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Mauritanian army kills 3 in attack on armed convoy

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Mauritanian soldiers killed three armed men and took 18 prisoners after attempting to stop a convoy in the remote northeast of the...

Saharan turmoil undermines counter-terror efforts: analysis

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The capacity for military cooperation against al Qaeda cells operating in North Africa has been undermined by a coup in Niger last...

Organised crime: a growing threat to international peace

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The UN Security Council will later today debate the issue of organised crime as a threat to international peace. The issue has...

Al Qaeda releases Frenchman in prisoner swap

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Al Qaeda's North African wing released French hostage Pierre Camatte, Mali's government said yesterday, in an apparent prisoner swap that has angered...

Mauritania recalls ambassador to Mali in al Qaeda row

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Mauritania has temporarily recalled its ambassador to its northwest African neighbour Mali in a row about Mali releasing a Mauritanian Islamist from...

Qaeda fuels security, criminal woes in Sahara states: analysis

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Al-Qaeda's Sahara wing has raised its profile with hostage-takings and cocaine smuggling, threatening already weak West African states with crippling criminality but...

Qaeda sets deadline and demands for hostages

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Al Qaeda's North African wing has confirmed it has extended its deadline for the life of a French hostage and given Italy...

AQIM offers to help Nigerian Muslims

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An al Qaeda group in North Africa has offered to give Nigerian Muslims training and weapons to fight Christians in the West...

Wade calls for fight against AQIM

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Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is calling on his neighbours to co-ordinate the fight against al-Qaeda's North African branch, saying their activities are...

Qaeda extends deadline for French hostage: Kouchner

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Al Qaeda's North African wing has extended a deadline for the life of a French hostage it is holding, the group poses...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...