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António Guterres welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel

António Guterres welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region. In a statement issued late last night by his spokesman, the Secretary-General welcomed […]

France Says Troops Killed 20 Militants in Northern Mali

France Says Troops Killed 20 Militants in Northern Mali

France’s defense ministry has said its troops took several combatants “out of action” in operations against jihadist groups in Mali this week. The assault also resulted in the seizure of weapons and other equipment. Soldiers taking part in France’s counterterror mission in northern Mali clashed with Islamist militants this week, taking out around 20 fighters, […]

Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali

Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali

Two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and another injured on Tuesday morning in an ambush in the northern Kidal region. “A pedestrian patrol of MINUSMA was attacked in an ambush around 6:30 am this morning, five kilometres from Aguelhok,” the Mission announced. Strongly condemning “this murderous […]

French President Macron Pledges to Be Tough On Terrorism During Mali Visit

French President Macron Pledges to Be Tough On Terrorism During Mali Visit

French president Emmanuel Macron reinforced his commitment to fighting armed Islamists in Africa during a speech made at the French military base in Gao, northern Mali, while also calling on more support from Germany and other European countries. The trip – his first outside of Europe  – sent strong signals at the start to his […]

Emmanuel Macron Visits French Troops in Northern Mali

Emmanuel Macron Visits French Troops in Northern Mali

President Emmanuel Macron visited French troops fighting armed groups in the West African country of Mali on Friday, during his first official visit outside Europe. At the end of his first week in office, Macron flew into Gao, a city in Mali’s north, where political unrest and ethnic strife have raged for more than five […]

Military Might Won’t Solve Mali’s Quagmire

Military Might Won’t Solve Mali’s Quagmire

“The Jihadists are the law now,” an elder from central Mali told me. “The very day the French-supported operation finished, the Islamists were back in the villages,” confided another villager last week, referring to a military operation near the Mali-Burkina Faso border in April. The French-led military intervention in northern Mali in 2013 was hailed […]

France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

80% of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates in the WORLD among adults are in francophone Africa. Namely: Benin (40%), Burkina Faso (26%), Chad (34%), Côte d’Ivoire (49%), Guinea (29%), Mali (23%), Niger (29%), and Senegal (42%). This spectacular result is achieved after over 150 years of French colonization! During the almost 200 […]

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

Guinea’s president, who also serves as African Union (AU) chairman, has called on African countries to “cut the umbilical chord with France” so as to initiate the continent’s development. Speaking at the 12th International Salon of Agriculture, held in Morocco’s northern city of Meknes late Monday, Alpha Conde harshly criticized western countries — singling out […]

Tuareg Factions not sufficiently inclusive and intend to Boycott Mali Peace Conference

Tuareg Factions not sufficiently inclusive and intend to Boycott Mali Peace Conference

Mali’s main Tuareg factions say they will boycott talks with the government next week on implementing a 2015 peace agreement, dimming hopes of attaining peace in the West African country. The main separatist groups in northern Mali – the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) and Platform, a coalition of pro-government Tuareg – said they could […]

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

In November 2016, the United States (US) concluded one of the most divisive presidential elections in its history. It is also hard to identify any public policy issues around which there have been strong and stable bipartisan cooperation in recent years. However, US relations with Africa have, in large part, enjoyed just such cooperation. Since […]

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