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10/17/2023

Sahel: Tensions escalating in Mali and Niger:

peacekeepers in announced Monday their pullout has started from two camps in the tense region, opening a new phase in a forced withdrawal igniting fears fighting will intensify between troops and armed actors. Continue here: https://north-africa.com/hxbg. In neighboring , the military said Tuesday that six soldiers and 31 “terrorists” had been killed in fighting in a restive region plagued by insurgents linked with -Qaeda and the Islamic State group. Clashes between armed forces and “terrorist elements” broke out in the western region near Burkina Faso between Sunday and Monday, the defence ministry said. Eighteen soldiers were also injured, it added in a statement. Tillaberi is in the vast and unstable “three borders” region between Niger, Mali and Faso, where jihadist insurgents have carried out attacks for years. Continue here: https://north-africa.com/uy2h

Aid convoys cleared to proceed toward Rafah border crossing  convoys which have been waiting for days in   were Tuesday ...
10/17/2023

Aid convoys cleared to proceed toward Rafah border crossing

convoys which have been waiting for days in were Tuesday headed towards the Rafah border crossing with the besieged enclave of , aid officials said. The blockaded territory has been under sustained bombardment since Gaza’s ruling militant group Hamas launched its bloody onslaught against Israel on October 7. So far has kept the Rafah crossing closed to aid going in or foreign nationals trying to flee, as Israel has repeatedly struck the Palestinian side of the crossing. “We have arrived at the terminal and are now waiting for the next step,” said Heba Rashed, who runs the aid group Mersal. Continue here:

Relief convoys which have been waiting for days in Egypt were Tuesday headed towards the Rafah border crossing with the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza, aid officials said. The blockaded terri…

Israel-Gaza conflict bleeds into Egypt, policeman kills two Israeli tourists and their guide in Alexandria.An     shot d...
10/10/2023

Israel-Gaza conflict bleeds into Egypt, policeman kills two Israeli tourists and their guide in Alexandria.

An shot dead two and their Egyptian guide Sunday, local media and Israeli authorities said, as war raged for a second day between and militants. Israel’s National Security Council later said its citizens should consider not traveling abroad particularly in the “on the backdrop of the attack in .” It said visitors already in Egypt should leave “as soon as possible.” Continue here:

An Egyptian policeman shot dead two Israeli tourists and their Egyptian guide Sunday, local media and Israeli authorities said, as war raged for a second day between Israel and Palestinian militant…

Egypt: More backers of opposition candidate for the presidential election arrested  presidential hopeful Ahmed al-Tantaw...
10/10/2023

Egypt: More backers of opposition candidate for the presidential election arrested

presidential hopeful Ahmed al-Tantawi on Monday said eight of his supporters had been arrested, bringing the total number of his backers in detention to 96. announced last month that it would be holding its presidential election on December 10-12, with the incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi formally announcing last week that he would seek a third term. Continue here: https://north-africa.com/7ch3 | free access.

 : Nigeria endorses Algeria’s mediation plan for Niger 's foreign minister on Thursday welcomed an   offer to mediate ta...
10/06/2023

: Nigeria endorses Algeria’s mediation plan for Niger

's foreign minister on Thursday welcomed an offer to mediate talks with the regime in , which came to power in a coup in July. Nigeria holds the rotating presidency of , a union of 15 West African countries which threatened armed intervention after rebel officers toppled Niger's President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26: Continue here:

The Sahel issues are now the domain of the Algerian military, who have sidelined the president and his aids due to their connections with France. Sources say that the Algerian mediation is likely t…

10/06/2023

: Nigeria endorses Algeria’s mediation plan for Niger

's foreign minister on Thursday welcomed an offer to mediate talks with the regime in , which came to power in a coup in July. Nigeria holds the rotating presidency of , a union of 15 West African countries which threatened armed intervention after rebel officers toppled Niger's President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26: Continue here: https://north-africa.com/6u48

Sahel: French forces are leaving Niger this week  said Thursday that it would start withdrawing its troops from   this w...
10/06/2023

Sahel: French forces are leaving Niger this week

said Thursday that it would start withdrawing its troops from this week after a falling-out with the post-coup regime, which insists the exit be carried out in accordance with its "conditions". The announcement by the army follows weeks of tensions between and Niger's new rulers, who seized power on July 26. Continue here:

France said Thursday that it would start withdrawing its troops from Niger this week after a falling-out with the post-coup regime, which insists the exit be carried out in accordance with its & #82…

Libya: Revisiting Derna a month after the floods: mental trauma and thousands still missing:Nearly a month after   hit  ...
10/06/2023

Libya: Revisiting Derna a month after the floods: mental trauma and thousands still missing:

Nearly a month after hit in eastern , survivors are struggling to overcome the psychological toll, with many grieving the loss — or still without news — of loved ones. Extreme rainfall from -strength caused two upstream dams to burst on September 10, sending flood waters that have been likened to a tsunami crashing through the middle of Derna. The deluge razed entire neighborhoods, dividing the port city and sweeping many people into the Mediterranean and to their deaths. “Derna, today, is broken in two. It’s a reflection of what its inhabitants feel,” said Mayssam Hasedi, who lost more than 20 relatives in the flash floods. More than 4,000 people have been reported dead and thousands more remain missing in eastern Libya. Continue here:

By Rim Taher: Nearly a month after floods hit Derna in eastern Libya, survivors are struggling to overcome the psychological toll, with many grieving the loss — or still without news — …

Corruption and Politics: Algeria fires CEO of energy giant Sonatrach  company   is once again going through turmoil. Thi...
10/04/2023

Corruption and Politics: Algeria fires CEO of energy giant Sonatrach

company is once again going through turmoil. This week, has been fired, in a case that sees intersects with . As prepares for a presidential election in 2024, the various competing groups appear to be increasing their activities to position themselves for next year’s polls. Setting aside the political undertones of this case, CEO Hakkar has led Sonatrach over the past three years and all along, he has been facing detractors who have been accusing him of running a highly corrupt organization. Ongoing investigations focus on four alleged crimes, the first on the Transport Activity (TRC) division, the second is on the alleged elimination of a giant company to handle a large-scale fertilizer entity in favor of two small unknown Chinese firms, the third on an industrial site to produce polypropylene in Turkey, and the fourth on the alleged illicit awarding of contracts by Sonatrach subsidiaries to foreign companies represented in Algeria by the son of the former Prime Minister Ali Benflis. More here:

Corruption and Politics: By Arezki Daoud: Oil company Sonatrach is once again going through turmoil. This week, CEO Hakkar has been fired, in a case that sees business intersects with politics. As…

Libya: Divisions deepen among Libyan leaders over flood reliefMore than three weeks after  ’s deadly flood  , the divide...
10/04/2023

Libya: Divisions deepen among Libyan leaders over flood relief

More than three weeks after ’s deadly flood , the divided country’s two rival administrations remain bitterly at odds on how to manage the massive aid and reconstruction effort. The aftermath of the disaster on September 10-11 has seen the rival camps in the east and west of the war-scarred country both announce their own plans for a reconstruction conference. Continue here:

By Imed Lamloum: More than three weeks after Libya’s deadly flood disaster, the divided country’s two rival administrations remain bitterly at odds on how to manage the massive aid and …

Sahel: 29 Niger soldiers killed by suspected jihadists29 soldiers were killed in western   in an attack by suspected  , ...
10/04/2023

Sahel: 29 Niger soldiers killed by suspected jihadists

29 soldiers were killed in western in an attack by suspected , the defence ministry said on Monday night, declaring a three-day national mourning period. The soldiers were targeted using “improvised explosive devices and kamikaze vehicles by more than a hundred terrorists”, the ministry said in a televised statement. Two soldiers were seriously wounded and “several dozen terrorists” were also killed. Continue here:

Twenty-nine soldiers were killed in western Niger in an attack by suspected jihadists, the defence ministry said on Monday night, declaring a three-day national mourning period. The soldiers were t…

Libya’s latest official death toll exceeds 3,800Nearly two weeks after a flash   devastated the   port city of  , the of...
09/25/2023

Libya’s latest official death toll exceeds 3,800

Nearly two weeks after a flash devastated the port city of , the official death toll keeps rising, passing 3,800 on Saturday. A total of 3,845 people are now confirmed to have died, said Mohamed Eljarh, spokesman for the relief committee set up by the authorities in eastern Libya. He said the figure included only those whose burial had been recorded by the health ministry, so it is “expected to rise every day unfortunately”. Bodies buried by residents in the first few days after the disaster struck on the night of September 10-11 had not been included, he said. Continue here:

Nearly two weeks after a flash flood devastated the Libyan port city of Derna, the official death toll keeps rising, passing 3,800 on Saturday. A total of 3,845 people are now confirmed to have die…

 :   bans   aircraft from its airspaceNiger’s military rulers have banned “French aircraft” from flying over the country...
09/25/2023

: bans aircraft from its airspace

Niger’s military rulers have banned “French aircraft” from flying over the country’s airspace, according to the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) website. Niger’s airspace is “open to all national and international commercial flights except for French aircraft or aircraft chartered by France including those of the airline Air France.” Continue here: https://north-africa.com/wk10

 : French President makes pragmatic decision to step away from Niger:President Emmanuel   on Sunday announced that   wou...
09/25/2023

: French President makes pragmatic decision to step away from Niger:

President Emmanuel on Sunday announced that would withdraw its ambassador from , followed by the military contingent in the coming months, a move welcomed by Niger’s military leaders as a “step towards sovereignty”. Macron’s announcement comes two months after a coup in the country that ousted the pro-Paris president. “France has decided to withdraw its ambassador. In the next hours our ambassador and several diplomats will return to France,” Macron told French television in an interview, without giving details over how this would be organised. Continue here to read the post: https://north-africa.com/b1cr

As we reach the end of the third quarter 2023, about to enter the tail-end of the year, it is difficult to see a bright ...
09/23/2023

As we reach the end of the third quarter 2023, about to enter the tail-end of the year, it is difficult to see a bright horizon for the northern half of . Two major natural disasters, magnified by poor governance and bad infrastructure, caused the death of at least 7,000 people in the region. In the , there is no shortage of crises, with the headlines this week focusing on a rebellion in northern and the group struggling to control the junta in that toppled the unpopular president.

https://youtu.be/LHq9tU7tgbo?si=IDcGz3Ti8KMWGBLaMaghreb, Sahel as of 22 Sep. 2023: And Now the Environment is Major Factor of Instability

As we reach the end of the third quarter 2023, about to enter the tail-end of the year, it is difficult to see a bright horizon for the northern half of ...

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09/22/2023

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Libya: The utter destruction and apocalyptic wasteland of DernaRescuers sifted through mud and rubble Friday in their se...
09/15/2023

Libya: The utter destruction and apocalyptic wasteland of Derna

Rescuers sifted through mud and rubble Friday in their search for people missing from the -sized flash flood that swept the port city of , killing more than 3,000. The surge of water burst two upstream dams on Sunday, turning Derna into an apocalyptic wasteland with entire city blocks and untold numbers of people washed into the . The launched an appeal for more than $71 million to assist hundreds of thousands in need and warned the "extent of the problem" remains unclear. Continue here:

By Abdullah Doma: Rescuers sifted through mud and rubble Friday in their search for people missing from the tsunami-sized flash flood that swept the Libyan port city of Derna, killing more than 3,0…

Opinion: The earthquake in   and the floods in   should be an opportunity for "leaders" in the region to fix long-standi...
09/13/2023

Opinion: The earthquake in and the floods in should be an opportunity for "leaders" in the region to fix long-standing problems that turned the into a virtual war zone. You'd think so? But I am not holding my breath. The brother enemies Morocco and are even more entrenched in their dueling positions as ever on a series of issues, chief of which is the and who has the muscles to be called "regional leader." Sadly, reading statements on social media by normal folks of both countries confirms that even the populations have been dragged into a conflict that started with their leaders. The cancer has metastasized and so the food-fight will continue. In Libya, foreign meddling brought that country to its knees and to a point of no-return. We see the devastating impact of foreign meddling (more devastating than Storm Daniel) materialize in the complete lack of readiness of the so-called authorities and utter state of decay of Libyan cities. And these same foreign meddlers show no appetite of letting Libya be in peace and so the drama there will continue. Here's a brief video podcast on the floods in Libya.

The unfolding disaster with major that are taking place in eastern , may be of proportion and the death toll there can...

Libya Floods: Latest Update- Officially 2,300 reported dead, 10,000 missing and entire neighborhoods in ruins.-   made l...
09/13/2023

Libya Floods: Latest Update

- Officially 2,300 reported dead, 10,000 missing and entire neighborhoods in ruins.

- made landfall on 's east coast in before veering towards the Jabal al-Akhdar district towns of Shahat, Al-Marj, Al-Bayda, Soussa and , devastating that city of 100,000 people. Derna lies in a river wadi 900 kilometres (560 miles) east of the capital Tripoli.

- Overnight, two dams on Wadi Derna burst, unleashing torrents of water that destroyed bridges and swept away entire neighbourhoods on both sides of the wadi. Details here in our Live Reporting platform:

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UNDERSTANDING NORTH AFRICA'S EARTHQUAKESVideo PodcastAfter   got hit by a strong  , many have been asking how sensitive ...
09/13/2023

UNDERSTANDING NORTH AFRICA'S EARTHQUAKES
Video Podcast

After got hit by a strong , many have been asking how sensitive is to such events. Having been exposed to two of them myself, I can think of three things that come to mind: First: when the quake happens, we are frightened, feel tiny and can't help ourselves but think of our mortality. Then we forget about it as time progresses. Then, another quake hits and the cycle repeats itself. In this podcast, also available on most podcast platforms like and Podcasts, I share a brief history of quakes in North Africa, and note that the quake that took place in Marrakesh raises interesting and troubling questions.

Understanding North Africa's Quakes, History and What to Expect

Sahel: Army-Tuareg war reignites in north MaliOpinion by Arezki Daoud: The military junta in   is now confronted with th...
09/13/2023

Sahel: Army-Tuareg war reignites in north Mali

Opinion by Arezki Daoud: The military junta in is now confronted with the realities of . It is battling on multiple fronts and not always winning. In the north, its policies and violent approach to problems have reignited a rebellion. Mali's government forces do not appear to do well facing the Tuaregs, despite the assistance of the ruthless and probably incompetent mercenaries.

The , who have long sought some autonomy for their region as part of a federal system of governance, were snubbed disdainfully by the junta in , which pushed for a new constitution that entirely rejected the idea of a federal model, giving the central government more power instead. As a result, the Tuaregs felt they could no longer abide by a peace agreement that previously controlled the two parties' urge for war. That is until this new military junta showed up. This week, apparently the Tuaregs captured the town of Bourem, near Gao after heavy fighting against the national army, most likely aided by the Wagner mercenaries.

In the same region of , the Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist alliance Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM) is also giving the Malian army hard time. Mali's government had to recognize on Tuesday that it had lost around ten soldiers in an attack last week on a camp in Gao, an attack that was claimed by GSIM. A car bomb attack on September 8 "caused around ten deaths... among the Malian Armed Forces".

So as we are now learning, it may be relatively easy to topple a mediocre and poorly protected president, but it is not so simple to govern. The regime in Mali clearly lacks foresight and rather than negotiating a deal to stabilize the country and win the hearts and minds of the Tuaregs and all other ethnic groups so as to unite against the Jihadists, it just jumps straight into the opportunity to start a new war and risk pushing the Tuaregs to the arms of the extremist militants.

More details here:

Armed groups from northern Mali on Tuesday claimed to have captured the key town of Bourem, situated between the ancient cities of Gao and Timbuktu, after fighting against the national army. Author…

Libya: Major disaster unfolds, 10K people missing in storm-hit northeast LibyaThe death toll from freak   in eastern   i...
09/12/2023

Libya: Major disaster unfolds, 10K people missing in storm-hit northeast Libya

The death toll from freak in eastern is expected to soar dramatically, with 10,000 people reported missing, the warned on Tuesday. Officials in Libya have said at least 150 people were killed in the sudden flooding on Sunday afternoon after swept the , lashing , and . But Tamer Ramadan of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - IFRC) said the actual toll was likely to be many times higher. Continue here:

The death toll from freak floods in eastern Libya is expected to soar dramatically, with 10,000 people reported missing, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday. Officials in Libya have said at least 150 p…

Overview on how foreign   experienced the   in
09/11/2023

Overview on how foreign experienced the in

Here's a brief overview on how foreign experienced the in

When politics gets in the way: France and US not in the list of countries Morocco asked for help:  is insisting that the...
09/11/2023

When politics gets in the way: France and US not in the list of countries Morocco asked for help:

is insisting that the reluctance of to accept offers of aid in the wake of Friday’s devastating quake does not represent a snub, even if it comes at a time of growing tensions between and the former colonial power. Along with the , France was conspicuously absent from a list of four countries Morocco said on Sunday it would seek aid from — , , and the . Continue here:

By Delphine Touitou: France is insisting that the reluctance of Morocco to accept French offers of aid in the wake of Friday’s devastating quake does not represent a snub, even if it comes at…

Testimonies from residents of  ,  :
09/11/2023

Testimonies from residents of , :

: How local villagers and residents are coping with the e

Morocco quake: update on search & rescue, the latest on the ground- Newly-arrived foreign teams of rescuers on Monday fa...
09/11/2023

Morocco quake: update on search & rescue, the latest on the ground

- Newly-arrived foreign teams of rescuers on Monday faced an intensifying race against time to dig out any survivors from the rubble of mountain villages.

Quake killed almost 2,500 people and injured a similar number, according to the latest official toll.

- Rabat on Sunday announced it had accepted offers to send search and rescue teams from Britain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Spain.

The UK is deploying a team of search and rescue specialists, including 60 people, four search dogs and rescue equipment, as well as a medical assessment team.

- The earthquake wiped out entire villages in the foothills of the Atlas mountains

-Moroccan authorities have erected emergency shelters. Bright yellow tents were visible along the road into Tikht, a village which has effectively ceased to exist.

- Members of the government's civil protection service carried camp beds from a military-type truck toward the tents. Non-profit groups were also in the area to assess needs.

- Citizens reported to hospitals in Marrakesh and elsewhere to donate blood for the injured. Among the donors were members of Morocco's national football team. Other volunteers organised food and essential goods to help quake victims, after complaints that authorities were slow to respond.

- Dozens of people continued to sleep outdoors overnight in the modern quarter of Marrakesh. Some stretched out on the median strip of Mohamed VI Avenue. Others lay at the foot of their parked cars.

- The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva began its session on Monday with a minute's silence for the quake victims.

Details here:

Testimonies from residents By Kaouthar Oudrhihi with Anne-Sophie Labadie in Amizmiz: Moroccan rescuers supported by newly-arrived foreign teams on Monday faced an intensifying race against time to …

Another tragedy in North Africa, at least 150 killed in Libyan floodsThe   region of NorthAfrica is struggling with grow...
09/11/2023

Another tragedy in North Africa, at least 150 killed in Libyan floods

The region of NorthAfrica is struggling with growing . After the massive that hit , at least 150 people were killed in freak in eastern as a result of storm Daniel which has swept the , an official said on Monday. There were massive mudslides, collapsed buildings and entire neighbourhoods submerged under water. Details here:

At least 150 people were killed in freak floods in eastern Libya as a result of storm Daniel which has swept the Mediterranean, an official said on Monday. Images filmed by residents of the disaste…

Rescue operations continue in Morocco: Latest as of 8:11 PM GMT (4:11 PM EST)On Sunday an aftershock of magnitude 4.5 ra...
09/10/2023

Rescue operations continue in Morocco: Latest as of 8:11 PM GMT (4:11 PM EST)

On Sunday an aftershock of magnitude 4.5 rattled the region. The mountain village of Tafeghaghte, 60 kilometres from , was almost entirely destroyed. Amid the debris, civilian rescuers and members of 's armed forces searched for survivors and the bodies of the dead.

Rescuers in Morocco on Sunday stepped up efforts to find survivors of a devastating that killed more than 2,100 people and flattened villages. The first foreign rescuers flew in to help after Morocco's strongest-ever quake killed at least 2,122 people and injured more than 2,400, many seriously, according to official figures updated late on Sunday. More in-depth here. https://north-africa.com/t2vs

Niger: Anti-France groups maintain pressure, want France out" , get out of our house," thousands of young demonstrators ...
09/10/2023

Niger: Anti-France groups maintain pressure, want France out

" , get out of our house," thousands of young demonstrators chant to the rhythm of reggae, making plain their demand for soldiers to leave . Rallies to protest the 1,500-strong French military presence have attracted tens of thousands of people to the airbase which hosts part of the former colonial power's contingent near 's airport in the past 10 days. Continue here:

“Macron, get out of our house,” thousands of young demonstrators chant to the rhythm of reggae, making plain their demand for French soldiers to leave Niger. Rallies to protest the 1,50…

Mud-brick  villages of   &  , near the quake’s epicentre,  were almost completely destroyed. In Tafeghaghte alone, some ...
09/10/2023

Mud-brick villages of & , near the quake’s epicentre, were almost completely destroyed. In Tafeghaghte alone, some 70 victims out of a population of around 100 people buried on Saturday. ( ) - l Live update:

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  impact on the city of  :   Damage in   with its 12th-century ramparts partially collapsing.  Residents spent the past ...
09/10/2023

impact on the city of : Damage in with its 12th-century ramparts partially collapsing. Residents spent the past two nights camped out on the vast square: Live updates:

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09/10/2023

Magnitude of 6.8, according to the US Geological Survey, strongest in 's history. Precise date it struck: Friday at 2211 GMT some 72 kilometres (45 miles) southwest of . Felt in , , , .

More updates on the Morocco quake here:
09/10/2023

More updates on the Morocco quake here:

By Olivier Thibault: Rescuers in Morocco were scrambling Sunday to reach people trapped under the rubble after a powerful earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people and decimated entire villages…

09/10/2023

Latest situation report on the Morocco quake:

Here is the latest as of 2:20 PM GMT (10:20 AM Eastern). For updates, follow this link.

Magnitude: Set at 6.8, according to the US Geological Survey — the strongest in Morocco's history. Precise date it struck: Friday at 11:11 pm (2211 GMT) in an area of the Atlas mountain range 72 kilometres (45 miles) southwest of the city of . It was also felt in the coastal cities of , and , as well as which in the 1960s had to be completely rebuilt after a devastating tremor.

Impact on the city of : Damage in Marrakesh with its 12th-century ramparts partially collapsed. Residents spent the past two nights camped out on the vast Jemaa el-Fna square.

Devastation in High Atlas villages: In particular in the provinces of Al-Haouz and Taroudant. The mud-brick villages of Tafeghaghte and Moulay Brahim, near the ’s epicentre, were almost completely destroyed. In Tafeghaghte alone, some 70 victims out of a population of around 100 people were buried on Saturday.

More details and more updates here:

    update as of 2:18 PM GMT. Death toll now set at 2,059, with more than half of the victims in Al-Haouz, the southern ...
09/10/2023

update as of 2:18 PM GMT. Death toll now set at 2,059, with more than half of the victims in Al-Haouz, the southern area. https://north-africa.com/sizh

09/08/2023

Sahel: Deadly week in Mali

A ***de attack targeted a military base in northern ( ) on Friday, a day after deadly strikes on an camp and a passenger boat by suspected jihadists killed 64 people. An airport section of a base in Gao had been hit in a "complex" attack, according to the army. Continue here: https://north-africa.com/66jr (free with registration)

Leaders of Francophone Africa gripped by fear, strengthen their own security:   Leaders of     are in state of panic fol...
09/05/2023

Leaders of Francophone Africa gripped by fear, strengthen their own security: Leaders of are in state of panic following a series of that toppled their peers in , , , and now . Last week, ’s President Paul Kagame announced the retirement of hundreds of military personnel and appointed new generals to lead army divisions stationed across the country.

In , President Paul Biya, who has been in power for over 40 years, maintaining power with brutality, made new appointments at the Defense Ministry’s central administrative unit.

Now the latest to make changes to protect himself is ’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo with new security announcements. Continue here: https://north-africa.com/w08c (free access with basic registration)

Sahel: France considering selective troop pullout from NigerThe   army is holding talks with  ’s military over withdrawi...
09/05/2023

Sahel: France considering selective troop pullout from Niger

The army is holding talks with ’s military over withdrawing “elements” of its presence there following a coup. There has been speculation that will be forced into a full military pullout from Niger after the July 26 putsch, which ousted French ally President Mohamed Bazoum. Some 1,500 troops are deployed in Niger as part of France’s wider fight against jihadists in the Sahel. Continue here (free access with basic registration): https://north-africa.com/a679

 ’s   regime fired a new verbal broadside at   on Friday, accusing   of “blatant interference” by backing the country’s ...
09/04/2023

’s regime fired a new verbal broadside at on Friday, accusing of “blatant interference” by backing the country’s ousted president as protestors rallied near a base outside the capital . President Mohamed Bazoum, a French ally whose election in 2021 had stoked hopes of stability in the troubled country, was detained on July 26 by members of his guard. Continue here:

Niger’s military regime fired a new verbal broadside at France on Friday, accusing Paris of “blatant interference” by backing the country’s ousted president as protestors ra…

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