Tuesday, January 12, 2021

United States of America: US to designate Houthi in Yemen as a foreign terrorist organization

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The State Department will notify Congress of its intent to designate Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, despite intense pushback from US diplomats and aid groups in Yemen.

“These designations will provide additional tools to confront terrorist activity and terrorism by Ansarallah, a deadly Iran-backed militia group in the Gulf region,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The designations are intended to hold Ansarallah (the Houthi rebels) accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping.”

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Monday, January 11, 2021

France: French warplanes fly over Central African Republic amid rebel offensives

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Rebels attacked two towns in the Central African Republic on Saturday as French warplanes flew over in an apparent attempt to deter an advance on the capital after a disputed election.

The attacks on Bouar, 440 km (275 miles) northwest of the capital and Grimari, 300 km northeast of Bangui, were the latest by a coalition of armed rebels backed by former president Francois Bozize.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Cameroon: Ambazonia separatists kill 6 people at army post

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Separatist fighters in Cameroon killed six people in a raid on an army post in the troubled English-speaking Northwest province, the government said Saturday.

The dawn raid on Friday involved “armed separatist groups” and claimed the lives of four soldiers and two civilians at Matazem, said a statement from communications minister and government spokesman Rene Emmanuel Sadi.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Cameroon: Boko Haram jihadists kill 13 civilians in a fresh attack

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An attack on a village in northern Cameroon by Boko Haram jihadists on Friday left thirteen civilians, eight of them children.

A traditional chief and a police officer confirmed to AFP that the killing was done after a woman suicide bomber blew herself up.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Yemen: 6 civilians killed in Houthi shelling

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At least six Yemenis were killed and seven others were injured in a Houthi artillery shelling in southern Yemen late Wednesday, the military said.

The shelling targeted a residential area in At-Ta’iziyah district, north of Taiz governorate, the Yemeni military said in its news website SeptemberNet.

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