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Category: Africa

November 6, 2016

By Jacob Beeders

ISIS’s Somali Franchise Seizes Qandala: Background and Significance

On Thursday, October 27, militants from the self-declared Islamic State’s Somali affiliate seized the port town of Qandala, in the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region of Somalia. Eyewitness accounts claim that after cutting off communications, militants faced no resistance as they entered the town. To confirm their capture of the town, ISIS’s propaganda wing released a…

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August 20, 2016

By Chris Biggers

African Drone Apron Update

The U.S. continues to expand drone aprons at African airfields in Djibouti and Niger, recent satellite imagery acquired by Digitalglobe confirms. Space snapshots acquired in July 2016 of Djibouti’s Chabelley airfield show the addition of four more clamshell shelters since previous reporting in March/April 2016. Three new line of sight communication towers and two ku-band…

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June 3, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Niger: Agadez Airport Imagery Update

New satellite imagery available in Google Earth shows progress being made refurbishing the airfield at Aérienne 201, otherwise known as Mano Dayak International Airport. Space snapshots acquired in May by Astrium show milling efforts complete as well as the runway and turnarounds fully repaved since the project began in September. Previous imagery shows that surface repairs…

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May 29, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Algeria: Mers El Kebir Imagery Update

The latest commercial satellite imagery available in Google Earth shows some new developments at Mers El Kebir, Algeria’s second military region naval base subordinate to HQ in Algiers. Space snapshots acquired in February show the completion of a renovated Kilo berthing area now sporting three finger piers. The Kilo had relocated to two of the…

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February 21, 2015

By Aliaume Leroy

Mr Simon and the Queen Bee: Traffickers Above Suspicion at HSBC

From 2002 until 2007 at least, HSBC Private Bank was the scene of an alliance between Atlanta-based ecstasy dealers and an Israeli arms trafficker, former Al-Qaeda supplier and money launderer for Mexican cartels. By François Pilet, Marie Maurisse and Aliaume Leroy Night was falling over an Atlanta suburb on Monday 22 March 2004 when Sergeant…

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November 4, 2014

By Bellingcat

Inside the Machiavellian Sudanese Foreign Policy

Unnoticed by the mainstream medias, a recent leaked minutes (last English translation, original document in Arabic available here) from a secret meeting between high-level security and military Sudanese officers offer insight into the different ties that Khartoum maintain with Iran, the Gulf States as well as Shia armed groups in Yemen and Libya. Leaked to Sudanese specialist Eric Reeves on…

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October 16, 2014

By Aliaume Leroy

The South Sudanese Civil War: A Witness Account

On December 2013, two years after its independence, South Sudan plunged into civil war. Rooted in a political rivalry between the President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar, the conflict soon separated the country along ethnic lines as both belligerents used their ethnic origins (respectively Dinka and Nuer) to rally supporters. Political…

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