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French President Macron to visit Egypt

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Egypt “in the coming weeks,” French ambassador to Cairo Stephane Roumtier said on Tuesday. The upcoming visit is expected to boost the number of French tourists in the country, Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted Roumtier as saying.

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Mali premier pledges to curb militancy

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

The Malian prime minister on Sunday announced a boost to anti-militant operations alongside a programme to disarm and reintegrate militias in the centre of the troubled country. Without specifying the amount of investment, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said defence and security forces in the region would be “strengthened,” including the development of river patrols.

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Egyptian ambassador to Algeria says Libya developments are important for region security

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

Egyptian ambassador to Algeria, Iman Mishrfa considered developments in Libya very much relevant to Egypt and Algeria security. In an interview with Asharq Alawsat newspaper, he explained that

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Head of UN Support in Libya visits Algeria

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

The Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghasan Salama is visiting Algeria on Monday. Algerian Foreign Ministry said the 2 day visit was part of consultations between the UN and Algeria over the situation in Libya. Salama was expected to meet Algerian Foreign Minister Abdul Gader Msahel, the Ministry said in a statement, […]

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US airstrike in Somalia kills 10 al-Shabaab extremists

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 10 members of the al-Shaabab extremist group. The US Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Wednesday near Dheerow Sanle to “diminish al-Shabab’s freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network.”

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Egypt police ‘kill 40 militants’ in crackdown after tourist bus blast

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

Egyptian police killed 40 suspects in a crackdown on Saturday after a roadside bomb hit a tour bus claiming the lives of three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide. Thirty alleged “terrorists” were killed in separate raids in Giza governorate, home to Egypt’s famed

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EU expands duties of EUBAM to secure Libya’s borders

Monday, December 17, 2018 Comments Off

The European Council adopted a decision mandating the EU integrated border management assistance mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) to actively support the Libyan authorities in contributing to efforts to disrupt organised criminal networks involved in smuggling migrants, human trafficking and terrorism.

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African regional summit discusses fight against Boko Haram

Monday, December 17, 2018 Comments Off

Leaders of countries in the Lake Chad region met on Saturday in Nigeria to give fresh impetus to their fight against Boko Haram, the Nigerian presidency said. The summit meeting, grouping Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Benin and the Central African Republic, is a follow-up to a November gathering in Chad called to tackle a surge […]

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US airstrikes in Somalia kill 62 extremists

Monday, December 17, 2018 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabaab extremist rebels. In a statement issued on Monday, the US military’s Africa Command said it carried out four strikes on December 15 in which 34 people were killed and two more on […]

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Libya, EU reiterate shared vision on security and economy issues

Monday, December 10, 2018 Comments Off

The Head of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sirraj, has met with the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, to discuss security, illegal immigration, economic and other issues of mutual concern, the PC’s media office reported Tuesday.

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NATO says ready to help rebuild Libya’s security and military institutions

Monday, December 10, 2018 Comments Off

NATO is prepared to help Libya rebuild its security and military institutions, the alliance’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said in a meeting Tuesday with the Head of the Presidential Council (PC) Fayez Al-Sirraj in Brussels.

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Iraqi jets kill 3 IS members in Anbar

Monday, December 10, 2018 Comments Off

Three Islamic State militants were killed Saturday in an air raid by the Iraqi Air Force on a terrorist hotbed in Anbar, a security source from the province’s operations command was quoted as saying. Speaking to the privately-owned Almaalomah news agency, the source pointed out that Iraqi warplanes targeted three Islamic State militants riding two […]

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US backed Somali commandos raid on al-Shabaab checkpoints

Monday, December 10, 2018 Comments Off

Somali commandos backed by US forces raided two al-Shabaab checkpoints at which the extremists extort money from commercial vehicles, killing several fighters, Somali intelligence officials said on Wednesday. The officials also said two US airstrikes in the area during the overnight raid destroyed an explosives-laden minibus that was prepared for a complex attack on an […]

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Arab League chief urges Libyan parties to reach political consensus

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Comments Off

Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit urged on Sunday Libyan parties to reach a consensus on political, constitutional and electoral steps aspired by the Libyan people. Aboul-Gheit called on the Libyan political parties to overcome the current political impasse and division in the war-torn Arab country, AL spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said in a statement.

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EU, Algeria vow to boost counter-terrorism cooperation

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Comments Off

The European Union and Algeria on Monday vowed to reinforce mutual dialogue to maintain regional and international peace and security. The remarks came during the 2nd High-Level Dialogue on Regional Security and Counterterrorism wich was held in Algiers. The dialogue was co-chaired by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs […]

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Death toll from Mogadishu bombings jumps to over 40

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Comments Off

The death toll from a string of car bombings near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has jumped to at least 41, police said on Saturday. Friday’s attack was the latest in a wave of bombings by al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate which has been fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed Somali government for over […]

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Libya strongman Haftar says not attending crisis conference

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Comments Off

Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar will not attend roundtable talks at a Palermo conference aimed at stabilising the north African nation but will meet regional leaders on the sidelines, his office said on Tuesday.

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Boko Haram jihadists attack military base in NE Nigeria

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Boko Haram jihadists launched a large assault on a military base in Nigeria’s remote northeast region and killed one soldier, defence officials said Sunday. The attack on 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State, began on Saturday and continued into early Sunday morning, said Nigerian air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola. “BHTs (Boko Haram terrorists) in 13 […]

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Libya’s south falls prey to foreign armed groups

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Neglected by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, Libya’s southern desert has increasingly become a hideout for foreign rebel groups that stand accused of stoking growing insecurity. “Kidnapping, theft and banditry have multiplied” in the region, said Ali Akri Molia, commander of a unit responsible for protecting oil installations in the Oubari area […]

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Nigerian group says troops shot, killed 27 Shiite Muslims

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Nigeria’s main Shiite Muslim movement says Nigerian troops shot and killed at least 27 of its members during a procession to the capital of Abuja. Islamic Movement of Nigeria spokesperson Ibrahim Musa said six people were killed on Saturday and another 21 on Monday.

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Tripoli conflict parties committed to ceasefire agreement, says official

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

The Head of the Committee for Communications and Security Arrangements Follow-up formed by the Ministry of Interior, Ramadan Zermouh, said that all parties to the conflict in the capital are committed to the cease-fire agreement.

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France’s new ambassador to Libya presents credentials

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

The new French Ambassador to Libya Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen presented her credentials to the Secretary of Political Affairs of Foreign Ministry Lutfi Al-Maghrabi on Sunday. Al-Maghrabi welcomed the new ambassador and reviewed with her the Libyan-French bilateral relations in all fields, including the importance of facilitating the visa procedures to Libyan citizens. The […]

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Algeria urges Libyan warrant parties stop armed confrontations

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria on Sunday urged Libyan disputing parties to put an end to armed confrontations, noting that such confrontations undermine any political settlement in Libya. “Algeria deeply concerns over recent developments in Libya, particularly the escalation of violence in Tripoli and its dire repercussions on its population,” Algeria said in a statement.

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Sahel anti-terror force shifts HQs to Mali capital after attack

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

The headquarters of a five-nation anti-terror force in Mali has been transferred to the capital Bamako from the central town of Sevare following a deadly bomb attack, a source said on Friday. The European Union had said in July it would finance the construction of the new headquarters.

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Libya seeks UN ‘security’ support

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

After a month of militia clashes that left more than 100 people dead, Libya’s UN-backed foreign minister on Friday called for the country’s UN political mission to transform into a “security and stability” support role. Mohamed Siala, foreign minister of the UN-backed Libyan unity government, did not specify if he had in mind a UN […]

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Libya: Joint Force appointed to establish security in capital

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Comments Off

The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, issued Sunday an order to form a join force to end conflicts and prevail security in Tripoli led by the commander of western military zone Brigadier General Osama Al-Juwaili. The force, according to Al-Sirraj, will be formed of three infantry brigades and an interior ministry unit to […]

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Libya rivals clash south of capital

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Comments Off

New clashes flared between rival militias south of Libya’s capital Tripoli on Tuesday, causing widespread power outages, the national electricity firm said. The fighting underscored the fragility of a United Nations-backed ceasefire reached earlier this month after days of deadly violence between armed groups in the capital, beset by turmoil since the fall of dictator […]

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France wants sanctions against those who delay Mali peace agreement

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Comments Off

France says it has proposed that members of armed groups in Mali delaying implementation of a 2015 peace agreement should be put on a UN sanctions blacklist. France’s deputy UN ambassador Anne Gueguen told the Security Council on Thursday that the time for warnings is over and France has submitted the names of individuals – […]

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Libya announces state of emergency in Tripoli

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Comments Off

Libya’s UN-backed government has announced a state of emergency in the capital and its outskirts as ongoing fighting has killed at least 39 people including civilians in the past days.

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Death toll hits 48 in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian army

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Comments Off

The death toll from a Boko Haram attack on a Nigerian army post on the border with Niger has risen to 48, military sources said on Monday. Scores of Boko Haram fighters in trucks stormed the base on Thursday in Zari village in northern Borno state and briefly seized it after a fierce battle.

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Clashes rage in Libya’s Tripoli as UN calls for talks

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Comments Off

Clashes raged on Monday on the outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli trapping residents indoors and hampering rescue efforts, as the UN called for talks after more than a week of deadly violence. Fighting since August 27 between rival militias in the southern suburbs has killed at least 47 people and wounded 129 others, most of […]

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Libya and Tunisia to reopen Ras Ajdir border

Monday, August 20, 2018 Comments Off

Security sources confirmed an agreement to reopen Ras Ajdir crossing border between Libya and Tunisia next Sunday. The sources clarified that a meeting will be held in the city of Zuwara on Sunday, with the participation of the Minister of Local Government Baddad Gansu, and a formal Tunisian delegation to officially announce the reopening of […]

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US: Pompeo meets Egyptian foreign minister

Monday, August 20, 2018 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Washington to discuss a myriad of topics including security, peace, and military assistance. Shoukry, who also served as ambassador to the U.S., is on a visit to the U.S. He will also meet with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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Algerian army launches massive military operation on border with Tunisia

Monday, August 20, 2018 Comments Off

There were significant military movements and reinforcements following suspicions of the infiltration of a terrorist group into the Algerian territory today. Activity focused on The border between Tunisia and Algeria, and in particular the governorates of El-Tarf, Souk Ahras, Tébessa and the El-Oued.

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4 soldiers, 8 jihadists dead in Mali ambush

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Comments Off

At least four soldiers and eight suspected jihadists were killed Tuesday in Mali when a security patrol was ambushed in the centre of the country, military sources said. The death toll could yet rise as “two Malian army vehicles and their occupants are still not accounted for,” a military source said.

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