Africa

Al-Shabab Faces Pushback in Ethiopia’s Somali Region

Ethiopia’s Somali region is mobilizing against al-Shabab militants to prevent further incursions by the group. The region had been hailed as the most peaceful in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018. But that was put to the test three weeks ago when al-Shabab fighters forced …

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Mali gets more military equipment from Russia

Mali on Tuesday received military jets and a combat helicopter from Russia. During a ceremony, L-39 and Sukhoi-25 jets as well as Mi-24P helicopter gunships were displayed. Defense Minister Sadio Camara paid tribute to what he called Mali’s “win-win partnership with the Russian Federation.” The new deliveries “strengthen our reconnaissance …

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After years of hostility, Turkey forges ties with eastern Libya

Turkey’s hosting of the head of Libya’s eastern-based parliament sets a meaningful landmark in its bid to reshape its Libya policy. Top Turkish officials received a prominent leader of eastern Libya this week, signaling a significant policy shift in the Libyan civil strife two years after Ankara lent military support …

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Mali’s capital Bamako boosts security fearing jihadi attacks

In Bamako’s popular Darsalam neighborhood, a young gendarme stands by a newly barricaded street, his hand on the trigger of a rifle pointed slightly to the ground. The armed policeman is a sign of how Mali’s bustling capital of more than 2.5 million people on the banks of the Niger …

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At Least 10 Killed in Al-Shabab Attack of Town on Somalia-Ethiopia Border

At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 others injured Friday when al-Shabab extremists attacked a town that sits on the Somali side of the border with Ethiopia, according to witnesses and officials. “The militants launched a surprise dawn attack on the town of Aato in the Bakol …

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L’Afrique ne veut plus s’aligner sur les grandes puissances, quelles qu’elles soient

OPINION. Les anciens colons ont encore la faiblesse de ne pas associer le continent aux grands enjeux mondiaux, estime Robert Dussey, ministre des affaires étrangères du Togo et l’un des diplomates africains les plus influents Le rôle assigné à l’Afrique depuis le début de la guerre en Ukraine est évocateur …

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Arms trafficking from Libya to Niger is back; Nigeria, others should be concerned

Countries in the Sahel need to collaborate to stem the tide of weapons flowing through Niger. Arms and ammunition seizures by security forces in Niger’s Agadez and Tahoua regions between January 2021 and February 2022 helped dismantle trafficking networks in the country. This is positive, but what do the seizures …

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Anti-U.N. Protests in Congo Leave 15 Dead, Including 3 Peacekeepers

Demonstrators have accused international forces of failing to deter armed groups responsible for a wave of deadly attacks. At least 15 people, including three U.N. peacekeepers, have been killed and 60 others injured in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in an escalation of dayslong protests against the …

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The last ‘Arab Spring’ democracy is dangling by a thread

Once regarded as the sole democracy to have emerged from the mass protests of the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia on Tuesday passed a newly minted constitution that analysts fear could be the final nail in the coffin of its democratic era. With no minimum voter threshold, only 30.5% of …

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France could deliver drones to help Benin battle militants

France could deliver drones and more sophisticated weapons to Benin to help it tackle a worsening Islamist insurgency that is threatening the region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday. Macron made the pledge during a joint press conference with Benin’s President Patrice Talon on the second leg of his three-nation …

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