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  • Air Algerie plane 'disappears' with 116 on board: live

    07/24/2014 4:37:03 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 76 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 24 July 2014 | By Andrew Marszal
    Air Algerie plane with 110 passengers and six crew loses contact with air traffic control and disappears from radar after taking off from Burkina Faso on flight to Algeria ...
  • Niger detains 17 in suspected "baby factory" ring

    06/26/2014 12:22:03 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    Vision.org ^ | 06/26/2014 | Reuters
    Authorities in Niger have detained 17 people, including wives of senior politicians, suspected of being involved in a baby-trafficking network, two legal sources said on Thursday. The arrests follow an investigation by Niger's police into 30 people suspected of acquiring new-born babies from "baby factories" in neighbouring Nigeria. The case has been referred to Niger's public prosecutor. Last year, Nigerian police raided several "baby factories", freeing dozens of pregnant girls who were being forced to bear children for sale.
  • West Africa leaders vow to wage 'total war' on Boko Haram

    05/17/2014 2:55:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 5-17-14 | John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau
    PARIS (Reuters) - West African leaders on Saturday agreed to work together to wage "total war" on Boko Haram saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional al Qaeda that threatened all of them. Nigeria's neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, and Western officials, met in Paris to flesh out a plan enabling them for the first time to share intelligence, coordinate action and monitor borders. Although Boko Haram has been fighting for five years, carrying out bombings and attacks on civilians and the security forces, the kidnapping last month of more than 200 girls from a school in...
  • African leaders vow to wage 'total war' on Boko Haram

    05/17/2014 9:34:33 AM PDT · by csvset · 21 replies
    France24 ^ | 17 May 2014 | Staff
    African leaders on Saturday described Boko Haram as an "al Qaeda operation" and promised to wage "total war" on the Islamic extremist group after a summit meeting in Paris. The leaders of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin as well as the French president and US and British officials met for talks in the Elysée Palace to discuss strategy for fighting Boko Haram and freeing at least 276 girls it is holding. After the meeting, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan told the media, “Boko Haram is no longer a local terrorist group, it is operating clearly as an al Qaeda operation,...
  • Mali National Arraigned in 2000 Killing of American Diplomat in Niger

    03/14/2014 1:57:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Adam Goldman
    "Mali national arraigned in 2000 killing of American diplomat in Niger" 

  • Four French hostages kidnapped in Niger freed [Al Qaeda]

    10/29/2013 5:13:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan
    Reuters via Global Post ^ | October 29, 2013 15:17 | Kader Mazou and John Irish
    NIAMEY/PARIS (Reuters) - Four French hostages kidnapped in Niger by al Qaeda's north African wing have been released following secret talks with officials from the West African country, ending three years in captivity. ... Any conditions of the release were not immediately clear, but, speaking to French television on Tuesday on his arrival in Niamey to collect the men and take them home, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius denied the government had paid a ransom. ... The men's release gave Hollande a boost just a day after a poll showed he had become the most unpopular French president on record, with...
  • Niger would welcome armed U.S. drones: foreign minister

    10/24/2013 5:48:49 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:57am EDT | Daniel Flynn and Abdoulaye Massalatchi
    (Reuters) - Niger would welcome the deployment of armed U.S. drones to the West African country to help in its battle against an armed Islamist threat and drug trafficking in the Sahara, Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum said on Wednesday. Washington deployed about 100 military personnel and unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led military operation in January destroyed an al Qaeda enclave in neighboring northern Mali. Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou's government, concerned not only by the presence of Islamists but also the trafficking of arms, cocaine and cannabis in the north, wants to further reinforce military ties with the...
  • Obama hiring contractor for African bomb

    07/14/2013 6:42:58 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | July 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration continues to ramp up its military-response capabilities in Africa, where it is now looking for contractor support to transport U.S. Africa Command troops, weaponry and explosives. The U.S. Transportation Command on behalf of AFRICOM is soliciting help from private aircraft providers who can move U.S. troops and supplies in the Central African nations of Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The development comes at a time when the Department of Defense simultaneously is strengthening its ability – also with contractor assistance – to retrieve soldiers trapped and injured in hot spots...
  • It Is About the United States

    06/08/2010 7:58:59 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies · 80+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 8, 2010 | JINSA Reports
    Turkey and Honduras, in different ways, highlight the lack of effective leadership the United States currently is able to exercise in the world. Turkey: Turkish government support for the IHH ship in the Gaza flotilla is now well understood and the anti-Semitic ravings of both official Turks and the Turkish media have made Turkey's intention to split from Israel clear. But it is a mistake to think this is only about Israel. Support for the flotilla was only the latest in a series of Turkish decisions designed to distance itself from the United States and move toward closer political relations...
  • The good coup

    03/02/2010 12:17:39 PM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 466+ views
    La Gringa's Blogicito ^ | March 2, 2010 | La Gringa
    The other day, in another part of the world, there was an actual military coup. Going in with machine guns blazing, the military removed the "democratically elected" president and his cabinet members. The president is imprisoned somewhere where the military assured the world they are attending to his health and security needs. They also captured and are holding the general in charge of the joint chiefs of staff who was supporting the president. At least three soldiers were killed in the battle. The military in this case freely admit that this was a military coup. Two of the three top...
  • Deadly assault on Niger prison

    06/01/2013 4:10:37 PM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 01/06/2013
    Gunmen killed two guards and wounded around 10 other people in an attack on a prison in Niger’s capital Niamey on Saturday, a week after al Qaeda-linked groups raided a uranium mine and an army barracks. Local residents said the assault began at around 3 p.m. (1500 GMT) when a group of attackers opened fire on guards at the entrance to the prison. They said they also heard a loud explosion. Ila Yaye, who lives near the prison, told Reuters she saw several of the guards fall and not get back up. It was not immediately clear who had carried...
  • ‘Inside help’ behind deadly Niger terror attack

    05/27/2013 11:59:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 21 replies
    France24 ^ | 27/05/2013 | Staff
    Days after a deadly suicide attack at a French-run uranium mine in Niger, a FRANCE 24 team that was given access to the high security site found evidence that the assailants had meticulously studied their target and likely received inside help. The explosives-packed car that rammed a grinding unit at a uranium mine in Arlit, a remote town in northern Niger, last week is in tatters. The shell of the car’s transmission system stands upright in the rubble, while the twisted frame was flung about ten meters away. Days after suicide bombers attacked a uranium mine in this West African...
  • Niger attackers came from Libya, president says

    05/25/2013 7:04:57 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    By FRANCE 24 ^ | 25/05/2013
    Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou told FRANCE 24 on Saturday that the suicide bombers behind twin attacks on a military base and a French-operated uranium mine in the country came from southern Libya. The coordinated bombings, which occurred at dawn on Thursday, claimed the lives of at least 20 people at the base in Niger’s desert city of Agadez and Areva’s Somair mine in the remote town of Arlit, a key supplier of uranium for France’s nuclear power programme. “The assailants, according to all the information that we’ve acquired, came from southern Libya,” Issoufou told FRANCE 24. “The fact is that...
  • U.S. Weighs Base for Spy Drones in North Africa

    01/28/2013 9:08:37 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | ERIC SCHMITT
    The United States military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region. For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens. If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in Niger, a largely desert nation on the eastern border...
  • Drone base in Niger gives U.S. a strategic foothold in West Africa

    03/21/2013 7:40:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    NIAMEY, Niger — The newest outpost in the U.S. government’s empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occasional sandstorm blowing from the Sahara. The U.S. Air Force began flying a handful of unarmed Predator drones from here last month. The gray, mosquito-shaped aircraft emerge sporadically from a borrowed hangar and soar north in search of al-Qaeda fighters and guerrillas from other groups hiding in the region’s untamed deserts and hills. ... Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has relied heavily on drones for operations, both declared...
  • Al Qaeda Operative Indicted

    03/21/2013 2:56:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | March 20, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Harun, described as “a prototype al Qaeda operative,” was “arrested by Italian authorities on board a refugee ship and was indicted by the United States in February 2012. Italy extradited him to the United States on Oct. 4, 2012,” the Hill reported. Harun could face life in prison if convicted."
  • Kano blasts: Nigerians killed at bus station

    03/18/2013 8:08:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2013 | unattributed
    At least 20 people have been killed in a series of explosions at a bus station in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Several buses were destroyed in the attack in the Sabon Gari district - which is home to many Christians from southern Nigeria. No group has said it was behind the blasts but Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group have attacked Kano in the past. It is the largest city in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. One eyewitness told the BBC that he had seen 20 bodies after Monday's blasts. Several witnesses told Reuters that one...
  • Mali conflict: French ransom cash 'funded militants'

    02/08/2013 6:00:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 February 2013 Last updated at 17:48 ET
    A former US ambassador to Mali has told the BBC that France that paid ransom money to free hostages and the funds ended up bolstering Islamist groups it is now fighting. Vicki Huddleston said France paid $17m (£10.75m) to free hostages seized from a uranium mine in Niger in 2010. She said other European countries, including Germany, had also paid ransoms amounting to nearly $90m. France has always denied that it pays ransoms for the release of hostages. ... Ms Huddleston said the hostages kidnapped at the Niger mine in 2010 were only released because money had changed hands. "All...
  • Canadian troops drawn into Mali’s war, despite what Prime Minister Stephen Harper says: Walkom

    01/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    The Star ^ | Tue Jan 29 2013 | Thomas Walkom
    ... The Star’s report Tuesday came from anonymous sources in the Defence Department. The CBC had to find out from French television that Canadian special forces are also operating in Niger, which borders on Mali. But then everything about Canada’s role in Mali is treated by Ottawa as a state secret. Canadians learned of the initial C-17 deployment only after Mali’s president tweeted the information on the internet. When that initial, one-week deployment was extended, we were first told not by our own government but by Mali’s ambassador to Canada. ... Meanwhile, who exactly are we fighting in Mali? The...
  • France orders special forces to protect Niger uranium: source

    01/29/2013 5:51:47 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:31am EST | John Irish, Geert de Clercq, Muriel Boselli, Michel Rose in Paris, Abdoulaye Massalatchi in Niamey
    (Reuters) - France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday. ... Seven workers, including five French nationals, were kidnapped in Arlit by al Qaeda's north African arm AQIM in September 2010. It later released three of the hostages but four French citizens are still being held. ... According to a parliamentary committee enquiring into France's supplies of uranium, about 18 percent of the raw material used to power France's 58 nuclear...
  • U.S. to Expand Role in Africa

    01/29/2013 6:44:52 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated January 29, 2013, 6:58 a.m. ET | ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    Military Pact With Niger Brings American Forces Closer to Conflict in Mali. The U.S. signed an agreement Monday with the West African country of Niger that clears the way for a stepped-up American military presence on the edges of the conflict in neighboring Mali. The U.S. and France are moving to create an intelligence hub in Niger that could include a base, near Mali's border, for American drones that could monitor al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali's vast desert north, U.S. officials said. The moves show the extent to which the U.S. and France are girding for what could be an...
  • Mali Rebels Push On Despite French Strikes

    01/14/2013 8:23:13 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 14, 2013 | By DREW HINSHAW in Bamako, Mali, and DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS in Paris
    Islamist rebels chased Mali's army from a garrison town deep in its own territory on Monday, striking back at the weakest link in a nascent coalition after French fighter jets hit militant bases deep in the Sahara. The surprise move by what witnesses called a well-armed rebel force highlights the risk that the French campaign in Mali could widen as al Qaeda militants spread across the heart of the world's largest desert. The advancing fighters took control of the small barracks town of Diabaly after attacking and defeating the Malian army there, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. The...
  • Mayhem in Mali: Implications of the Military Coup in Bamako

    03/24/2012 1:20:28 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 5+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 3/23/2012 | Andrew McGregor
    Executive Summary:On March 21, 2012, a group of Army mutineers appeared on Mali's national television station to declare that they had ended President Amadou Toumani Toure's regime and put in place the “National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of State” (CNRDR). In the days following the coup, the leader of the CNRDR – Captain Amadou Sanago, a virtually unknown junior officer, has shown an inability to command discipline from his troops – who have looted the capital. The disappearance of President Toure and the factional infighting of the Army have made the country defenseless against AQIM’s...
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views
    rediff.com ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told rediff.com the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels

    01/12/2013 10:43:25 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Rukmini Callimachi
    <p>The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week.</p>
  • Hollande: Al-Qaeda 'Not to Be Trusted'

    12/30/2012 3:42:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012
    President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release. There are a total of nine French hostages on the continent. On Tuesday the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said France was snubbing talks proposed by the group to free four French citizens abducted in Niger in September 2010. "The less one speaks, the better one can work," Hollande told journalists during a visit to Rungis, a giant wholesale food market just outside Paris. "There have been...
  • Doug Thompson, founder of Capital Hill Blue, in critical condition

    11/11/2012 5:00:35 PM PST · by AppyPappy · 28 replies
    Doug Thompson, who many of us old-timers remember from the Clinton years, is in critical condition after hitting a cow while Doug was riding his motorcycle. Doug was a player in the anti-Clinton campaign with his website Capital Hill Blue. CHB was frequently cited on FreeRepublic during those years. He has since become a big broken-glass Democrat and retired to Floyd County to pursue photography.
  • Grayson flees African coup in copter of contractor he criticized (Blackwater saves Grayson's butt)

    02/25/2010 7:51:43 AM PST · by AAABEST · 47 replies · 1,712+ views
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | February 25, 2010 | Scott Powers
    <p>U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, was evacuated last week from the Central African nation of Niger, where he was stranded during a coup, by a military contractor the outspoken congressman has railed against in the past.</p> <p>Grayson was on a House Committee on Science and Technology tour last Thursday when a military coup closed the airport in Niger and then took over the government, violently entering buildings close to the U.S. Embassy compound where he was staying.</p>
  • White House widening covert war in North Africa

    10/03/2012 12:05:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 10/3/2012 | Kimberly Dozier
    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...
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies
    TRUTHUSA.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Intervening in Mali: West African Nations Plan Offensive against Islamists and Tuareg Rebels

    As Tuareg rebels battle radical Islamists with heavy weapons for control of the northern Mali city of Gao, Mali and the other 15 nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are planning a military offensive designed to drive both groups out of northern Mali in an effort to re-impose order in the region and prevent the six-month old conflict from destabilizing the entire region. So far, however, operational planning has not been detailed enough to gain the approval of the UN Security Council for authorization of a Chapter Seven military intervention, leaving ECOWAS and the African Union...
  • Graves Found From Sahara’s Green Period

    09/15/2008 4:21:39 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 52 replies · 271+ views
    New York Times Science ^ | August 15, 2008 | By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    When Paul C. Sereno went hunting for dinosaur bones in the Sahara, his career took a sharp turn from paleontology to archaeology. The expedition found what has proved to be the largest known graveyard of Stone Age people who lived there when the desert was green. The first traces of pottery, stone tools and human skeletons were discovered eight years ago at a site in the southern Sahara, in Niger. After preliminary research, Dr. Sereno, a University of Chicago scientist who had previously uncovered remains of the dinosaur Nigersaurus there, organized an international team of archaeologists to investigate what had...
  • Primeval Giant Among Giants (African Scientist find skull of 18,000 pound Dinosaur eating Crocodile)

    10/29/2001 11:47:01 AM PST · by umbra · 60 replies · 1,051+ views
    The crocodile was a silent stalker, as long as a school bus and weighing almost 18,000 pounds. It cruised the primordial rivers of what is now Saharan Africa, looking for unwary dinosaurs to eat."It was absolutely enormous, said a University of Chicago paleontologist, Paul Sereno, of the 8,165 kilogram creature. "There is nothing that would be able to handle that animal. It's like a torpedo of muscle five feet in diameter. (with body armour) The skull of the world's largest living crocdile looks like an hors d'oeuvre by comparison." In an age of giants 110 million years ago Sarcosuchus imperator ...
  • Who wants to go for a swim with me in the Niger River?

    06/01/2012 7:16:16 PM PDT · by bkopto · 38 replies
    Director Blue ^ | 5/31/2012 | Doug Ross
    Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
  • AU Wants Peace, Security and Bigger Global Role in 2012

    01/13/2012 9:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | unattributed
    The AU wants Africa to manufacture and export finished products to its trading partners rather than just selling them the raw materials as it does now. She cited China, India, the EU and US and other rising stars in trade with the continent, including Turkey and Latin America, and said the AU had held talks on the new breed of partnerships with some of them. The AU also wants Africa to have a veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council, and a place at the G20 negotiating table, Ali said. The peace and security that have eluded Africa for decades...
  • Mauritius tops African household lighting survey

    01/13/2012 9:06:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    ESI-Africa ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | unattributed
    A Gallup survey done across 20 sub-Saharan African countries on the main sources of lighting for households saw Mauritius fair best, with 100% of respondents saying this was provided by power lines. South Africa came in second at 80% in terms of households with grid supplied power for lighting, followed by Ghana (67%), Nigeria (66%) and Cameroon (65%). At the bottom of the list in this survey for electrical grid power supplying household lighting was Liberia at 4%, followed by Chad and Burkina Faso at 8%. In Chad, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Uganda and...
  • As refinery opens, Niger joins club of oil producers

    12/03/2011 10:15:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Google News | November 30, 2011 | AFP
    Niger officially became an oil producer Monday with the opening of a refinery run by the state and a Chinese company. Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou and China National Petroleum Corporation boss Jiang Jiemin cut the red ribbon at the new plant at Olelewa in the east, near the country's second city Zinder... Energy Minister Foumakoye Gado said locally produced fuel will be sold at the pump starting Thursday at a price of 570 CFA francs (0.86 euro cents) per litre of petrol -- down from the current 679 CFA francs (1.02 euros). The price of diesel will drop to 577...
  • Surrender "Completely"and Receive My LOVE for YOU \o/

    12/01/2011 5:35:48 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 12-1-11 | Jedediah
    SURRENDER COMPLETELY AND RECEIVE MY LOVE FOR YOU ! My surrender to you is eternal , for as My Sacrifice was a promise and a statement of My Love coming down through the Father ! It is Now time for You to SURRENDER wholeheartedly to Me . I need to see a heart opened forth right and true ; to discern My Presence ! That you make " ALL " Known to Me ~ free for release and in this surrender as you raise your hands and lower your defenses and pride I WILL COME ! And My SPIRIT ,...
  • Smuggled Libyan Weapons Raise Al Qaeda Fears (Thanks to Obama, Al-Qaeda has lots of new weapons)

    11/12/2011 10:50:49 AM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/2011 | wsj
    Weapons smuggled from Libya after the collapse of Muammar Qaddafi's government are flowing through the surrounding region, the president of neighboring Niger said, a development that threatens to destabilize a swath of the continent already struggling against ethnic unrest and a regional branch of Al Qaeda. "Arms were stolen in Libya and are being disseminated all over the region," Niger's president Mahamadou Issoufou said following a meeting with South African president Jacob Zuma. "Saharan countries are facing terrorist threats, arms and criminal trafficking. The Libya crisis is amplifying those crises." Issoufou's remarks came days after Niger's military clashed with arms...
  • Libya: Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam in contact with ICC

    10/28/2011 4:54:31 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | October 28th 2011 | Staff
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it had held talks - through intermediaries - with Saif al-Islam about his possible surrender. Prosecutors stressed that Gaddafi's son, who is wanted for crimes against humanity, would get a fair trial. Saif al-Islam, who was once the presumed successor to his father, has been in hiding for months. Recent reports claimed he was in a convoy heading toward Libya's desert border with Niger, where other Gaddafi allies have fled. But those reports have not been confirmed, and the ICC said it did not know where he was. Zimbabwe-bound? ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo...
  • Gaddafi son wants to surrender to The Hague – NTC

    10/26/2011 2:19:45 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 26th 2011 | Agencies
    Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, and ex-intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi have reportedly suggested turning themselves in to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. ­The news comes from NTC senior Libyan military official Abdel Majid Mlegta, as quoted by Reuters. Since NTC forces took control of Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, the colonel’s son has remained in hiding. He is believed to be somewhere near Libya's southern border with Niger. According to the NTC official, Saif al-Islam and Senussi are trying to broker a deal to surrender to the court through a neighboring country. Which country...
  • Niger LG Polls: 8,000 PDP Members Defect To CPC

    09/26/2011 6:38:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Leadership Nigeria ^ | Monday, September 26, 2011 | Abu Nmodu
    No fewer than 8,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Niger State ahead of the local government election scheduled for next month in the state. The leader of the defectors, Mohammed Sanusi Salihu, who spoke weekend in Suleja at the flagging off campaign for the local government election next month and reception for the defectors, took the CPC members by surprise as he revealed the alleged strategy they (PDP) used to rig election when they were in the PDP... He said that even when sometimes the PDP would not...
  • Libya's neighbours fear conflict may flare in Sahel desert 'powder keg'

    09/09/2011 5:14:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    BusinessDay ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Beatrice Khadige
    The violent conflict in Libya has turned the neighbouring Sahel desert into a powder keg, regional powers said yesterday in Algiers, as former leader Muammar Gaddafi's arsenal risks being snapped up by al- Qaeda's local franchise... Algeria and other Libyan neighbours have expressed fears that the ousted Libyan leader's arsenal and remaining loyalists would be scattered across the Sahel, an 8- million-square-kilometre desert area south of the Sahara. Mr Bazoum said half a ton of Semtex explosive was seized in Niger in June, and warned that there might have been more, as well as surface- to-air missiles... French, American and...
  • Large Libyan military convoy arrives in Niger: source

    09/05/2011 11:49:48 PM PDT · by americanophile · 32 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | September 6, 2011 | AFP
    AGADEZ, Niger — A large military convoy from Libya arrived in the northern Niger city of Agadez late Monday, a military source told AFP. "I saw an exceptionally large and rare convoy of several dozen vehicles enter Agadez from Arlit... and go towards Niamey," the source said, amid speculation that toppled leader Moamer Kadhafi may be in it. "There are persistent rumours that Kadhafi or one of his sons are travelling in the convoy," the source said. A journalist from a private radio station in Agadez said he saw "a convoy of several dozen vehicles crossing the city and heading...
  • Hundreds of returning [from Libya] Tuaregs alarm Mali, Niger

    09/04/2011 2:39:06 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | August 29, 2011
    ... "Hundreds of Malian and Nigerian Tuaregs are coming home from the Libyan front. Among them are former Malian and Nigerien rebels, but also Tuaregs of Malian origin who were in the Libyan army," said a security source at Gao in the north of Mali. The Tuaregs from the army obtained Libyan nationality in the 1990s and mostly fought alongside Kadhafi's other troops. Some of them were integrated into an elite military unit, the same source said. ... "We need to fear a destabilisation of the whole Sahel with this new development. States like Mali and Niger are not prepared...
  • Niger fears takeover by militants in neighbour Libya

    07/17/2011 12:52:28 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 5 replies
    NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger fears that Islamic militants could seize power in Libya as a result of the civil war in its northern neighbour, President Mahamadou Issoufou said late on Saturday. Speaking on state television, Issoufou said Niger would not take sides in the conflict, unlike several other African nations which back the rebels, and insisted the only solution to the violence was through a negotiated political accord. "Niger's interest is that this crisis does not result in fundamentalists taking power, that's our concern," said Issoufou, who won March elections which returned Niger to civilian rule after a year of...
  • Algeria calls for peaceful dialogue in Libya

    06/03/2011 7:02:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Thursday, June 2, 2011 | unattributed
    Algeria on Wednesday called for an inclusive dialogue in Libya with the participation of all Libyan parties to reach a peaceful settlement of the crisis. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Algiers, Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Delegate Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, said his country is in contact with all concerned parties in Libya, and aims to help end the crisis in the neighboring country in a peaceful way. Messahel said Algeria supports the African Union (AU) roadmap for solving the conflict, which calls for political dialogue between different parties in Libya, necessary political reforms, and more effective...
  • Africa: Amnesty Reports on Sub-Saharan Africa's Human Rights Record

    05/28/2011 2:43:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 13 May 2011 | Amnesty International
    The armed conflict in Darfur, Sudan, intensified throughout the year, resulting in tens of thousands of newly displaced people, some of whom crossed into neighbouring Chad. Civilians were directly targeted in some attacks by armed groups and by government forces. Parts of Darfur remained inaccessible to humanitarian organizations and the joint UN-African Union (AU) mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Humanitarian workers and UNAMID staff were frequently abducted in Darfur, following a pattern similar to that seen in eastern Chad in recent years. Various mediation efforts during the year produced no tangible results. Repression by the Sudanese authorities continued in Darfur, with...
  • Niger court drops charges against ex-President Tandja

    05/23/2011 8:16:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 May 2011 | unattributed (and maybe AFP)
    Niger's appeals court has dropped all corruption charges against ousted President Mamadou Tandja and ordered his release from jail. It said that under the country's law it was not possible to try a head of state after he had left office. Soldiers led the coup in February 2010 -- angered that after 10 years in power, he was seeking a third term in office. Last month, the junta officially handed power to opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou, who won an election in March. "All proceedings against Mamadou Tandja have been cancelled. He has been wholly exempted from the accusations against him,"...