UN delegate to Libya proposes road map for peace in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN delegate to Libya and Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, has announced a new road map for peace to end Libya’s current political deadlock and to strike comprehensive accord among all Libyan conflicting parties.

On his Twitter page, Kobler wrote Monday that the “road map for peace in Libya” has six items to be applied to the Libyan situations. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian PM to attend London conference on Somalia

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is set to fly to the UK on Wednesday to participate in the London Somalia Conference 2017, at which senior government officials from various nations will discuss ways of supporting the African country.

According to an Egyptian cabinet statement, Ismail is to represent Egypt at the international conference, which runs from 10 and 11 May, in collaboration with the British and Somali governments and the United Nations. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt says kills 8 Brotherhood members before carrying attacks

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s interior ministry says its forces have killed eight members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group “before carrying out terrorist acts”.

Is says in a Monday statement that the Brotherhood members fired on security forces when they were approached at an undisclosed date or location in the desert near the country’s southern border, drawing return fire that killed the men. Read the rest of this entry »

Somalia says regional al-Shabaab leader is killed in raid

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Somalia’s government says a regional leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group has been killed in a raid by Somali forces.

The statement on Sunday by Somalia’s information minister says Lower Shabelle regional leader Moalin Osman Abdi Badil and three associates were killed Friday in Bariire village. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt jets destroy vehicles with arms from Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Egyptian air force has destroyed 15 vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition after they illegally crossed into the country from Libya, a military official said on Monday.

In a separate announcement, Egypt said its security forces had killed eight militants who were being trained to attack government and Christian targets, in a shootout in the country’s southern desert. Read the rest of this entry »

UN peacekeeper killed in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAttackers in Central African Republic ambushed a convoy of the UN peacekeepers from Cambodia and Morocco, killing one Cambodian soldier and wounding six other peacekeepers, Cambodian officials said on Tuesday.

Three Cambodian soldiers and one Moroccan peacekeeper were also reported missing after Monday’s surprise assault and may have been kidnapped, the officials said. Read the rest of this entry »

French soldiers launch operation in northern Mali

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgFrench soldiers killed or captured about 20 terrorists in Mali’s restive north where a French soldier was killed on April 5, the French chief of staff said Sunday.

Troops from Operation Barkhane, a French counter-terror operation whose mission is to target militant groups operating in the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert, launched the operation on Saturday south-west of the city of Gao. Read the rest of this entry »

UN condemns attack of MINUSMA camp

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the camp of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Timbuktu, Mali.

The attack which caused the death of a Liberian peacekeeper and injured others and which was claimed by Jama’at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims).

In a press statement issued Thursday evening, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, as well as to the Government of Read the rest of this entry »

US Congress approves military aid to Egypt

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United States Congress has approved a bill on government spending under the Trump administration, part of which is dedicated to securing borders in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

The Town Hall website reported that the bill allocated $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt under the section dubbed “Global War on Terror”. Read the rest of this entry »

British FM meets with Al-Sweihli in Tripoli

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, arrived Thursday morning in Tripoli to meet with Libyan Government of National Accord’s officials.

The UK Foreign Minister met with the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdel Rahman Al-Sweihli, in the HCS’s headquarters in Tripoli. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya rivals call for efforts to end crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government and a rival military commander said Wednesday they have agreed to work to end the country’s crisis.

Government of National Accord (GNA) leader Fayez al-Sarraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control most of eastern Libya including key oil ports, held rare talks Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates. Read the rest of this entry »

Shelling at UN camp in Mali kills one, wounds 9

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Shelling and rocket fire on a UN camp in the troubled Malian city of Timbuktu killed one person and wounded nine peacekeepers, the United Nations mission in the country said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

At least 5 dead in suicide attack in northeast Nigeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Five people were killed in two suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria, police said on Friday, in the latest attacks blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.

Borno state police spokesman Murtala Ibrahim said two women with explosives strapped to their bodies blew themselves up in the Konduga area on Thursday night, “killing themselves and five others”. Read the rest of this entry »

US soldier killed, two wounded in fight with Shabaab in Somalia

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

An American soldier was shot dead and two others wounded in Somalia during a joint operation with Somali forces against Shabaab militants, the US military said on Friday.

“On May 4, one US service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab near Barii, Somalia, approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu,” said a statement from the US Africa Command (Africom), adding the US forces were “conducting an advise and assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army.” Read the rest of this entry »

UN delegate says Sundanese rebel groups are active in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN delegate to Libya, Martin Kobler, said on Sunday that Sudanese rebel groups are present in Libya.

After his meeting with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, Kobler called for putting an end to operations by all rebel or foreign groups in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

NATO pledges to assist Libya to rebuild defense departments

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

NATO has said it would assist Libya’s Presidential Council to rebuild the country’s defense departments.

The announcement was made by Jens Stoltenberg, the organization’s Secretary General at a press conference with Italian Premier Paulo Gentiloni, last week in Rome.

The organization will send a team to help the Libyan Presidency Council build a modern ministry of defense, a joint chief of staff organization and intelligence services, said Stoltenberg, who Read the rest of this entry »

Dozens of civilians killed in Central African Republic

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Armed groups in Central African Republic have killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday.
The violence pitted armed groups against one another in the central province of Ouaka, which is at the border of the mainly Muslim north and the mainly Christian south of the country.

“As factions vie for power in the Central African Republic, civilians on all sides are exposed to their deadly attacks,” said Lewis Mudge, Africa researcher at the US-based human rights watchdog. Read the rest of this entry »

Advance team of UN peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAn advance party of peacekeepers with a bolstered mandate to use force have arrived in South Sudan, the United Nations said on Monday, the first blue helmets with a greater authority to protect civilians in the troubled East African nation.

At least 13 peacekeepers from a regional protection force mandated by the Security Council have arrived in the capital of Juba, Shantal Persaud, a spokesperson for the UN mission in South Sudan told The Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan PM meets rival strongman

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Tuesday held a rare meeting with a military strongman who supports a rival authority in the violence-wracked country, official media said.

Fayez al-Sarraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar met face-to-face in Abu Dhabi, the LANA news agency said, for only the second time since Sarraj was named prime minister-designate in late 2015.

Sarraj and Haftar met “thanks to international and Arab mediation”, according to LANA, which is loyal to the parliament based in eastern Libya, after a first meeting in January last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight Malian soldiers killed in central Mali attack

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEight Malian soldiers were killed on Tuesday by armed assailants in a central area of the country that is regularly targeted by jihadist groups, a Malian military source said.

“We lost eight troops on Tuesday during a complex attack mounted by terrorists, between the localities of Nampala and Diabali,” the source told AFP, adding that four other soldiers were injured.

Their vehicle hit a mine and the soldiers were then ambushed by the group, another Malian security source told AFP, a familiar tactic used by jihadist groups in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

UK to send 400 troops to join UN’s S Sudan force

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

About 400 British soldiers will join the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan in the next weeks in one of Britain’s largest operational deployments worldwide, the force said Tuesday.

A statement said the first of the British troops, “proudly wearing their distinctive blue UN berets, arrives in Juba today to join the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.”

The British contingent, the first to join the 13 000-member UNMISS force since it was set up in 2011, is made up of medics and military engineers. Read the rest of this entry »

UN envoy to Libya to visit Sudan for peace talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, will visit Khartoum on Sunday for talks on the conflict in the North African country, the Sudanese foreign ministry said.

Kobler, on his first visit to Sudan, is expected to meet Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and other senior officials in Khartoum.

“He will discuss efforts made by Arab League and African Union to solve the Libyan crisis,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Ghandour will also attend a May 8 conference in Nigeria drawing Libya’s neighbours, it said. Read the rest of this entry »

US lawmakers call for action in Libya to counter Russia

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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 filled by ISIS, as we’ve seen in northern Africa, and it’s filled by Russia, which we’re seeing Russia’s engagement now in Libya.”

On April 20, Trump said that the US has no role in Libya beyond combating ISIS. “I think the United States has right now enough roles,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

US troops end hunt for LRA warlord

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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 feared Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Read the rest of this entry »

Uganda withdraws troops from Central African Republic

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgUganda 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria to host Intl Conference on National Reconciliation

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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 said that this Read the rest of this entry »

UNSC divided on Western Sahara resolution

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe 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 Sahara at the Security Council. The proposals mentioned in the draft resolution did not reach consensus among members, particularly the proposal to immediately withdraw the Polisario Front from Al Guergarat zone. Read the rest of this entry »

Greek FM visits Algeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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 Read the rest of this entry »

New South Sudan fighting displaces 25k people

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt, Sudan vow not to aid opposition groups

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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 troops. Read the rest of this entry »

French, Malian forces conduct joint anti-terrorist operation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgBurkinabe 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. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Concerned Over Ongoing Violence in Southern Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Kobler to Visit Algeria on Wednesday for UN-Algerian Consultations.

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Kenyan army killed over 50 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgKenya’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 the scene, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Morocco, US stage joint military exercise

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

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 2017. Read the rest of this entry »