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Algerian troops discover massive weapons bunker near Mali border

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

A bunker full of war weapons has been discovered by Algerian army troops near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry said in statement on Wednesday. The bunker was discovered by counterterrorism troops deployed in the southernmost locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, on the border strip with Mali, after a routine patrol in the area.

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Egypt, US discuss counter-terrorism efforts

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met Saturday with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss strategic cooperation and joint counter-terrorism efforts. “Sisi stressed the strength of the Egyptian-U.S. relations and their distinguished strategic aspects, urging to enhance all aspects of cooperation between the two sides particularly in the military field,” […]

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1 peacekeeper killed, 3 wounded in CAR

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Mainly Christian anti-Balaka forces attacked a UN police checkpoint in Central African Republic on Monday, killing one UN peacekeeper and wounding three others, the United Nations said. The attack took place at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in the southeastern town of Bria after peacekeepers intervened to free two displaced people being […]

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AU to help evacuate 15 000 migrants from Libya this year

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15 000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over recent footage that showed migrants being auctioned off as slaves, the AU’s deputy chairperson said on Tuesday. Between 400 000 and 700 000 African migrants are in dozens of camps […]

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French President Macron visits Algeria

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Algeria for a one-day working visit aimed at boosting the security and economic cooperation between the two countries. Macron plans to walk the streets of Algiers city center on Wednesday before meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Tillerson, Libya’s PM discuss need to back UN Action Plan

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj on Friday to discuss the need for all Libyan and international parties to work together for stabilizing Libya. They urged backing the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame’s Action Plan “to advance the national political reconciliation process and lay […]

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EU, African leaders call for political solution in Libya

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

African and European leaders said Friday that a lasting resolution of the issue of African migrants is closely linked to addressing the root causes of the phenomenon and requires a political solution to the persistent crisis in Libya. “In this respect, they stressed the imperative need for coordinated action involving all the stakeholders concerned, especially […]

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US pledges to support Libya unity regime under UN plan

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

The United States renewed its support for Libya’s UN-backed government on Friday and urged all parties in the country to get behind efforts to organise elections. President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the White House shortly after the Libyan visited the State Department for talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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US defense secretary meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met on Saturday with Egyptian officials to discuss cooperation between the two countries, the first stop on a trip that will also take him to Jordan, Pakistan and Kuwait. Mattis’ visit came just over a week after the worst-ever Islamic militant attack in Egypt’s modern history took place in […]

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Egypt’s police say 5 militants killed near Cairo

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says security forces have killed five suspected militants in a shootout in a province about 150km east of Cairo. It says in a statement on Monday police have arrested another six militants in follow up raids on a desert area in the Sharqiya province.

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France allows new Rafale contract for Egypt to progress

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s purchase of 12 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France looks to be going ahead, allaying Cairo’s fears that the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (Bercy) would block the deal. During a three-day visit made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Paris in October, French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he wanted […]

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Libya, EU discuss border security cooperation

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan UN-backed government and EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM) on Sunday discussed Libya’s border security. According to the media office of the Prime Minister, Serraj met with EUBAM delegation in the capital Tripoli and discussed cooperation between Libya and EU against terrorism and illegal immigration. The prime minister stressed that Libya’s border security […]

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Macron kicks off Africa tour in Burkina Faso

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron landed in Burkina Faso on Monday evening for the opening leg of a three-day Africa tour aimed at boosting France’s regional influence and stemming the continent’s migrant exodus. Macron’s first African tour takes him to Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, two former French colonies that deposed strongmen leaders in recent years, […]

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Sudan forces arrest top Darfur militia chief

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan’s counter-insurgency forces have arrested a powerful militia chief from Darfur accused by the United Nations of human rights abuses in the war-torn region, officials said on Monday. The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) arrested Musa Hilal, a former aide to President Omar al-Bashir, near his home town of Mustariaha in the state of North Darfur, […]

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Egypt troops killed 14 militants after Sinai massacre

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian authorities say security forces have killed at least 14 Islamic militants in Sinai and an adjacent Suez Canal province following the massacre at a village mosque in the northern part of the peninsula last week that killed 305 people.

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Egypt vows ‘brutal’ response to mosque attackers

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

An angry Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged to respond with “brutal force” against militants who massacred at least 235 people at a mosque during weekly prayers on Friday. “The army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period,” he also said in a televised […]

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Egypt mosque attack death toll rises to 305

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

he death toll from an attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai rose to 305 including 27 children, the state prosecution said Saturday in a statement detailing the gruesome massacre. It said there were between 25 and 30 attackers with long hair and beards, dressed in camouflage and flying a black banner with the Muslim […]

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US airstrikes IS group in northeastern Somalia

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in northeastern Somalia that killed one extremist. The statement from the US Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out on Monday afternoon in coordination with Somalia’s government.

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Mali delays December regional election until April 2018

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

Mali has delayed regional elections due next month until April 2018 in order to address dissatisfaction with the timing from powerful armed groups, the government said on Monday. Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, minister for territorial administration, met former rebel groups and pro-government factions who registered “concerns” over the vote’s timing, a government statement said.

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Egypt security forces kills four militants in Sinai

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Comments Off

The Egyptian Second Field Army – who are assigned with the task of securing North Sinai and Ismailia from an extremist insurgency – killed four militants on Tuesday during operations against the Islamic State group. A statement released by the military’s official spokesperson said the operation resulted in the destruction of a large amount of […]

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Algeria condemns terrorist bombings in Nigeria

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria on Thursday condemned the terrorist bombings which hit the city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria, killing more than 12 civilians. “Our conviction is consistent that this terrorist attack, especially those targeting civilian population, will not discourage Nigeria’s government, army and security forces to eradicate the

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US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Comments Off

US forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 jihadists, military officials said. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at approximately 10:30 am local Somalia time (0730 […]

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Algerian army seizes batch of weapons on border with Mali

Monday, November 20, 2017 Comments Off

The Algerian army on Thursday discovered a large batch of weapons on the border with Mali, a statement from the defense ministry said. The arms were hidden in a bunch in the locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar in the southernmost province of Adrar, according to the statement.

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Libya carries out operations in north region against IS

Monday, November 20, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan army units on Saturday carried out extensive sweeps in the region known as the “oil crescent” in north Libya to monitor movements of IS members, according to a military source. “Patrols of army units are securing desert areas of the oil crescent region, in search of IS fighters,” an army officer said.

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EU sets mid-December to Libyan parliament to amend political agreement

Monday, November 20, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union (EU) and some other major European countries have set mid-December as a deadline for the Libyan eastern-based parliament to amend the political agreement on ending the country’s political crises, a parliament member said.

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UN to send 900 more peacekeepers to CAR

Monday, November 20, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday to send an additional 900 peacekeepers to a UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). “The Council decided to increase the Mission’s troop limit by 900 military personnel, resulting in an authorized troop ceiling of 11,650 military personnel, including 480 military observers and military staff […]

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Libya air strikes kill dozens of IS members in Sirte

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s Air Force on Wednesday carried out air raids on Islamic State (IS) sites near the city of Sirte, killing dozens of militants and destroying all of their equipments, according to a military source. “The air force carried out four raids targeting sites near the desert road leading to the town of Harawa, east of […]

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Algeria counter-terrorism troops arrest 4 in Batna province

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian counter-terrorism troops arrested on Sunday four individuals suspected of providing support to terrorists in the province of Batna, 400 km southeast of Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The source specified that the four suspects were arrested after the exploitation of accurate intelligence by counter-terrorism troops.

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Tunisian-Algerian-Egyptian to hold meeting on Libya

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaïes Jhinaoui will participate in a tripartite consultation meeting on Libya to be attended by the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Algeria and Egypt on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting will examine the steps to take to implement the initiative of […]

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French President to visit Algeria

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Algeria on Dec. 6. The visit was decided following consultations between Algerian and French competent institutions. Macron was set to visit Algeria in September, but his visit was postponed to anther date.

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Egyptian army arrets 74 militants, kills 3 in Sinai

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s armed forces said on Thursday that they have killed three “high-level” suspected militants and arrested 74 others in sweeps in the troubled northern Sinai Peninsula in recent days. Five four-wheel-drive vehicles and four bomb-making workshops were destroyed in the raids, as well as ammunition and fuel stocks, military spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifai said. Security […]

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Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to discuss Libya on Nov 15

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

The tripartite meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries (Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt) will be held on November 15 in Cairo, Egypt, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said in a statement after his meeting with President Beji Caid Essebsi on Tuesday at Carthage Palace.

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UN could send 900 extra troops to CAR

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would bolster the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops to help protect civilians, according to the text obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The measure follows a request from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who has warned of a risk of ethnic […]

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France pledges to increase aid to Sahel by one third

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

France said on Wednesday it will increase its development aid to the troubled Sahel by more than a third, linking the extra funds to the fight against jihadist groups in the vast African region. The five nations in the sprawling area south of the Sahara – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – pooled […]

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Algeria, Mauritania to open first border post after 50 years

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Maghreb neighbours Algeria and Mauritania are to open their first border post more than 50 years after independence from France, the Mauritanian news agency AMI reported on Thursday. Mauritanian Interior Minister Ahmedou Ould Abdallah and Algerian counterpart Noureddine Bedoui signed an accord Bedoui ended a visit to Nouakchott on Wednesday, according to AMI.

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