Archive for April, 2017

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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DRC violence forces thousands to flee to Angola

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nation’s refugee agency has reportedly said that about 1 000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring Angola to seek refuge, amid an upsurge of violence between rebels and the government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to Voice of America, the UN High Commission for Refugees says that at least one million […]

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Middle east news

Monday, April 24, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi VP Al-Nujaifi Calls To Investigate Excessive Use Of Coalition Airpower In Battle For Mosul Iraqi Vice-President Osama Al-Nujaifi said that there was a “significant flaw” in the battle for Mosul and that there was “clear evidence that the airpower of the international coalition has been used in an exaggerated manner.” Speaking on Al-Arabiya network […]

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Egypt, Sudan to discuss bilateral relations

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry headed to the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday, where he is expected to meet with president Omar Al-Bashir after attending meetings of the joint Egyptian-Sudanese political consultation committee.

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Germany delivers second submarine to Egypt

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

The Egyptian navy received on Wednesday the second Type-209/1400 submarine, according to local media reports. The ship is supplied by German shipbuilding company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft to Egypt. The submarine arrived at Ras El-Tin in Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. It can sail up to 11,000 nautical miles when surfaced and has a maximum speed of […]

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Algeria condemns attack on Malian army camp

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted Tuesday an army camp in the northern city of Timbuktu in Mali, said Wednesday the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif. “We strongly condemn the bloody terrorist attack perpetrated yesterday against a detachment of the Malian armed forces in Gourma-Rharous region, in […]

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Algerian Minister for Maghreb visits Libya

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

The Algerian Minister in charge of the Maghreb, AU, and Arab League Affairs Abdul Gader Msahel arrived in Al Beidha, eastern Libya on Wednesday for a working visit during which he was expected to tour several Libyan regions.

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French, Mali forces kill 12 extremists after attack on army

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

French and Malian armed forces killed at least a dozen Islamic extremists who attacked an army camp in northern Mali on Tuesday, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another, according to a statement by the French Operation Barkhane. The attack on the army camp in Gourma-Rharous, about 120km east of Timbuktu, also destroyed a […]

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Libya govt calls for intervention over southern clashes

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s unity government has called for “urgent intervention” by the international community to end military escalation in its south, warning of a possible “civil war”. For more than a week, militias allied to the UN-backed Government of National Accord have fought off rival forces trying to capture an airbase in the south of the North […]

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Clashes erupt between tribes and IS militants in Sinai

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian security officials say three people have been injured in clashes between militants and local tribes in the Sinai peninsula. The officials told The Associated Press on Monday that militants from the Islamic State group launched RPG attacks on Sunday in response to the kidnapping of three of its members by local tribes.

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4 soldiers killed in attack on Mali army camp

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Comments Off

A Malian army spokesperson says armed men have attacked an army camp in the country’s north, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another. Lieutenant Colonel Diarran Kone on Tuesday would not give more details about the attack in Gourma-Rharous, about 160km south of Timbuktu.

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Algeria condemns attacks in Egypt

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria “strongly” condemned Sunday, through the spokesperson of the ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, the two bomb attacks against two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria (Cairo), denouncing once again terrorism in all its forms.

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EU supports efforts for lasting solution to Western Sahara conflict

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini said Sunday in Algiers the EU position regarding Western Sahara issue has not changed and “strongly supports” the UN efforts to achieve a political just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution which guarantees self-determination to the […]

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Mogherini, Algerian FM discuss solutions for Syria, Libya, Mali

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini Sunday in Algiers reaffirmed that there was no military solution to the crisis in Syria, underlining convergence of views between Algeria and the EU.

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Egypt declares state of emergency for 3 months

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency in Egypt following twin church bombings that killed dozens of people in two cities on Sunday. Sisi announced the “state of emergency for three months” in a defiant speech at the presidential palace after a meeting of the national defence council.

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UNSC condemns Egypt church bombings

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council condemned the bombings of two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Sunday, calling the attacks “heinous” and “cowardly.” In a statement, the council urged all member states to cooperate with the Egyptian government in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the attacks, which were claimed by Islamic State.

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Three killed in Mogadishu army camp attack

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Mogadishu army camp Monday, killing at least three soldiers a day after the army chief escaped an attack on his convoy, military sources said. “The suicide bomber was stopped at the main entrance and he blew himself up. Three soldiers died and several others were wounded,” said […]

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Egypt’s Sisi orders military to protect vital infrastucture

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered military deployments to protect “vital and important infrastructure” after Islamic State group bombings hit two churches on Sunday, killing dozens of people.

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US to sell fighter planes to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram

Monday, April 10, 2017 Comments Off

The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation’s security forces, according to US officials.

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East Libya forces fight to seize southern air base

Thursday, April 6, 2017 Comments Off

Forces loyal to Libya’s eastern authorities Thursday battled to seize a southern air base, spokesmen for the forces said, as a rival unity government condemned the attack on its forces. “The fighting has not stopped since yesterday” around the Tamenhant air base, said Mohammed Ghoneim, a spokesman for the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army.

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Sisi: region cannot afford more instability

Thursday, April 6, 2017 Comments Off

The Middle East region has suffered from chaos and instability over the last 4 years, as well as a power vacuum, which was exploited by extremist groups in Syria, Libya, and Egypt, said President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday. Its a very difficult task to confront such groups, but […]

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