Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve started Wednesday, a two-day working visit to Algeria, which is part of the regular consultations between the two countries. Upon his arrival at Houari Boumediene International Airport, Cazeneuve was welcomed by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and members of the government.
President Donald Trump signaled a new era in US-Egypt relations on Monday, assuring his Egyptian counterpart that years of tepid relations will now give way to a “great bond” between their two nations. Trump reunited with President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi for talks ranging from collaboration against the Islamic State group to bolstering Egypt’s flailing economy.
With EU help, the Central African Republic is seeking to turn the page on years of bloodshed by retraining its army and by month’s end a first battalion is to present arms. The European Union last year unveiled the launch of a two-year military training mission for CAR troops in the capital Bangui, along the […]
The United Nations says roughly 3 000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Uganda after fighting in the eastern town of Pajok. The UN refugee agency spokesperson Katherine Weinright says that represents a “significant increase” in the number of refugees in the Lamwo area of Uganda. The influx is expected to continue in the coming […]
The UN investigators said on Monday they had found more mass graves in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where tribal militias are battling security forces. “We have shared with the authorities the discovery of new mass graves in Grand Kasai. The number has risen from 10 to 23 mass graves […]
Sudan and Tunisia on Thursday signed 22 agreements, executive programs and Memoranda of Understanding to enhance cooperation between the two sides. The operation agreements, signed during meetings of the joint Sudanese-Tunisian Higher Committee, include areas of health, tourism, occupational training and operation, technical education and agriculture.
The United Nations Envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, gathered in Cairo, on Monday, with Libyan military commanders and diplomats to talk about the ways of activating the Libyan political operation. Kobler said, on his Twitter account, that a great exchange of ideas in Egypt with diplomatic and military leaders on revitalising the Libyan political process.
US President Donald Trump told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday that he strongly backs Sisi’s leadership and that they would work together to fight militants. “I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President Sisi.
At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes said. Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who escaped from Yasseneme village, said the attackers had “fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants”.
Eleven (11) terrorists were eliminated, four others were arrested and one surrendered in March during various counterterrorism and border security-related operations carried out by the People’s National Army (ANP). Following these operations, the Army discovered a body of one terrorist, arrested 22 individuals supporting terrorist groups and destroyed 42 shelters for terrorists.
The UN Security Council called for stepped up efforts on Friday to defeat Boko Haram insurgents and Islamic State extremists in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region and tackle the humanitarian crisis that has left millions facing hunger and possible famine. A resolution adopted unanimously by the UN’s most powerful body strongly condemned attacks by […]
A new jihadist alliance claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack that killed three members of Mali’s security forces on March 29, according to a statement released by jihadist monitoring group SITE. Three Malian jihadist groups with previous Al-Qaeda links recently joined forces to create the “Group to Support Islam and Muslims” (GSIM), led by […]
Mali’s opposition on Saturday took tentative steps towards ending its boycott of a political summit enshrined in the country’s 2015 peace deal after the government extended a deadline to facilitate extra talks. Opposition parties were the last holdout after former rebels who had led several uprisings against the state in Mali’s north ended their own […]
Egypt’s military said on Sunday a founder of a militant faction in North Sinai that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group was killed in an air strike. A total of 18 “extremely dangerous” insurgents were killed and others wounded in raids carried out on March 18, it said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has undertaken multiple contacts this week with a number of Arab nations concerning the rising tensions in Libya, Ayrault’s press office said on Thursday. In a statement, France said that it continues to work for “a political compromise between the different Libyan parties” but that the volatile situation currently warranted […]
The president of Central Africa Republic called Thursday for additional training and equipment for the country’s armed forces so they can be deployed to deal with the conflict among armed groups that is leading to loss of lives “and massive destruction.”
Libya’s Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj on Wednesday hailed “all efforts, especially of Arab countries, for the resolution of Libyan crisis,” including the initiatives of Algeria and Egypt, which culminated in the signing of the Declaration of Tunis.
A dangerous terrorist was eliminated Wednesday near Tipasa (50-km west of Algiers) by a detachment of the People’s National Army, said Thursday the Ministry of National Defence in a statement. “As part of the fight against terrorism and following tips, a detachment of the People’s National Army of Tipasa (1st Military Region) killed, yesterday 29 […]
The White House announced Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will make an “official visit” to Washington on April 3, ending years in which the Egyptian president had been kept at arm’s length amid rights concerns. “President Trump and President Al-Sisi will use the visit to build on the positive momentum they have built for the United States-Egypt […]
More than 60 000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan in the first three months of 2017, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday, fleeing famine and war in the world’s youngest nation. South Sudan, formed after splitting from the north in 2011, has declared a famine in parts of the country where 100 000 people […]
The head of Libya’s UN-backed government has called for a dialogue between all political rivals in the North African country to reach a political settlement to the country’s crisis. Fayez Serraj told an Arab summit in Jordan on Wednesday that “everyone knows that no party can achieve a military solution.”
Some 7 000 people have fled from villages around the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok because of Boko Haram attacks, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. The IOM said an estimated 4 449 people or 740 households have fled to Chibok itself since February 25, “seeking safety following attacks or threats of […]
Several recent developments but mostly the increasing military presence of some powerful international actors are attracting the analysts’ attention towards the Horn of Africa, one of the most complex and conflicted regions of the world. For the last 150 years, the Horn has been a theater for strategic power struggles: the British Empire’s demand to […]
Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday arrived in Khartoum for an official two-day visit to Sudan during which he is to hold talks with his Sudanese counterpart Bakri Hassan Saleh. Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said that the two countries’ prime ministers would hold joint talks which “would review a number of files, while […]
US Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the US Africa Command, told reporters that the US needs to retain a small special operations force in Libya indefinitely. Even though he estimated that less than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya, the general still maintained that they were enough of a threat to retain the […]
Russia is trying to expand its influence in Libya through a combination of military means and oil and weapons sales, a top US general said Friday. General Thomas Tom Waldhauser, who heads the US military’s Africa Command, said Russia is “on the ground” in the border region between Egypt and Libya. “They are trying to […]
Algeria “strongly” condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated Wednesday, in Westminster, in the British capital. “The attack that struck, this afternoon, the British capital is a coward terrorist attack that we condemn in the strongest terms, underlined the spokesperson of the ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdelaziz Benali Cherif in a statement to APS.
Burkina Faso’s government says its military forces have killed a key jihadist and arrested 18 others in the country’s north, close to the West African nation’s border with Mali. Security Minister Simon Compaore said on Friday that forces also seized weapons and ammunition in Wednesday’s operation.
An organisation that monitors extremist groups says al-Shabab has claimed to kill 17 soldiers and wound 22 in an attack in southwestern Somalia. The SITE Intelligence Group says in a statement Thursday that the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab’s news agency posted a claim on Facebook about attacking the coastal city of Barawe.
Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on Friday where he had spent much of his six-year detention, his lawyer said. Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the 2011 revolt that ousted him. “Yes,” his lawyer Farid […]
At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes told AFP. Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who escaped from Yasseneme village, said the attackers had “fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants”.
The UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, on Friday kicked off his visit to Mali and South Sudan with his successor, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who was appointed to replace Ladsous next month, a UN spokesman told reporters here.
Libya’s major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf are resuming operations and preparing to export crude after a two-week halt in shipments due to armed clashes in the holder of Africa’s largest crude reserves. Libya’s total production rose on Monday to 646,000 barrels a day from 621,000, mostly due to an increase from […]
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived in Egypt where he is scheduled to meet with President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi and Prime Minister Sharif Ismail with the view of strengthening ties between the two countries. Hariri will also meet with Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Church and Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar.
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ spoke with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Sedki Sobhy on Tuesday during which Mattis expressed his “commitment to advancing the US-Egyptian defense partnership.”