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Egypt, UAE hold joint military training exercise in Red Sea

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched a joint military training exercise off Egypt’s eastern shores dubbed Khalifa 3, Egypt’s armed forces said in a statement on Tuesday. Naval and air forces of the two countries will take part in the multi-day exercise at a Red Sea base in Egyptian territorial waters, Egyptian military […]

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UN to ask Canada for sending helicopters to Mali sooner

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations is in talks with Canada on speeding up the deployment of six helicopters to shore up its peacekeeping force in Mali, a UN envoy said on Wednesday. Mahamat Saleh Annadif said Canada will send the helicopters in August but that the mission needs them in June, when Germany pulls out of the […]

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Somalia to halt UAE funding for troops as relations sour

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Comments Off

As relations with the United Arab Emirates sour over the seizure of millions of dollars in cash, Somalia announced on Wednesday it would end UAE funding for its armed forces. Defence Minister Mohamed Mursal’s comments to reporters came shortly after the UAE condemned what it called an “illegal” move by Somalia to seize $9.6m from […]

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New military operation to combat IS launched by Libya’s Presidential Council

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Comments Off

The Presidential Council of Libya in Tripoli has announced the launch of a new military operation under the name Asifat Al-Wattan (The Nation’s Storm), which it says will be targeting terrorists across Libya. The PC Head’s spokesman, Mohammed El Sallak, announced on Monday in a presser the kickoff of the military operation, which he said […]

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257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria’s worst air disaster

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria suffered its deadliest ever air catastrophe on Wednesday when a military plane crashed near the capital, killing 257 people on board, mostly army personnel and their family members, officials said. An AFP photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane after it caught fire in a field near the Boufarik airbase, […]

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19 killed in clashes between UN and militia in CAR capital

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Comments Off

The Central African Republic, one of the world’s poorest and most unstable countries, was rocked on Wednesday after 19 people, including a UN soldier, were killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes between peacekeepers and militias in a flashpoint Muslim enclave of the capital. Bangui’s bloodiest flareup in two years brought hundreds of angry […]

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Canada to send peacekeepers to Mali

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off

Canada will be dispatching an aviation task force to the troubled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said Friday. The government source said the task force will be in Mali for up to 12 months and an official announcement on the deployment will be […]

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Egypt FM visits India

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed for India on Wednesday to lead Egypt’s delegation in the seventh round of the joint committee between the two countries. In an official statement, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the joint committee will commence its meetings on Thursday, followed by ministerial level meetings on Friday.

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UN presses on with bid to restart Western Sahara talks

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Wednesday told the peace envoy for Western Sahara to press on with talks on relaunching negotiations to settle the dispute over the North African territory. Horst Koehler met with the council behind closed doors to report on his meetings with representatives from Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania as well as the Polisario […]

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Libyan military officials discuss unity and sovereignty

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan military officers representing the army of Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and the Al-Sirraj government agreed on Tuesday during meetings in Cairo on the importance of preserving the unity and sovereignty of the Libyan state, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The meetings, which started on Friday, were hosted by the Egyptian committee on Libyan affairs, […]

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Sarkozy taken in French police custody over 2007 financing from Libya

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning over suspected Libyan financing of his 2007 election campaign, a source close to the inquiry said. Sarkozy, 63, had until now refused to respond to a summons for questioning in the case, which drew heightened scrutiny last November when a businessman […]

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AU ready to propose solutions for Western Sahara conflict

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

The President of the African Union (AU) and Chadian Commission, Moussa Faki, has announced that the AU is ready to draft a proposal for the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara. The announcement follows a three-day visit to Algeria, against which Morocco spoke out, where the AU is looking to lead a more active […]

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NATO’s Alvargonzález visits Algeria to increase cooperation

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález, paid an official visit to Algeria on 19 and 20 March 2018 in the framework of the Alliance’s Mediterranean Dialogue.

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Egypt: At least 36 Islamic militants killed in Sinai battle

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says four troops and 36 Islamic militants have died in the past five days of fighting in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Monday’s statement says one officer was among the four killed army personnel. It also says that eight soldiers were wounded, including two officers.

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Egypt, Sudan presidents agree to patch up differences

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir for talks in Cairo on Monday, with the pair pledging to boost cooperation after tensions between their neighbouring countries. Bashir’s visit comes two weeks after the reinstatement of Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo following his recall to Khartoum in January.

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Libyan PM urges army unification for national security

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said on Saturday that the unification of the army is crucial for the security of the country. Serraj made the remarks during his meeting with the government’s military dialogue committee on the unification of the army. “The unification of the military institution is absolutely necessary to secure the borders […]

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Libyan gov’t to form military force to secure southern Libya

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Sunday announced formation of a military force to secure southern Libya, which is witnessing tribal clashes for days. Serraj made his announcement during a meeting with military officials to discuss the situation in southern Libya.

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Mogherini, Grandi discuss Syria, Rohingya in Brussels meeting

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met in Brussels Monday with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and discussed the situation in Syria, including Ghouta, Libya and of the Rohingya refugees. A press release by Mogherini’s office said she discussed in the meeting the second Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and […]

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Egyptian army says 105 terrorists killed in major anti-terror operation

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

The Egyptian military announced on Thursday that 16 army personnel and 105 terrorists were killed since the country’s anti-terror military operation began a month ago in Sinai Peninsula. The military spokesman Tamer al-Refaay told reporters that 19 army men have been injured and receiving medical treatment during the comprehensive military operation.

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Sudan proposes joint-military force with Egypt to protect borders

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt, Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Halim, revealed on Thursday that Sudan has various agreements to be implemented with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, pointing out that his country proposed to Egypt to establish a joint force to protect the border between the two countries. The Sudanese ambassador’s statements came during a press conference at […]

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Algeria calls for combined Arab action to defeat terrorism

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday urged Arab countries to combine their efforts to eradicate terrorism amid critical circumstances that the region is going through. “The challenges are obvious, and Arab security cooperation must be strengthened,” he said in a message at the opening ceremony of the 35th Arab Interior Ministers Council (AIMC) in Algiers, […]

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Arab states discuss security threats in Algeria

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

The 35th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of the Interior kicked off in Algiers on Wednesday, as participants are tackling security threats and the fight against crimes, in addition to illegal migration. Arab interior ministers are focusing on cooperation to deal with challenges threatening the region, including terrorism, trans-border criminality, violent extremism, illegal […]

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US pushes UN to consider arms embargo on South Sudan

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution that threatens to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and to take “all appropriate measures” against those blocking peace efforts. The draft text obtained by AFP demands an end to four years of fighting in South Sudan and urges the warring sides […]

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Egypt says 16 troops killed in month-old offensive

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says 16 troops have been killed and 19 wounded since a wide-scale operation against Islamic militants was launched a month ago. Army spokesperson Colonel Tamer al-Rifai said on Thursday that 105 militants have been killed and that more than 2 800 people have been arrested, with many later released.

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Tillerson says China ‘encourages dependency’ in Africa

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China’s approach to development in Africa “encourages dependency” that undermines its sovereignty and risks its stability. Tillerson is speaking about US -Africa relations at George Mason University before departing on his first official trip to the continent. He says Chinese investment can help Africa solve

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Egypt calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry called Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, to allow delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and evacuation of critically wounded people. In a press statement, the ministry condemned the bombardment and shelling of civilian targets in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus and other parts of Syria.

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Egypt says ready to enhance security in South Sudan

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday expressed his country’s readiness to expend all efforts aimed at enhancing security and stability in war-torn South Sudan. Al-Sisi’s assurance came during a meeting he held with the South Sudanese Minister for the Presidency, Mayiik Deng in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukri and […]

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Seven soldiers, 71 jihadists killed in Egypt Sinai

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Seven Egyptian soldiers and 71 jihadists have been killed since the launch of a wide-ranging operation to quell an Islamic State group affiliate in Sinai earlier this month, the military said. “As a result of the heroic combat operations by our armed forces…seven heroes of the armed forces were martyred,” military spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai […]

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US drone strike kills 4 extremists in Somalia

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

The United States military for the second straight day is announcing a drone strike that killed al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia. The US Africa Command says the strike on Wednesday killed four “terrorists” near Jamaame in Lower Juba region in the south. The statement says the US assesses no civilians were killed.

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UN wants prosecutions for South Sudan war crimes

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

A UN rights commission in South Sudan said on Friday there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity. South Sudan’s four-year-old civil war has been characterised by extreme brutality and attacks on civilians.

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France, Egypt hold joint naval exercises

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

The Egyptian army on Tuesday announced the launch of joint naval exercises with France in the Red Sea. Dubbed “Cleopatra 2018”, the drill officially kicked off Tuesday and will continue until Friday, Egyptian military spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said in a statement.

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Libyan army says to sign deal to unify military establishment

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Libya’s eastern-based army spokesman Ahmad Mismari said Wednesday that an agreement will be signed soon to unify the military establishment in Libya under Egyptian auspices. “The meetings to unify the military establishment will continue tomorrow in Cairo, to complete the final consultations in particular,” Mismari said in a press conference in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

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Libyan Army holds military maneuver east of Misrata

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

The Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maitiq, attended Saturday a military exercise with live ammunition at the Military Nemwa Airbase in the district of Sadada, east of Misrata. Several officials from the Libyan Armed Forces attended the exercise including Chief of Staff of Air Force, Major General Ali Aboudia, and Brig. Gen. Abdul […]

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Two algerian soldiers killed near Tunisian border by explosion

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Two Algerian soldiers were killed and one was wounded on Monday following the explosion of a roadside bomb not far from the Tunisian border, reported local media. Citing local security sources, TSA news website reported that two soldiers were killed in the locality of Cherchar, within the province of Khenchla.

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Three Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai campaign

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt said on Monday three of its soldiers had been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group. Four “extremists” were also killed, the military said in a statement. It was the first military death toll announced since the army started its campaign on February […]

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