AFRICOM AOR-related news clips for 21 January 2010

Recent articles on Liberia, Guinea, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia, Somalia, DR Congo, Sudan, Nairobi, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Libya

LIBERIA:  US Africa Command NCOs mentor female troops in Liberia (Stars and Stripes)

Monrovia – Army Sgts. 1st Class Shanwte Reynolds and Dedraf Blash and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Veronica Soto have almost 40 years of service time among them — more than enough to have a good handle on what it’s like to be a woman serving in the military.

U.S. Army launches Facebook-like site (MSNBC)

A new Facebook-like social media site aimed at the U.S. Army tech community aims to make discussion of sensitive information easier and safer.

U.S.: AFRICOM: A Two-In-One Command (Signal Scape)

Fairfax – U.S. Africa Command, has quickly established itself as a go-getter among the nine other unified commands.

GERMANY: Drugs Money Fills Al Qaeda Coffers In West Africa (Deutsche Welle)

Bonn – The emergence of western and northern Africa as a key hub in drug trafficking poses despite the US sting operation a greater challenge to Europe than it does to the United States.

 UK: ICC’s Intent On Prosecution Is A Big Threat To Guinea’s Security (Newstime Africa)

London – The International Criminal Court (ICC) is determined to bring members of Guinea’s junta to face justice.

 WASHINGTON, DC: Ethiopian Banker Leads Development Agency For Obama Administration (Voice of America)

Washington, DC – As chief of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Daniel Yohannes, is the highest ranking Ethiopian American in Obama’s government.

 ZIMBABWE: US Pledges To Back State At IMF (The Herald)

Harare – United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Charles Ray, has said Washington will support a motion to restore Zimbabwe’s voting rights in the International Monetary Fund when the board of the multilateral lending institution next meets.

 SENEGAL: Calm Returns To Torn Nigerian City; Toll Unclear (New York Times)

Dakar – The authorities in Jos gave a death toll at odds with those of rights groups and local activists as the central Nigerian city saw its first day of relative calm since Sunday.

ZAMBIA: Zambia To Hold Constitutional Referendum On Presidential Election (Xinhua)

Lusaka – Zambians will go to a constitutional referendum next year on a decision to qualify the winner of the presidential elections in the southern African country, local media reported on Wednesday.

UN News Service Africa Briefs Full Articles on UN Website

  • Nigeria: Ban urges restraint as inter-religious violence takes deadly toll
  • UN agency says 63,000 Somalis already uprooted by fighting this year
  • DR Congo: UN official visits new military operation to ensure civilian protection
  • UN envoy in Sudan to leave post at end of next month
  • Guinea: Ban welcomes steps to restore constitutional order

EGYPT: U.S. Congress Writes To President About Coptic Killings (US Congress)

Washington, D.C. – We write today to express our grave concern regarding numerous reports that have emerged of six Coptic Christians and one Muslim security guard who were tragically killed following a Christmas Eve service in the town of Naga Hamady in Qena province, Egypt.

 KENYA: Al-Shabab Sings Of March On Nairobi (NEWS24)

Nairobi – Members of Somalia’s hardline Islamist Shebab group on Wednesday released a song threatening to march on Nairobi in retaliation for a deadly Kenyan police crackdown on Muslims.

KENYA: Private Jet To Fly Jamaican Cleric Home (Daily Nation)

The Kenyan Government was on Wednesday grappling with the last option available in the saga of radical Islamic preacher Abdullah al-Faisal — hiring a private jet to deport him to Jamaica, his home country.

KENYA: Arrests 11 Somali MP’s (NEWS24)

Mogadishu – Somali lawmakers criticised Kenya on Wednesday after nearly a dozen of the country’s MPs were arrested during a security crackdown in the neighbouring country.

SOMALIA: Pirates Release Greek Supertanker For $5.5 Million (Insurance Journal)

Mogadishu – A Somali middleman, who helped negotiate for the release of the ship, says pirates collected $5.5 million Sunday afternoon and left the ship Monday morning.

SOMALIA: Call For Tough Somali Arms Checks (BBC)

Mogadishu – Amnesty International has called for much stricter controls for the military assistance being given to Somalia’s transitional government.

SOMALIA: Rebels Accused Of Crime Within Capital (Global Security)

Mogadishu – Criminal acts from armed forces are on the rise in Mogadishu. Islamist fighters have been accused of abusing civilians and looting private property.

SOMALIA: Lawmakers Censure Kenya Over Expulsion Remarks (Garowe Online)

Some members of Somalia’s transition parliament have voiced their criticism over remarks by Kenya’s Immigration minister to expel Somali politician from the country.

NIGERIA: Religious Clashes Spread (NEWS24)

Jos – Clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs subsided on Wednesday in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, but sporadic gunfire could be heard in neighbouring communities as fighting spread to other parts of Plateau state.

NIGERIA: Jos Death Toll Rises To 464 (NEWS24)

Abuja – Four days of clashes between Nigerian Muslim and Christian gangs have resulted in the deaths of 464 people in and around the capital of Plateau state, according to figures compiled by a mosque official and a rights group.

NIGERIAJonathan Deploys Troops Across The North (This Day)

Lagos — The Federal Government has moved to prevent total breakdown of law and order following renewed fighting in Jos, Plateau State.

UGANDA: Country’s Oil And Gas To Attract Us $10 Billion (The New Vision)

Kampala — UGANDA’S oil and gas industry is poised to attract $10b as the sector moves from the exploration to development stage.

ETHIOPIA:  Rebels Play Down Defections (Daily Nation)

Nairobi — A recent defection of 80 Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters to Ethiopian authorities in Northern Kenya will not affect the struggle, OLF says from Asmara.

AFRICA: Chinese in Africa ‘For Simple Profit’ (Business Day)

Johannesburg —Zhong Jianhua, China’s ambassador to SA, said during a debate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg to mark the launch of the China Africa Network, which if business investments were made for political reasons, they would hardly be sustainable.

LIBYA: No Government Position for Gaddafi’s Son Official (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Tripoli – In what could be described as a significant political surprise in Libya, a high-ranking official denied to Asharq Al-Awsat that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s second son, Saif al-Islam, is set to assume a political post in the Libyan government in the near future.

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