Archive for May, 2016

Algerian security forces killed seven terrorists in Bouira

Monday, May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Algerian security forces killed seven terrorists in Bouira

The seven terrorists killed Wednesday in Bouira by forces of the People’s National Army, have been identified, said Thursday the Algerian Ministry of National Defence in a communiqué. “As part of the fight against terrorism, the seven criminals eliminated, yesterday 11 May 2016, by an Army detachment near the locality of Moumlil, in the commune […]

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Blast kills 4 security forces during a raid in Tunisia

Monday, May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Blast kills 4 security forces during a raid in Tunisia

A jihadist militant detonated his explosives belt killing four policemen during a raid by security forces in southern Tunisia on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said. It said a firefight erupted between militants in the Tatouine governorate and a national guard unit acting on information from an “anti-terrorist” operation earlier the same day near Tunis.

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Hollande vows French help in restive CAR

Monday, May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Hollande vows French help in restive CAR

French President Francois Hollande paid a lightning visit to the Central African Republic on Friday for talks with its new leaders on stabilising and rebuilding the restive nation, while drawing down France’s military presence. Hollande’s visit to the former French colony is sensitive because of accusations that French peacekeepers sexually abused children in the country.

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Boko Haram leaders arrested; dozens of captives freed

Monday, May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Boko Haram leaders arrested; dozens of captives freed

The multinational forces fighting the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram have arrested five of the group’s leaders and freed dozens of captive women and children, Cameroon’s government announced on Saturday. The raids targeting Boko Haram bases in the northern Madawaya forest earlier this month freed 28 children and at least 18 women, government spokesperson Issa […]

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Major powers gather to discuss mounting ISIS threat in Libya

Monday, May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Major powers gather to discuss mounting ISIS threat in Libya

Major powers were gathering in the Austrian capital on Monday to discuss the expanding presence of the Islamic State jihadist group in Libya, just across the Mediterranean from Europe. A government of national unity strongly backed by the international community has been slowly asserting its authority in Tripoli since late March but it still faces […]

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Egypt: 152 protesters jailed in mass trials

Monday, May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt: 152 protesters jailed in mass trials

Egyptian courts have in a single day convicted 152 protesters for breaking a law that effectively bans demonstrations, sentencing them to up to five years in prison in a series of short mass trials. The cases against the 152 convicted on Saturday are rooted in events on April 25, when police stifled planned demonstrations called […]

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Head of UN department for peacekeeping operations meets Mali president

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on Head of UN department for peacekeeping operations meets Mali president

Head of the United Nations department for peacekeeping operations on Monday held talks with Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, at the end of his four-day visit to Mali. “My visit is part of the preparations of a report that the UN secretary general will present to the UN Security Council in the run up to […]

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Head of logistics for Malian terrorist group arrested in Bamako

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on Head of logistics for Malian terrorist group arrested in Bamako

Malian national, suspected of being the head of logistics and arms carrier for jihadist groups in southern Mali, was arrested last week in a Bamako suburb by the country’s police, a security source said over the weekend. According to the source, the suspect named Yacouba Toure, was pretending to be a cattle buyer to evade […]

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More than 30 killed in intercommunal clashes in Mali

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on More than 30 killed in intercommunal clashes in Mali

More than 30 people have been killed in an ongoing intercommunal conflict between the Fulani and Bambara communities in Mali’s central Mopti region, a civil society leader said. Oumar Aldjana, representative for Mali’s Union of Fulani, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that 33 Fulani civilians have been killed in the conflict so far. He also […]

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Tunisian PM visits Libya

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisian PM visits Libya

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, on Friday, paid an unannounced visit to Libya, the first of a premier of a foreign State after the installation of the Government of National Accord Presidency Council in Tripoli. Prime Minister-designate Faez al-Sarraj pointed out the symbolism of this visit, saying it will undoubtedly energise Libya’s relations with its […]

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Sisi meets with Libyan UN-backed Presidential Council

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on Sisi meets with Libyan UN-backed Presidential Council

Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Saturday with Libya’s UN-backed Presidential Council Chairperson Fayez Seraj, to discuss counter-terrorism efforts and the situation of Egyptian expatriates in the restive country, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidential Office.

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French president to visit Central African Republic next week

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on French president to visit Central African Republic next week

French President Francois Hollande will fly to the Central African Republic (CAR) next week in a move to further “support stability and peace in the country,” his office announced Friday. Hollande will visit the CAR on May 13 to express support for the peace efforts before heading to Nigeria, according to the Elysee.

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Morocco tightens control of borders with Algeria to ward off terrorist threat

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on Morocco tightens control of borders with Algeria to ward off terrorist threat

Morocco has tightened control of its borders with Algeria to ward off terrorist threats coming from Libya, local media reported on Saturday. Citing security sources, Al Massae said that these measures come following the arrest of several people with links to Islamic State (IS) branch in Libya.

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Kenya to stop hosting Somali refugees – govt

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on Kenya to stop hosting Somali refugees – govt

Refugees from Somalia will no longer be accepted in Kenya, the government said Friday citing security fears. “The Government of the Republic of Kenya, having taken into consideration its national security interests, has decided that hosting of refugees has to come to an end,” said a statement signed by interior ministry official Karanja Kibicho.

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Libya, Tunisia eye anti-terrorist co-operation

Monday, May 9, 2016 Comments Off on Libya, Tunisia eye anti-terrorist co-operation

Neighbours Libya and Tunisia, which have been hit by a string of jihadist attacks, pledged on Friday to co-operate in the fight against terrorism. “We will conquer terrorism, but it will take time and co-operation,” Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told a joint news conference in Tripoli hours after his arrival in the Libyan capital. […]

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German, French FMs call on Mali to implement peace agreement

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on German, French FMs call on Mali to implement peace agreement

The foreign ministers of Germany and France, during a visit to Bamako on Monday called on Mali, to fully implement a peace accord between the government and rebel groups. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, underlined their countries’ commitment to the further stabilization of the country, but added that there was a lot […]

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Head of UN department for peacekeeping operations meets Mali president

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Head of UN department for peacekeeping operations meets Mali president

Head of the United Nations department for peacekeeping operations on Monday held talks with Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, at the end of his four-day visit to Mali. “My visit is part of the preparations of a report that the UN secretary general will present to the UN Security Council in the run up to […]

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Tunisia-Libya border trade could resume

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia-Libya border trade could resume

Tunisia is confident that trade at the main border crossing with Libya will resume “very soon”, local authorities said, nearly a week after the Libyan side imposed a blockade. “This problem will be resolved very soon,” Tahar Matmati, the governor of Medenine, which lies on the principle route between Tunisia and Libya, told AFP.

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NATO Chief affirms support for new Libyan govt

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on NATO Chief affirms support for new Libyan govt

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined Wednesday that the 28-member Alliance stands ready to help and assist the new Libyan government. “I spoke with the new Prime Minister just a couple of weeks ago. And we have a very clear mandate from our Heads of State and Government that NATO should be ready to help […]

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UN Security Council Extends MINUSCA Mandate

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on UN Security Council Extends MINUSCA Mandate

The United Nations Security Council decided Tuesday to extend the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Central African Republic after concluding that the war-torn country remains a threat to international peace and security. The 15-member world body said MINUSCA, as the force is known, will now be deployed until July 31.

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Tunisia and Algerian Support Political Track in Libya

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia and Algerian Support Political Track in Libya

Algerian Minister of Maghreb and AU Affairs Abdul Gader Msaahel and his Tunisian counterpart Khamis Al Jheinawi have discussed developments in Libya. The Ministers said their viewpoints were identical on the need for supporting the political track to restore peace and stability in Libya. The meeting also dealt with the agenda for the 34th meeting […]

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Central Africa villages take on LRA rebels

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Central Africa villages take on LRA rebels

“Charlie Six, India One here… we’re going to begin the check-in,” says radio operator Joanick from his small studio in Obo, calling out to the surrounding villages in southeast Central African Republic. It’s a daily meeting at dawn, when each village informs the base if it has been hit by an attack from rebels of […]

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More Peuhls killed in latest attacks in Mali

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on More Peuhls killed in latest attacks in Mali

Local community leaders in central Mali say pro-government fighters have killed more than a dozen members of an ethnic group accused of links to Islamic extremism. Sekou Bah, the secretary-general of a group called Dental Wuwarbe, said four members of the Peuhl ethnic group were killed while eating at a restaurant on April 30. He […]

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Burundi govt won’t join crisis talks unless consulted

Thursday, May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Burundi govt won’t join crisis talks unless consulted

Burundi’s government on Wednesday refused to participate in stalled talks to end months of political crisis unless it was first consulted on who else was taking part. As Washington urged the authorities to defuse a year-long crisis, a presidential statement, broadcast on national radio and monitored in Nairobi, issued a set of conditions to the […]

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Cambodia sends 3rd batch of troops to war-torn Mali

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on Cambodia sends 3rd batch of troops to war-torn Mali

Cambodia dispatched on Wednesday the third batch of troops to join a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the conflict-torn West African nation of Mali, a senior military official said. The 309-member group would replace the second team, whose one-year term had come to an end, said Gen. Sem Sovanny, director-general of the Cambodian National Center […]

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Libya’s political split undermines fight against IS

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on Libya’s political split undermines fight against IS

he political division in Libya still poses an obstacle to the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group despite signing a UN-sponsored peace agreement and the appointment of a unity government. The UN-backed Libyan unity government called in a statement Thursday on its military forces to suspend any military operation against the IS-dominated city of […]

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Egypt to head UN Security Council in May

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt to head UN Security Council in May

Egypt will head the UN Security Council in May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, vowing to push African issues forward and put the spotlight on security challenges facing the international community. Egypt will handle several important regional issues such as the Palestinian case and the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen in addition to […]

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Nigeria, France strengthen military co-operation

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on Nigeria, France strengthen military co-operation

Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military co-operation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region. Nigerian Defence Minister Mansur Dan Ali said the agreement was evidence of a “growing partnership” between Abuja and Paris, as he met his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian […]

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South Sudan forms unity government

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on South Sudan forms unity government

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has named his transitional unity government, sharing power with ex-rebels in a key step in a long-delayed peace process, a decree read out on Friday said. Under terms of an August 2015 peace deal, the 30 ministerial posts are split between Kiir, former rebel chief turned first vice president Riek […]

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UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission

The UN Security Council is calling for the urgent return of the UN peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation in a rebuke to Morocco, which expelled most of its civilian staff to protest a comment by the UN secretary general.

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Algeria says three Islamists killed by troops

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on Algeria says three Islamists killed by troops

Algerian troops on Friday killed three armed Islamist fighters in the Skidda region west of the capital during an operation in the area, the defence ministry said. A statement said the suspects were killed in the afternoon during a search which is still under way, and described the gunmen as “terrorists”.

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4 years on, Gaddafi legacy still haunts Libya

Monday, May 2, 2016 Comments Off on 4 years on, Gaddafi legacy still haunts Libya

Four years after Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising, the dictator’s legacy continues to haunt oil-rich Libya as it struggles to find its national identity. “Gaddafi chose to build the idea of a state around his personality,” said Michael Nayebi-Oskoui, senior Middle East analyst at the US-based global intelligence firm Stratfor.

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