Africa

Libya Special Deterrence Forces Mistakenly Raid Home, Kill Man and Pregnant Wife

ISIS IN ACTION On 10 July, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Criminal Investigations Department in Brega arrested an individual suspected of being an ISIS fighter. During the arrest, the suspect was discovered to possess a suicide belt. On 10 July, in the earlier hours of the morning, a large contingent of Special Deterrence Forces (Rada) […]

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Libyan National Sentenced to 22 Years in US Prison for Role in 2012 Benghazi Attack

ISIS IN ACTION On 28 June, airstrikes targeting Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB) and ISIS locations were reported near Bani Walid. At the time of writing it is unclear if it was either of the two groups or an amalgamation of forces fleeing the Oil Crescent after participating in Ibrahim Jadhran’s assault on the oil facilities. […]

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Italian Company Discovers Massive Gas Find off Egyptian Coast: Report

Cairo (MEE) – Find would cement country’s ‘gas hub’ dreams and casts doubt over $15bn deal to import Israeli gas announced in February. An Italian energy company has reportedly discovered a gas field off the Egyptian coast three times larger than one found in 2015 which was described as the largest ever found in the […]

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US Refutes Claims that Recent Airstrike in Libya Killed Innocent Civilians

ISIS IN ACTION On 26 June, ISIS fighters kidnapped two Libyan National Army (LNA) officers while they participated in a social gathering in the desert area between Zallah and Waddan. The officers were identified by their military IDs. In the most recent edition of their digital newspaper, al-Naba, ISIS claimed to have undertaken two attacks […]

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Zimbabwe President Narrowly Escapes Blast; 2 Dead, 150 Injured

Harare (TSN) – Attempts on Emmerson Mnangagwa’s life have been made before, so much so that after Saturday’s blast the president said he was “used to” it. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury when a blast exploded at a political rally on Saturday: something “exploded a few inches away from me, but it is not my time,” he said. Although […]

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US Conducts Drone Strike on al-Qaeda in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 14 June, unconfirmed reports suggest ISIS and Benghazi Defence Brigade fighters were spotted near the village of Harawa, 50 km east of Sirte. Libyan National Army al-Saiqa Special forces are said to have mobilized to the location in response to the reports. WESTERN RESPONSE On 13 June, U.S Africa Command (AFRICOM), […]

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US, UK, France Block Central African Republic’s Request For Chinese Arms

Bangui (PANW) The US, France and the UK have put on hold, a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese Weapons deliveries for its national forces. All the three nations have raised concerns about the use of lethal equipment CAR requested that include Chinese-made armored vehicles, machine guns, tear […]

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Saudi Efforts to Internationally Isolate Iran Produces Results

Riyadh (AMN) – Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that it was breaking off diplomatic relations with the Islamic republic. While […]

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Libya: ISIS Kills Civilians at Fake Checkpoint, US Conducts Airstrikes

ISIS IN ACTION On 6 June, local sources claim that ISIS fighters established a fake checkpoint between Zillah and Waddan in the Jufra region and fired upon a vehicle killing two civilians from the Qadhafa tribe. However, in contrast to this version of events, ISIS published a claim stating that its fighters had killed two […]

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Hodeidah in Yemen: A Powder Keg for Imperial Powers Nobody’s Talking About

Hodeidah (GPA) – Mainstream media outlets have spent the last month or so hyping up the importance of Hodeidah in Yemen. Forces backed by the U.S.-Saudi-U.A.E. coalition have an intense offensive planned to take territory from Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees, Ansarullah. But what’s the big deal about Hodeidah? Well, a whole lot actually. So […]

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