Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel

Introduction

Following the 1991 dissolution of the USSR—which maintained diplomatic relations with 46 African countries in the mid-1980s­—the Russian Federation lost a large part of the Soviet influence on the continent. Beginning in the mid-2000s, however, Russia`s regional policy started to change, and the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis solidified Russia`s resolve to pursue opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Russiancouncil.ru, February 20). A truly pivotal event that demonstrated Russia`s determination was the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see EDM, October 28, 2019). Given Russia`s relative economic weakness, one of the very few competitive advantages at the Kremlin`s disposal is military-technical cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel »

Kenya – Four suspects arrested spying on military bases in Nairobi, Laikipia #Canada

06/01/2020 – Anti Terror Police Unit officers are interrogating four suspects arrested on Sunday while allegedly spying on military bases in Nairobi and Laikipia.

On Sunday evening, security officers arrested a Somali-Canadian man while photographing the Kenya Air Force Moi Air Base in Eastleigh. Continuer à lire … « Kenya – Four suspects arrested spying on military bases in Nairobi, Laikipia #Canada »

3 Americans Killed as Extremists Overran a Military Base in Kenya

06/01/2020- Three United States Department of Defense personnel were killed as al-Shabab extremist group overran a key military base used by U.S. counter-terrorism forces in Kenya before dawn Sunday.According to the military, the attack on the Manda Bay Airfield which also destroyed several U.S. aircraft and vehicles before it was repelled, was the al-Qaida-linked group’s first attack against U.S. forces in the East African country. Continuer à lire … « 3 Americans Killed as Extremists Overran a Military Base in Kenya »

Horn of Africa face threats as US-Iran conflict escalates

04/01/2020 – TENSIONS between the US and Iran, as well as between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are reaching a critical level, as are risks of a deliberate or accidental confrontation among these parties.
Nearly two years after entering into force, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 (permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) is in jeopardy. Continuer à lire … « Horn of Africa face threats as US-Iran conflict escalates »

US, Morocco Committed to Continued Peace, Security

06/12/2019 – During his December 5 visit to Morocco, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with both the Moroccan head of government and the DGSN chief to discuss continued cooperation on security.

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Nigeria to receive two helicopter gunships before December – Air chief

19/11/2019 – The Nigerian Air Force will before December 2019 take delivery of two helicopter gunships from Italy which will be deployed to complement the air power in various operations across the country. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria to receive two helicopter gunships before December – Air chief »

Réformes sécuritaires : les Etats-Unis satisfaits des progrès du Niger

18/11/2019 – Lors de la sixième réunion du comité de pilotage sur l’Initiative de Gouvernance en matière de sécurité (SGI), le 14 novembre 2019, à Niamey, les Etats-Unis ont apprécié les efforts réalisés par les autorités nigériennes dans la mise en œuvre des réformes sécuritaires. Continuer à lire … « Réformes sécuritaires : les Etats-Unis satisfaits des progrès du Niger »