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Saudi cleric killed in rural Guinea after preaching

CONAKRY A Saudi Arabian Islamic preacher was killed in eastern Guinea after proselytising to hunting communities in a remote region near the Mali border, police and lawyers said on Friday.

Islamic State affiliate claims deadly attack on U.S. troops in Niger 13 Jan 2018

NOUAKCHOTT The leader of Islamic State's affiliate in West Africa has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four U.S. special forces and four soldiers from Niger in October, Mauritania's independent Nouakchott News Agency (ANI) reported on Saturday.

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Mali's Keita names ex-defence and foreign minister as PM 30 Dec 2017

BAMAKO Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Saturday appointed Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga - a former defence and foreign minister and intelligence chief - as the new prime minister, according to a decree read on state television.

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Italy PM plans to shift military forces from Iraq to Niger 24 Dec 2017

ROME Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Sunday he would propose to parliament transferring some of the country's troops stationed in Iraq to Niger to fight people smuggling and terrorism.

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France ready to strengthen force in Sahel fighting Islamists - Macron 23 Dec 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday France stood ready if needed to strengthen its military force fighting alongside African troops against Islamist insurgents in the Sahel. | Video

Saudi-backed military alliance to help G5 Sahel fight-minister 14 Dec 2017

PARIS A Saudi-backed Islamic military coalition will provide logistical, intelligence and training to a new West African counter-terrorism force that is struggling to get off the ground, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said.

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'Sahel coalition' wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018 13 Dec 2017

LA CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD/PARIS A French-backed West African military force to tackle Islamist militants must secure its first victories by the middle of 2018 to prove its worth and ensure more concrete support from the United Nations, the French and Malian leaders said on Wednesday.

Saudis pledge $100 million to African anti-jihadist force - Mali 04 Dec 2017

DAKAR Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million (£74.2 million) to a new regional military force battling jihadist groups in West Africa's Sahel region, force member Mali said on Monday.

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With Algeria's future uncertain, Macron unlikely to dwell on past during visit 04 Dec 2017

PARIS/ALGIERS French President Emmanuel Macron is likely to use a visit to Algeria on Wednesday to look to the future and turn the page on the colonial past, but stop short of apologising for his country's actions as some demand.

Mali's president contradicts French account of military strike 03 Dec 2017

PARIS Malian soldiers killed by a French military strike in northern Mali in October were hostages of Islamist militants, not deserters turned jihadists as French authorities say, Mali's president said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.