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NAF helicopter crashes while bombing Boko Haram

A Nigerian Air Force helicopter being used to bomb Boko Haram members has crashed.
Kalla Moutari

Bandits kill 10 Nigerian, Nigerien soldiers in Zamfara

Ten troops have been killed on Niger’s border with Nigeria in a joint operation by the two countries against “bandits”, Nigerien Defence Minister Kalla Moutari said on Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates the birthday of French soldier Nana (22) of Mali, from the Barkhane force during a dinner at the Barkhane tactical command center in N’Djamena on December 22, 2018. – The French president paid a pre-Christmas visit to French soldiers in Chad on December 22, bringing enough champagne, foie gras and chocolate for 1,300 troops along with him. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

15 suspected jihadists killed in joint French operation

Some 15 suspected jihadists have been killed near the Niger-Mali border by a joint franco-nigerien task force, the French military high command said.
President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone arrests ex-defence minister, deputy in graft crackdown

A former Sierra Leone defence minister and his deputy have been arrested as part of a crackdown by President Julius Maada Bio’s administration on alleged graft by its predecessor, the country’s anti-corruption commissioner said.

Banditry in Nigeria: A brief history of a long war

“Bandits” have emerged as the new bogeyman for insecurity in Nigeria, joining a long (and still growing list) that includes Boko Haram, cultists, herdsmen, kidnappers and militants.
President of Cameroon Paul Biya

289 Anglophone separatists to regain freedom in Cameroon

Nearly 300 people who were arrested in connection with Cameroon’s anglophone crisis will be released on Friday, a day after being pardoned by President Paul Biya, the defence minister said.

Sule Lamido: Real reason Godswill Akpabio, Musiliu Obanikoro dumped PDP

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said Nigeria’s political system is going through strange and challenging times, and has claimed those in power are using poverty to intimidate and woo opposition members to their fold.

Nigeria, Chad Defence ministers to meet over Boko Haram attack

Defence Minister Brig-Gen Mansur Dan-Ali is billed for N’djamena, Chad’s capital this week to discuss with his Chadian counterpart Gen. Daoud Yaya on how best to respond to the worsening security crisis along the Nigeria–Chad border.
Hamas released photos of alleged members of an Israeli unit that infiltrated Gaza on November 11 [Qassam Brigades website]

Hamas publishes images of ‘Israelis involved in Gaza covert unit’

The armed wing of the Hamas group has published photos of what it says are members of an Israeli covert operations unit that infiltrated the Gaza Strip on November 11.

Muhammadu Buhari meets with service chiefs over killing of soldiers

Worried by the killing of 44 soldiers by Boko Haram last Sunday during an attack on a military base in Metele, Borno State, near the Nigeria – Chad boarder, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, summoned an emergency meeting with the Service Chiefs.

Soldiers’ killings: Muhammadu Buhari sends Mansur Dan-Ali to Chad for emergency security meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched the Minister of Defence, retired Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, to Chad for an emergency meeting with the Chadian President, Idris Deby, on the deterioration of security at the Nigeria–Chad border.
This handout picture taken on August 25, 2017 and released by the Russian Defence Ministry shows Igor Korobov, the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, addressing participants during an ARMY 2017 round table in Moscow. - The head of the Russian military intelligence agency linked to a series of notorious operations abroad has died after a long illness, the defence ministry said on November 22, 2018. (Photo by HO / Russian Defence Ministry / AFP) /

Chief of Russia’s military intelligence agency dies

Russia's military intelligence chief who oversaw a series of notorious operations abroad has died after a long illness, with Moscow praising him Thursday as a "great man" and a patriot.

Israel defence minister urges early elections after resigning

Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, urged early elections on Wednesday after announcing his resignation following a controversial Gaza ceasefire deal.

Three killed in attack on UN contractor in Mali

At least three Malian civilians were killed and four foreigners working for a UN-contracted mine-clearing operation wounded in a suicide attack Monday in the country’s violence-hit north, the security ministry and other official sources said.

Man jailed for sending death threats to ministers

A Swedish court on Friday jailed a 43-year-old man for seven years for sending death threats and an unidentified white powder to 21 cabinet ministers, including the prime minister.

Israel thanks Donald Trump as Iran sanctions take effect

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman welcomed US sanctions that took effect Monday targeting Iran’s oil and financial sectors, calling it a “critical” blow to Tehran’s actions in the region.
Iran has started mass-producing its locally designed Kowsar fighter plane, state television reported.

Iran starts mass-producing locally designed Kowsar fighter jet

Iran has started mass-producing its locally designed Kowsar fighter plane, state television reported.

France: Russia not helping to stabilise CAR

Russia is not helping to stabilise the Central African Republic (CAR), a French Defence Minister Florence Parly told weekly Jeune Afrique.

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