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Sudan receives invitation to join U.S.-Egypt military exercises

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan has received an invitation to take part in a joint U.S.-Egyptian military training exercise this October in Egypt, a first for the country in almost thirty years according to the Sudanese Defense Ministry. General Emad al-Din Adawi announced the invitation to join the Bright Star exercises that will take place in Egypt after he […]

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UN Libya envoy in Cairo for meetings with Egypt leadership

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

Newly-installed United Nations Libya envoy Ghassan Salame was in Cairo on Monday for the latest round of high-level discussions with the Egyptian leadership on resolving the Libyan crisis. Mr Salame, a former Lebanese political sciences professor based in Paris, joins a long line of previous successors hoping to stem the country’s political gridlock, which has […]

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EU steps up assistance to Mali and the CAR

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

With the crises in Mali and the Central African Republic worsening, the EU has released fresh humanitarian funding of €9 million to respond to the most pressing needs. This brings the EU’s overall humanitarian support to West and Central Africa in 2017 to nearly €254 million since the beginning of the year. The lifesaving aid […]

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US airstrikes kill 7 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

The US military says it has killed seven al-Shabaab fighters in a series of airstrikes in Somalia as the Trump administration steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

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US, Egypt to hold joint military exercise for first time since Arab Spring

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off

The United States military will take part in a biennial joint military exercise with Egypt called Bright Star 2017 — marking the first time the U.S. has participated in the joint exercise since the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, CNN reported on Aug. 15. The joint exercise dates back to the early […]

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Tunisian security forces kill senior islamist in ambush

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian armed forces killed two Islamist militants including a senior commander in a mountain raid near the western border with Algeria late on Tuesday, security sources said. “Two terrorists were killed and weapons were seized during an ambush that National Guard units set up against a terrorist group,” in Kasserine region, National Guard spokesman Col. […]

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Mali appeals at UN for aid in setting up joint Sahel force

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off

Hit by several attacks on UN camps, Mali on Tuesday called on the international community to provide military material and financial aid from a new joint force being set up by five countries of the Sahel region. Speaking before the UN Security Council, Mali’s ambassador to the United Nations, Issa Konfourou, said Monday’s attacks in […]

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Boko Haram bombers kill 20 at camp in northeast Nigeria

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off

A local official in Nigeria’s northeastern village of Mandarari says 20 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists at a camp near a market. Village chief Lawan Kalli said Tuesday at least three suicide bombers entered the market around 5 p.m. posing as buyers, then went to the nearby camp […]

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Egypt affirms will to contribute on solving Gulf crisis

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed Thursday his country’s willingness to find a solution for the ongoing Gulf crisis through dialogue. Shoukry made his remarks while meeting with Retired General Anthony Zinni, Envoy of US Secretary of State for Gulf crisis, and Timothy Lenderking, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Gulf Affairs, Egyptian foreign […]

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UN envoy to Libya starts diplomatic tour of country

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

The UN envoy to Libya visited the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday to meet with civil society groups and others, as he continues his tour of Libyan cities on both sides of the conflict alongside shuttle diplomacy. Ghassan Salame, the new head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, “landed at Banina airport […]

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US reiterates commitment to solve conflict in Libya

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

The United States embassy in Libya issued a statement on Thursday saying it remains fully committed to working with all Libyans to help advance stabilization and resolve the conflict in Libya. The embassy added on its website that it is engaging a wide range of Libyan political and security figures in order to help achieve […]

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Egypt police kills 3 jihadists behind anti-Copt attacks

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s interior ministry said on Thursday its forces had killed three jihadists suspected of involvement in deadly attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority. An officer also died in a shootout in the southern province of Qena on Tuesday, security officials said.

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Algerian military kills six armed militants

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian troops killed six armed militants on Monday west of Algiers, where security forces last week broke up a Daesh cell, the defence ministry said. Five Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition were also recovered during Monday’s operation, which was still under way, near the town of Gouraya in Tipaza province, the ministry said in a statement.

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Germany delivers 2nd submarine to Egypt

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

The Egyptian Navy received its second Type 209/1400 submarine, the S42, in a ceremony on Tuesday in Kiel City, Germany. Commander of the Egyptian Navy Ahmed Khalid Hassan raised during the ceremony the Egyptian flag on the submarine, manufactured by the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

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UN backs Italy bid to close migrant route from Libya

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

The UN’s new envoy to Libya on Tuesday endorsed Italy’s drive to stem the flow of migrants leaving the north African state for Europe, despite misgivings among human rights groups. Rights campaigners fear Italy’s focus on strengthening the Libyan coastguard to ensure boatloads of migrants are intercepted before reaching international waters could place thousands of […]

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Tunisian security forces kill two suspected jihadists

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected jihadists during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday. A third suspect was critically wounded in the operation launched on Tuesday evening on Mount Birinou in the Kasserine region, national guard spokesperson Khalifa Chibani said.

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Libyan general orders navy to confront ships entering waters

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

The commander of Libya’s self-styled national army in the east has ordered naval bases to confront any vessel entering the country’s territorial waters without military permission. A statement released by the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter on Wednesday says the command was directed to eastern bases in Benghazi, Ras Lanuf, Tobruk, as well as […]

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UK welcomes Tunis work on security after terror attacks

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

Britain on Thursday applauded Tunisia’s “patient hard work” to boost security following the 2015 jihadist attacks that killed dozens of tourists, including 30 Britons at a beach resort. “We know that these days there can never be a situation when there is no risk at all but we are being very pleased to advise our […]

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Egypt FM, Sudan PM discuss bilateral relations

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said on Thursday that he discussed with Sudanese Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh improving cooperation between Cairo and Khartoum. The Egyptian FM said in press statements that he conveyed to the Sudanese PM the regards of the Egyptian leadership and Egypt’s deep appreciation for his efforts to bolster relations between […]

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Algerian army kills six armed Islamists

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comments Off

The Algerian army on Monday killed six armed Islamists during an ongoing security operation west of Algiers, the defence ministry said. Weapons and ammunition were also recovered, it said.

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Al-Shabaab commander thought killed in Somalia airstrike

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comments Off

The US military said on Monday it carried out a drone strike in Somalia that killed a member of the al-Shabaab extremist group, while Somalia’s government said it believes the strike killed a high-level al-Shabaab commander responsible for several deadly bombings in the capital. A US Africa Command statement said the airstrike occurred on Saturday […]

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Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Comments Off

Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves on Tuesday to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds, according to a document released by the French presidency. The meetings at a chateau in La Celle Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, brought together […]

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10 military killed by Boko Haram ambush in Nigeria

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Comments Off

Authorities in northern Nigeria say roughly 10 military personnel have been killed and a similar number of university workers are unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists attacked their convoy. The secretary of the Hunters Association in Borno State, Bunu Bukar, says members of the self-defence group saw the bodies of military personnel after the ambush […]

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UN chief warns CAR could plunge back into full-blown conflict

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Comments Off

A new bout of violence in the Central African Republic that has killed nine peacekeepers this year risks derailing years of efforts to restore a fragile stability, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday. Guterres condemned the killing of two Moroccan peacekeepers who were ambushed in the southeast town of Bangassou on Tuesday, just […]

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Egypt sets up national council to combat terror

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt has created a “national council” to combat the rise of Islamist “terrorism” which has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree issued on Wednesday. The decree, published in Egypt’s official gazette, sets up a “national council to combat terrorism and extremism” by adopting a “global national strategy”.

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Sudan clashes kill up to 10 in Darfur

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Comments Off

Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan’s war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people, tribal leaders told AFP on Sunday. The fighting that began on Saturday comes as the United Nations and African Union prepare to downsize their peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying that overall violence there has diminished. The clashes […]

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Rival Libyan leaders in France to hold talks on crisis

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj holds French-brokered talks Tuesday with Khalifa Haftar, the rival military commander who controls the east, to try to end the chaos in the conflict-ridden country. French President Emmanuel Macron has organised the talks but his office has stressed that it has modest expectations of the meeting to be held […]

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Over 40 militants killed in campaign by Egypt military

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military said on Tuesday it has killed more than 40 extremists in a wide-ranging campaign in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group has been waging a deadly insurgency. The announcement came a day after seven civilians were killed in a foiled attack on a checkpoint with an explosives-laden car.

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Egypt launches largest military base in Middle East

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday the largest military base of the Middle East in the coastal city of Alexandria. The president raised the Armed Forces flag on the new base in el Hammam city, west of Alexandria. The military base was named after late president Mohamed Naguib, who orchestrated 1952 revolution which […]

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US warns South Sudan regional plan is last chance for peace

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

The United States warned on Thursday that a new regional plan to shore up South Sudan’s failing peace agreement was the last chance for Juba’s leaders to end the war, now in its fourth year. US Deputy Ambassador Michele Sison told the UN Security Council that Washington will reconsider its support for the deal signed […]

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Egypt forces kill 30 extremists in Sinai

Friday, July 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian forces have killed 30 extremists during several days of security operations in the Sinai Peninsula involving the army, air force and police, the military said on Saturday. The Egyptian authorities are battling an insurgency by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of members of the security forces.

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Czech FM: EU military role in Libya to reduce migrants

Thursday, July 20, 2017 Comments Off

The Czech Republic’s foreign minister has suggested that the European Union consider a military engagement in Libya to reduce the flow of migrants arriving by boat from there to Europe. Lubomir Zaoralek says that “we must speak very openly what the real instruments are to stabilize Libya.” He told the Austrian Press Agency while in […]

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UN to close five bases in eastern DRC

Thursday, July 20, 2017 Comments Off

Five UN peacekeepers’ bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to close at the end of July, the UN mission there announced on Wednesday, describing it as a change in operational style. But the closures come against the background of cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget pushed through under pressure from the United States. […]

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Egypt police trap and kill top militants

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian police have killed two leaders of the Hasam militia in a shootout after intercepting them as they relocated to a new hideout on Cairo’s outskirts, the government said Tuesday. The interior ministry said the two militants were “prominent leaders” of the Hasam group – an extremist movement the government accuses of having links to […]

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Tunisia calls for new efforts for Libya stability

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of China and Tunisia are calling for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in Libya and prevent the unstable North African nation from dissolving into a humanitarian disaster on a level with Syria.

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