Africa

DRC rebels close in on regional capital

 

DRC rebels close in on regional capital

19 Nov 2012

 

Government soldiers in the Democratic Republic Congo are fleeing Goma in large numbers as fighters belonging to the rebel M23 group advance to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, according to a UN source.

UN envoy urges Libya to address security

UN envoy urges Libya to address security

News24, 9 November 2012

New York - The UN envoy to Libya urged the country's new leaders on Thursday to act quickly to address major security challenges that have led to serious outbreaks of fighting and impose control over rival militias, tribes and armed backers of Muammar Gaddafi's ousted regime.

Islamist Ansar Dine offers Mali olive branch

Islamist Ansar Dine offers Mali olive branch

 

Deutsche Welle, 7 November 2012

The Islamist group Ansar Dine has offered peace talks with Mali's central government. Meanwhile, west African nations continue to plan a military intervention to recapture northern Mali from Islamist militants.

Non-African troops could intervene in Mali: conference

 

Non-African troops could intervene in Mali: conference

05 November 2012

BAMAKO — Non-African troops could play a role in ousting Islamic radicals from northern Mali, if African leaders agree to such a plan, experts finalising details for the military intervention said Monday.

"If African heads of state agree, there will be non-African troops on the ground to help Mali win back its territory," an African official taking part in the meeting of international experts told AFP on the last day of the conference.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not elaborate on where the troops would come from.

He said that the number of troops sent into Mali by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) "could reach 4,000 instead of the planned 3,000" and would be spread throughout the country.

Libya outlaws and raids militia group

Libya outlaws and raids militia group

 

Financial Times, 4 November 2012

Libyan forces stormed the headquarters of a Tripoli militia hours after they were outlawed by the interior minister on Sunday in the latest sign of official and public frustration with the continuing violent behaviour of unruly armed groups in the country.

CIA officials in Libya made key decisions during Benghazi attacks

CIA officials in Libya made key decisions during Benghazi attacks

 

Reuters, 2 November 2012

(Reuters) - CIA officials on the ground in Libya dispatched security forces to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi within 25 minutes and made other key decisions about how to respond to the waves of attacks on U.S. installations on September 11, a senior American intelligence official said on Thursday.

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