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Egypt says kills 8 Brotherhood members before carrying attacks

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s interior ministry says its forces have killed eight members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group “before carrying out terrorist acts”. Is says in a Monday statement that the Brotherhood members fired on security forces when they were approached at an undisclosed date or location in the desert near the country’s southern border, drawing return […]

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Somalia says regional al-Shabaab leader is killed in raid

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

Somalia’s government says a regional leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group has been killed in a raid by Somali forces. The statement on Sunday by Somalia’s information minister says Lower Shabelle regional leader Moalin Osman Abdi Badil and three associates were killed Friday in Bariire village.

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Egypt jets destroy vehicles with arms from Libya

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

The Egyptian air force has destroyed 15 vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition after they illegally crossed into the country from Libya, a military official said on Monday. In a separate announcement, Egypt said its security forces had killed eight militants who were being trained to attack government and Christian targets, in a shootout in the […]

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UN peacekeeper killed in CAR

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

Attackers in Central African Republic ambushed a convoy of the UN peacekeepers from Cambodia and Morocco, killing one Cambodian soldier and wounding six other peacekeepers, Cambodian officials said on Tuesday. Three Cambodian soldiers and one Moroccan peacekeeper were also reported missing after Monday’s surprise assault and may have been kidnapped, the officials said.

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French soldiers launch operation in northern Mali

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

French soldiers killed or captured about 20 terrorists in Mali’s restive north where a French soldier was killed on April 5, the French chief of staff said Sunday. Troops from Operation Barkhane, a French counter-terror operation whose mission is to target militant groups operating in the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert, launched the […]

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UN condemns attack of MINUSMA camp

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the camp of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Timbuktu, Mali. The attack which caused the death of a Liberian peacekeeper and injured others and which was claimed by Jama’at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (Group for the Support of Islam and […]

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US Congress approves military aid to Egypt

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

The United States Congress has approved a bill on government spending under the Trump administration, part of which is dedicated to securing borders in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon. The Town Hall website reported that the bill allocated $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt under the section dubbed “Global War on Terror”.

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British FM meets with Al-Sweihli in Tripoli

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, arrived Thursday morning in Tripoli to meet with Libyan Government of National Accord’s officials. The UK Foreign Minister met with the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdel Rahman Al-Sweihli, in the HCS’s headquarters in Tripoli.

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Libya rivals call for efforts to end crisis

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government and a rival military commander said Wednesday they have agreed to work to end the country’s crisis. Government of National Accord (GNA) leader Fayez al-Sarraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control most of eastern Libya including key oil ports, held rare talks Tuesday in the United […]

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Shelling at UN camp in Mali kills one, wounds 9

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

Shelling and rocket fire on a UN camp in the troubled Malian city of Timbuktu killed one person and wounded nine peacekeepers, the United Nations mission in the country said on Wednesday.

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At least 5 dead in suicide attack in northeast Nigeria

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

Five people were killed in two suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria, police said on Friday, in the latest attacks blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. Borno state police spokesman Murtala Ibrahim said two women with explosives strapped to their bodies blew themselves up in the Konduga area on Thursday night, “killing themselves and five others”.

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US soldier killed, two wounded in fight with Shabaab in Somalia

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off

An American soldier was shot dead and two others wounded in Somalia during a joint operation with Somali forces against Shabaab militants, the US military said on Friday. “On May 4, one US service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab near Barii, Somalia, approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu,” said a statement from […]

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UN delegate says Sundanese rebel groups are active in Libya

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

The UN delegate to Libya, Martin Kobler, said on Sunday that Sudanese rebel groups are present in Libya. After his meeting with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, Kobler called for putting an end to operations by all rebel or foreign groups in Libya.

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NATO pledges to assist Libya to rebuild defense departments

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

NATO has said it would assist Libya’s Presidential Council to rebuild the country’s defense departments. The announcement was made by Jens Stoltenberg, the organization’s Secretary General at a press conference with Italian Premier Paulo Gentiloni, last week in Rome. The organization will send a team to help the Libyan Presidency Council build a modern ministry […]

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Dozens of civilians killed in Central African Republic

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

Armed groups in Central African Republic have killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday. The violence pitted armed groups against one another in the central province of Ouaka, which is at the border of the mainly Muslim north […]

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Advance team of UN peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

An advance party of peacekeepers with a bolstered mandate to use force have arrived in South Sudan, the United Nations said on Monday, the first blue helmets with a greater authority to protect civilians in the troubled East African nation. At least 13 peacekeepers from a regional protection force mandated by the Security Council have […]

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Libyan PM meets rival strongman

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Tuesday held a rare meeting with a military strongman who supports a rival authority in the violence-wracked country, official media said. Fayez al-Sarraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar met face-to-face in Abu Dhabi, the LANA news agency said, for only the second time since Sarraj was named […]

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Eight Malian soldiers killed in central Mali attack

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

Eight Malian soldiers were killed on Tuesday by armed assailants in a central area of the country that is regularly targeted by jihadist groups, a Malian military source said. “We lost eight troops on Tuesday during a complex attack mounted by terrorists, between the localities of Nampala and Diabali,” the source told AFP, adding that […]

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UK to send 400 troops to join UN’s S Sudan force

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

About 400 British soldiers will join the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan in the next weeks in one of Britain’s largest operational deployments worldwide, the force said Tuesday. A statement said the first of the British troops, “proudly wearing their distinctive blue UN berets, arrives in Juba today to join the United Nations Mission […]

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UN envoy to Libya to visit Sudan for peace talks

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, will visit Khartoum on Sunday for talks on the conflict in the North African country, the Sudanese foreign ministry said. Kobler, on his first visit to Sudan, is expected to meet Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and other senior officials in Khartoum. “He will discuss efforts made […]

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US lawmakers call for action in Libya to counter Russia

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

Despite President Donald Trump saying the US should step back from Libya, Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin on Tuesday called for US engagement in the North African country. “The United States must be engaged,” Cardin said. “When we don’t have representative governments … it creates a void, and that void is […]

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US troops end hunt for LRA warlord

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

US special forces on Wednesday begin pulling out of Central African Republic where they deployed in 2011 to help hunt the brutal LRA warlord Joseph Kony. The move, which was announced last month, will see US troops pulling out of the country’s east where they have been helping Ugandan forces track down rebels from the […]

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Uganda withdraws troops from Central African Republic

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

Uganda has started withdrawing its troops involved in the US-backed operations against the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). A total of 31 Uganda Peoples Defence Force UPDF) soldiers from the mission landed at Gulu Airfield in Gulu District in northern Uganda on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Algeria to host Intl Conference on National Reconciliation

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria would host next July an International Conference on National Reconciliation Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel announced Tuesday in Algiers. On the sidelines of a lecture on “the freedom of worship in Algeria” given by Minister of Religious Affairs and Waqfs, Mohamed Aissa at the Foreign Affairs headquarters, Messahel […]

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UNSC divided on Western Sahara resolution

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

The Security Council, which met Tuesday to examine the US draft resolution on Western Sahara, has not reached consensus as first discussions revealed great divergences between the members. The draft resolution aiming to boost negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco has been submitted in a first step to the group of friends of Western […]

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Greek FM visits Algeria

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias will pay Thursday an official visit to Algeria at the invitation of State Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra, said Wednesday a Ministry communiqué. This visit “is part of the regular bilateral consultations and corresponds to the two countries’ desire

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New South Sudan fighting displaces 25k people

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

A spokesperson for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says 25 000 people have been displaced by fighting in the South Sudan town of Kodok. The top United Nations official in South Sudan also warned of a government offensive on the town.

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Egypt, Sudan vow not to aid opposition groups

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt and Sudan said on Thursday they will not harbour or support opposition groups fighting their respective governments, as top diplomats of the two countries vowed to boost bilateral ties. Relations between neighbours Cairo and Khartoum have been tense, with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accusing Egyptian intelligence services of supporting Sudanese opposition figures fighting his […]

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French, Malian forces conduct joint anti-terrorist operation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

Burkinabe and Malian units supported by French troops conducted a major joint counter-terrorism effort called Operation ‘Panga’ between from 27 March to 10 April, Burkinabe, Malian, and French authorities have announced.

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EU Concerned Over Ongoing Violence in Southern Libya

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union has expressed concern over the ongoing violent acts in southern Libya, saying those actions threaten the political process, according to a statement by the EU Spokesman on Monday.

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Kobler to Visit Algeria on Wednesday for UN-Algerian Consultations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

The Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Martin Kobler is visiting Algeria on Wednesday as part of the continuous consultation over the crisis in Libya, according to a statement by the Algerian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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Kenyan army killed over 50 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

Kenya’s military said on Friday it killed 52 fighters with the extremist group al-Shabaab during an early morning attack on a camp in neighbouring Somalia. The army destroyed the camp in Badhadhe region of Lower Jubba using ground troops and artillery fire, said military spokesperson Colonel Joseph Owuoth. An assortment of weapons was recovered at […]

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Morocco, US stage joint military exercise

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1 300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco, the American embassy and military officials said. Military personnel from Britain, France, Germany, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Spain and Tunisia are also taking part in the joint manoeuvres known as African Lion […]

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US Defence Secretary visits Djibouti

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived on Sunday for a short visit to Djibouti, a strategically important country on the Horn of Africa which hosts the United States’ only permanent military base on the African continent. Camp Lemonnier, home to about 4 000 US soldiers and contractors, is vital to US military operations in Somalia […]

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Morocco says to withdraw from Western Sahara tension zone

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

Morocco said on Sunday it will pull back from a zone of the contested Western Sahara that has raised tensions with Algeria-backed Polisario Front separatists. “The Kingdom of Morocco will proceed from today with a unilateral withdrawal from the (Guerguerat) zone,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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