Archive for February, 2016

DR Congo: 13 civilians killed by suspected Ugandan rebels in the east

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

Thirteen civilians were killed in the night from Sunday to Monday by suspected Ugandan rebels in the Beni territory in eastern DRC, said the Congolese army. “We have just discovered a total of thirteen bodies killed with knives, including four women,” said Lt. Mak Hazukay, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the DRC in the […]

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Burkina – Ivory Coast: Rambo in prison, the Touareg on the run

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

While Blaise Compaore seems he installed in Côte d’Ivoire, which he received citizenship, the recent arrest in Abidjan CWO Nébié Moussa said Rambo (ex-RSP), gives grist to the Burkinabe justice in the prosecution of the coup attempt in Ouagadougou in September 2015. Arrested and extradited to Abidjan to Ouagadougou on February 20 aboard a flight […]

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Mali: Four UN Peacekeepers killedin Kidal

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

Two Chadian peacekeepers in Mali, a head of unit and a military doctor, were killed Thursday in Kidal (north-east) by another soldier who complained about their living conditions within the quota, according to a security source within the UN Mission in the country (Minusma). The source initially told AFP that a leader Chadian peacekeepers had […]

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UN chief calls on leaders of South Sudan to restore confidence

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

New York – The UN chief says global aid appeal for the conflict-torn South Sudan is just three percent funded, and the world body publishes $ 21m in emergency funds to help. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke during a visit to the East African country, where he spoke with his chief of President Rebel urged to […]

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More peacekeepers needed for South Sudan

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

New York -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants 1,100 additional peacekeepers be sent to South Sudan to help protect civilians continue to face attacks despite a peace agreement signed three months ago . Ban made the request in a report last week the Security Council that paints a pessimistic picture of conflict in the world’s newest […]

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Mali govt, armed groups agree on the organization of peace forum

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

The Malian government and former armed groups have agreed to organize a forum on peace and national reconciliation in Mali between March 27-30, 2016, to put a closure on the “Algiers peace process,” said a source during the weekend. The revelations were made by Sidi Brahim Ould Sidatt, a representative of former armed groups, following […]

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Air strike hits ‘Daesh convoy’ in Libya town

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

TRIPOLI: Aircraft attacked a convoy carrying suspected Islamic State militants near the northwestern Libyan town of Bani Walid early on Sunday, an official said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack though both the United States and Libyan government forces have launched air strikes on militants in recent months. Three huge explosions rocked the area […]

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UK sends special forces on secret Libya mission against IS

Monday, February 29, 2016 Comments Off

UK special forces are said to be working alongside their US counterparts in the city of Misrata to stop the jihadists’ progress in the lawless land across the sea from Italy. Even as diplomats in Washington, London and European capitals push for the formation of a unity government in Libya, the US military has begun […]

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Tunisia: sixteen suspected terrorists arrested

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

Sixteen suspected terrorists have been arrested in the past two days Ghardimaou, 180 kilometers west of Tunis, where they were preparing to install a training camp, reported on Monday the Ministry of Interior. “Eight takfiri elements were apprehended at Ghardimaou (…) bringing to sixteen the number of terrorists arrested in this region since Sunday,” the […]

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Libya: jihadists briefly occupied the center of Sabratha

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

About 200 of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) managed to occupy for several hours the center of Sabratha near Tripoli, before being driven out by members of the militia coalition Fajr Libya, officials said Wednesday. The IS has set up in Libya by taking advantage of the chaos in the country where power is […]

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Burundi president agrees to hold talks

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

Bujumbura – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has agreed to hold talks to end a 10-month-old crisis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday, but the main opposition group dismissed the plan as a “false opening”. After meeting with Nkurunziza as well as government and some opposition politicians, Ban said that all sides had agreed to […]

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Pro-govt fighters make gains in Benghazi

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

Benghazi – Fighters loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Tuesday they were close to seizing the centre of second city Benghazi after gains against Islamist militias including the Islamic State group (ISIS). “We entered most of the sectors controlled by terrorist groups in Lithi” in central Benghazi, a military source told AFP.

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Burundi leader promises to release prisoners

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

Bujumbura – Burundi’s president promises to release 2 000 people detained during months of violent unrest, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday while visiting the violence-plagued country. Ban spoke after meeting with President Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday, as well as meetings with officials from Burundi’s ruling party, government, opposition and civic groups in […]

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Tunisian army kills suspected jihadist

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

Tunis – A suspected jihadist was killed on Monday in an exchange of fire with security forces in a mountainous area of central Tunisia, a defence ministry spokesperson said. “For two week, military forces have been tracking a group of terrorists in the Mount Mghila area,’ Belhassan Oueslati told AFP. “One terrorist was killed in […]

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Algeria takes strengthens its border security

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria has taken “all necessary measures” to strengthen its border security and contribute to the security of the entire region, said Wednesday in Algiers Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra. “Algeria has taken all necessary measures to strengthen its border security,” Lamamra told the press on the sidelines of […]

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Algeria, EU discuss Libyan crisis, anti-terrorism cooperation

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria and the European Union (EU) have recently discussed the Libyan situation and anti-terrorism cooperation, APS news agency reported Wednesday. These were major topics of a meeting here between Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, and an EU delegation.

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Algeria: high alert on the border with Libya

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian authorities increase the military presence on the border with Libya (980 km long) in order to prevent the infiltration of armed groups. The three military regions of South Grand were placed on high alert. Leave and permissions soldiers concerned were suspended indefinitely, while significant human and material resources (shielded) are routed locally.

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Ban Ki-moon to Burundi to sort out the crisis

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Comments Off

The Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon arrived Monday in Bujumbura to try to find a solution to the crisis in Burundi where armed violence continued with new grenade attacks in the capital. The head of the UN, which is the first visit to Burundi since the country plunged into a serious political crisis […]

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Ivory Coast: 10 killed in the mutiny in Abidjan Saturday in a jail

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Comments Off

The balance of the mutiny that broke out Saturday at the House of Detention and Correction of Abidjan (Maca), the main prison in Ivory Coast rose to ten people including a prison guard, announced Monday at the AFP the prosecutor Aly Yeo. “The updated balance sheet is as follows: the part of prison officers, we […]

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Tunisia: state of emergency extended by one month

Monday, February 22, 2016 Comments Off

Tunisia announced Sunday the one-month extension of the state of emergency throughout the country reinstated in November after a suicide attack against the presidential guard in full Tunis. “After consulting with the Head of Government and the President of the Assembly of People’s Representatives on issues related to national security, especially the situation at the […]

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South Sudanese army attacked a base sheltering UN civilians

Monday, February 22, 2016 Comments Off

Nairobi – South Sudan government troops took part in a possible “war crime” attack killing at least 18 civilians in a UN base, residents, rebels and sources of assistance to the AFP. At least 18 people were killed and over 70 injured in clashes in the camp of the UN Wednesday to Thursday in the […]

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Libya unity vote Tuesday

Monday, February 22, 2016 Comments Off

Benghazi – the internationally recognized Libya parliament is expected to hold a confidence vote Tuesday on a national unity government supported by the United Nations to this country from North Africa in the grip of conflict, an MP said. Deputy Aisha al-Aquarius says lawmakers wrapped up debate Monday on the line-up proposed by a presidential […]

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UN envoy to Tobruk to “help” Libya unity govt talks

Monday, February 22, 2016 Comments Off

Tobruk – UN envoy Martin Kobler visited the headquarters of the internationally recognized parliament of Libya on Sunday to “help” with a confidence vote on a national unity government for the crisis-torn country. “The eyes of the people of Libya are on Tobruk. They expect GNA. I am here today to help Tobruk, not to […]

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THE “INTERMARIUM”: A CENTURY-OLD SECURITY DOCTRINE REVISITED

Thursday, February 18, 2016 Comments Off

Recent developments a) On February 2, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter unveiled plans to add more heavy weapons and armored vehicles to prepositioned stocks in Eastern Europe in order to give the Pentagon two brigade sets worth of heavy equipment on NATO’s eastern frontier. The White House plans to pay for the additional weapons and […]

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UN: Up to 73 000 civilians fleeing the fighting in Darfur, Sudan

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

Khartoum – Some 73,000 civilians fled Marra mountains in the heart of the Darfur region in Sudan since the army launched an offensive against the rebels on 15 January, the UN said Wednesday. The world body said the move was the largest in the district in a decade and was a major thrust in the […]

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Sudan rebels, troops clash in South Kordofan

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

Khartoum – Danish troops and rebels clashed around an army base in the state of South Kordofan agitated, both sides said on Monday, but giving contradictory versions of the fighting. North Sudan Liberation Army has been battling troops of President Omar al-Bashir in South Kordofan and Blue Nile since 2011, but there has been relatively […]

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Obama: US will continue to seek to attack ISIS targets in Libya

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

Washington – President Barack Obama says the United States continues to attack ISIS in Libya as targets are identified. Obama speaks at a news conference in California. He said the United States will go after ISIS “wherever”.

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Libyan descent into chaos fear its neighbors

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

Alger – voisins d’Afrique du Nord de la Libye, de peur de descendre davantage dans le chaos du pays, prévoient une réunion d’urgence pour coordonner les contrôles aux frontières et tasser les troubles qu’ils craignent va se répandre.

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Jihadists used armored vehicles in base attack UN Mali

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

Bamako – The head of the UN mission in Mali jihadists said armored vehicles to attack on the basis of the mission in Kidal that killed at least seven peacekeepers last week. Radhia Achouri told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it was the first time an armored vehicle was used in such an attack, […]

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Cameroon forces kill 162 Boko Haram militants, retake the city

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

Yaounde – Cameroon’s government says its troops have resumed in northern Nigeria city of Goshi Boko Haram, killing 162 militants in a weekend operation. Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary said late Monday that Cameroon special forces also released about 100 detainees held by the extremists, including Cameroonians and Nigerians. He

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Valls visits Mali and Burkina Faso, also struck by terrorism

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

Manuel Valls went to Mali on Thursday and Friday and Saturday in Burkina Faso, the opportunity to exchange with the authorities of these countries recently hit by bloody attacks, but also visits to the French troops there. The Prime Minister must “ensure the continuity of the support of France” in Burkina Faso and Mali, hit […]

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Burundi: Police shows off five “terrorists” suspected repented before the press

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Comments Off

The police of Burundi paraded before the press Tuesday in Bujumbura five young men described as “terrorists” repented, they decided to “themselves” to surrender to the authorities, have we learned from police sources. These five “terrorists” belong to “armed criminal groups disrupted security in Bujumbura, including with grenade attacks, and they surrendered themselves,” said AFP […]

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Mali: three soldiers killed in an ambush in the Timbuktu region

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

According to military sources, three Malian soldiers died Friday in an ambush in the Timbuktu region. The attack came the same day as that of a base of Minusma Kidal. “Three of our men died today between the towns of Timbuktu and Goundam when their vehicle fell into an ambush by the jihadists,” said Friday, […]

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Mali: the head of the Minusma Kidal after the deadly attack against peacekeepers

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

The head of the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma) visited Saturday peacekeepers in Kidal (north-east) the day after the attack, claimed by the jihadists of Ansar Eddine, who killed six Guinean soldiers the Minusma, did we learn from this force. The Guinean government has confirmed that six soldiers to its contingent to Minusma were killed […]

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Nigeria: Thirty dead in attacks against two villages

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

Thirty people were killed in attacks from members of the Islamist group Boko Haram against two villages in northeast Nigeria that they looted, had said Saturday AFP armed guards. Armed attackers arrived aboard minibus and cycling in remote villages of Yakhari and Kahifa Friday night and Saturday. “The attackers killed 30 people,” said one of […]

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