Category: Africa

Al-Jazeera: U.S. official advised Gadhafi to use foreign intel, including Israel, to defeat rebels

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Haaretz & DPA: Former U.S. assistant secretary of state David Welch advised the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi in August on how to overpower rebels fighting to end his 42-year rule, broadcaster Al Jazeera reported Thursday, citing documents found in Tripoli.…

Libya Economic/Political Outlook

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POLITICAL STABILITY: Libya has descended into civil war, as pro- and anti-regime forces battle for control of the country. Political uncertainty will remain high for the foreseeable future. The first signs of a popular uprising emerged in mid-February, when a small…

Egypt Economic/Political Outlook 2011-2012

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POLITICAL STABILITY: Egypt has entered a period of heightened political instability, which will continue for the first half of the forecast period. The popular uprising, which led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the former president, was a momentous event unparalleled in…

Al-Qaeda’s Egyptian Ideologues Planning Caliphate’s Return to Egypt

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Jamestown.org: While al-Qaeda focused on the global jihad under the leadership of the late Osama bin Laden, an examination of the speeches and publications of his Egyptian successor, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, show that renewing his own failed jihad in Egypt…

Yemen/Terrorism: Pipeline blown up by tribal fighters in Mareb

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Quoting tribal sources, the website News Yemen reported Friday that tribal fighters blew up a pipeline in Al Sarwah, a city in the Mareb province, on Thursday evening. Separately, the website Mareb Press reported that the army regained control of the stadium seized yesterday by…

New clashes in Morrocco

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Clashes erupted on Sunday evening in Rabat, Casablanca, Fes, Asfi andTangiers between pro-governmental demonstrators and opposition activists protesting against constitutional reforms disclosed by King Mohammed VI on Friday. At least 40 members of the February 20 movement were injured following a first wave…

Nigeria/Terrorism: At least eleven killed in series of attacks attributed to Boko Haram

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Nigerian police sources reported that at least eleven people were killed and three injured Tuesday as “multiple bomb attacks” rocked the city of Maiduguri, capital of the volatile north-eastern Borno state. The attacks are believed to be masterminded by the radical…