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Sahel: Boko Haram ambushes Chad soldiers, kills ten

Sahel: Boko Haram ambushes Chad soldiers, kills ten

Ten Chadian soldiers were killed while attacking a base of the Boko Haram Islamist group in the Lake Chad region, the province's secretary-general told AFP on Saturday. Seven soldiers were also injured in Thursday's ambush, Sadick Khatir said, confirming information...

SECURITY & DEFENSE

Libya: EU targeting three companies for breach of arms embargo

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on three companies -- one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian -- for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya, diplomatic sources told AFP. Foreign ministers from the bloc signed off on the measures, which freeze any EU...

Morocco raises concern about Islamic State activity

Editor's Note Morocco's concern over a resurgence of Daesh activities came days after a gendarmerie officer was killed in Sousse, Tunisia, in a knife attack that Daesh claimed. With the crisis in Libya attracting so many fighters, neighboring countries are concerned...

Mali: Ambush claims lives of 10 soldiers in Koulioro

At least 10 Malian soldiers were killed in an overnight ambush in a central region near the Mauritanian border where armed jihadist groups are rampant, security and local sources said Friday. It is the third time Malian security forces have suffered heavy losses since...

Libya: Weapons continue to pour into Libya, despite arms embargo

United Nations, United States, Sept 3, 2020 - The interim UN envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, on Wednesday denounced what she called "blatant" ongoing violations of the arms embargo in effect on the war-wracked country. Since UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

Mali: Reshuffle in Mali’s defense and security establishment

Bamako, Sept 2, 2020 - Mali's junta has named a new army chief of staff and appointed people to other key army and security posts, weeks after seizing power, according to decrees published Wednesday. General Oumar Diarra is named chief of the general staff of the...

Turkey launches military maneuvers as tensions remain high in East Med

Istanbul, Aug 29, 2020 - Turkey on Saturday launched new military drills in the eastern Mediterranean and Greece accused Turkish jets of an incursion as tensions mount in a maritime standoff between the NATO members.  The confrontation has reignited a longstanding...

Mali: Four soldiers killed near Mopti

Bamako, Aug 27, 2020 - Four troops were killed and 12 were wounded on Thursday in an ambush in central Mali, the army said, blaming the attack on jihadists who launched an insurgency eight years ago. The troops, from an anti-poaching unit, fell into a trap set by...

INSURGENCIES & TERRORISM

Niger: Daesh says it killed French aid workers in Koure on 9 August

The Islamic State extremist group on Thursday claimed the killing in August of six French aid workers and their two local guides while they were visiting a nature reserve in the West African country of Niger. The six French humanitarian workers, aged between 25 and...

Sahel: Chad army unable to contain Boko Haram in Lake Chad

Chad's President Idriss Deby said Saturday that Boko Haram jihadists would continue to wreak havoc in the Lake Chad region despite a huge military offensive against the group earlier this year. Lake Chad -- a marshy region dotted with islands near the border of Niger,...

Niger: Gunmen kill French tourists in Kouré

Niamey, Aug 9, 2020 - Six French tourists and their local guide and driver were killed Sunday by gunmen riding motorcycles in an area of southwestern Niger that is home to the last West African giraffes, officials said.  It is believed to be the first such attack on...

Sahel: Boko Haram hits village in Chad, kills residents

Boko Haram jihadists killed at least 10 civilians and kidnapped seven others in an attack on a village in the troubled Lake Chad region on Friday, an army officer and local official said. "At around 3 am (0200 GMT), Boko Haram fighters attacked the Tenana village...

International court takes up case of Malian man accused of war crimes

The Hague, July 14, 2020 - A Malian jihadist police chief committed "unimaginable crimes" during a reign of terror in the fabled shrine city of Timbuktu, prosecutors told the International Criminal Court at the start of his trial Tuesday. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag...

Morocco: Four arrested in Nador on suspicion of terrorism

Rabat, July 7, 2020 - Morocco on Tuesday arrested four alleged members of a "terrorist cell" linked to the Islamic State group who had plotted to attack "sensitive sites" in the kingdom, the interior ministry  said. The men, aged between 21 and 26, were arrested in...

Mali: New massacre in Mopti’s Bandiagara region

Unidentified armed men massacred 31 civilians in simultaneous attacks on several Mali villages this week, then killed nine soldiers responding to the assault as violence surges in the country's conflict-wracked centre. An Islamist insurgency that  erupted in the north...

France’s massive challenges in the Sahel

France is increasingly optimistic about the effectiveness of its anti-jihadist campaign in the Sahel, but experts caution that short-term successes will not by themselves bring lasting victory.  President Emmanuel Macron will travel to the Mauritanian capital...

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