Archive for June, 2015
NATO’s head warned on Thursday of a risk of a return to heavy fighting in Ukraine but said it would be unwise to declare a ceasefire agreement dead, despite repeated violations, because it remained the best hope for peace. The Ukrainian military on Tuesday accused pro-Russian rebels of conducting long-range artillery attacks on villages in […]
Algeria condemned in “the strongest terms” the terrorist attacks against a hotel in Sousse in Tunisia, a mosque in Kuwait, an AMISOM base in Mogadishu (Somalia) and a plant in France’s Isere. It also expressed solidarity with the governments and the victims’ families.
Hisham Barakat, Egypt’s public prosecutor died from wounds sustained in a bomb attack on Monday that had targeted his convoy in Cairo. The bomb struck shortly after Barakat left his house in the busy eastern Heliopolis suburb, heading to his downtown office.
Officials from Libya’s rival parliaments sat down at the same table for the first time on Sunday at the latest round of UN -backed peace talks in Morocco – a move negotiators saw as an important step to forming a unity government. Libya has two governments and parliaments, with the internationally recognised government operating out […]
Warring forces in South Sudan battled on Sunday over a key northern town with both rebels and the army claiming control after the latest peace talks collapsed without progress. Rebels said militia commander Johnson Olony, a notorious ex-government general accused of recruiting an army of child soldiers, was in “full control” of the ruined town […]
Armed men attacked a village in the southern Mali region of Sikasso close to the border with Ivory Coast on Sunday, defence ministry spokesperson Colonel Diaran Kone said. The attack came a day after suspected Islamist fighters attacked a town in western Mali near the border with Mauritania, leaving 12 people dead, including three soldiers […]
Tunisia said it would arm tourism police and deploy hundreds of reinforcements as authorities moved to boost security after a jihadist gunned down 38 people at a seaside resort in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
At least 15 people were killed early on Monday in clashes pitting Somali and African Union troops against the Islamist group al-Shabaab near the southern port of Kismayo, officials said. Eight al-Shabaab militants were killed, said regional administration spokesperson Abdinasir Seerar. An unspecified number of security force members were also killed, he said, though it […]
Chadian security forces killed six militants and lost five officers as they stormed an illegal arms cache site east of the capital, state prosecutor Alghassim Khamiss said on Monday. The operation is the latest by security forces in Chad in the wake of suicide blasts on June 15 by suspected Boko Haram militants in two […]
Tunisia said on Monday it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country’s worst jihadist attack. British Home Secretary Theresa May, speaking at the scene of Friday’s gun attack at a Tunisian holiday resort, vowed that “the terrorists will not […]
NATO defence ministers confirmed, during a meeting of the NATO mission Resolute Support nations here on Thursday, enduring support for Afghanistan. The meeting, attended by Afghan Acting Minister of Defence Masoom Stanezkai, reviewed the security situation and the first six months of the Resolute Support mission.
The US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putting discussed Thursday, via phone, the global efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the developments in Ukraine.
The United Nations said on Wednesday that around a quarter of Congolese militia group the Patriotic Revolutionary Forces of Ituri (FRPI) had been “neutralised” after a three-week military operation.
Niger’s army has killed 15 Boko Haram Islamic extremists, captured 20 others and destroyed ammunition cars and motorcycles from the militants, a military spokesperson said. The attack in Niger by its military came the night after Boko Haram members had attacked the village of Yebbi in the Diffa region on Tuesday night, killing five residents […]
Somali al-Shabaab militants fought a gunbattle with African Union troops after ramming a car laden with explosives into their base south of the capital Mogadishu early on Friday, military officials and a spokesperson for the group said.
At least 27 people, including foreign tourists, were killed when at least one gunman opened fire on a Tunisian beachside hotel in the popular resort of Sousse on June 26, an interior ministry spokesman said.
Clashes between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and government troops in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh have displaced an estimated 60,000 people, a UN agency said on June 25. The UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said at least 50,000 people had been displaced within Hasakeh […]
Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal on Saturday to end years of unrest in a nation driven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency. The Algiers Accord aims to bring stability to the country’s vast northern desert, cradle of several Tuareg uprisings since the 1960s and a sanctuary for […]
The European Union on Monday extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, drawing a rebuke and a warning of retaliation from Russian officials. An EU statement said the decision was taken without debate by the bloc’s foreign ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg, in […]
The main issue for NATO defence ministers during their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday will be how NATO is adapting to a new and more challenging security environment, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. Speaking at a press conference at the NATO headquarters here on Monday, Stoltenberg said that just a few days […]
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon held “an important meeting” for the first time with all the 28 EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg Monday which also covered development sin Syria , Libya and Yemen. Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini noted that this is crucial year for the UN […]
Al-Shabaab militants launched a major suicide attack on Sunday against a military intelligence base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, setting off a car bomb before storming inside, security officials said. The interior ministry said the three attackers, one of them a suicide bomber, were all killed in the raid, and that the Somali security forces who […]
Libya’s self-declared government in Tripoli carried out air strikes on Islamic State militant positions in the city of Sirte, hitting a building where fighters had gathered, officials and witnesses said. Officials could not give any immediate confirmation of casualties from the late Sunday night strikes. Witnesses reported they were accurate and said wounded militants had […]
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he was “confident” Egypt will receive Apache gunships soon, as he made a surprise visit to Cairo. Kerry became the highest-ranking American official to visit Egypt since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power after overwhelmingly winning an election in May.
Syrian Kurdish fighters and rebel allies overnight seized a key base held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) north of its Raqqa stronghold, in a new blow for the jihadists. The capture of the Brigade 93 base comes just a week after ISIL was expelled from Tal Abyad, a town on […]
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Mali to show his support for a landmark peace deal agreed in the former colony to end years of unrest and ethnic divisions. Just two days after Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance added its signature to the Algiers Accord — aimed at stabilising Mali’s restive northern desert — Le […]
“Enormously concerned” over recent increase in tensions between India and Pakistan, US Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to work out how to tamp them down, acknowledging that the latter had just finished a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The increase “in the tensions publicly between […]
Over 31 people were killed on Wednesday and dozens wounded in five simultaneous bombings claimed by the Islamic State group at Shiite mosques and offices in the Yemeni capital, medics and witnesses said. IS, a Sunni Muslim radical group, said the attacks were in “revenge” against the Shiite Huthis, who have overrun Sanaa and much […]
The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are set to hold talks next week in Paris over the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will “discuss the situation in the east of Ukraine with his counterparts from Ukraine, Russia and Germany,” his office said […]
EU member states have agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis to the end of January 2016, officials say, as NATO announced its largest defence reinforcement since the Cold War.
The number of Syrian refugees living in shelters in Turkey reached 259,533, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) announced in a statement Wednesday. The number of Syrians living in tents and prefabricated homes provided by the Turkish government reached 14.585 in Hatay, 51.507 in Gaziantep, 103.001 in Sanliurfa, 36.017 in Kilis, 14.879 […]
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, met here Wednesday with the foreign ministers of Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Chad and Burkina Faso and discussed the EU’s relations with the five countries of the Sahel region. “We have decided to meet regularly at ministerial level and our technical services will work on three specific priorities; firstly combating terrorism […]
The United States plans to provide $5m to help support a regional military force fighting Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a state department official said on Tuesday. Boko Haram last year held a vast swathe of territory in north-eastern Nigeria of just over 30 000 square kilometres, about the size of Belgium.
Syrian refugees in Turkey have begun returning to their homes in Tal Abyad after Kurdish forces seized the border town in a major blow to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Some 200 men, women and children carrying their meagre possessions crossed back into Syria through the Turkish border post of Akçakale, a […]
French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that talks with India over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets were progressing well and would be finalised within “two to three months”.