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EU welcomes destruction of Libyan chemical weapons

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The European Union welcomed on Monday the recent announcement by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the elimination of chemical weapons in Libya as “a positive step towards the complete and permanent eradication of all chemical weapons in the country.” The chemical weapons were removed from Libya and transported to Germany […]

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Algeria, Libya to jointly manage oil fields on shared border

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria’s state-run oil company Sonatrach signed an agreement, Monday, with the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) to run a number of crude oil fields located on the borders between the two countries. The agreement included updating a study that was carried out on 2006 concerning Al-Rar and Al-Wafa oilfields, which located on the shared borders […]

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5+5 Dialogue in Algiers focus on anti-terrorism and regional issues

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The Algerian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Algeria will host the 14th Foreign Ministers Conference of Western Mediterranean 5+5 Dialogue on Sunday. The conference will focus on “overall, shared and sustainable socio-economic development” in the western Mediterranean region, the statement said.

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Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

At least seven Niger soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others wounded last week in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the country’s southeast, the government has said. “The provisional toll for the cowardly terror attack on Wednesday night in Toummour is seven dead, seventeen wounded and one soldier missing,” said […]

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Tunisia kills senior al-Qaeda member

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisian security forces have killed a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was wanted by Algeria for two and a half decades, officials said. “A terrorist wanted by Algeria since 1993 was killed in an operation carried out by the Special Unit of the National Guard,” Tunisian interior ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani […]

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Tunisia deploys army as violent unrest persists

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes raged on nationwide.

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UNSC meeting condemns Tripoli clashes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council held a meeting on Wednesday in which a briefing by the Head of the UNSMIL, Ghassan Salame, was heard on the Libyan issues, in addition to the statements of the countries’ representatives. Salame said the UNSMIL is doubling up its efforts to carry on with the action plan, condemning the […]

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Mali praises Algeria’s support for stability

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Visiting Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, on Saturday said Algeria has always played a major role in stabilizing Mali. “Algeria has always played a major role in Mali’s stability and has intervened at least twice to help establishing inter-Malian peace talks, in 1992 and 2015,” Maiga told reporters as he started a two day […]

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Egypt seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s president has sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country is not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them. In televised comments on Monday, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt’s strategic choice is not to go to war. “I am saying this as a […]

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South Sudan’s cease-fire broken by both sides, say monitors

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Sixteen people have been killed, including three children, since South Sudan’s cease-fire started less than a month ago, say monitors. Both government and opposition forces have committed multiple violations since the cease-fire began on December 24, according to four separate investigations released on Tuesday by the Cease-fire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, an independent […]

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Delegation of Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa Arrives in Libya

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

A delegation representing the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa has arrived at Mi’tiga Inter. Airport on a visit to Libya. The delegation will hold a series of meetings with officials concerned with illegal migration, and is expected to call at detentions centres to get a firsthand account of the resources available to […]

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Clashes in Libyan capital kill 9, close airport

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan officials say heavy clashes among rival militias in Tripoli left at least nine people dead and forced the capital’s only functioning airport to shut down. Health Ministry spokesperson Omar Matouq said the death toll from Monday’s fighting is expected to rise.

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Malian army plans anti-jihadist operation in restive centre

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Mali’s army is to deploy patrols in an operation to fight jihadists in the country’s restive centre, according to documents and sources consulted by AFP, as the government expresses concern over extreme instability in the area. Newly-appointed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said last week “urgent measures” were required to address Al-Qaeda-linked groups who control […]

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Fighting parties in Libya agree on cease-fire

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Forces of the Libyan UN-backed government and the Municipal Council of the western Libyan city of Zuwara on Saturday reached an agreement to stop all military operations carried out by the government’s Western Military Zone service in the area. “An agreement was reached to freeze military operations in the area from Abi Kamash to the […]

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Libya government forces conduct artillery attack near Tripoli

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Artillery shelling attack rocked Garabulli district near Tripoli by Al-Kani Brigade of the Defense Ministry of the Government of National Accord Sunday afternoon in retaliation of the abduction of one of the brigade’s fighters on Saturday in the district.

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Algeria, Tunisia discuss counter-terrorism cooperation

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria and Tunisia on Sunday discussed ways and means to strengthen security cooperation, as part of the visit of Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem to Algiers. “My visit is part of usual bilateral dialogue between Algiers and Tunis aiming at examining and building on previous experiences for the service of the security of both countries […]

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Egypt says its forces kill 8 suspected militants in Sinai

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt says security forces have killed eight suspected militants in a shootout in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday the firefight broke out when the forces raided a suspected hideout in el-Arish city. It said the militants were planning attacks targeting security forces,

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Regional force targets top Boko Haram jihadists in Nigeria

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Troops from Nigeria and neighbouring countries have launched major offensives against the two Boko Haram factions and their leaders, the military said on Tuesday. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad, both in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. According to […]

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New clashes outside South Sudan’s capital said to kill 4

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

South Sudan’s armed opposition says four government soldiers have been killed in new clashes just outside the capital, Juba. The opposition says soldiers in two vehicles attacked their position on Tuesday morning in Wunu’Lyet, less than 10km from Juba.

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Egyptian forces kill five terrorists

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian security forces killed five terrorists and arrested 11 others in operations in Qalyubia, Alexandria and New Valley Governorates, the Ministry of Interior said Monday. National Security forces detected a number of terrorists in the three governorates who were planning for “hostile operations” against vital facilities and Christian worshipping places, the ministry added in a […]

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Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria support Libyan Political Agreement

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria renewed their support for the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) as a framework for a political solution in Libya.

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Germany to fund more surveillance along Tunisia-Libya border

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Germany is pouring money into the creation of electronic surveillance systems along Tunisia’s eastern border, designed to prevent extremists and migrants from slipping across into the country from neighbouring Libya, a government spokesperson said on Friday. Tunisia stepped up security measures along the 300-mile frontier in 2015 following attacks by Islamic extremists believed to have […]

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Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children. The two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of Boko Haram fighters in recent months in northeast Nigeria, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said. The operation […]

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US, Britain, France seek details on Russian arms to CAR

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

The United States, Britain and France on Wednesday asked that a Russian request to send light arms to the Central African Republic be put on hold as they seek more information on the shipments, diplomats said. Russia has asked the UN Security Council for an exemption to an arms embargo on the Central African Republic […]

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Africa, Europe discuss Sahel anti-terror force

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

France’s Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hosted African and European leaders to drum up support and contributions for a new counter-terrorism force in the terror-plagued Sahel. Two years in the planning, the force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger in a desert region the size of Europe.

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US condemns deadly Ethiopia clashes

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

The United States on Wednesday said it was “troubled and saddened” by clashes in Ethiopia that local reports said has left at least 18 people dead. The violence was reported to be most intense in the eastern town of Chelenko, near the volatile border between the Somali and Oromia regions, home to two of the […]

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S Arabia, UAE pledge $130m for Sahel anti-terror force

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates put forward $130m on Wednesday towards fighting jihadists in West Africa’s Sahel region, as France’s Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders to an effort to boost a fledgling five-nation military force. The force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – some of the poorest countries […]

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Nigeria approves $1bn to support fight against Boko Haram

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1bn to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said on Thursday the money from the Excess Crude Account will be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics. The

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Germany extends military mission against IS in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Lawmakers in Germany on Tuesday extended the country’s military mission against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali until March 2018. Germany has not formed a new government following an election in September, but it is expected that the next administration will further extend the mission.

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Clashes in northern C Africa threaten security plan

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Plans by Central African Republic’s beleaguered government to reassert control in the north of the country were in difficulties on Monday after clashes marred the return of the state’s top representative to a key city. Colonel Augustin Tombou was formally installed on Saturday as prefect in the town of Kaga-Bandoro – a politically important step […]

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US drone strikes al-Shabaab near Somali capital

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

A US military drone strike on a vehicle carrying explosives in Somalia has removed “an imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu” by the al-Shabaab extremist group, the US Africa Command said on Tuesday. The airstrike was carried out early on Tuesday morning about 65km southwest of Somalia’s capital, the US statement said, adding that […]

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Algerian troops discover massive weapons bunker near Mali border

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

A bunker full of war weapons has been discovered by Algerian army troops near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry said in statement on Wednesday. The bunker was discovered by counterterrorism troops deployed in the southernmost locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, on the border strip with Mali, after a routine patrol in the area.

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Egypt, US discuss counter-terrorism efforts

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met Saturday with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss strategic cooperation and joint counter-terrorism efforts. “Sisi stressed the strength of the Egyptian-U.S. relations and their distinguished strategic aspects, urging to enhance all aspects of cooperation between the two sides particularly in the military field,” […]

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1 peacekeeper killed, 3 wounded in CAR

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Mainly Christian anti-Balaka forces attacked a UN police checkpoint in Central African Republic on Monday, killing one UN peacekeeper and wounding three others, the United Nations said. The attack took place at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in the southeastern town of Bria after peacekeepers intervened to free two displaced people being […]

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AU to help evacuate 15 000 migrants from Libya this year

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15 000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over recent footage that showed migrants being auctioned off as slaves, the AU’s deputy chairperson said on Tuesday. Between 400 000 and 700 000 African migrants are in dozens of camps […]

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