TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya – U.S. forces said they had killed “two terrorists” in an air strike in southwestern Libya on Saturday as part of efforts to deny militants a safe haven in the country’s vast desert. The strike hit on the outskirts of the city of Ubari and was carried out in coordination with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord in Tripoli, the U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.
The Nigerian Army yesterday paraded 26 ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members in Maiduguri, Borno State, after they surrendered to the military authorities. The former terrorists surrendered in Damboa Local Government Area last week and after they were taken to Maiduguri for de-radicalization. More than 2300 fighters have surrendered in the last 13 months following intensive military action and seizure of the Sambisa forest, the main enclave of the insurgents. Recent statistics reveal that over 25,000 people have been killed in the insurgency since 2009 and at least 2.4 million Nigerians displaced in the northeast states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno.
Troops of the Nigerian Army has neutralised seven remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa forest and Northern Borno on Friday in an operation supported by the Air Force. According to a statement by Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, troops also destroyed 11 gun trucks and 12 Hilux vehicles during the operation.
On Tuesday, during his speech at the third edition of the Rome MED-Mediterranean Dialogues, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not negotiable. He also underlined the fact that the EU’s support for the nuclear deal is appropriate but not sufficient and more practical measures should be taken by the bloc in this regard. Also Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in October had described the stances adopted by some European governments against recent comments made by US President Donald Trump against Iran and the JCPOA as good but insufficient. The Iranian top diplomat in his speech discussed about regional crisis and the necessity, although the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group has been defeated militarily, to defeat Daesh ideology all over the word. “Terrorists should be attacked from cultural, ideological, political and financial fronts and we should restrict their access to financial resources and weaponry”, added the Iranian FM. The Rome MED-Mediterranean Dialogues is an annual high-level initiative co-organized by Italy’s Foreign Ministry and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).