Sudanese Janjaweed militia heads toward Libya’s Sirte as military buildup continues

11/08/2020 – The Janjaweed militia from Sudan with 70 armed vehicles is headed toward the key Libyan province of Sirte as putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar continues his military buildup around the city with the support of his foreign backers.

The official social media account of the Libyan government’s Operation Volcano of Rage stated that the Sudanese mercenaries were seen in the Brega district east of Sirte. The report added that the forces were on their way to support Haftar. Continuer à lire … « Sudanese Janjaweed militia heads toward Libya’s Sirte as military buildup continues »

Will Israel Find Itself Facing Down Iran, Turkey, and the US in Libya?

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28/07/2020 – Several reports (most recently in Makor Rishon) have been published on Libyan National Army (LNA) outreach toward Israel. The LNA makes the point that Libyans and Israel have common foes in Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Syrian mercenaries, and the militias affiliated with the Islamist Government of National Accord (GNA). The LNA posits that it can work together with Israel to thwart the expansion of a hostile Islamist network in North Africa. Continuer à lire … « Will Israel Find Itself Facing Down Iran, Turkey, and the US in Libya? »

Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Mali

23/07/2020 – On July 26, 2019, by Executive Order 13882, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in Mali.

The situation in Mali, including repeated violations of ceasefire arrangements made pursuant to the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali; the expansion of terrorist activities into southern and central Mali; the intensification of drug trafficking and trafficking in persons, human rights abuses, and hostage-taking; and the intensification of attacks against civilians, the Malian defense and security forces, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and international security presences, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on July 26, 2019, must continue in effect beyond July 26, 2020.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13882 with respect to the situation in Mali.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 23, 2020

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) – Photo illustration: Donald Trump à la Maison-Blanche, le 22 juillet 2020. Leah Millis / Reuters

 

 

Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute

Donald Trump’s biggest foray into African affairs has not turned out well.

10/07/2020 – The U.S. president’s bid to resolve a long-running dispute over a Nile dam has failed to make a breakthrough, joining his unsuccessful efforts in crises from North Korea to Kosovo. Continuer à lire … « Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute »

Russia offered technical assistance in situation around Renaissance Dam

08/07/2020 – The dam is supposed to become the largest in Africa, consisting of 15 radial-axis hydraulic units.

Russia has offered its technical assistance to the countries involved in the dispute over Ethiopia’s construction of the Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. He was speaking after talks with the foreign ministers of the troika of the African Union (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, South Africa) that were held in a video format. »We offered the participants of the conflict our assistance, in particular technical assistance. There are things that can be useful. They know about it, » Lavrov said. Continuer à lire … « Russia offered technical assistance in situation around Renaissance Dam »

Tunisian military shoot at vehicles crossing illegally from Libya

08/07/2020 – Tunisian army troops on the border with Libya shot Tuesday night at vehicles that crossed into Tunisia, said a statement by the Tunisian Ministry of Defence.There were no reports of casualties. Continuer à lire … « Tunisian military shoot at vehicles crossing illegally from Libya »

Al Shabaab’s insurgency and the Somalian imbroglio in the Horn of Africa (By: Rajen Harshé)

 

07/06/2020 – Al Shabaab, as an insurgent terrorist outfit, has primarily been operating from Somalia in the Horn of Africa. The merger of Al Shabaab with Al Qaeda, a multinational terrorist organisation, in 2012 has enhanced its strength. After completing twenty years of its existence in April 2020, it is showing no signs of waning. Al Shabaab’s  endeavours to consolidate its hold over the parts of southern and central Somalia and extract taxes from people is weakening the hold of Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), established in 2012. Continuer à lire … « Al Shabaab’s insurgency and the Somalian imbroglio in the Horn of Africa (By: Rajen Harshé) »

Turkey visits Arab allies to deepen security cooperation #Libya

04/07/2020 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and high-ranking officials from his cabinet visited regional allies in Doha and Tripoli in the past two days, strengthening security ties with both governments. Continuer à lire … « Turkey visits Arab allies to deepen security cooperation #Libya »

Afrique du Sud : A moyen terme, le coronavirus pourrait stimuler la demande mondiale d’hélium

01/05/2020 – Selon Renergen, un producteur sud-africain de gaz naturel liquéfié et d’hélium, le COVID-19 pourrait stimuler la demande d’hélium à moyen terme, car les hôpitaux font actuellement des stocks de matériels médicaux qui utilisent ce gaz. Les appareils d’IRM par exemple fonctionnent avec de l’hélium pour le refroidissement. Continuer à lire … « Afrique du Sud : A moyen terme, le coronavirus pourrait stimuler la demande mondiale d’hélium »

Pentagon officials say Russia’s presence in Libya more dangerous than ISIS

US defense and US Africa Command (AFRICOM) officials have told the US-based Washington Examiner that Russia inserted a paramilitary group in Libya to support Khalifa Haftar and position itself on the southern flank of NATO, adding that their presence is a graver danger than ISIS in the southern region of the war-ravaged country.

The newspaper said on Tuesday that the Russians are acting out on US strategic interests in North Africa, but at the same time, doing it at a low cost, because if they mess up, then the Kremlin has plausible deniability.

The US official told Washington Examiner that it is really about access in Libya for Russia and about having access to the ports, to the oil, as well as having a reason to be in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“When we talk about Russia, we have to be specific that it’s really the military contractors from Russia, the Wagner Group are there, and it’s really not the Russian government, the Russian military, that is in Libya. » The official explained.

He added that when Russia is pressed by the United Nations on their influence and impact in Libya, they would be quick to say that they are not really present there.

Since the U.S. departure from Libya following Haftar’s attack on Tripoli in April 2019, Russia has been strengthening its military partnership in Libya, said Kimberly Marten, chairwoman of the political science department at Barnard College, speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum Tuesday.

“There have been reports that they are people who are sharpshooters,” she said of the elite Wagner mercenaries operating on behalf of Haftar in Libya, adding that they have really been the pointy end of the stick, making a big difference in what Haftar is able to do.

Another defense official told the American newspaper that the Russian private military contractor, referring to Wagner Group, has been in Libya and other parts of the African continent since early 2018.

AFRICOM Navy Lt. Christina Gibson told the Washington Examiner in a statement that the command sees Russia increasingly using private military contractors for military training and security assistance, which offers Moscow greater flexibility to achieve its geopolitical and economic goals.

A senior defense official said if the US didn’t have a military presence in Libya – in a partner-building capacity or whatever – it would be put really far behind.

The senior defense official added: « From a military perspective, going back in would allow us to be engaged in training, as well as some US influence on the activities within the government of Libya, as well as allows us to keep track of ISIS Libya and other groups.”

« We believe that there will be a need in the future, an opportunity for us to get back into Libya again, but it’s a little difficult to answer that given the current crisis ongoing there and uncertainties that we’re seeing in Libya.” The US defense official said.

The Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali)