Archive for March, 2016

Algerian troops kill two militants in recent operations

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian army troops killed two armed militants in two separate operations in Tizi Ouzou and El Oued provinces, said a statement of Defense Ministry. “A terrorist was killed on Monday amid ongoing dragging operation being conducted in the forest of Sidi Ali Bounab, in the province of Tizi Ouzou by army forces, while a Kalashnikov […]

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France calls for urgent unity government in Libya

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

France said on Tuesday it was urgent for Libyan factions to set up a new UN-backed national unity cabinet to end factional anarchy and help stop any expansion of Daesh militants in the North African country. Libya is caught in conflict between rival factions and their armed brigades, one controlling the capital Tripoli in the […]

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DRC army, rebels clash in eastern part of the country

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

Four Congolese soldiers and 12 rebels have been killed in three days of clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the military said on Tuesday. The violence, which began on Sunday, pitted the army against the Congo-based Rwandan FDLR militia and two groups of Mai-Mai rebels, army spokesperson Captain Guillaume Djike told AFP. “There are […]

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Sudan threatens to shut South Sudan border

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

Sudan on Thursday threatened to shut its border with South Sudan just weeks after reopening crossings, accusing Juba of backing insurgents battling Khartoum. South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011 under a peace deal that ended a 22-year civil war, but Juba and Khartoum have traded allegations the other is supporting rebels on their territory, […]

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12 Algerian soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

Twelve Algerian soldiers were killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash caused by technical failure in the south of the country, the defence ministry said. The Mi-171 helicopter crashed during a reconnaissance mission near Reggane, in the southwestern province of Adrar.

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Egyptian army kills 60 militants in Sinai

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

A spokesperson for the Egyptian army says it has killed 60 Islamic militants in northern Sinai, where armed forces have been battling fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group for two years. Brigadier General Mohammed Samir said in a statement posted on the army’s official Facebook page on Friday that anti-terrorism forces backed by fighter […]

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‘State of emergency’ declared in Libya capital

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

Authorities in control of Libya’s capital on Friday declared a “maximum state of emergency” after a UN-backed unity government that they reject said its members would head to Tripoli to begin work. The city is under the control of an administration backed by armed groups including Islamists that is not internationally recognised.

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UN chief concerned about Sahel extremism

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

The United Nations secretary general says he is deeply concerned by attacks by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso and West Africa, urging a global response. Ban Ki-moon spoke on Thursday in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. Extremists in January attacked a café and hotel here, killing at least 30 people in the first such attack in […]

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UN says threat from violent extremists in Mali ‘alarming’

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Comments Off

A new UN report says security threats from violent extremists and criminal groups in Mali are ‘alarming’ and the government must deploy more troops to the volatile north and step up efforts to reform its military and police.

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‘BREXIT’: REGIONAL AND GEOPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES

Friday, March 25, 2016 Comments Off

The “United Kingdom European Union membership referendum”, also known as the EU referendum, which is scheduled to take place in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on 23 June 2016, is seen by many local and international observers as an important moment in the history of both the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU), with […]

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Egypt’s Sisi discusses North Sinai security with defence minister, officials

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Tuesday with defence and interior ministers, the armed forces’ chief of staff, and a number of top officials to discuss security developments in Egypt, specifically in the restive North Sinai governorate. “The meeting included a briefing on security developments as well as plans that the armed forces and police […]

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Tunisia extends ‘state of emergency’ for three months

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

In force since November 24, 2015, following the militant attack against a presidential guard bus, the emergency state will be extended to another three months as of March 23, according to a Presidency of the Republic press release, Tuesday. Decided by President Beji Caid Essebsi, this measure was made after consultation with Prime Minister Habib […]

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Tunisia makes its expertise and potential available to Libya

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said Tunisia makes its expertise and potential available to Libya to help the presidential council of the government of national unity establish its institutions and play its role in the war on terror. Closing the 8th Ministerial Meeting of Libya Neighbour Countries (March 21-22 in Tunis), Jhinaoui told a joint […]

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Algerian troops kill 6 terrorists near Tunisian border

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian army troops on Monday killed six terrorists in El Oued province, 715 km southeast of Algiers, near the border with Tunisia, Defense Ministry said in a statement. As many as five Kalashnikov submachine guns, three FMPK machine guns, an automatic pistol, two SUV vehicles and a large quantity of ammunition of different calibers were […]

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Militants kill 13 policemen in Egypt

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Cairo – Militants killed 13 Egyptian policemen in an attack on Saturday on a checkpoint south of northern Sinai’s provincial capital of el-Arish, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said. A Sinai-based Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a statement circulated on social media. The Associated Press could not independently verify the […]

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Tunisia’s Ben Ali sentenced to 10 years

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Tunis – A Tunisian court has sentenced ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to 10 years in jail for abuse of power, the prosecution said on Friday, in the latest case against him. The exiled former dictator was on Thursday found guilty in absentia of “using his position to obtain unjustified advantages, causing harm […]

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Tunisia army clashes with militants

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Tunis -The Tunisian army fought militants in the west of the country on Saturday in clashes that left a soldier wounded, the defence ministry said. “A soldier was wounded during an exchange of fire [on] Saturday morning between army units and a terrorist group at Jabal Samama” in the Kasserine region, Lieutenant Colonel Belhassen Oueslati […]

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Gunmen attack EU mission in Mali

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Bamako – Gunmen launched an attack Monday evening on the European Union military training mission’s headquarters in the Malian capital, Bamako, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks on Western interests in the region. Armed forces killed at least one man, who lay outside the hotel in jeans and a […]

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65 Shebaab insurgents killed in Somalia

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Comments Off

Mogadishu – Somalia security forces have killed 65 Shebaab Islamic insurgents who attacked coastal towns in the semi-autonomous Puntland area in the country’s northeast, the regional army chief said on Monday. “The fighting is almost over and the security forces are now pursuing the remnants of the militants” after five days of clashes, General Muhidin […]

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Hollande to visit Egypt in mid-April

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

A high-level 12-member delegation from France arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to prepare for French President Francois Hollande’s upcoming visit to Egypt. Hollande is expected to visit Cairo on 18 April, a trip that was announced in December 2015. The French delegation will stay in Egypt for four days.

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Tunisia condemns terrorist attack in Ankara

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

Tunisia strongly condemned “the terrorist attack” which killed several people in the capital city of Turkey, said on Monday, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tunisia reasserted full solidarity with Turkey and exhorted the international community to boost regional and international co-operation to fight against terrorist threats and examine the

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Tunisia: Terrorist cell dismantled in Zaafrane (Douz)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

A terrorist cell was discovered in the locality of Zaafrane (delegation of Douz), the Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday. This cell was dismantled as part of the investigation conducted by security units in the region after individuals hoisted on Friday night the black flag of Daesh on top of the Agricultural

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Mali looks on Algeria’s experience for national reconciliation

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

Mali seeks to draw on Algeria’s experience in national reconciliation, said Monday in Algiers the president of the Malian High Islamic Council, Mahmoud Mohamed Dicko. In a statement to the press at the end of his visit to Dar El-Imam in Mohammadia (Algiers), Dicko said that he came “to Algeria to draw on Algeria’s experience […]

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UN welcomes Libya political dialogue

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

he UN Security Council on Monday welcomed a meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue, and reiterated its concern about the growing terrorist threat in Libya. The intra-Libyan political dialogue held on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the Libyan Political Agreement, a UN-brokered deal signed in December on forming a national unity government, the Security […]

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Algeria, Tunisia increase Intelligence co-operation

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

Intelligence co-ordination between Tunisia and Algeria as part of the fight against terrorism has reached a high level, Algeria’s ambassador in Tunis Abdelkader Hajjar said on Monday. “Sharing of intelligence between the two countries is instantaneous,” he stressed on the sidelines of the meting of the Tunisian-Algerian joint co-operation commission in the field of Post […]

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UN peacekeeper shoots dead 2 colleagues

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali says a peacekeeper has shot dead two colleagues in what has been called a “settling of scores.” A statement from the mission on Friday says the suspect was immediately detained after the shooting at the UN base in Kidal in northern Mali. An investigation is under way.

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8 killed in DRC militia attack

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

Eight people, including two rangers, a soldier and five militiamen were killed in a militia attack near Lake Edward in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national park, park authorities said on Friday. A soldier who was helping the park rangers was killed and three others were wounded, one seriously, in the attack on Thursday […]

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Algeria says militant chief killed

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

A militant leader who joined the Islamic State jihadist group was killed in an army operation west of the Algerian capital, a security source said on Monday. Mouloud Baal, also known as Abou El Moundhir, was a former member of the extremist Armed Islamic Front (GIA) which battled the Algiers government during the 1990s.

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France’s reasserts solidarity with Tunisia in its fight against terrorism

Thursday, March 10, 2016 Comments Off

French President François Hollande asserted “his support and solidarity” with Tunisia after the terrorist attack, Monday, in Ben Guerdane, causing deaths among civilians, security and military forces. “The French President stands beside Tunisia which has once more been targeted for being a symbol,” according to a statement posted on the Elysée website.

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Arab League affirms support to Tunisia after Ben Guerdane attack

Thursday, March 10, 2016 Comments Off

Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil el-Arabi has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Ben Guerdane, affirming the Arab organisation’s full support to the government and people of Tunisia in their fight against terrorism.

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Algeria has close anti-terror cooperation with Tunisia: Algerian FM

Thursday, March 10, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria and Tunisia are closely cooperating in the fight against terrorism, Algeria’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. “Algeria has always been in the front line of the fight against terrorism with the determined joint security forces,” foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra told reporters following Monday’s terrorist attacks hitting southern Tunisia, near the Libyan border.

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AU to send counter-terrorism force in north Mali

Thursday, March 10, 2016 Comments Off

he African Union will send a mission to northern Mali in the next few weeks to look into setting up a counter-terrorism force to support vulnerable UN peacekeepers, sources familiar with the matter said. The Bamako government, as well as some officials of the UN force in Mali, MINUSMA, have called for more help in […]

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EU Parliament passes resolution to suspend military cooperation with Egypt

Thursday, March 10, 2016 Comments Off

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday recommending the suspension of military aid and assistance to Egypt in light of the “abduction, savage torture and killing” of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni in Cairo. The resolution was passed by a majority of EU member states, with 558 voting in favor, 10 against, and 59 […]

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Algeria in favour of political solution to Libyan crisis

Thursday, March 10, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Thursday, in Cairo, Algeria is for a political solution to the crisis in Libya. Speaking with Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Dairi, on the sidelines 145th session of Arab League’s ministerial council, Messahel recalled Algeria’s position in favour of political settlement of Libya’s […]

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US troops join in Somali raid

Thursday, March 10, 2016 Comments Off

US troops took part in a helicopter-borne special forces raid against Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, a US official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the operation overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday as a “US partnered raid” with US troops accompanying Somali forces. The raid came just days after a […]

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