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French Army to launch trans-Sahel counter-terrorism operations in early August

A French door gunner keeps watch over Mali.French defence minister Yves Le Drian says his country will in early August deploy more than 3 000 soldiers to start military operations under its broadened trans-Sahel counter-terrorism initiative which is set to operate from a string of bases in Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania.

Cameroon fires two army officers after Boko Haram raids

A Boko Haram wanted poster.President Paul Biya on Tuesday dismissed two senior army officers in Cameroon's far north following Boko Haram attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of a senior official was kidnapped.

Libya says its oilfields are safe from the fighting

Libya says its oil fields are safe.Libya is pumping crude oil at around 500,000 barrels per day and all its oilfields are secure despite continued violence, an official from the Libyan Oil Ministry said on Tuesday.

Nigeria tops world terror attack fatality list

Soldiers inspect the aftermath of a Boko Haram bomb blast in Nigeria.Nigeria has surpassed Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia as the world's deadliest country when it comes to terrorist attack fatalities after recording 3 477 deaths in 146 attacks over the last year, according to British risk consultancy firm Maplecroft.

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