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Islamic State (IS) Preparing a North Africa-Sahel Offensive. Displacement of Al Qaeda in the Region Underway

The North Africa Journal: ISIS/ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or simply IS) is currently building up a pretty dense presence of combatants, leaders, and sympathizers in North Africa and in the Sahel. A report released today by stability assessment firm MEA Risk shows that the establishment of an IS presence is underway, spanning from Egypt in the east, to Morocco in the west, and from the Mediterranean Sea, up north (and indeed into Europe), to the Sahel and into Sub-Sahara Africa to the south.
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Amid Ebola and ISIS Threat, Morocco Withdrawal from Hosting Africa Cup Makes Sense, Says MEA Risk

Morocco asked the African football association CAF to postpone its holding of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco’s main and only argument is that such event cannot take place amid a major Ebola crisis. But risk tracking and assessment firm MEA Risk suggests that the ISIS threat has also contributed to Morocco's decision. ...
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Maghreb & Sahel Top10 Deadliest Cities

Tallying the figures of terrorism and/or politically-motivated killings shows again that Libyan cities were the deadliest in August 2014. The chart below provides a visual of the cities/regions that are facing severe level of violence. The data comes from MEA Risk at http://www.mea-risk.com...
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The Libyan Impasse: Two Competing Governments Preparing to Fight to the Death

When we entered September 2014, Libya felt calmer and more subdued. Very little in the form of violent confrontation got recorded within the city center proper, although the western districts remained a hotbed of a violent confrontation between various militias....
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Libya’s Woes and Rivalries: a Divided Congress, the Militias and the Federalists

The North Africa Journal | Tension remains high in Libya. Factions with opposing ideologies and strong men at their top are facing each others with devastating potential for the future of the country....
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Latest Issue Available for Download

The North Africa Journal is pleased to announce the release of its 235th issue in which Editors discuss a series of topics of economic, political and security interest related to North Africa’s Maghreb region. ...
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The Geopolitics of Energy in Maghreb Economic Policies

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made in late January 2014. It was addressed to the Maghreb Roundtable of the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, the CSIS. It was presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page. ...
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North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference: Security Assessment

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made at the end of December 2013. It was addressed to the North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference, presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page. ...
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North Africa and Sahel: Major Military Buildup Underway

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Even as northern Mali continues to deal with the aftermath of its Jihadist invasion and the French offensive to remove them, the biggest concern for the region and international military organizations remains southern Libya and in particular the Libya-Algeria shared borders. A military buildup is underway, involving tens of thousands of troops, and upcoming acquisition of Russian military equipment and Chinese drones....
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Egyptian Military Degrades Muslim Brotherhood Organization

Two people were killed in skirmishes as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi thronged Egypt's cities and towns on Friday for the third time in eight days, trying to rattle an army-backed government bent on crushing his Muslim Brotherhood....
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Islamic State (IS) Preparing a North Africa-Sahel Offensive. Displacement of Al Qaeda in the Region Underway

The North Africa Journal: ISIS/ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or simply IS) is currently building up a pretty dense presence of combatants, leaders, and sympathizers in North Africa and in the Sahel. A report released today by stability assessment firm MEA Risk shows that the establishment of an IS presence is underway, spanning from Egypt in the east, to Morocco in the west, and from the Mediterranean Sea, up north (and indeed into Europe), to the Sahel and into Sub-Sahara Africa to the south.
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Amid Ebola and ISIS Threat, Morocco Withdrawal from Hosting Africa Cup Makes Sense, Says MEA Risk

Morocco asked the African football association CAF to postpone its holding of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco’s main and only argument is that such event cannot take place amid a major Ebola crisis. But risk tracking and assessment firm MEA Risk suggests that the ISIS threat has also contributed to Morocco's decision.
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Maghreb & Sahel Top10 Deadliest Cities

Tallying the figures of terrorism and/or politically-motivated killings shows again that Libyan cities were the deadliest in August 2014. The chart below provides a visual of the cities/regions that are facing severe level of violence. The data comes from MEA Risk at http://www.mea-risk.com
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The Libyan Impasse: Two Competing Governments Preparing to Fight to the Death

When we entered September 2014, Libya felt calmer and more subdued. Very little in the form of violent confrontation got recorded within the city center proper, although the western districts remained a hotbed of a violent confrontation between various militias.
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Libya’s Woes and Rivalries: a Divided Congress, the Militias and the Federalists

The North Africa Journal | Tension remains high in Libya. Factions with opposing ideologies and strong men at their top are facing each others with devastating potential for the future of the country.
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North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference: Security Assessment

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made at the end of December 2013. It was addressed to the North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference, presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page.
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Latest Issue Available for Download

The North Africa Journal is pleased to announce the release of its 235th issue in which Editors discuss a series of topics of economic, political and security interest related to North Africa’s Maghreb region.
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The Geopolitics of Energy in Maghreb Economic Policies

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made in late January 2014. It was addressed to the Maghreb Roundtable of the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, the CSIS. It was presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page.
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North Africa and Sahel: Major Military Buildup Underway

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Even as northern Mali continues to deal with the aftermath of its Jihadist invasion and the French offensive to remove them, the biggest concern for the region and international military organizations remains southern Libya and in particular the Libya-Algeria shared borders. A military buildup is underway, involving tens of thousands of troops, and upcoming acquisition of Russian military equipment and Chinese drones.
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Egyptian Military Degrades Muslim Brotherhood Organization

Two people were killed in skirmishes as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi thronged Egypt's cities and towns on Friday for the third time in eight days, trying to rattle an army-backed government bent on crushing his Muslim Brotherhood.
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Sihem Hajji

Ms. Sihem Hejji [1ère année mastère GRH à l' ISG Tunis] is a Tunis-based human resources and education columnist. She focuses on employment and link to schools while pursuing a graduate degree in the field. Sihem worked for Citibank Tunis.
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