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Why West African Security architecture has to be sensitive to new threats of Terrorism


Commissioner Behanzin (Middle), Director Ajibewa( 2nd right), Chairman Dimba (2nd left ) flanked by Dr. Vivian Iwar, and Mr. Obeche Usman

Abuja, 20th June 2018. Because of the complexities surrounding its operations, terrorism is a threat to all states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Sahel whose decimation requires a holistic approach.

Such an approach, according to the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) General Francis Behanzin, also requires a Defense Force that is adapted to the new threats of terrorism which knows no national boundaries.

Cross section of Ambassadors

Commissioner Behanzin was speaking on the 20th of June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria while opening the 28th Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security…

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Meeting on the fight against terrorism in West Africa


Terrorist attacks and their consequences continue to raise concerns in different African countries.

Between January and June 2018 more than one hundred deaths were recorded in various terrorist incidents across Africa.

The attacks come at a time when West African countries are increasingly moving towards the effective establishment of an autonomous African force that will essentially invest in the fight against jihadist groups. In order to accelerate its establishment, the France-West Africa Interparliamentary Friendship Group, consisting of 17 African countries, have discussed several strategies that could help in the…

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Netanyahu defends Egypt border fence: Influx of African migrants more dangerous than terrorism – Israel News


The danger of African illegal immigrants entering Israel through the Sinai Peninsula is worse than the risk of terrorism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. He said that if it weren’t for the fence along the border with Egypt, Israel would lose its national character and face a hopeless situation.

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African countries discuss rebellion, terrorism in Kampala


Heads of various security organs from 11 African countries are meeting in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss the impact of armed rebellions and terrorism in the region.

Security chiefs from the intelligence dossier are discussing how regional governments can work together to end activities of armed groups.

Representatives from South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Djibouti, Tanzania, Mauritius, Madagascar and Comoros are all in attendance.

They are meeting as part of the Eastern African Chapter of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa, CISSA.

The body gives intelligence report to the African Union for policy-making.

According to the Executive Secretary of CISSA, Shimels Semayat, the quest for most armed groups in the region is often over the control over…

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Reporting on ‘African gangs’ akin to ‘media terrorism’, says Melbourne campaigner | Australia news


The co-founder of the #AfricanGangs campaign says widespread media coverage connecting crime to people of African descent in Melbourne was akin to “media terrorism”.

Speaking at a forum on the so-called “African gang crisis” at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne on Monday, Natalina Andrew said she used the term because “they are trying to terrorise my community.”

She cited the example of teenagers allegedly being provoked by a Daily Mail photographer, an incident that was criticised by Victoria police.

“We panic when it’s 6pm or 6.30pm, time for the current affairs or the news,” she said at the Monash University forum. “We call each other and say: what are they saying about us, are they talking about African people … The end of your bulletin is the start of our…

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Mexico rules out terrorism in Caribbean ferry blast – Xinhua


MEXICO CITY, March 11 (Xinhua) — Mexican authorities said Sunday that an explosion on a passenger ferry last month was neither a terrorist attack nor carried out by an organized crime group.

On Feb. 21, 24 people including five Americans were injured in the blast aboard a ferry that shuttles between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel island, two of eastern Mexico’s top tourism destinations.

The passengers were mainly tourists and employees of hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

Authorities are still investigating how and why the homemade “rudimentary explosive” was planted on the ferry, which was docked in Playa del Carmen when the device exploded and tore a hole into the side of the vessel.

Probes are still trying to identify and arrest the probable suspects, Alberto Elias, spokesperson…

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