are symptom and symbol of a new securitized approach to borders in areas that have historically been culturally and economically linked.
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