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  • Qaeda using Mali crisis to expand, France warns

    04/05/2012 5:19:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Wed, Apr 4, 2012..
    France warned on Wednesday the seizure of northern Mali by a Tuareg-led rebellion was playing into the hands of local al Qaeda units, urging neighbours including Algeria to do more to tackle the threat. For long one of the most stable democracies in West Africa, Mali has plunged into turmoil since a widely condemned March 22 coup that emboldened Tuareg rebels in their quest for a northern homeland. They have been joined by Islamists bent on imposing Islamic sharia law across the whole of the moderate Muslim state, the latest security worry for a region battling organised crime and home-grown...
  • Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover

    03/22/2012 1:07:19 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 33 replies · 6+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2012 | BBC
    Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace. The soldiers said a nationwide curfew was in force and that the constitution had been suspended. The troops, who staged a mutiny on Wednesday, say the government is not giving them enough arms to tackle a rebellion by ethnic Tuaregs. West African regional body Ecowas has condemned the actions of the troops. In a statement, it said it had followed the situation with "dismay and mounting concern", describing the behaviour of the mutinous soldiers as "reprehensible" and...
  • Mali Besieged by Fighters Fleeing Libya

    02/02/2012 9:50:00 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Stratfor ^ | February 2, 2012 | Scott Stewart
    Mali has experienced perhaps the most significant external repercussions from the downfall of the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Stratfor has discussed the impact of the conflict in Libya on the wider region since international intervention began in March 2011. Instability in Libya due to that country's deep internal fault lines meant that re-establishing a government would prove difficult. As we pointed out, that instability could spread to neighboring countries as weapons and combatants flow outward from Libya. Reports now indicate that thousands of armed Tuareg tribesmen who previously served in Gadhafi's military have returned home to Mali. The...
  • AU Wants Peace, Security and Bigger Global Role in 2012

    01/13/2012 9:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | unattributed
    The AU wants Africa to manufacture and export finished products to its trading partners rather than just selling them the raw materials as it does now. She cited China, India, the EU and US and other rising stars in trade with the continent, including Turkey and Latin America, and said the AU had held talks on the new breed of partnerships with some of them. The AU also wants Africa to have a veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council, and a place at the G20 negotiating table, Ali said. The peace and security that have eluded Africa for decades...
  • Chinese deal could herald new era for African cotton

    01/13/2012 9:13:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Just-Style ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Wang Fangqing
    A recent Chinese-African cotton agreement could usher in a new era for the African cotton industry -- but not in the short-term, say industry experts. Under the agreement, signed in December with four key cotton-producing African countries -- Benin, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso (known as the C4) - China stated it would provide machinery, expertise and materials in a bid to increase and improve the quality of local production. At the signing ceremony in Geneva, Chinese commerce minister Chen Deming suggested this was a step towards outsourcing production to Africa. "In [the] longer term, we may relocate some of...
  • Mauritius tops African household lighting survey

    01/13/2012 9:06:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    ESI-Africa ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | unattributed
    A Gallup survey done across 20 sub-Saharan African countries on the main sources of lighting for households saw Mauritius fair best, with 100% of respondents saying this was provided by power lines. South Africa came in second at 80% in terms of households with grid supplied power for lighting, followed by Ghana (67%), Nigeria (66%) and Cameroon (65%). At the bottom of the list in this survey for electrical grid power supplying household lighting was Liberia at 4%, followed by Chad and Burkina Faso at 8%. In Chad, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Uganda and...
  • Bamako warns Polisario:

    12/19/2011 7:28:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | Saturday, December 17, 2011 | unattributed
    Bamako will "no longer accept the violation of its territorial integrity by the Polisario Front", a Malian Minister said on condition of anonymity. Our country is not the Wild West where they can come to kill, and kidnap people and we have already made it clear. Next time, we will take up our responsibilities," the Minister said. For him, the "reasons for this intrusion do not hold water. The person who was killed and those who were taken hostage have nothing to do with the kidnappers of European hostages taken in Tindouf", West of Algeria. Armed men from the Polisario...
  • Mali lawmaker tells of threats over al-Qaida talk

    10/30/2011 4:19:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    A Malian lawmaker who has been outspoken about his country's alleged role in providing refuge to an offshoot of the al-Qaida terror network says he was stopped in traffic Sunday in the capital by armed men who warned him to stop talking about the matter.
  • Libya's neighbours fear conflict may flare in Sahel desert 'powder keg'

    09/09/2011 5:14:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    BusinessDay ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Beatrice Khadige
    The violent conflict in Libya has turned the neighbouring Sahel desert into a powder keg, regional powers said yesterday in Algiers, as former leader Muammar Gaddafi's arsenal risks being snapped up by al- Qaeda's local franchise... Algeria and other Libyan neighbours have expressed fears that the ousted Libyan leader's arsenal and remaining loyalists would be scattered across the Sahel, an 8- million-square-kilometre desert area south of the Sahara. Mr Bazoum said half a ton of Semtex explosive was seized in Niger in June, and warned that there might have been more, as well as surface- to-air missiles... French, American and...
  • Hundreds of returning [from Libya] Tuaregs alarm Mali, Niger

    09/04/2011 2:39:06 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | August 29, 2011
    ... "Hundreds of Malian and Nigerian Tuaregs are coming home from the Libyan front. Among them are former Malian and Nigerien rebels, but also Tuaregs of Malian origin who were in the Libyan army," said a security source at Gao in the north of Mali. The Tuaregs from the army obtained Libyan nationality in the 1990s and mostly fought alongside Kadhafi's other troops. Some of them were integrated into an elite military unit, the same source said. ... "We need to fear a destabilisation of the whole Sahel with this new development. States like Mali and Niger are not prepared...
  • Algerian Al-Qaeda leader killed

    07/06/2011 8:38:29 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 7 replies
    AKI ^ | July 06, 14:26 | staff
    An Al-Qaeda leader of Algerian nationality was among 20 militants killed in southern Mauritania during a clash with military forces.Mauritanian forces on Tuesday reportedly responded to an attack on a military base in Bassiknou on the border with Mali by launching a counter-offensive against forces from The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM the terror network's North African branch. The firefight lasted around 45 minutes and afterward Mauritanian forces chased the militants into Mali. Ten insurgents were captured during the standoff.
  • Mauritanian army destroys al Qaeda camp in Mali

    06/25/2011 3:51:39 AM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | 25 june 2011 | Wire
    The Mauritanian army said it had destroyed a camp in neighbouring Mali Friday night that was sheltering militants linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Al Qaeda ’s North African offshoot carries out armed attacks from bases in Mali. AFP - The Mauritanian army has "completely destroyed" an Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb camp in neighbouring Mali in an assault that left four soldiers wounded, a security source said. Friday's attack in the forest region of Wagadou in western Mali involved air strikes and was staged in the evening, the Mauritanian source told AFP, adding that the "terrorists" struck...
  • Algeria calls for peaceful dialogue in Libya

    06/03/2011 7:02:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Thursday, June 2, 2011 | unattributed
    Algeria on Wednesday called for an inclusive dialogue in Libya with the participation of all Libyan parties to reach a peaceful settlement of the crisis. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Algiers, Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Delegate Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, said his country is in contact with all concerned parties in Libya, and aims to help end the crisis in the neighboring country in a peaceful way. Messahel said Algeria supports the African Union (AU) roadmap for solving the conflict, which calls for political dialogue between different parties in Libya, necessary political reforms, and more effective...
  • Time Up For Sit-tight Leaders in Africa

    05/28/2011 3:01:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Codewit World News - Sharing Nigerian and African News ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2011 | Obi Ebuka Onochie
    "Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike" Plato (BC 427 - 374BC). Open rigging and clinging brazenly to power have become common features of emerging democracies in the world today especially in Africa. Many Countries in Africa have become accustomed to "sit-tight dictators" or military style of leadership, with democracy being propelled by the West for their replacement. This is at the centre of the on-going conflict in many emerging democratic nations. Democratization of the world today as being championed by United States of...
  • Mali seeks up to 75,000 anti-terrorism fighters in Sahel

    05/23/2011 7:56:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Google News ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2011 | AFP
    Mali called Friday for a regional push to train up to 75,000 troops within the next 18 months to combat militants in the Sahel desert region, home to Al-Qaeda's north African offshoot. "In the next 18 months our countries should train and mobilise 25,000 to 75,000 men in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime," Mali's Foreign Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga told regional counterparts. He was addressing the opening of a regional meeting between Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Algeria in Bamako to discuss terrorism and transnational crime in the Sahel. "More than ever our people and our countries are exposed...
  • Regional armies on alert as Libya crisis deepens [Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria]

    04/30/2011 4:21:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Google News ^ | Saturday, April 30, 2011 | AFP
    Army chiefs from Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria are on alert as the crisis in nearby Libya deteriorates, placing the entire region at risk, a military source said on Saturday. Speaking after a meeting Friday between the four army heads, a Malian officer who attended said: "The situation in Libya is of great concern. There is a risk of destabilising the entire region." The meeting was to reinforce the fight against insecurity in a region threatened by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). "Moreover, because of the Libyan crisis, the security situation in the Sahel has deteriorated, so it is...
  • Mali PM resigns: government sources

    04/04/2011 3:52:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Google News ^ | March 30, 2011 | AFP
    Mali Prime Minister Modibo Sidibe has resigned after more than three years in the job, officials told AFP Wednesday, in a move that comes just over a year ahead of presidential elections. No reason was immediately given for his resignation and a new government was expected to be announced, officials in the president's and prime minister's office told AFP. Sidibe, who was appointed prime minister in September 2007, handed his resignation to President Amadou Toumani Toure who accepted, they said. The 58-year-old is considered close to Toure whose second and final term ends in 2012. None of the officials provided...
  • French development agency grants Malian firm 170m FCFA

    04/04/2011 3:46:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Afrique Jet ^ | Saturday, April 2, 2011 | Pana
    The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted Malian firm Jatropha-Mali Initiative (JMI) 170.5 million FCFA (260,000 euro) to promote the growth of the plant, sources at the Malian Agriculture Ministry told PANA. The seed of Jatropha can be used to produce biofuel, as well as oil comparable to diesel. More than 3,250 hectares have already been planted by 3,500 farmers, under 24 cooperatives, from the circle (prefecture) of Kita. Some 12,000 more hectares are to be planted in the next few years. JMI is a subsidiary of the French group Eco-Carbone set up in 2007. Its objective is to sustainably...
  • Malians cheer Gaddafi as they host Libya football team

    04/03/2011 8:11:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2011 | unattributed
    Thousands of Malians turned out to cheer on Libya's football team in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Mali's capital. The match was held in Bamako because of security concerns in Libya. About 20,000 Malians turned out to watch the game, many carrying posters protesting against the Western-led military intervention in Libya. "We were very touched by the Malian crowd," captain Tariq Ibrahim al-Tayib told the BBC after beating Comoros 3-0.
  • Four Israeli Embassies, Consulates Reported Shut Down

    02/17/2011 2:33:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 2/17/11 | Gil Ronen
    Four Israeli embassies and consulates have been temporarily shut down due to a mounting terror threat, according to foreign press. Turkish newspaper Hurriet reported that the Israeli embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul are among the diplomatic missions that have shut their doors. The Counter-Terror Bureau has cited, in recent days, a growing threat of the imminent execution of terror attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, with emphases on Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania and Venezuela. The Bureau urges Israelis traveling to these countries to avoid places where there are concentrations of Israelis, and...