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Amid fears US will pull troops from Africa, French minister heads to Washington (16.01.2020)

France’s armed forces minister said on Wednesday she would travel to Washington in the coming days to discuss US military support to French forces in the Sahel region, amid growing concern of a US exit from the area.

Maas flies to Libya to push peace effort with Haftar (16.01.2020)

"Our message is clear: No one can win this conflict militarily," the German foreign minister said before heading to the north African country. The pressure is high ahead of an international peace summit in Berlin.

EU parliament condemns rights crackdown in Burundi ahead of 2020 election (16.01.2020)

The European parliament has passed a resolution condemning Burundi for restricting freedom of expression and violating human rights ahead of elections due in May this year.

Implementing peace deal only path for stabilization in Mali: UN peacekeeping chief (15.01.2020)

Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix updated ambassadors on developments in the West African country, … . Despite slow starts and disagreements,...

French forces face military trap in Sahel region (15.01.2020)

Operation Barkhane was supposed to be France’s contribution to ridding jihadists from the Sahel region, one of its main spheres of influence in Africa. But instead, President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly isolated – both in Africa and in Europe.

French forces face military trap in Sahel region (15.01.2020)

Operation Barkhane was supposed to be France’s contribution to ridding jihadists from the Sahel region, one of its main spheres of influence in Africa. But instead, President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly isolated – both in Africa and in Europe.

UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by CAR fighting (15.01.2020)

Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday. Peacekeepers are patrolling the city of Alindao, Basse Kotto Prefecture, after skirmishes last Thursday between the country’s...

South Sudan and holdout rebels commit to truce this week (14.01.2020)

South Sudan’s government and main rebel groups that had refused to sign a peace deal have inched closer to ending hostilities with a declaration to continue holding dialogue, a symbolic move that could help unify the country.

Somali security forces recaptures key town from al-Shabaab (14.01.2020)

Somalia Special Forces (Danab) on Monday recaptured a key town in the southern region from al-Shabaab and arrested senior leaders of the local terror group.

France agree new joint command, will prioritize fight against Islamic State (14.01.2020)

The leaders of France and the G5 Sahel group of states have agreed to form a military coalition under joint command and to focus their counter-insurgency efforts against Islamic State.