West and Central Africa Correspondent
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Mar 19, 2014

Niger fears contagion from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists

DIFFA, Niger, March 19 (Reuters) – A proverb in the Hausa
language, spoken on both sides of the border between Niger and
Nigeria, warns: “When your neighbour’s beard is on fire, fetch
water and soak your own.”

With conflict in Nigeria’s north between the army and the
Islamist militants of Boko Haram killing hundreds every month,
many in southern Niger fear not enough is being done to stop it
spreading.

Mar 13, 2014

With training and partnerships, U.S. military treads lightly in Africa

DIFFA, Niger (Reuters) – On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. “Speed, aggression, surprise!” an instructor barks as two Nigeriens wrestle a U.S. adviser out of a car.

The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara’s southern flanks that the United States organizes each year. Washington’s aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light.

Mar 13, 2014

Analysis – With training and partnerships, U.S. military treads lightly in Africa

DIFFA, Niger (Reuters) – On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. “Speed, aggression, surprise!” an instructor barks as two Nigeriens wrestle a U.S. adviser out of a car.

The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara’s southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington’s aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light.

Jan 31, 2014

Insight: Surge in cocaine trade undermines Conde’s bid to revive Guinea

CONAKRY (Reuters) – A surge in cocaine trafficking has transformed Guinea into West Africa’s latest drug hot spot, jeopardizing President Alpha Conde’s efforts to rebuild state institutions after a military coup and attract billion of dollars in mining investment.

Locals and Latin Americans long-accused of smuggling are operating freely in the country, some with high-level protection from within Conde’s administration, according to Guinean and international law enforcement officials and internal police reports seen by Reuters.

Jan 31, 2014

Surge in cocaine trade undermines Conde’s bid to revive Guinea

CONAKRY, Jan 31 (Reuters) – A surge in cocaine trafficking
has transformed Guinea into West Africa’s latest drug hot spot,
jeopardizing President Alpha Conde’s efforts to rebuild state
institutions after a military coup and attract billion of
dollars in mining investment.

Locals and Latin Americans long-accused of smuggling are
operating freely in the country, some with high-level protection
from within Conde’s administration, according to Guinean and
international law enforcement officials and internal police
reports seen by Reuters.

Nov 14, 2013

Insight: Revival of Islamists in Mali tests French, U.N. nerve

DAKAR/NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) – Nine months after they were scattered across the Sahara by waves of French air strikes, Islamists in Mali are making a comeback – naming new leaders, attacking U.N. peacekeepers and killing two French journalists.

Their return is making it harder for the west African country’s new president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his foreign backers to stabilize the northern desert despite the incentive of more than $3 billion in international aid for the area.

Nov 14, 2013

Revival of Islamists in Mali tests French, U.N. nerve

DAKAR/NOUAKCHOTT, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Nine months after they
were scattered across the Sahara by waves of French air strikes,
Islamists in Mali are making a comeback – naming new leaders,
attacking U.N. peacekeepers and killing two French journalists.

Their return is making it harder for the west African
country’s new president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his foreign
backers to stabilise the northern desert despite the incentive
of more than $3 billion in international aid for the area.

Sep 26, 2013

Guinea braces for long-delayed parliamentary vote

CONAKRY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Parliamentary elections in
Guinea on Saturday officially cap the mineral-rich West African
country’s return to civilian rule after a 2008 coup, but many
fear that the vote could reignite violence that killed dozens of
people earlier this year.

The contest, two years overdue, is ostensibly for the 114
seats to Guinea’s National Assembly, but with no single party
expected to command an outright majority, political deal-making
is sure to follow.

Sep 21, 2013

Guinea’s legislative election postponed to September 28: mediator

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s long-delayed legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by four days to September 28 following talks between the opposition and government on Saturday in Conakry, a U.N. mediator said.

Guinea’s main opposition leader had threatened to call supporters into the streets if authorities pushed ahead with the election without fully addressing complaints over preparations. He said he was satisfied with the delay announced on Saturday.

Sep 21, 2013

Guinea’s legislative election postponed to Sept. 28 -mediator

CONAKRY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Guinea’s long-delayed
legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by
four days to Sept. 28 following talks between the opposition and
government on Saturday in Conakry, a U.N. mediator said.

Guinea’s main opposition leader had threatened to call
supporters into the streets if authorities pushed ahead with the
election without fully addressing complaints over preparations.
He said he was satisfied with the delay announced on Saturday.