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More time needed to achieve peace, South Sudan rebels say (21.06.2018)

South Sudanese rebels said on Thursday that more time is needed to secure lasting peace in the country and it would be necessary to address the root causes of a civil war. “There is no shortcut to peace,” the group said in a statement after peace talks in Ethiopia between its leader Riek Machar and...

Haftar's forces recapture Libya oil ports (21.06.2018)

Military strongman's forces recapture terminals after a week of clashes with rival militias over two key oil ports. … Coming just weeks after rival Libyan leaders met in Paris and agreed to hold nationwide elections in December, the clashes have underscored how little the political push has...

Al-Shabab militant group getting lucky, not stronger in Somalia (20.06.2018)

Somalia’s most dangerous terror group is likely not getting any stronger despite a series of deadly attacks, including one that claimed the life of a U.S. special operations soldier earlier this month. The assessment, by U.S. military and counterintelligence officials, runs contrary to the...

Coordinated response key to G5 Sahel Joint Force success (19.06.2018)

Coordinated response key to G5 Sahel Joint Force successLast month, the Joint Force of the G5 Sahel—Force Conjointe du G5 Sahel (FC-J5S)— announced its readiness to deploy operations. To date, the FC-J5S has conducted three military operations aimed at neutralizing terrorist groups, the first two...

Mali says some soldiers implicated after mass graves found (19.06.2018)

Mali said on Tuesday that some of its soldiers were implicated in "gross violations" after the discovery of some mass graves in its troubled central region plagued by violence between security forces and Islamist militants.

German Tigers end flight operations in Mali (19.06.2018)

The German military has stopped flying its Tiger attack helicopters in Mali and has sent them home after 14 months. The Germany defence ministry said four Tigers and 363 personnel were deployed until 15 June 2018 in support of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali...

UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks (18.06.2018)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Saturday’s attacks in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations. According to media reports, blasts killed dozens of people in the Damboa Local Government area of Borno State.

DR Congo: The Bemba Earthquake – ICG briefing (15.06.2018)

[…] Bemba’s arrest on an ICC warrant in 2008 removed one of President Joseph Kabila’s fiercest rivals, and his dramatic acquittal could reshape the political landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the country prepares for elections slated for December 2018.

Presidential elections critical to consolidate democracy, says UN peacekeeping chief (14.06.2018)

Though the past 12 months had been the most encouraging in terms of advancing the peace process in Mali, security challenges still pose a dangerous threat, with civilians and security forces still being attacked, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday....