Africa

Ghana extradites ex-military chief to I. Coast: security

Ghana extradites ex-military chief to I. Coast: security

by Staff Writers
Abidjan (AFP) Feb 05, 2013

Ghana has arrested and extradited Major Jean-Noel Abehi, a key figure in Ivory Coast's security services under ousted president Laurent Gbagbo, an Ivorian security official said Tuesday.

Abehi, together with Jean-Yves Dibopieu, who used to head a pro-Gbagbo student union, "were arrested on Monday in Ghana," a senior security official said.

Can Timbuktu stay pacified after Islamist rebels are run out?

Can Timbuktu stay pacified after Islamist rebels are run out?

 

Christian Science Monitor, 1 February 2013

Captain Yann of the French army’s 6th Marine engineer battalion got into his jeep early in the morning, drove to the Djingareiber Mosque inside this city and, with a team of soldiers and other army personnel, started digging for bombs.

The Vast Islamist Sanctuary of 'Sahelistan'

The Vast Islamist Sanctuary of 'Sahelistan'

 

By Paul Hyacinthe Mben, Jan Puhl and Thilo Thielke

Translated from the English by Christopher Sultan

28 January 2013

France is advancing quickly against the Islamists in northern Mali, having already made it to Timbuktu. But the Sahel offers a vast sanctuary for the extremists, complete with training camps, lawlessness and plenty of ways to make money.

Mali and Europe’s Hard Power

 

 

Mali and Europe’s Hard Power

Posted by: Ulrich Speck
Friday, January 25, 2013This should have been Europe’s little war.
It should have been a matter of days. Shortly after Paris decided to intervene to prevent Mali from falling into the hands of radical Islamists, European powers—London, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Warsaw, among others—should have stepped in to turn the intervention into a common European operation.

How China Views France’s Intervention in Mali: An Analysis

How China Views France’s Intervention in Mali: An Analysis

Brookings Institute, 23 January 2013

China’s response to France’s decision to send troops to fight against Islamic extremists in Mali is at most tepid and reserved. In the official statement by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government merely “noted” the dispatch of troops by “related countries and regional organizations” without any explicit commitment to support the mission at its current stage. This has raised wide-speculation in the West that China is “free-riding” again in a West-led mission to stabilize a country infested with terrorist threats. Amongst the debate, it is important for the international community to clarify and understand China’s perspectives.

Algeria's Hidden Hand

Algeria's Hidden Hand

The National Interest, 22 January 2013

The United States is deeply involved with a key Muslim partner in the struggle against jihadist terrorism. Although the relationship between the countries is superficially robust, encompassing years of military and intelligence cooperation and bolstered by American financial support, the inner workings of the relationship are seldom transparent to Washington.

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