Libyan PM, Trump held short talks on security

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj, met on Sunday with the US President, Donald Trump, on the margins of the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, the US President reaffirmed his country’s full support for Libya in fighting terrorism.

Trump also hailed the victory of the Libyan forces over IS terror groups in Sirte and elsewhere in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

East Libyan Forces launch series of air strikes in Jufra

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEast Libyan forces have targeted rival brigades with a series of air strikes in the southern region of Jufra, officials and witnesses said on Sunday, three days after dozens of their men were killed in a surprise attack on an air base.

The escalation risks reigniting warfare in Libya’s central desert regions, where forces aligned with the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) have skirmished since late last year with opponents aligned with a UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt army chief of staff discusses military cooperation with UK chief of defense intelligence

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

img2The Egyptian army’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazi, met in Cairo on Monday with the UK’s chief of defence intelligence, Air Marshall Philip Osborn, for talks on a wide range of issues, including regional security.

Among the key topics under discussion was developments in the MENA region that impact negatively on regional and global security and stability. Read the rest of this entry »

Deadly violence on rise in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The latest upsurge in deadly violence in the Central African Republic saw the first use of heavy weapons and more sophisticated military tactics by a predominantly Christian armed group, a senior U.N. official said Thursday.

Diane Corner, the U.N. deputy special representative in the beleaguered country, said that since May 8 more than 150 people, including six U.N. peacekeepers, have been killed in the southeastern city of Bangassou, the southern town of Alindao and the northern town of Bria — and the death toll may rise. Read the rest of this entry »

French President visits troops deployed to Mali

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron visited French troops fighting jihadists in conflict-torn Mali on Friday and urged faster progress on a peace accord signed in 2015.

At the end of his first week in office, Macron flew into Gao, a city in Mali’s deeply-troubled north, where he was met by his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita before sitting down for talks. Read the rest of this entry »

US President could visit Egypt soon

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would visit Egypt soon during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Saudi capital.

“We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,” Trump said at the beginning of bilateral talks with Sisi, which came hours before the US president is scheduled to address an Arab Islamic American summit.

3 dead in Algeria military helicopter crash

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Three Algerian naval officers were killed when their helicopter crashed after striking power lines during a night patrol southwest of Algiers, the defence ministry said on Monday.

The navy rescue helicopter went down on Sunday night in Tipaza province, 70km from the capital, it said. Read the rest of this entry »

South Sudan’s President declares unilateral ceasefire

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, May 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday as he launched a national dialogue, a controversial bid to end a civil war that excludes his rival Riek Machar.

It is not the first time Kiir has vowed the army will lay down arms in the three-year conflict, and he warned that his troops would defend themselves if attacked.

“I am also once again declaring a unilateral ceasefire effective from today, so that we can create an environment for an inclusive dialogue and so that we can transport humanitarian aid to famine struck areas,” Kiir said at the opening of the national dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »

Mali President pledges to keep fighting terrorist groups

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgMali will keep fighting “terrorist groups” in the country until they engage in serious peace talks, the country’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has said.

Despite continued French troop deployments, a UN peacekeeping mission comprising 11,000 soldiers and years of peace talks, Mali remains beset by political unrest and ethnic strife. Read the rest of this entry »

UN condemns attack on Timbuktu Base in Mali

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN mission in Mali on Tuesday condemned the attack on Timbuktu UN Base and called for implementation of the peace deal, a UN spokesman said.

“The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reports that its camp in Timbuktu was targeted in a mortar attack Monday,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the daily news briefing. He said four peacekeepers and three members of the Malian armed forces were injured. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt, US discuss military cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEgyptian Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi on Wednesday held talks in Cairo with General Joseph L. Lengyel, head of the U.S. National Guard, in which the two men discussed regional developments and military cooperation.

“Attended by high-ranking Egyptian army officials, discussions tackled a range of issues, including current challenges faced by the region,” read an Egyptian army statement issued after the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

South Sudan president says peace agreement entering critical stage

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday called for international support to the government efforts to implement the peace deal signed in August 2015 saying that the process is entering a critical stage.

President Kiir made the remark on Wednesday after meeting the Egyptian ambassador to the South Sudan who paid him a courtesy call aimed at following the outcome of the earlier visit to Cairo. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt, Jordan call for joint action on counter-terrorism in the region

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan stressed the importance of fostering international efforts to fight terrorism in the region during a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday.

Abdullah arrived in Cairo for a short visit earlier today to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

During the meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo, the two leaders praised the level of cooperation between the two countries in the face of regional challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

UN to send more troops to CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United Nations (UN) said it plans to deploy more peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) diamond-mining town of Bangassou to stem a recent wave of violence.

The additional forces are being deployed to “neutralize attackers, protect civilians and facilitate critical humanitarian support to the population,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said.

The Central African Republic has been riven by violence since a coalition of mainly Muslim rebels overthrew President Francois Bozize in 2013. The country was the world’s tenth-biggest diamond producer by value in 2012, according to the US Geological Survey.

AU plans to send African mission to visit Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smael Shangri announced Wednesday in Algiers that African Peace and Security Council are preparing to send a ministerial mission to visit Libya this month to contribute to addressing the crisis suffered by the country.

In a press statement, Sharqi said; ‘The Libyan problem is an African problem needed an African voice to help Libyans reach a solution by themselves’. The African Union official warned in his statement carried by Algerian news agency, against interference in the internal affairs of Libya, stressing that rampant arms in Libya contributed to the escalation of the Libyan crisis.

China to send 395 more peacekeeping soldiers to Mali

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A 395-strong Chinese peacekeeping force is set to begin missions in Mali on behalf of the United Nations before the end of May.

The troops will be sent to the West African country in two batches, where they will stay for one year.

The troops include military engineers, security personnel and medical staff. This is the fifth Chinese peacekeeping force to be sent to Mali.

Egypt calls for lifting arms embargo on Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi reiterated a call on the international community to lift an arms embargo on Libya on Saturday, which would allow weapons to be delivered legally to a powerful general he backs in the fractured country’s east.

After meeting Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Cairo, Sisi, himself a former general, said in a statement that Haftar’s Libyan National Army required the weapons to fight terrorism. Efforts should be made to stop foreign funding from flowing to terrorist groups in Libya, he added. Read the rest of this entry »

US, Egypt Presidents discuss region situation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt says US President Donald Trump has called his Egyptian counterpart to express his commitment to further “robust strategic relations” and partnership between the two countries.

The office of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi says Trump also noted in the call on Monday night that he looks forward to meeting Sisi during the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Saudi Arabia on May 21. Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria calls for joint action on counterterrorism

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAlgerian Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday stressed the fight against terrorism and various forms of criminality require joint action between international security services and strong commitment of the international community.

“The world is witnessing considerable upsurge of terrorism and its new forms while allying with drug, arms and human traffickers, as well as with cyber-criminality and money-laundering,” Sellal said in his opening notes at 1st African Union Police Cooperation Mechanism (Afripol). Read the rest of this entry »

UN forces retake strategic areas of CAR city

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe United Nations peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic retook strategic points of Bangassou Monday after armed rebels attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby UN base and displacing several thousand, the United Nations said on Monday.

More than 1 000 residents had fled their homes and had taken refuge in a mosque; some 1 500 others in a cathedral; and 500 others in a hospital, humanitarian agencies said. Read the rest of this entry »

Al-Shabaab kill chief in Kenya’s north

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A Kenyan official says gunmen suspected to be al-Shabaab Islamic extremists have killed an administrative chief in an attack in Kenya’s north that left two Kenya police reservists missing

Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said Tuesday the attack took place in Omar Jillo in Mandera County Monday night. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia extends state of emergency for another month

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Tunisia’s president has decided to prolong a state of emergency enacted because of a terrorism threat for another month.

A statement from President Beji Caid Essebsi office issued on Tuesday said he consulted the prime minister and the head of parliament about the extension. It takes effect immediately.

The state of emergency was put in place nearly 18 months ago. Read the rest of this entry »

UN highly worried about CAR violence

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A series of attacks in remote areas of Central African Republic have forced more than 15 000 people to flee their homes over the past week while at least 130 are feared dead, authorities said on Tuesday.

Among the victims are six UN peacekeepers, marking the deadliest month for the mission since it began in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

HIZB UT-TAHRIR: HIDDEN DANGERS OF POLITICAL ISLAM

Author : Admin | Saturday, May 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Special Analysis

Several recent terrorist attacks, such as those in Istanbul (1st of January 2017), St. Petersburg (3 April 2017) and Stockholm (4 April 2017) reflected, according to counterterrorism experts and analysts, the intensifying process of radicalization in the Muslim communities in Europe and Asia. In this process an important part is played by the organizations that promote the so-called “political Islam”, among which Hizb ut-Tahrir, considered that might have inspired the authors of the recent attacks.

 

Recent developments

1. In all the three recent attacks, the authors originated from the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, and were considered to have been radicalized by the political Islam movements, notably Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT – Party of Liberation).
a) The author of the Stockholm truck attack was Rakmat Akilov, 39, an Uzbek citizen and rejected asylum-seeker who eluded the authorities’ attempts to deport him. He never expressed any religious views, but had shown sympathies for extremist organizations, including Daesh. Rakmat Akilov admitted he had planned the attack and that his act was “revenge for bombing ISIS.” He declared himself as being satisfied by what he had done and that “he did what he wanted to do”.

Akilov’s Facebook page showed he was following a group called ‘Friends of Libya and Syria’, dedicated to exposing ‘terrorism of the imperialistic financial capitals’ of the United States, Britain and Arab ‘dictatorships’. He also had several extremist posts on his social media account, including sympathies for Hizb ut-Tahrir and support for the Pakistan leader Naveed Butt, and he had shared Islamic State posts and photos of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing. Several of his Facebook contacts were also linked to Hizb ut-Tahrir.

b) According to Russian investigators, the suicide bomber of the April 3 attack in a metro station in St Petersburg, which left 15 dead and more than 60 wounded, was Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, from the Uzbek minority in Kyrgyzstan, who had left the country after the 2010 ethnic conflicts which resulted in social isolation of ethnic Uzbeks in the Osh and Batken regions of southern Kyrgyzstan.

The province of Osh, in the Ferghana Valley is the most radicalized region of Kyrgyzstan and at the end of the 1980s Hizb ut-Tahrir missionaries asked for the creation of a Caliphate in the region. The fact that they have simple answers to complex questions is considered an explanation for their success. Another specific factor is the acceptance by Hizb ut-Tahrir of militant women, who have an essential contribution to the youth’s education according to Shari’a rules.
Law-enforcement sources pointed out that Dzhalilov’s behavior indicated that had been radicalized quite recently: investigators learned that in February, Dzhalilov visited his native town of Osh, where he could have actively engaged with his radical countrymen and likely fell under their influence.

Since one of the presumed members of the group that planned the St. Petersburg attack was the Kyrgyz citizen Abror Azimov, arrested on April 17, Russian counterterrorism experts stressed that the attack reflects the results of the process of radicalization that is developing in Kyrgyzstan. During the last decade, the number of radicalized youth grew significantly, in the province an increase of 60% being noted in the last 20 years. This was possible given the lack of action of the local authorities that allowed movements as Hizb ut-Tahrir, which act as “schools” for radical Islam. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt army destroys large quantity of explosives in N. Sinai

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEgypt’s armed forces said on Wednesday that it was able to destroy a large amount of explosive material used by militants in North Sinai.

In an official statement, army spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said that the military’s second field army discovered and were able to dispose of explosive material used by the militants to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the city of Rafah. Read the rest of this entry »

Shoukry to visit Ghana for regional talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry headed to Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday. He is scheduled to deliver a message from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo that focuses on the two countries’ bilateral relations.

Shoukry will meet with high officials that include the foreign affairs minister and the parliament’s speaker. Read the rest of this entry »

UN chief slams deadly attack on blue helmets in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned an attack which killed four blue helmets in the southeastern part of the Central African Republic, calling for efforts to “swiftly bring those responsible to justice.”

Eight other peacekeepers were wounded in the attack perpetrated on Monday by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on the Rafai-Bangassou axis. And one is still missing. Read the rest of this entry »

German, Algerian FMs discuss Libyan crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel alongside with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra expressed hope Tuesday that a political solution would prevail in Libya.

In a joint press conference, Gabriel said finding a political solution to the crisis in Libya is key to addressing the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

Gabriel underlined that setting up refugee camps in Libya, as suggested by several EU member states, was “unthinkable” under current conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan leader arrives in Algeria following peace talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libyan presidency council leader Fayez Al-Sarraj flew in to Algiers on Wednesday to be briefed on a conference held by Tripoli’s neighbours on Tuesday about the ongoing war in Libya.

Sarraj was briefed by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and its Maghreb, African and Arab affairs minister, Abdelkader Messahel about a meeting between ministers from Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Niger and Chad in Algiers. Read the rest of this entry »

South Sudan says divisive army chief of staff removed

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

South Sudan’s army chief of staff, who had been proposed for UN sanctions and accused of directing last year’s fighting in the capital that left hundreds dead, has been removed from his post, a presidential spokesperson said on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan general’s forces lose 17 in push to take Benghazi

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan general say they have lost 17 fighters in their two-day push to clear central parts of Benghazi from Islamists and their allies.

Riyadh al-Shahiebi, of the special forces media office, said Tuesday that troops loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter have entered the Souq al-Hout and Sabri areas, but their advance has been slowed by roadside bombs. Read the rest of this entry »

4 UN peacekeepers killed in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a UN convoy sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday.

The UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the firefight on Monday night. The UN peacekeeping mission said the remaining armed perpetrators fled into the bush. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia’s forces, militants clash in Sidi Bouzid city

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

img21Tunisian police killed one hardliner militant and another died when he detonated his suicide explosive belt during an exchange of gunfire in the central city of Sidi Bouzid, a government official said on Sunday.

Tunisia’s armed forces have been cracking down on militants allied to Daesh and Al Qaeda’s North Africa branch, especially since the country suffered four major attacks in the last two years, including two on foreign tourists. Read the rest of this entry »

British FM visits Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently (Friday) visited Libya to support renewed efforts to break the political deadlock.

The Foreign Secretary met Agila Saleh and Ahmied Homa, the President & second vice-President of Libya’s Parliament – the House of Representatives. In this meeting, Mr Johnson emphasised the importance of Libya’s legitimate political institutions working together to break the impasse and restore security, stability, and prosperity in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

UN delegate to Libya proposes road map for peace in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN delegate to Libya and Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, has announced a new road map for peace to end Libya’s current political deadlock and to strike comprehensive accord among all Libyan conflicting parties.

On his Twitter page, Kobler wrote Monday that the “road map for peace in Libya” has six items to be applied to the Libyan situations. Read the rest of this entry »