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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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Top Boko Boko Haram leader surrenders to Nigerian military

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

A high ranking Boko Haram leader and three other extremists reportedly handed themselves over to the Nigerian military early this week. According to Premium Times, Boko Haram leader Konto Fanami, and three other members willingly handed themselves over to the army on Monday. In a statement, military spokesperson Sani Usman said that Boko Haram had […]

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Egypt destroys 15 arms-laden SUVs from Libya

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says its jet-fighters have destroyed 15 all-terrain vehicles carrying weapons and explosives along with “criminal elements” after they were detected getting ready to cross the Libyan border into Egypt.

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Malian soldiers’ bodies recovered after ‘jihadist’ attack

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

The bodies of eight missing Malian soldiers have been found following a presumed jihadist attack on July 9, official sources said on Monday. The soldiers were ambushed in Mali’s northeast and two escaped with their lives, but until now there had been no trace of the missing.

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UN considers new base in South Sudan’s troubled Yei region

Friday, July 14, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations on Thursday said it is considering putting a peacekeeping base in South Sudan’s troubled Yei region, saying the city has “gone through a nightmare” in recent months. It would be the first such expansion since civil war began in 2013. “I can see the prosperity that was once here,” the peacekeeping mission’s […]

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US, Somalia forces raid al-Shabaab, kill several

Friday, July 14, 2017 Comments Off

United States and Somali military forces raided a rebel-held village in southern Somalia and killed several al-Shabaab fighters early on Thursday, a senior Somali intelligence official said, as both countries step up efforts against Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group. Somali commandos accompanied by US forces in two helicopters raided two locations, the official said. They […]

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Egypt police kill 6 IS sympathisers in shootout

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian police killed six militants who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State group’s beliefs when a gunfight erupted on Monday during a raid on their Nile valley hideout, the government said. The militants opened fire on the police as they approached the hideout in Dairut, a town in the southern province of Assiut, the interior […]

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UN: South Sudan forces attack rebel stronghold

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

South Sudan government forces have launched an offensive against a rebel stronghold in the north of the country, the UN said on Wednesday. David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), described “heavy fighting” and an “extremely worrying” situation around the town of Pagak, in Upper Nile region, over the past week, […]

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US strongly condemns attack in Egypt’s Sinai

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

The United States says it’s strongly condemning the attack in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that killed at least 23 Egyptian troops. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert says that the US continues “to stand with Egypt as it confronts terrorism.”

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South Sudan’s troops said to advance on rebel stronghold

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced and aid workers evacuated as rebels accuse government troops of advancing on their stronghold and killing civilians along the way. Opposition spokesperson William Gatjiath Deng on Saturday said government troops have stepped up attacks in the past week in Mathiang and Longochuck counties.

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Libya strongman in UAE for talks on military ‘cooperation’

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, state media said on Sunday, days after announcing the retaking of second city Benghazi from jihadists. Haftar, who has visited the United Arab Emirates regularly in recent months, held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on […]

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East Libya forces say they’ve taken full control of Benghazi

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan forces in the country’s east say they have cleared the final remaining pockets of the city of Benghazi of Islamist militiamen and armed opponents. The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, says that all that remained were some land mines and bombs to clear. He spoke in televised comments on […]

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3 die in north Mali clashes as UN condemns violence

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

Clashes between armed groups killed three people in northeastern Mali on Thursday, a security source said, as the United Nations condemned repeated ceasefire violations by the combatants. Mali’s north is controlled in parts by armed groups loyal to Bamako and in others by former rebels who want greater autonomy for the region, while the state […]

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US President urges Egypt to resolve Arab-Qatar dispute

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

United States President Donald Trump has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart about the ongoing dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries. The president called Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi from Air Force One on Wednesday, while en route to Poland. He called on “all parties to negotiate constructively to resolve the dispute” with Qatar and to “stop […]

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US carries out airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia as the Trump administration quietly steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. Pentagon spokesperson Major Audricia M Harris said the strike occurred on Sunday afternoon Somalia time and the US was assessing the results.

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Egypt extends state of emergency

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s parliament has approved a presidential decision to extend the state of emergency nationwide for another three months. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi initially imposed the state of emergency after suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday in an attack that was claimed by the Egyptian

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Morocco expects UN to resolve Western Sahara dispute

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

Morocco’s top diplomat said on Tuesday that the United Nations is to lead efforts to end a dispute over a partially recognised state in Western Sahara that Rabat considers its territory. Speaking in Addis Ababa at his first African Union summit since Morocco returned to the bloc in January, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said the […]

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Macron in Mali for diplomatic push on Sahel anti-jihad force

Monday, July 3, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Mali on Sunday to boost Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, with France urging greater support for the Sahel region amid mounting insecurity. The so-called “G5 Sahel” countries south of the Sahara – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – have pledged to fight jihadists on their […]

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Egypt to host Gulf nations in dispute with Qatar

Monday, July 3, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt says it will host a meeting of Arab nations that have cut off ties to Qatar. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid says foreign ministers of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will meet in Cairo on Wednesday. He says the meeting will discuss the future steps in dealing with Qatar, […]

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Egypt army destroys 12 vehicles crossing from Libya

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence that “criminal elements” were attempting to cross the western border with Libya.

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Egypt extends emergency state by 3 months

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian cabinet decided on Thursday to extend the state of emergency in the country for three more months. The decision to extend the emergency state was made during a cabinet meeting.

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Six killed in fresh clashes in eastern DRC

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

Fresh clashes on Saturday between government troops and a militia in Nord-Kivu province in the troubled east of Democratic Republic of Congo have left two soldiers and four fighters dead, the army said. The army’s position in Kaseghe was attacked around dawn “by the Mai Mai (militia) which caused the death of two soldiers from […]

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Chad: 8 soldiers killed in clashes with Boko Haram

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

Eight Chadian soldiers were killed in fierce fighting with Boko Haram insurgents at the weekend on islands on Lake Chad, which borders four countries on the edge of the Sahara, Chad’s army said on Monday. “Our forces attacked Boko Haram elements on five islands near Nigeria on June 24 and 25,” said spokesperson Colonel Azem, […]

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Militants clash with troops in eastern DRC

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

Clashes between militants and government troops on Thursday left 16 dead in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said. The fighting erupted in the eastern suburbs of Beni, a city in the troubled North-Kivu province, with residents hearing gunshots and heavy weapons fire. The province has been plagued by regular […]

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UN seeks $8bn for South Sudan refugee crisis

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations secretary-general is making a plea for protection of refugees around the world, saying some richer countries haven’t been as tolerant as some in Africa. Antonio Guterres on Friday addressed a UN-backed summit in Uganda that seeks $8bn for nearly a million South Sudanese refugees and the host communities that officials say are […]

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US to have permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The United States ambassador to Somalia says the US once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year. The US embassy was closed in 1991 as the Horn of Africa nation slid into decades of chaos. Former Secretary of State John Kerry during a […]

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France, Algeria call for political solution to Libyan crisis

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of Algeria and France on Tuesday urged Libya’s rival armed factions to seek a political solution in the North African country to help stem the spread of militant groups there and potential spillover across its borders. Algeria has joined with North African neighbor Tunisia to seek support for an inclusive dialogue in […]

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Egypt army says 12 militants killed in North Sinai

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says its air force has killed 12 “extremely dangerous” militants in airstrikes in northern Sinai, a militant hotspot. In a Tuesday statement, the armed forces said the strikes also destroyed four vehicles as it targeted a “terrorist stronghold” of the local Islamic State affiliate, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

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At least 40 killed in CAR day after ceasefire

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

At least 40 people were killed in clashes on Tuesday in the Central African Republic, aid and security sources said, the day after the signing of a ceasefire deal. The violence in the central town of Bria was between members of Christian ‘anti-balaka’ militias and ex-Seleka fighters, the sources said.

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