Archive for June, 2016

Algeria, AFRICOM discuss Libya security situation

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Algeria, AFRICOM discuss Libya security situation

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday met with visiting Commander of the U.S. Command for Africa (AFRICOM), General David M. Rodriguez, to discuss the security situation in chaos-ridden Libya and the Sahel region. General Rodriguez is visiting the North African nation as part of the 3rd Algerian-U.S. meeting on security, a statement of the […]

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Uganda to withdraw troops from CAR

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Uganda to withdraw troops from CAR

Uganda plans to withdraw all of its troops from a mission in Central African Republic (CAR) whose goal is to hunt down members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, a military official said on Friday. Authorities have notified the African Union of plans to withdraw the 2 500 or so troops before the […]

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Niger, Chad to fight against Boko Haram

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Niger, Chad to fight against Boko Haram

Niger’s defence minister says his country and Chad will send troops to neighbouring Nigeria to fight Boko Haram extremists. Hassoumi Massaoudou said that the military deployment by the two countries was meant to secure their borders from Islamic extremists, who have staged several attacks in recent weeks in Niger, including one in Bosso that killed […]

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Libyan forces brace for street battles against ISIS

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Libyan forces brace for street battles against ISIS

Militants from the Islamic State group have barricaded themselves in the centre of their stronghold in Libya’s coastal city of Sirte, hoping to draw militias fighting to dislodge them into a protracted street battle, a spokesperson for the fighters loyal to the UN-backed government said on Sunday. Brigadier General Mohammed al-Ghasri said the militants have […]

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Nigeria agrees to Cameroon’s return of 80 000 refugees

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Nigeria agrees to Cameroon’s return of 80 000 refugees

Nigeria says it has agreed to Cameroon’s voluntary return of 80 000 Nigerian refugees who have fled the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency. Nigerian officials had said Cameroon was threatening to force the repatriation. Cameroon previously has dumped thousands on the border.

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Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of launching border attack

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of launching border attack

Eritrea on Monday accused arch-rival Ethiopia of attacking its heavily militarised border, but officials in Addis Ababa said they had no knowledge of the reported fighting. Ethiopia on Sunday “unleashed an attack against Eritrea on the Tsorona Central Front,” Eritrea’s ministry of information said in a statement. Ethiopian government spokesperson Getachew Redda said there were […]

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EU raises budget for its security training mission in Mali

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on EU raises budget for its security training mission in Mali

The EU decided Monday to increase the budget of its mission called EUCAP Sahel Mali by 4. 92 million euro, bringing the total budget of the mission for 2016 to 19 million euro following security incidents in Bamako. This will enhance the ability of the mission to support Malian security sector reform and ensure the […]

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Tunisia condemns Istanbul terrorist attack

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia condemns Istanbul terrorist attack

Eleven people including seven policemen and four civilians were killed and 36 others wounded in a car bomb attack on police bus this morning in Istanbul. Tunisia, on Tuesday, condemned the terrorist attack that targeted this morning Beyazit Square district in the Turkish city of Istanbul and claimed the lives of several police officers and […]

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Pro-govt forces take town near Libya’s Sirte from Daesh

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Pro-govt forces take town near Libya’s Sirte from Daesh

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Thursday announced that they had captured a town near Sirte following a month-long military operation aimed at retaking the north-central city from the Daesh terrorist group. In a Facebook post, the unity government said its forces had managed to “liberate” the coastal town of Harawah, located some […]

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Libyan forces clash with Daesh on southeast border of Sirte

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Libyan forces clash with Daesh on southeast border of Sirte

In Libya, Daesh is battling to hold on to its stronghold of Sirte after forces aligned with the new unity government advanced on the city. Security sources said they made ground in the eastern and southern outskirts, taking control of at least one military camp. This hasn’t been confirmed. A hospital spokesman said at least […]

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Algeria: four terrorists killed Wednesday in Medea

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Algeria: four terrorists killed Wednesday in Medea

Four (04) terrorists were killed Wednesday, in Medea, by a detachment of the People’s National Army (ANP) in an operation that is still ongoing said, Thursday, the ministry of National Defence in a communiqué.

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Algeria “strongly” condemns double terrorist attacks in Bagdad

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Algeria “strongly” condemns double terrorist attacks in Bagdad

Algeria, through the spokesman of Foreign Ministry Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, “strongly” condemned the double terrorist attacks that targeted the Iraqi capital on Thursday. Algeria also expressed its solidarity with the Iraqi people.

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Chad sends 2000 troops to Niger after Boko Haram attack

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Chad sends 2000 troops to Niger after Boko Haram attack

About 2 000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad headed to neighbouring Niger on Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a military source said.

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UN: Rebels kidnap dozens of civilians in DRC

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on UN: Rebels kidnap dozens of civilians in DRC

Nearly 100 people have been kidnapped in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during an attack blamed on Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, the United Nations (UN) said on Wednesday. Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Amouzou Codjo, spokesperson for the UN’s MONUSCO peace mission in DR Congo, said the suspected LRA members had “attacked and looted” two villages […]

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Militants raid Ethiopian base in latest Somalia attack

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Militants raid Ethiopian base in latest Somalia attack

Al-Shabaab fighters attacked an Ethiopian army base in central Somalia in the latest raid targeting foreign soldiers, deployed as part of an African Union force in the country, on Thursday. The al-Qaeda linked militants attacked the base in Halgan in Hiran region, using a suicide car bomber and gunmen but there were wildly divergent accounts […]

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UN Security Council slams terrorist attack in north Mali

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on UN Security Council slams terrorist attack in north Mali

The UN Security Council on Wednesday “condemned in the strongest terms” a terrorist attack on Tuesday against the camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Gao, North Mali, during which one Chinese peacekeeper was killed. “The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the […]

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UN seeks more troops in Mali amid rising attacks

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on UN seeks more troops in Mali amid rising attacks

The UN Security Council will be working on recommendations on capacity building for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) as well as increasing its troop levels, said Francois Delattre, president of the Security Council for June. Delattre, also French Ambassador to the UN, said the recent attacks in Mali have indicated that MINUSMA is […]

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EU urges UNSC to enforce Libya arms embargo

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on EU urges UNSC to enforce Libya arms embargo

The European Union (EU) on Monday asked the UN Security Council to authorize EU’s naval forces in the Mediterranean to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya. Federica Mogherini, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, asked the 15-nation council to adopt a resolution on authorizing Operation Sophia, the EU mission […]

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S Sudan resumes talks with Sudan

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on S Sudan resumes talks with Sudan

South Sudan resumed talks with Sudan on Sunday on a raft of thorny issues, including borders and oil revenues, still outstanding from its 2011 secession. The south’s foreign affairs, defence, interior and oil ministers travelled to Khartoum for the talks…the first since a unity government was formed in Juba last month in a bid to […]

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Libya’s PM says victory over ISIS is near

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on Libya’s PM says victory over ISIS is near

The prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed government said in comments published on Sunday that “total victory” against the Islamic State group in its main Libyan stronghold was near as forces closed in on the coastal city of Sirte. Fayez al-Serraj told France’s the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that his government needed international intelligence and technical […]

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British peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on British peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

A UN spokesperson says that the first of 379 British troops have arrived in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to serve in a United Nations peacekeeping mission (Unmiss). Ariane Quentier, spokesperson for the UN mission in South Sudan, said a five-person advance team landed on Friday while the rest will begin arriving in the coming weeks, […]

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Kenya faces legal action over Dadaab closure

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on Kenya faces legal action over Dadaab closure

The Kenyan government’s plan to close the world’s largest refugee camp violates international law and is unconstitutional, a Kenyan rights watchdog said Monday, asking a court to intervene. Nairobi vowed last month to shut down the sprawling Dadaab camp on the Kenya-Somalia border, home to about 350 000 people, on national security grounds. The vast […]

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50 000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on 50 000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger

About 50 000 people have fled a town in Niger’s troubled southeast after deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The attacks began Friday against a military post in Bosso in Niger’s Diffa region, killing 26 soldiers including two from neighbouring Nigeria. “An estimated 50 000 people or so fled,” […]

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Republic of Congo troops killed 18 in CAR

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Comments Off on Republic of Congo troops killed 18 in CAR

Republic of Congo soldiers killed at least 18 people, including women and children, while serving as African Union and United Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic between December 2013 and June 2015, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The group urged the Republic of Congo to investigate the crimes and bring the soldiers to justice. […]

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Libya violence escalates with hundreds killed in recent attacks

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Libya violence escalates with hundreds killed in recent attacks

Two of Libya’s unity government soldiers were killed and 12 others were injured on Thursday in a suicide attack by ISIS near the city of Sirte, media office of the presidential guards said. The attack took place as the soldiers were advancing into Sirte with heavy artillery and air force, the media office confirmed. The […]

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Libya: Interior minister meets with Tripoli security director and mayors.

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Libya: Interior minister meets with Tripoli security director and mayors.

The interior minister in the national accord government ‘NAG’ , “Ala’arif Saleh Khoja” , met with director of Tripoli security and mayors of the city. During this meeting , which was held in the Tripoli security directorate headquarters , Khoja stressed on coordination and cooperation among all security services , and mayors , which will […]

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Bedoui calls in Bamako to mobilize all capacities to combat terrorist organizations

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Bedoui calls in Bamako to mobilize all capacities to combat terrorist organizations

Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui called, on Thursday in Bamako, to mobilize all capacities to combat terrorist groups and eradicate criminal organizations, which are threatening security in the region. “We have to mobilize all our capacities to combat terrorist groups and eradicate criminal organizations, which are threatening the security of the region,” […]

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Malian president meets Noureddine Bedoui

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Malian president meets Noureddine Bedoui

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita received, Thursday in Bamako, Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui. The audience was attended by Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and African Integration Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Territorial Administration Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga as well as Algerian Ambassador to Mali Boualem Chebihi and Malian Ambassador to Algeria […]

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EU reiterates support to UN efforts in Western Sahara after its historical leader’s death

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on EU reiterates support to UN efforts in Western Sahara after its historical leader’s death

European Union on Friday reiterated support to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reach a solution to the conflict leading to “Western Sahara people’s self-determination” after their historical leader, Mohamed Abdelaziz, passed away. “The EU has learned of the passing of Mohamed Abdelaziz, the historical leader of the Polisario Front,” a spokesman of EU diplomatic services […]

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UN chief seeks 2 500 more peacekeepers for Mali

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on UN chief seeks 2 500 more peacekeepers for Mali

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is seeking some 2 500 more peacekeepers to reinforce the UN mission in Mali, which has seen 12 of its members killed in May alone. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday the troops would include a rapid reaction force, an aviation unit and specialists in high security convoys among other things. […]

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Dadaab refugee camp: Somalia diplomat opposes closure

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Dadaab refugee camp: Somalia diplomat opposes closure

The Kenyan government’s plan to close the Dadaab refugee camp is “logistically impractical”, according to Somalia’s ambassador to the US. Ahmed Awad sounding a warning on Thursday, saying that shutting the complex – which is home to at least 340 000 people – could damage relations between Kenya and Somalia. “I think Kenyans and Somalis […]

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Six dead in attack in south Nigeria

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Six dead in attack in south Nigeria

Six people have been killed after militants attacked a boat belonging to Nigeria’s state-run oil firm, the army says in the latest violence to hit the country’s increasingly restive oil-producing region. The Niger Delta Avengers group, which has been attacking pipelines and facilities since early this year, denied involvement but claimed a separate strike and […]

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Tunisia’s president backs national unity govt

Friday, June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia’s president backs national unity govt

Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi says he will support a government of national unity, as long as it includes Nobel Prize winning groups the UGTT union and UTICA. Any change of government would require the decommission of the current government followed by negotiations between all the groups involved, including political parties, unions and employers.

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Nigeria: army rescues 247 civilians, capture 77 terrorists

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Nigeria: army rescues 247 civilians, capture 77 terrorists

The Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 247 captives from the men of the Boko Haram Sect in Borno State. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Wednesday that captives were rescued by the troops of the 81 Battalion, the 251 Task Force Battalion, and 25 Task […]

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French FM, UN envoy discuss Libyan crisis

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Comments Off on French FM, UN envoy discuss Libyan crisis

French Foreign Minister John Marc Aurliet is to meet the UN Special Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler to discuss the latest developments of the Libyan crisis. A French Foreign Ministry Spokesman Roman Nadal told reporters on Monday his country supported the work of the UN mission in Libya to bring about national reconciliation and stability […]

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