Tunisia says stability in Libya is imperative

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has affirmed that stability in Libya and Tunisia are intertwined urging for intensive go-between efforts to reconcile the warring parties in the troubled nation.

Tunisian Presidency said, in a statement released on Thursday, that the president made the affirmation during a meeting with the head of the supreme council in Libya, Abdulrahman Al-Suwaihli, Read the rest of this entry »

Algerian army destroys arms in Skikda

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgOne homemade cannon and seven mines were destroyed Wednesday, in Skikda, by Algeria People’s National army, said Thursday the National Defence Ministry in a communiqué.

“As part of the fight against terrorism, a detachment of the Algerian Army destroyed on 22 February 2017, in Skikda (5th Military Region), one homemade cannon and seven mines,” said the source. Read the rest of this entry »

UNSC concerned about deadlock in Western Sahara peace process

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe Security Council, which gathered Wednesday, expressed its concern about the deadlock in Western Sahara peace process and the security risk in El Guergarat buffer zone.

“Several members of the Security Council, including permanent members, expressed their preoccupation concerning the lack of negotiations between the two parties to the conflict,” the Polisario Front representative to the United Nations (UN) Ahmed Boukahri told APS at the need of this meeting held in camera. Read the rest of this entry »

16 rebels killed in fighting with army in DRC’s east

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s army has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they re-entered the country’s east, the military’s spokesperson said Thursday.

Fighting near Rutshuru began on Wednesday and by Thursday the army had captured 68 former M23 rebels and 39 others surrendered, said Major Ndjike Kaiko. Read the rest of this entry »

2 extremists killed by army in midwest of Tunisia

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Two extremist jihadists have been killed by a military patrol in Semmama mountain located in midwestern Kasserine province, the Tunisian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

After clashes with a group of armed jihadists in Semama mountain, a unit of the Tunisian army killed two jihadists. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt agree to terms for peace in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Algerian, Egyptian and Tunisian foreign ministries today agreed on the terms for resolving the crisis in neighbouring Libya.

Foreign ministers Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia, Egyptian Sameh Shoukry, and Algerian Minister for Maghreb, African and Arab League Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, met in the Tunisia capital Tunis for two days of talks starting yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

France renews support to Political Accord and GNA in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The ambassador of France to Libya, Brigitte Curmi has reaffirmed the stance of the French government supporting the political accord and the GNA.

This came during her meeting with the delegated Minister of Interior, Dr Al Araf Al Khuja in Tunis. The meeting covered security situation in Libya generally, and the capital in particular.

They also discussed several issues related to the enhancement of security performance of the Ministry of Interior.

Morocco King postpones Mali visit

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Morocco King Mohammed VI’s visit to Mali has been postponed to a later date, according to a tweet posted by the Malian presidency on Tuesday.

The presidency said that the postponement of the visit was “due to a decision on the part of Morocco.”

Mali was thought to be one of the King’s destinations for his current tour of Africa, which started last Thursday from Ghana as a springboard for Morocco to further strengthen South-South partnership and revamp cooperative ties with the rest of the African countries.

Algeria, Germany discuss security cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The leaders of Algeria and Germany talked about economic and security cooperation over the phone on Tuesday.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to strengthen cooperation in fighting terrorism and illegal migration, citing a statement from the Algerian prime minister’s office. Read the rest of this entry »

North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighbouring Libya’s rival political factions and stem the country’s chaos, diplomats said on Monday.

The summit was announced in Tunis after a new round of diplomatic efforts for Libya, where two rival administrations are jockeying for power and where the Islamic State group and other extremists have prospered amid the political vacuum. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya: security official wounded in car bomb attack

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A Libyan spokesperson says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb.

The spokespersn, Walid Urfi, told The Associated Press that Col. Salah al-Hewidi – who refused to leave his post as a security chief of Benghazi after being sacked – was wounded in the Wednesday explosion. Read the rest of this entry »

THE MOJAHEDINE E-KHALQ (MKO) (CASE STUDY)

Author : Admin | Sunday, February 19, 2017

Several events in the last few months, especially in the context of the process of re-examining some major topics of Washington’s foreign policy – including the relationship with Iran – brought to the attention the Mojahedine e-Khalq (MKO)[1], a controversial anti-Tehran regime group with a complex history dating from the ‘970s.

Recent developments

The annual meeting of the MKO held in July 2016 in Paris surprised many observers by its important international attendance.

Among the foreign supporters of MKO who took part, there were former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner, former Spanish prime minister José Luis Zapatero, former U.S. Congress speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The gala was hosted by Linda Chavez, a former Reagan administration official.

The most significant presence, however, was that of former Saudi General Intelligence Directorate (GID) Chief, prince Turki al-Faisal, who currently chairs the Board of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Although the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not new, Prince Turki al-Faisal’s speech to the group surprised because it was marked by the spectacle of the Iranian exiles chanting, in Arabic: “Al Shaab Yureed Isqat al-Nitham!” (“The People Demand the Fall of the Regime!”), at which Turki al-Faisal responded “I, too, want the fall of the regime.”[2] The open call for regime change in Tehran from a Saudi royal, struck Iranian journalists and activists as a turning point. It was also deeply ironic, given that the chant was used in the pro-democracy protests across the Middle East in 2011 that Saudi Arabia fought so hard to repress.

In this context, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an advisor to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, declared that there is no doubt about the Saudi security bodies’ relations with the MKO. According to other Iranian officials, Saudi Arabia increased its financial support for MKO up to 800 percent in the past two years.

Also in July 2016, several weeks after the annual MKO rally, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with NCRI/MKO leader Maryam Rajavi in Paris, talking allegedly on the latest regional developments. The Abbas-MKO meeting was seen in Iran as a signal of a reestablishment of a Fatah-MKO coalition, which fought together against Iran during the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war.

MKO activities are closely followed by the authorities in Tehran, which promptly cautioned, internally and internationally, against the group being used for anti-government movements.

a) A report of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence, released on 13 January 2017[3], admitted that Iranian young people become more attracted by the MKO, which seeks the removal of the Velayat-e faqih regime in Iran. The report also mentioned the most important methods to confront MKO: “Introducing and fully identifying the (MKO) organization… to prevent, in this way, people and new members from joining the organization which would lead to increased damage to the system.” It added, “Strengthening the borders and increasing the country’s defense power: By this action, we can prevent entry of the MEK members into the country… and so we will be able to avert and ward off the enemies of the system (regime) outside the borders.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia strongly condemns recent terrorist attacks in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Tunisia strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Iraq that killed and wounded several people.

In a statement issued Friday, the Foreign Ministry condemns the heinous terrorist acts in Iraq over the last two days that killed and wounded several innocent victims. Read the rest of this entry »

Northern Mali: Presidents of interim authorities to be installed

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Presidents of interim authorities in Northern Mali, whose appointment is provided by the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement sealed in 2015, have been appointed and will be installed as from Saturday in Kidal, announced the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation.

“On a proposal from the Malian government, Hassan Ag Fagaga from the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CAM) has been appointed President of inter authorities in Kidal (northeast),” said the communiqué. Read the rest of this entry »

3 soldiers killed in Egypt’s Sinai blast

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

At least three Egyptian soldiers were killed on Friday as a roadside bomb targeted their armored vehicle in restive North Sinai province bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, a security said.

“An explosive device was remotely detonated by militants some 80 km from North Sinai’s Arish city, which killed three soldiers and injured four others who were taken to a nearby military hospital in Suez,” said the source. Read the rest of this entry »

UN mission in CAR increases presence in Bambart to protect people

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said Friday that it has reinforced its presence in Bambari with the arrival of additional forces, including a quick reaction unit and special forces, a UN spokesman told reporters here.

“This allows the mission to better protect the town and its population,” the deputy UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, said at a daily news briefing. “The UN mission is currently the only legitimate authority mandated by the government to control Bambari.” Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting between Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia on Libyan crisis moved forward

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A tripartite meeting between Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria to discuss resolving the Libyan crisis will be held on Sunday instead of 1 March, the Tunisian foreign ministry announced on Friday.
In an official statement, the Tunisian ministry said that upon consultation with the Egyptian and Algerian foreign ministers, it was decided that the meeting, hosted by Tunisia, be brought forward. Read the rest of this entry »

11 dead as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram suicide bombers

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Witnesses and soldiers say 11 people have been killed as Nigerian troops battled Boko Haram suicide bombers and fighters to repel an attack on the outskirts of northeastern Maiduguri city.

They say nine suicide bombers and two civilians died early on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

DRC urged to break crisis ‘impasse’ by UN, AU, EU

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The international community on Thursday urged government and opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo to restart deadlocked talks to set up a transition regime ahead of elections due late this year.

The United Nations, African Union, European Union and the International Organisation of the Francophonie “are increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders” in DRC, a joint statement said. Read the rest of this entry »

14 killed in Algerian army anti-extremist operation

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Algeria’s government says military forces have killed 14 suspected extremists in an ongoing operation in one of the country’s last Islamic militant holdouts.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that nine were killed on Friday and five others on Wednesday around Bouira, 100km east of the capital, Algiers. Read the rest of this entry »

NATO chief confirms Libya request for security training

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgNATO’s chief said on Thursday that he had received a formal request from Libya to help strengthen its security institutions and that the alliance is looking into exactly what can be done.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the 28 allies could help build up the Libyan defense ministry and military command structure. Read the rest of this entry »

CAR: armed group executes 32 people

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

An armed group executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters in the lawless heart of Central African Republic in December, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

“In the town of Bakala, rebels from the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) on Dec. 12, executed 25 people after calling them to a school for an alleged meeting,” the global watchdog body reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Algerian army discovers large quantity of arms near southern border

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgA large quantity of arms and ammunition has been discovered Thursday by a detachment of the Algerian People’s National Army in the border region of Taoundert, west of Tin Zaouatine, in the province of Tamanrasset (1970-km south of Algiers), said the Ministry of National Defence in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt to discuss Libyan crisis on March 1

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Tunisia will host, on Monday, March 1, a meeting of foreign ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to take stock of the outcome of contacts established by the three countries with the Libyan stakeholders ahead of a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis, Foreign Minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui announced on Wednesday.

He added that the encounter will also prepare for the summit meeting of the three presidents before sitting the Libyan parties down at the dialogue table. Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria identified the five terrorists killed in Bouira

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The five terrorists killed Wednesday in a combing operation conducted by combined detachment of the People’s National Army (ANP) near the commune of El-Adjiba, sub-prefecture of Bechloul, in the province of Bouira, were identified, announced the National Defence Ministry in a communiqué. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia extends 2015 state of emergency

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgTunisia has extended for another three months a state of emergency in place since a 2015 jihadist attack, the president’s office announced on Thursday.

President Beji Caid Essebsi has decided “to extend the state of emergency for three months from 16 February”, his office said. Read the rest of this entry »

UN demands armed groups stop fighting in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded armed groups in the Central African Republic immediately halt fighting and join peace talks after the UN airstrikes targeted rebel fighters.

The UN attack helicopters opened fire over the weekend on gunmen advancing on the central city of Bambari. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya rivals agree to explore ways to end rift: Egypt

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Rival powers in Libya have agreed to form a committee to explore amending a UN-backed deal to end the country’s political turmoil, Egypt announced on Wednesday after hosting talks.

The head of Libya’s unity government Fayez al-Sarraj and rival army chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar had been in Cairo this week for talks mediated by the Egyptian army. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt chief-of-staff mediates between Libyan rivals in Cairo

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s chief-of-staff has mediated between two Libyan rivals who refused to meet face to face in Cairo but later agreed to form a committee to renegotiate a UN peace deal.

Colonel Tamer el-Rifai, an Egyptian army spokesperson, says the two – the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, Fayez Serraj, and Khalifa Hifter, the country’s most powerful army commander – Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisian FM, Kobler discuss Libyan situation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Tunisian Foreign minister Khamis Al Jheinawi discussed with the UN Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler developments in Libya.

The meeting between Kobler and Jheinawi dealt with efforts being made by Tunisia in collaboration with Libya’s neighboring countries to push for a political settlement, and encourage Libyans of all political affiliations to reach a consensus that preserves the country’s unity and stability.

Kobler praised the Tunisian move, expressing hope that it would lead to a positive result, in light of the positive indications brought about by the intensive consultations with neighboring countries.

Shoukry, De Mistura discuss ceasefire in Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday to discuss the latest updates regarding the situation in Syria.

De Mistura informed Shoukry about the results and details of the ceasefire and truce talks in Syria, which are taking place in Geneva. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the importance of Egypt’s role in supporting the agreement by urging different Syrian parties to implement the ceasefire agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

Haftar rejects meeting with GNA Prime Minister, Al-Serraj in Cairo

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The leader of the eastern forces of Operation Dignity, which is an operation appointed by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), Khalifa Haftar, refused to meet the Government of National Accord’s Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sirraj, in Cairo, Egypt.

The meeting, according to Egyptian sources, was scheduled to be held on Tuesday morning, however, Haftar seems to have refused to meet with Al-Serraj and the meeting was delayed. Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria-Mali to increase police cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Cooperation between Algerian and Malian police is to be boosted, said Monday Mali’s Minister of Security and Civil Protection, Salif Traore, who is on a working visit to Algeria.

“I am reassured that cooperation between Algerian and Malian police will go further,” said the Malian official, who paid a visit to National Security Command and Monitoring Centre, Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria raises full alert on borders with Libya and Tunisia

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

img21The forces of Algerian Army had raised the full alert in the border area between Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya to prevent any attempt of infiltration of terrorist groups, especially after the return of many fighters of Daesh to their original countries.

The Algerian Defense Ministry said that it had recorded different movements of suspect groups nearby the borders of Algeria with Libya and Tunisia.

Algerians fears of threats, abductions, or terrorist attacks against the workers in Algerian oil fields.

Egypt army: 13 Egyptians kidnapped in Libya freed

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s army on Tuesday announced the release of 13 Egyptians kidnapped in eastern Libya, which has been plagued by chaos and security problems since 2011.

Army spokesperson Colonel Tamer al-Rifai said in a statement the 13 “were abducted by an armed criminal group in the Ajdabiya region”. Read the rest of this entry »