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US/China/France: Africa’s Security Woes Complicated by Great Power Rivalries, Foreign Boots

By Patrick Smith As the Sahel security calculus is upended by the death of President Déby of Chad, and Boko Haram threaten Abuja, President Buhari is hoping for US help to quell the violence - even suggesting the US special command for Africa, AFRICOM, be located 'nearer the theatre [of conflict]'.Meanwhile, China's

France to support Nigerian Navy secure Gulf of Guinea

The French Government on Wednesday expressed willingness to offer the Nigerian Navy its full cooperation, to tackle piracy and other forms of insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea. France Defence Attaché to Nigeria, Col. Nicolas Rambaud made this known when he met with officials of the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic School (NNHS)

Obagame 2021: Nigeria, US, UK, French Warships in Gulf of Guinea Naval Exercise

•Eight NN , US, French navy ships, tugboats, others deployed By Evelyn Usman The Nigerian Navy and four other navies from the United States, United Kingdom, Italy and France, have kicked off the largest annual multinational maritime excercise in West Africa , code named Excercise Obaganme Express, aimed at improving tactical

Jihadists May Gain Upper Hand in W/Africa, Sahel Region If…–France

•France warns W. Africa instability risks reversing gains against jihadists ahead of G5 Sahel summit Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist militants in the Sahel region, a French presidential source said on Monday. Former

Sahel Coalition Aim for Lasting Peace in West Africa

Organized by G5 Sahel, EU, coalition has brought together officials of 60 countries and international organizations More than 60 countries and international organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to fighting terrorism in Africa's Sahel region, which has seen ''extreme violence'' in 2020. The pledge was announced on June 12 during the first ministerial

Efforts to Address Insecurity in North West Nigeria Inadequate – French Envoy

•Stakeholders mull strategies to ending rural violence in North West •Suggests sub-regional approach Maureen Okpe The Head of Cooperation, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Mr. Ellien Helios, said that efforts to find sustainable solutions to the spate of insecurity in Nigeria particularly in the Northwest is inadequate, tasking all concerned authorities and

France to train 30,000 African troops for UN Missions by 2020 – Deputy Envoy

The government of France will prepare more than 30,000 African soldiers to participate in UN peacekeeping operations by 2020, French Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Anne Gueguen said during the UN Security Council open debate on peacekeeping. "France aims to train more than 30,000 African military personnel next year