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US, Somalia forces raid al-Shabaab, kill several

Friday, July 14, 2017 Comments Off

United States and Somali military forces raided a rebel-held village in southern Somalia and killed several al-Shabaab fighters early on Thursday, a senior Somali intelligence official said, as both countries step up efforts against Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group. Somali commandos accompanied by US forces in two helicopters raided two locations, the official said. They […]

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Egypt police kill 6 IS sympathisers in shootout

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian police killed six militants who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State group’s beliefs when a gunfight erupted on Monday during a raid on their Nile valley hideout, the government said. The militants opened fire on the police as they approached the hideout in Dairut, a town in the southern province of Assiut, the interior […]

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UN: South Sudan forces attack rebel stronghold

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

South Sudan government forces have launched an offensive against a rebel stronghold in the north of the country, the UN said on Wednesday. David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), described “heavy fighting” and an “extremely worrying” situation around the town of Pagak, in Upper Nile region, over the past week, […]

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US strongly condemns attack in Egypt’s Sinai

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

The United States says it’s strongly condemning the attack in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that killed at least 23 Egyptian troops. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert says that the US continues “to stand with Egypt as it confronts terrorism.”

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South Sudan’s troops said to advance on rebel stronghold

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced and aid workers evacuated as rebels accuse government troops of advancing on their stronghold and killing civilians along the way. Opposition spokesperson William Gatjiath Deng on Saturday said government troops have stepped up attacks in the past week in Mathiang and Longochuck counties.

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Libya strongman in UAE for talks on military ‘cooperation’

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, state media said on Sunday, days after announcing the retaking of second city Benghazi from jihadists. Haftar, who has visited the United Arab Emirates regularly in recent months, held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on […]

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East Libya forces say they’ve taken full control of Benghazi

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan forces in the country’s east say they have cleared the final remaining pockets of the city of Benghazi of Islamist militiamen and armed opponents. The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, says that all that remained were some land mines and bombs to clear. He spoke in televised comments on […]

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3 die in north Mali clashes as UN condemns violence

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

Clashes between armed groups killed three people in northeastern Mali on Thursday, a security source said, as the United Nations condemned repeated ceasefire violations by the combatants. Mali’s north is controlled in parts by armed groups loyal to Bamako and in others by former rebels who want greater autonomy for the region, while the state […]

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US President urges Egypt to resolve Arab-Qatar dispute

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

United States President Donald Trump has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart about the ongoing dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries. The president called Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi from Air Force One on Wednesday, while en route to Poland. He called on “all parties to negotiate constructively to resolve the dispute” with Qatar and to “stop […]

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US carries out airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia as the Trump administration quietly steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. Pentagon spokesperson Major Audricia M Harris said the strike occurred on Sunday afternoon Somalia time and the US was assessing the results.

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Egypt extends state of emergency

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s parliament has approved a presidential decision to extend the state of emergency nationwide for another three months. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi initially imposed the state of emergency after suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday in an attack that was claimed by the Egyptian

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Morocco expects UN to resolve Western Sahara dispute

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

Morocco’s top diplomat said on Tuesday that the United Nations is to lead efforts to end a dispute over a partially recognised state in Western Sahara that Rabat considers its territory. Speaking in Addis Ababa at his first African Union summit since Morocco returned to the bloc in January, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said the […]

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Macron in Mali for diplomatic push on Sahel anti-jihad force

Monday, July 3, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Mali on Sunday to boost Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, with France urging greater support for the Sahel region amid mounting insecurity. The so-called “G5 Sahel” countries south of the Sahara – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – have pledged to fight jihadists on their […]

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Egypt to host Gulf nations in dispute with Qatar

Monday, July 3, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt says it will host a meeting of Arab nations that have cut off ties to Qatar. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid says foreign ministers of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will meet in Cairo on Wednesday. He says the meeting will discuss the future steps in dealing with Qatar, […]

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Egypt army destroys 12 vehicles crossing from Libya

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence that “criminal elements” were attempting to cross the western border with Libya.

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Egypt extends emergency state by 3 months

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian cabinet decided on Thursday to extend the state of emergency in the country for three more months. The decision to extend the emergency state was made during a cabinet meeting.

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Six killed in fresh clashes in eastern DRC

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

Fresh clashes on Saturday between government troops and a militia in Nord-Kivu province in the troubled east of Democratic Republic of Congo have left two soldiers and four fighters dead, the army said. The army’s position in Kaseghe was attacked around dawn “by the Mai Mai (militia) which caused the death of two soldiers from […]

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Chad: 8 soldiers killed in clashes with Boko Haram

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

Eight Chadian soldiers were killed in fierce fighting with Boko Haram insurgents at the weekend on islands on Lake Chad, which borders four countries on the edge of the Sahara, Chad’s army said on Monday. “Our forces attacked Boko Haram elements on five islands near Nigeria on June 24 and 25,” said spokesperson Colonel Azem, […]

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Militants clash with troops in eastern DRC

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

Clashes between militants and government troops on Thursday left 16 dead in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said. The fighting erupted in the eastern suburbs of Beni, a city in the troubled North-Kivu province, with residents hearing gunshots and heavy weapons fire. The province has been plagued by regular […]

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UN seeks $8bn for South Sudan refugee crisis

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations secretary-general is making a plea for protection of refugees around the world, saying some richer countries haven’t been as tolerant as some in Africa. Antonio Guterres on Friday addressed a UN-backed summit in Uganda that seeks $8bn for nearly a million South Sudanese refugees and the host communities that officials say are […]

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US to have permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The United States ambassador to Somalia says the US once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year. The US embassy was closed in 1991 as the Horn of Africa nation slid into decades of chaos. Former Secretary of State John Kerry during a […]

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France, Algeria call for political solution to Libyan crisis

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of Algeria and France on Tuesday urged Libya’s rival armed factions to seek a political solution in the North African country to help stem the spread of militant groups there and potential spillover across its borders. Algeria has joined with North African neighbor Tunisia to seek support for an inclusive dialogue in […]

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Egypt army says 12 militants killed in North Sinai

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says its air force has killed 12 “extremely dangerous” militants in airstrikes in northern Sinai, a militant hotspot. In a Tuesday statement, the armed forces said the strikes also destroyed four vehicles as it targeted a “terrorist stronghold” of the local Islamic State affiliate, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

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At least 40 killed in CAR day after ceasefire

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

At least 40 people were killed in clashes on Tuesday in the Central African Republic, aid and security sources said, the day after the signing of a ceasefire deal. The violence in the central town of Bria was between members of Christian ‘anti-balaka’ militias and ex-Seleka fighters, the sources said.

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Turkish PM visits Greece

Monday, June 19, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım will make a working visit to Greece on June 19 at the invitation of Greek his counterpart Alexis Tsipras, ahead of Cyprus reunification talks in Switzerland. During his visit to Athens, Prime Minister Yıldırım will be received by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Yıldırım’s visit is taking place ahead of a […]

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Mali urges UN to support anti-jihadist force for the Sahel

Monday, June 19, 2017 Comments Off

Mali’s foreign minister on Friday pressed the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution endorsing the creation of a special force to fight the jihadists increasingly plaguing north Africa’s Sahel region. The minister, Abdoulaye Diop, expressed the “deep concern” of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who heads a five-nation regional grouping known as the […]

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5 killed in jihadi attack on Mali resort outside capital

Monday, June 19, 2017 Comments Off

Islamic extremists who stormed a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners killed five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country wracked by mounting extremism, authorities said on Monday. The death toll rose after a Malian soldier who was wounded in the […]

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Macron in Morocco to discuss Libya, Qatar crisis

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron was in Morocco on Wednesday on a 24-hour visit for talks on battling terrorism as well as the Libyan conflict and Qatar’s dispute with its Gulf neighbours. As he stepped off the plane for his first visit to Morocco since his election in May, the French president, his wife Brigitte at […]

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France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off

France’s foreign minister said on Thursday he was confident “we will get there” in convincing a reluctant United States to give United Nations backing to an anti-jihadist force drawn from five African countries. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, which make up the so-called G5 Sahel, have agreed to set up a special counter-terrorism […]

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EU announces $160m to support northeast Nigeria

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union has announced a support package of nearly $160m for recovery and reconstruction in Nigeria’s Borno state, which has been devastated by attacks from homegrown Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The EU said on Thursday the northeastern state is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has called Nigeria one of four […]

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EU maritime to continue to seize arms off Libya

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Monday to allow the European Union’s (EU) maritime force to seize illegal weapons off Libya’s coast for another year, a move aimed at helping restore peace to the deeply divided north African nation. The British-drafted resolution authorises EU ships in Operation Sophia to stop vessels on the high […]

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AU calls for dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

African Union chairperson Alpha Conde on Sunday put himself forward as a mediator in the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries, urging dialogue after several African nations also recalled their ambassadors to Doha. Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he […]

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UN peacekeeper killed in Mali

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations says a fourth peacekeeper from the West African nation of Guinea was killed in an attack by jihadists last week on a UN camp in northern Mali. UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Monday the peacekeeper was missing after last Thursday’s attack on the camp east of the city of Kidal […]

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US forces conduct strike against Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

US forces carried out a strike in conjunction with Somali special forces on Sunday against Al-Shabaab approximately 300km southwest of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon said the operation occurred at approximately 0600 GMT “in coordination with regional partners as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.”

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Nigeria army says it killed Boko Haram leader

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

A Nigerian official says a top Boko Haram commander was among many insurgents killed on Sunday as soldiers fought to rescue nine children being trained at a secret camp. Nigerian army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said on Monday that soldiers battled Boko Haram extremists in Jarawa village in Borno state. He said they killed […]

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