Regions of Burkina Faso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
#AceWorldNews – FRANCE (Paris) – July 19 – French President Francois Hollande on Friday promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on a multi-faceted menace from Islamist groups that he warned threatened France’s interests and citizens reported Reuters.
France led a military intervention in its former colony Mali last year, halting the advance of al Qaeda-linked fighters who had seized control of the northern two-thirds of the country in 2012.
The military operation succeeded in scattering the Islamist groups in Mali, and Paris is in the process of reorganising its deployment in the region, with its 1,700 soldiers in Mali being folded into a broader counter-terrorism force.
Under the new plan, some 3,000 French troops will now operate out of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad – countries straddling the vast arid Sahel band – with the aim of stamping out an Islamist threat across the region.
“There are threats, notably from Libya. Military hardware has accumulated there, and without a doubt, terrorists are seeking refuge there,” Hollande said in Niger during a three-day trip that will also take him to Ivory Coast and Chad.
“We have, therefore, decided to put in place structures and measures that will allow us to confront this threat of terrorism in the Sahel,” he said.
#AceWorldNews France’s opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande’s justice minister to quit, Reuters reported.
The motion came after it emerged the government knew that ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy’s phone was being tapped, contrary to the minister’s earlier statement.
The conservatives have accused Hollande’s government of using the surveillance, launched by investigators as part of a party funding inquiry, to discredit them ahead local elections later this month.
Ruling Socialists risk losing ground in the polls. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira earlier dismissed the accusation, saying she had not been aware of the surveillance.
Wednesday, September 25
08:54 GMT: UN chemical experts have once again returned to Damascus, AFP says.
Tuesday, September 24
17:00 GMT: The solution to the Syrian conflict must be a political one, as too much time has been wasted in solving the country’s crisis, French President Francois Hollande said in his speech at the opening day of the UN General Assembly.
But the French president reiterated that the UN Security Council resolution on Syria should include the application of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows the use of military force.
16:44 GMT: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has approved a draft resolution on Syria, a diplomatic source told the RIA Novosti news agency. The source added that the organization did not have any outstanding issues with the proposal, and added that the UN Security Council would draft a resolution only after the OPCW presented its version. https://acenewsservices.com/2013/09/03/syria-crisis-live-as-it-happens-when-it-happens-peace/