African Tensions & conflicts
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Fighters from Ansar Dine, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa, control the northern two-thirds of Mali. Photograph: Romaric Ollo Hien/AFP/Getty Images Islamist rebels will attack Mali 's capital city if international military intervention is launched to regain control of the country's north, a senior member of an insurgent group closely linked to al-Qaida has told the Guardian . Oumar Ould Hamaha, head of security for the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) claimed that rebels have recruited thousands of new fighters and warned that intervention would galvanise the international jihadist movement. "If an international or Malian military force attacks us, we will take Bamako in 24 hours," Hamaha said in a telephone interview. "The international community is slow to strike because it knows that if it does, it will spark a worldwide jihad.
Une attaque à la grenade contre un camion de police à Mombasa, grande ville côtière en proie à des émeutes depuis lundi, a fait un mort et quatre blessés, ont indiqué mercredi 29 août des responsables kenyans. "Une personne a été tuée sur les lieux où la grenade a explosé" , a indiqué un officier de police. "Nous pensons qu'il s'agit d'un des assaillants" , a indiqué la Croix-Rouge. Le bilan des émeutes était jusque là de quatre personnes, deux policiers qui ont succombé à leurs blessures dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi, et un civil retrouvé mort dès le premier jour des violences lundi.
Updated 6:01 PM ET WASHINGTON Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage. But the teams had yet to do much counterterrorism work in Libya, though the White House signed off a year ago on the plan to build the new military task force in the region and the advance teams had been there for six months, according to three U.S. counterterror officials and a former intelligence official.
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15 November 2011 Last updated at 08:06 ET By James Copnall BBC News, Bentiu, South Sudan The steady, low drone of the Antonov over their temporary shelters sent the refugees running - and announced a dangerous new phase in Sudan-South Sudan relations. Despite Khartoum's denials, Juba is convinced Thursday's bombing of the refugee camp in Yida, in South Sudan's Unity State, was the work of the Sudanese military. It is reported that several people were killed in another aerial bombardment the next day in Upper Nile, also in South Sudan. The war of words has come a step closer to a genuine conflict, in the tense lands either side of the still not completely defined new international frontier.
Lybian Civil War
<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-63474" title="041102-F-0000W-001" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/11/041102-F-0000W-001-660x296.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="296" /> The Pentagon’s shadow war in Africa could have a new front, if reports coming out of Nigeria are accurate. U.S. troops are headed to Nigeria to help local forces do battle with Boko Haram , an Islamic terror group that has killed up to 400 people this year in an escalating campaign of bombings and shootings. At least that’s what Nigerian military sources tell Scott Morgan , a journalist based in Washington, D.C. who writes under the pseudonym “Confused Eagle.” The Guardian also has the story . U.S. officials have refused to confirm the deployment.
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