2018/03/20 – In a dark, dirt-floor house in the back streets of Agadez in central Niger, 22 young women from Nigeria scrape by on sex work trying to save money for the 900 mile (1,450 km) journey home.
Around the corner, 50 Sudanese men huddle under a makeshift tent in a trash-strewn lot, unable to return to their war-torn region of Darfur with most having no plan and nowhere to go. Continuer à lire … « In Saharan outpost, Europe’s unwanted stuck in limbo »
2018/03/17 – Canada will be dispatching an aviation task force to the troubled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said Friday. Continuer à lire … « Canada to send over 200 soldiers to Mali in UN peacekeeping mission »
2018/03/15 – Green Berets working with government forces in Niger killed 11 Islamic State militants in a firefight in December, the American military acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday. The battle occurred two months after four United States soldiers died in an ambush in another part of Niger — and after senior commanders had imposed stricter limits on military missions in the West African country. Continuer à lire … « Niger – U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger »
2018/03/12 – Nearly seven years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda is numerically larger and present in more countries than at any other time in its history. Indeed, the movement now boasts of some 40,000 men under arms, with approximately 10,000–20,000 fighters in Syria; 7000–9000 in Somalia; 5000 in Libya; 4000 in Yemen; a similar number dispersed throughout other countries across the Maghreb and Sahel; 3000 in Indonesia; and approximately 1000 in South Asia. From north-west Africa to South East Asia, al-Qaeda has been able to knit together a global movement of some two dozen local franchises. Continuer à lire … « The resurgence of Al-Qaeda »
2018/03/08 – The Pentagon has added Niger, Mali and parts of northern Cameroon to the list of areas where U.S. troops receive imminent danger pay while deployed, a move that reflects the evolving dangers in West Africa and follows the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last year.
The decision was outlined in a memo signed Monday by Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The decision was backdated to June 7, meaning the families of the service members killed in Niger and their fellow soldiers will receive back pay for their deployment. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon adds Niger, Mali and parts of Cameroon to areas where U.S. troops receive imminent danger pay »
2018/03/05 – Burkina Faso’s President Mark Roch said his country would fight and defeat militants despite being hit by Islamist insurgents in the capital last week in an attack which 8 people were killed and dozens wounded. Continuer à lire … « West African leaders vow to fight jihadists after Burkina attacks »
2018/03/02 – “We should look at the Saudi-UAE move in the Sahel not in isolation but in the broader context of their rivalry with Iran,” Entessar tells the Tehran Times recently.
Following is the text of the interview:
Q: Saudi Arabia and UAE have pledged to financially back a five-nation coalition force in the Sahel region of West Africa. What are the reasons behind such funding?
A: Here are two main reasons for this. One is economical. Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been looking at the Sahel region of West Africa as a major source of investment. The second reason is political and strategic. These two Persian Gulf countries want to portray themselves as supporters of global anti-terrorism and hence are committing themselves to militarily supporting the West African countries and increasing their political leverage in the Sahel region. Continuer à lire … « Sahel – Saudi-UAE move in the Sahel region is for rivalry with Iran: Prof. Entessar »