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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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EU to reopen border assistance mission’s bureau in Tripoli

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Libya Bettina Muscheidt has revealed in a meeting with the Libyan Foreign Minister of the Government of National Accord Mohammed Sayala that they will reopen the border assistance mission’s bureau in Libya’s capital Tripoli soon, not specifying a date for the comeback.

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Mali: PM cancels visit to central town after at least 10 killed

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

At least 10 people died in attacks in Mali on Monday, as the prime minister cancelled a visit to a central town after a vehicle sent to protect his team hit a landmine. A bus travelling in the restive north was blown up by a mine on Monday, killing at least four people, police and […]

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AU force begins troop withdrawal from Somalia

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union says it has begun its withdrawal from Somalia and will cut 1 000 troops by the end of this year as security responsibilities start to shift to the local military. The continental body said on Tuesday that the move comes at a critical time, less than a month after the country’s worst […]

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French envoys meet Mali govt over raid deaths

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

France has sent high-level representatives to talk to the Malian government after a French anti-terror raid killed Malian troops held by the jihadists. Defence Minister Tiena Coulibaly met on October 31 with the French ambassador and the commander of France’s military force in Mali, according to a ministry communique received by AFP on Monday.

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UN Chief calls on Security Concil to support Sahel Anti-Terror Force

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Stressing the urgent need to help Mali and other countries the Sahel address cross-border terrorism and organized crime, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday invited the United Nations Security Council to “be ambitious” in deciding how the UN supports the region’s newly-established joint force.

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Libyan factions split over army leadership

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan factions involved in UN-brokered peace talks are still far apart on the issue of the leadership of a future national army, the head of one of two rival parliaments said on Monday. Abdulrahman Swehli said delegations from both the Tripoli State Council that he leads and from a parliament based in eastern Libya were […]

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UN could increase peacekeepers in CAR

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

The Security Council is deciding whether to increase the number of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the recommendations put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres for strengthening the operation, which was discussed at today’s meeting in New York.

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Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government said on Saturday. The decision comes a month after jihadists ambushed a joint US-Niger patrol in a volatile area near the border with Mali, killing four American […]

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Sisi, Macron discuss co-operation in Paris

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron met Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Tuesday during a three-day visit to France focusing on economic co-operation and the fight against extremism. Macron on Tuesday declined to publicly comment on the rights record of his Egyptian counterpart Sisi, saying he was in not in the business of giving “lessons.” […]

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UN chief urges dialogue in CAR

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off

Militia groups in Central African Republic (CAR) should lay down their arms and join the political process, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said late Thursday. “Central African religious communities — Christians, Muslims and others — have always lived together,” he told a news conference in the capital Bangui, according to a UN statement.

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US carries out first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off

he US military for the first time has conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia, where the group is a growing presence in a country long threatened by the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabaab. A US official said the strikes were carried out in northeastern Somalia, with the first around midnight local time […]

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UN chief visits Central African Republic

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for 900 extra peacekeepers to be deployed to the Central African Republic. In 2012, the country was plunged into turmoil when Seleka rebels overthrew the president.

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At least 12 killed in east Libya air strike

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Comments Off

At least 12 people have been killed in an air strike in Libya’s besieged eastern jihadist stronghold of Derna, a medical source said on Tuesday. Most of the victims, including women and children, are from the same family, the source at the Harish hospital said, adding that three people were left critically wounded by the […]

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Egypt air force kills militants after attack

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military said Tuesday its air force had carried out a desert raid, killing “a large number of terrorist elements” responsible for the deaths of 16 policemen earlier this month. The policemen were killed in an October 20 shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, a […]

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‘G5′ anti-jihadist force begins operations in Sahel

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Comments Off

A joint anti-jihadist force linking countries in the Sahel began operations on Wednesday, the French military mission in the region, which is providing support, told AFP. “The deployment of Malian, Nigerien and Burkinabe troops in the G5 Sahel force began this morning,” said a colonel for France’s Barkhane mission, speaking on condition that only his […]

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EU pledges support for Tunisia’s challenges

Monday, October 30, 2017 Comments Off

he President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, on Monday said the European Union (EU) will help Tunisia deal with multiple challenges it faces. Tajani made the remarks when addressing the deputies of Tunisian parliament. The European Parliament chief is on a two-day official visit to Tunisia, starting from Monday.

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US pledges $60m to regional Sahel force

Monday, October 30, 2017 Comments Off

he United States will pledge $60m to support the new G5 Sahel regional counter-terrorism force, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday, ahead of UN talks on the operation. “This is a fight we must win, and these funds will play a key role in achieving that mission,” he said, describing G5 members Burkina […]

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France, Egypt presidents discuss fight against extremism

Monday, October 30, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday as part of a three-day visit to France focusing on economic cooperation and the fight against extremism. Macron and al-Sisi were expected to make a joint statement at the presidential Elysee palace. French authorities see Egypt as a key country in efforts […]

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Egypt says 13 militants killed in western desert

Monday, October 30, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian security forces killed 13 militants in a shootout on Friday in the country’s western desert, the Interior Ministry said in a statement, a week after a deadly shootout between policemen and militants southwest of the capital Cairo. The ministry said the exchange of fire took place in a raid on a militant hideout, southwest […]

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UNSC call on all Libyan parties to work together

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged Libyans, divided with rival governments and beset by violence, to work together ahead of hoped-for elections. Separately, the European Union is seeking to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control.

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Libyan coastguard to be trained in Tunisia

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

A group of 19 officers and non-commissioned officers of the Libyan coast guard authority are to begin a training course in Tunisia on Saturday, Colonel Tareq Shanbur, the director of security operations on Libya’s coasts and president of the coordination system of Italian-Libyan operations to fight illegal immigration, has said.

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Egypt extends state of emergency

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has extended the state of emergency in Egypt for another three months. The president’s decision – a re-declaration of the state of emergency – was published in the official gazette on Thursday and was due to go into effect on Friday. The new declaration must be approved by parliament within seven days.

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6 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai attack

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

Six Egyptian soldiers were killed in a “terrorist” attack in restive North Sinai, where jihadists are active, the army’s spokesperson said on Friday. “Terrorist elements attacked a security post in El-Arish with hand grenades and firearms,” Tamer el-Rifai wrote on his Facebook page.

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UNSC backs Salamé’s Action Plan

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Comments Off

The Security Council today endorsed the United Nations’ action plan to resume an inclusive political process in Libya. In a Presidential Statement, the 15-member body strongly urged all Libyans to work together in a spirit of compromise and to engage constructively in the inclusive political process set out in the UN action plan, which was […]

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EU intends to reopen embassy in Libya

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union (EU) is intending to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control. EU leaders will announce at their summit in Brussels on Oct. 19-20 that they “encourage work underway to rapidly establish a permanent EU presence […]

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US demands Egypt to sever ties with N. Korea

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Comments Off

US President Donald Trump’s administration has demanded that Egypt cut all ties with North Korea or face further punitive action, diplomatic sources have said. Washington has warned Cairo over its military relations with the pariah Asian state. The Trump administration has urgently demanded that Egypt close military attache offices and all related activity in both […]

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