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Algeria: Massive weapons cache found near Niger border

MEA Risk Alert: March 5, 2017: The Algerian army has discovered, on 4 March, a massive weapons cache near the Nigerien border in In Guezzam. The cache contained six Kalashnikov…

Libya: LNA attempts to retake oil crescent area

By MEA Risk: March 5, 2017: The Libyan National Army of General Khalifa Haftar are in the process of retaking Ras Lanuf from the Islamist militia Benghazi Defense Brigades on…

UN envoy to Western Sahara resigns

American diplomat Christopher Ross has submitted his resignation to the United Nations Secretary General, Antonino Gueterres, according to diplomatic sources in New York. The 74-year old diplomat has held the…

France lends military support to Niger with 80 troops in north Niamey

France lends military support to Niger with 80 troops in north Niamey

The North Africa Journal-  March 1, 2017: The recent attacks of jihadist groups along the border Mali and Niger are prompting the French military to send more troops allegedly to…

Tunisia: IS cell dismantled, four arrested in Jendouba

Tunisia: IS cell dismantled, four arrested in Jendouba

An Islamic State cell was dismantled on 25 February in the region of Tabarka, governorate of Jendouba, and four members were apprehended. The suspects were reportedly recruiting members for IS…

Libya: 60 inmates escape from local prison in Wadi al-Shatti

Libya: 60 inmates escape from local prison in Wadi al-Shatti

On 25 February, at least 60 inmates at the prison of Wadi al-Shatti have escaped after a group of gunmen attacked the jail to free a prisoner. Twenty have been…

Morocco: Hostage situation thwarted in Ain Sebaa

According to a security source, a man tried to hold employees of a company based in Casablanca’s Ain Sebaa district hostage, and threatened to “blow himself up”. The authorities intervened,…

UN, Morocco and the Polisario: a symbolic withdrawal

UN, Morocco and the Polisario: a symbolic withdrawal

The North Africa Journal: February 27, 2017: Morocco is to withdraw some troops from Guerguerat, in the contested Western Sahara region. The move is a bid to deescalate tension after…

Morocco’s King hints at dissolution of Maghreb Union

Morocco’s King hints at dissolution of Maghreb Union

In light of the return of Morocco in the African Union, the King Mohammed VI has hinted that the Arab Maghreb Union (AUN) is on the verge of dissolution due…

Algeria: Tensions deepen among the opposition over legislative elections

Algeria: Tensions deepen among the opposition over legislative elections

Tension between the opposition parties Jil Jadid (New Generation) and the Islamist-leaning Movement for Society and Peace (MSP) have intensified this week after former presidential candidate and Jil Jadid chief…

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