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Islamic State Eyes North Africa: Hot Issue on Global Agenda
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Islamic State Eyes North Africa: Hot Issue on Global Agenda
April 10, 2017

The Islamic State (IS) fighters are trying to flee Mosul. No doubt, the US-supported Iraqi forces will establish control over the city pretty soon. At first, IS militants will leave Iraq for the province of Deir-ez-Zor, Syria, to intensify fighting there. But with Syria no longer a safe haven, they’ll have to move elsewhere looking for weak points, like the countries of Maghreb…

West Africa: The Approbation of a New World Order
January 30, 2015

The number of conflicts in Africa continues to grow, with more and more new countries getting drawn into them. The situation in West Africa is particularly grave; this part of the continent is being threatened with total destabilisation… The West Africa of today has become a major testing ground where a new model of global governance is being developed… It goes without saying that this system is not only being developed for Africa.

West Africa: The Approbation of a New World Order
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Mali after the French intervention
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Mali after the French intervention
August 30, 2014

Following France’s large-scale military intervention in Mali in January 2013, referred to in the Western media as the «operation to save Mali from Islamists» and shown on television almost in real time, there has been virtual silence about the situation in this African country… French troops managed to carry out several successful operations and kill a few leaders of Islamist groups, but, on the whole, not a single group has been defeated. On the contrary, what is happening in Mali today suggests that the strength of the Islamists has not been undermined; they are capable of carrying out serious military operations and gain the upper hand. It seems Paris planned this exact course of events…

Libyan BUK Missile Unit May Have Been Used by AQIM to Down Algerian Passenger Plane
July 26, 2014

After the U.S.-supported ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, Libyan jihadist rebels swarmed through Libyan army weapons depots and helped themselves to Soviet-made portable shoulder-launched missiles and launchers, BUK missile batteries capable of bringing down aircraft flying over 30,000 feet, and other military equipment, including mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Some of the Libyan equipment ended up in the hands of Saharan-based insurgent groups such as Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) and the Mali-based Ansar Dine. There is a real possibility that anti-aircraft weapons that fell into the hands of U.S.-supported Libyan guerrillas and were subsequently transferred to Saharan-based rebels were used to attack Air Algerie 5017…

Libyan BUK Missile Unit May Have Been Used by AQIM to Down Algerian Passenger Plane
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France Makes Virtue out of Vice to Exploit Central Africa Chaos
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France Makes Virtue out of Vice to Exploit Central Africa Chaos
November 27, 2013

Where Francois Hollande looks weak and beleaguered on the national stage, registering as the most unpopular French president ever, his fortunes seem to rise abroad with a strident interventionist foreign policy. We saw that in September when the French president unseated the British as America’s «special friend» by declaring his country’s readiness to join Washington in a military assault on Syria… This French activist tendency on foreign matters was on display again over the recent P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran… France’s old colonial stomping ground in Africa is also providing the Hollande government with a convenient counterfoil to domestic woes…

Mali: Africa’s Fight with the International Community
November 18, 2013

After the world media drew global attention to events in the Republic of Mali at the beginning of this year, everyone just as quickly «forgot» this Western African country, with its population of 15 million and several hundred thousand refugees and internally displaced persons. Nevertheless, while the intensity of the war in Mali has lessened, the war itself is far from over… The «international community» does not plan to leave Africa; a real solution to security issues on the African continent would threaten its control of African resources…

Mali: Africa’s Fight with the International Community
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Murdered French Journalists in Mali Haunt Hollande’s Military Adventurism
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Murdered French Journalists in Mali Haunt Hollande’s Military Adventurism
November 7, 2013

The bodies of two French journalists murdered in Mali were flown back to France this week – signalling a macabre blowback for President Francois Hollande and his interventionist military policy in Africa… Ghislaine DuPont (57) and her 55-year-old colleague Claude Verlon were senior correspondents for national broadcaster Radio France Internationale (RFI). They were kidnapped last Saturday by armed men while on assignment in the northern Malian town of Kidal… The French government denies that it paid a ransom of $26 million to secure the release of the hostages. But there are strong suspicions that the French authorities did indeed facilitate a secret payment for the men’s freedom, along with their employer, the French nuclear energy company, Areva…

The Libyan Lesson and Jihad in the Middle East
June 29, 2013

…Despite the fact that there is an obvious connection between the matrix of the fight for power in Libya and the situation surrounding the Syrian opposition, neither Brussels nor Washington nor even the liberals among the Syrian opposition wants to understand what further attempts to overthrow al-Asad's government in Syria will lead to. And if no model for regulating the current large-scale (from the social, economic, political, geographical and ethnic perspectives) conflict in Libya has yet been worked out through the mediation of the EU or the UN, what sense is there in continuing to shake up the situation in Syria? It seems that European and American leaders’ decisions on Syria are beyond the bounds of political expediency.

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