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Pentgaon budgets $100 million for N. Africa counter-terror units


Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has been ordered to organize a counter-terrorism force for North Africa. Officials said the Defense Department has allocated nearly $100 million to form CI units with the capability to respond rapidly to […]

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U.S. intel presses for expanded satellite surveillance of Al Qaida in North Africa

Gen. David Rodriguez.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has intensified coverage of North Africa and its Al Qaida network. Officials said the intelligence community was ordering additional electronic and satellite intelligence on North Africa and the Sahel region amid […]

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U.S. prompts Mauritania to hosts NATO exercise as Al Qaida regional threat widens

A Malian soldier participates in the Flintlock joint-training exercise.  /U.S. Air Force photo

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Mauritania has launched a border security exercise with NATO allies. Officials said Mauritania launched a military exercise on Feb. 19 near the border with war-torn Mali. They said the exercise, dubbed Flintlock-2013, included 20 countries […]

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Algeria balks at Clinton’s call for military action against Al Qaida in Mali

Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci walks alongside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she arrives for meetings in Algiers on Oct. 30.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — On Oct. 29, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Algiers and urged President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika to cooperate in the counter-insurgency campaign in Mali. “We have an awful lot at stake here, and an […]

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Mauritanian president shot by own troops

Mauritanian President Mohamed Abdul Aziz spoke on TV from his hospital bed: "I want to reassure everyone about my state of health after this incident committed by error."  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Mauritania’s president was shot and injured in an incident that could spark massive unrest. Mauritania President Mohammed Ould Abdul Aziz was shot and injured on Oct. 13 when somebody opened fire toward his convoy near […]

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Major protests in Mauritania backed by Muslim Brotherhood

Mauritania President

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Mauritania, a major ally of France, has been the latest North African country to struggle with massive unrest. The regime of President Mohammed Ould Abdul Aziz has been faced with a growing protest movement in […]

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