Archive for January, 2017

Tunisia, US discuss security challenges

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

The United States pledges to continue helping Tunisia in its democratic transition in order to meet the economic and security challenges it faces, said Wednesday U.S. ambassador to Tunisia Daniel Rubinstein. Received by Minister of Foreign Affairs Khémaies Jhinaoui, the American diplomat said that continuing the bilateral cooperation, is one of the constants of the […]

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Germany extends military mission in Mali

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

The German parliament voted in favor of expanding the Bundeswehr’s military presence in Mali on Thursday. Today, nearly 1,000 Bundeswehr soldiers will be deployed in the West African nation, compared to an earlier limit of 650 people. These troops are part of a UN mission to ensure peace in the north of the country. German […]

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UN calls for ceasefire in Upper Nile

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations on Friday called on South Sudan’s warring factions to immediately stop fighting and work toward implementing the August 2015 compromise peace agreement. The spokesman for UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric at a news conference today in New York told reporters that the UN is aware of the renewed fighting in Upper Nile, adding […]

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Egyptian army raids Sinai

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

At least four troops and two dozens militants were killed Saturday in a fresh bout of violence in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula. Army forces killed 20 militants during a raid in northern and central Sinai, military spokesman, Col. Tamer al-Rifai, said in a statement. He said seven militants were injured and 36 others detained during […]

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Boko Haram raid kills at least 3 Nigerian soldiers

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

At least three Nigerian soldiers were killed when Boko Haram jihadists raided a military post near the country home of Nigeria’s army chief in northern Borno state, military and civilian sources said Saturday. The Islamist group however claimed to have killed five troops in the attack. Armed jihadists from the Islamic State-supported Al-Barnawi faction of […]

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UN extends sanctions on CAR

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council has extended an arms embargo on the Central African Republic and a travel ban and asset freeze on blacklisted individuals for another year. The resolution adopted unanimously by the council on Friday added a new provision making sexual violence a criterion for sanctions. It also encouraged member states to require that […]

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Turkey re-opens embassy in Libyan capital

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey’s foreign ministry says it is re-opening its embassy in the Libyan capital which had closed over security concerns in 2014. The foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday the embassy in Tripoli was starting out with a “core staff” working under Ambassador Ahmet Aydin Dogan. The ambassador had been working out of Tunisia […]

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African Union decides to readmit Morocco

Monday, January 30, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union agreed on Monday to readmit Morocco 33 years after it quit the bloc, following a difficult debate over the status of Western Sahara, according to presidents attending the summit. “Morocco is now a full member of the African Union. There was a very long debate but 39 of our 54 states approved […]

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French President Hollande reiterates support to Mali after Gao attack

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande reiterated support on Wednesday to Malian authorities in their counter-terrorism operation after another assault hit the West African country earlier this month. At a defense meeting held at the Elysee Palace, Hollande vowed “to take the necessary measures” to help Malian officials find those who had helped the five suicide bombers […]

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Niger, Mali And Burkina Faso To Set Up Anti-terrorism Force

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali decided to set up an anti-terrorism force to fight against insecurity in the Liptako-Gourma area that sits across their borders. The area is believed to be a growing sanctuary for terrorists and the presidents of three states agreed in Niamey to create the Liptako-Gourma Multinational Security Force. “We have decided […]

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Egypt, France discuss military cooperation

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Minister of Defence Sedky Sobhi met yesterday with France’s Chief of Defence Staff Pierre de Villiers in Cairo where they discussed reinforcing military cooperation between the two countries, Ahram Online reported, quoting a statement by the Egyptian Armed Forces. The statement added that the unannounced meeting was attended by de Villiers along with his […]

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Egypt, Algerian FMs discuss Libya situation at AU summit

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra on the sidelines of the 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, state media reported. During the meeting, both officials discussed a number of topics of mutual interest and regional issues, particularly the situation in Libya.

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Burundi rotates soldiers in CAR

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

The Burundian Army Saturday sent the first batch of 188 soldiers to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) to rotate its contingent, the Burundian army said. “188 soldiers including 186 men and two women have left for the MINUSCA as part of the beginning of the rotation of the […]

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UN renews sanctions against CAR

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution to renew sanctions against the Central African Republic (CAR) for another year until Jan. 31, 2018. The 15-nation UN body “decides that until Jan. 31, 2018, all member states shall continue to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or […]

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Algeria hosts Pan-African security conference

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

A major conference devoted to discussing the impact of Libya’s political crisis on regional security kicked off on Wednesday in Algeria. The meeting is being attended by a host of regional experts and security officials.

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Algeria reiterates strong commitment to political solution in Libya

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Friday in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo’s capital, reiterated “Algeria’s strong commitment” to a political solution in Libya, without any foreign interference. “Algeria, which has been equidistant from the different Libyan parties since the outbreak of the conflict, reiterates its strong commitment to a political solution within the framework of an

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At least 28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

Twenty-eight people were killed Wednesday when Al-Shabaab fighters struck a popular Mogadishu hotel, setting off two car bombs and opening fire on security guards, according to the city’s main ambulance service. “The number of casualties we have recorded today is 28 dead and 43 wounded. This is what we have confirmed with our teams but […]

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West Africa to scale back military in The Gambia

Friday, January 27, 2017 Comments Off

West African nations plan to scale back a military force that secured the return to The Gambia of new President Adama Barrow to take power, the force commander said on Friday. The mission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) regional bloc will see “a progressive reduction” in numbers, Senegalese General Francois Ndiaye […]

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Friday, January 20, 2017 Comments Off

NIGERIA 2017: THE BOKO HARAM LEGACY AND THE NIGER DELTA INSURGENCIES (case study)   In the last days of 2016 it was announced that Nigeria’s army has captured Boko Haram’s last enclave in the Sambisa forest (Borno state, north-east of Nigeria). According to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, the capture marked the “final crushing of Boko […]

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Algeria urges Malians to stick on peace process after suicide attack

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria on Wednesday urged Malian warrant parties to stick on peace process as it condemned the suicide bombing attack that targeted the northern city of Gao. “Algeria strongly condemns the murderous terrorist attack that took place today in Gao, in the north of Mali,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif was quoted as saying by […]

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Algerian PM: Morocco Has Secured Enough Votes to Return to AU

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Comments Off

The Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, acknowledged that Morocco has won the necessary votes to secure its return to the African Union (AU). The Algerian Prime Minister has admitted that Morocco’s return to the AU has become inevitable, as it has secured the necessary votes from the majority of African countries. The senior official said […]

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Mali: 80killed in attack on army camp in Gao

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Comments Off

More than 80 people were killed Wednesday in an attack on a military camp in Gao, northern Mali, said a military source within the UN Mission to Mali (MINUSMA). A suicide attack on the military camp in Gao left 80 killed, said a hospital source, quoted by media. A vehicle packed with explosives detonated on […]

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UN says ready for talks with Congolese rebels

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Comments Off

The UN said on Wednesday it had no confirmation Congolese rebels sheltering in Uganda had crossed back into the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that it was ready for talks with the group if so. The DRC government said on Sunday that at least 230 members of M23, a mostly ethnic Tutsi rebel group defeated […]

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Senegal troops heading for Gambia border, say residents

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Comments Off

Witnesses confirm that Senegalese troops are moving toward the Gambian border from two sides as pressure mounts for Gambia’s president to step down. President Yahya Jammeh lost the December 1 election and initially conceded defeat but later said voting irregularities invalidated the ballot.

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Senegal asks UN to back Ecowas action in Gambia

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Comments Off

Senegal on Wednesday presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council seeking support for Ecowas efforts to press Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to step down, diplomats have said. But the text does not explicitly seek council authorisation to deploy troops to The Gambia to force Jammeh to cede power to president-elect Adama Barrow, diplomats […]

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Africa-France summit to tackle security issues

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

The ministerial meeting of Foreign Affairs ministers of France and Africa kicked on Friday in Bamako, one day prior to the 27th Summit Africa-France which will focus on issues on security, peace and economic opportunities in Africa. During the summit, in which more than 40 heads of state and governments have confirmed their presence, security […]

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Libya forces retake Benghazi district

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army on Monday retook a district in Benghazi from Islamist militants after a clash that killed nine soldiers in two days, a military source said. “We now control the district of Abu Sneib” in the southwest of the city, a commanding officer in Haftar’s army said. “Our forces now completely […]

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Egypt, Algeria FMs discuss Libya situation

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed during a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Conference on Sunday the importance of implementing the UN-brokered Skhirat agreement of 2015 as the cornerstone to restore stability in war-torn Libya, which shares borders with both countries. The meeting between the two […]

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Algeria reiterates support to Mali’s reconciliation

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Saturday in Bamako Algeria is willing to accompany Mali in the phase of the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. “I would like to reiterate Algeria’s willingness to continue to support the timely implementation process of peace agreement,” said Sellal, who is representing President of the Republic […]

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Hollande in Mali: Africa, France face same threat

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that those battling jihad in Africa and the Middle East were like France part of “the same fight” against extremism. Hollande spoke ahead of a summit with African leaders in Mali with the fight against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the […]

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South Sudan claims mandate has expired for more UN troops

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

South Sudan’s government is claiming that the UN Security Council mandate has expired to send a new contingent of 4 000 peacekeepers to boost the existing force. Minister of Information Michael Makuei told the Associated Press that December 15 was the expiration date for the deployment of peacekeepers to bolster the existing 12 000 UN […]

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Burundi to withdraw troops from AU Somalia mission

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

Burundi on Monday began the process of withdrawing its troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) due to a dispute with the EU over the payment of wages. Amisom salaries are paid by the EU but have not been received in Bujumbura for months as European diplomats seek to avoid sending money directly […]

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US delivers two more patrols boats to Tunisia

Monday, January 16, 2017 Comments Off

unisia’s army on Monday received two American patrol boats as part of a deal concluded with the United States to help battle terrorism and illegal migration. Tunisia has suffered from a wave of jihadist violence since the 2011 revolt that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, which has killed dozens of soldiers, police […]

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Egypt reiterates support for Libyan parties dialogue

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi asserted Thursday on his country’s position and support for the unity and stability of Libya, including respect to the will of its people who has close ties with the Egyptian people throughout history.

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Egyptian FM, German vice chancellor discuss regional issues

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry discussed on Thursday with Germany’s vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel the latest economic and social developments in Egypt and the region, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry. Shoukry, who started a two-day visit to Germany on Wednesday, shared with Sigmar updates on economic reforms recently adopted by the […]

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