Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Defense Minister, Brahim Bartagi, said on Thursday morning that Tunisian security units have eliminated four alleged terrorist leaders during joint operations, injured many other elements and seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition as well as electrical equipment. Mr Bartagi, who was speaking at a [...]
©- - 19 november 2020 - 17:28:46 - thread Politics (217 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Defence Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Salaheddine al-Nemruch, has criticised the European Union (EU) for its "negative position" during the attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA) on Tripoli from April 2009 to June 2020.  "Some European Union countries supported this attack [...]
©- - 18 november 2020 - 11:10:37 - thread Politics (564 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian minister of Defence, Brahim Bertéji, Tuesday presided over the opening of the 34th session of the joint Tunisian-US military cooperation here, official sources said here. It was witnessed by the US ambassador in Tunisia and the two high-level delegations from the two countries. Addressing the session, [...]
©- - 06 october 2020 - 22:46:57 - thread Politics (251 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – United States President Donald Trump has addressed claims that Iran is considering assassinating US ambassador to South Africa by tweeting that any attack would be met with a response "1 000 times greater in magnitude". As previously reported by PANA, US intelligence sources on Monday [...]
©- - 15 september 2020 - 14:52:28 - thread Politics (233 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Kais SAied Wednesday held talks with US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US Commandment for Africa (Africom), a statement issued by the Tunisian presidency here said. The talks focused on the ways and means to implement further bilateral cooperation between Tunisia and the [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 23:08:08 - thread Politics (113 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian president, Kaïs Saied, Wednesday met with the chief of the US Commandment for Africa (AFRICOM), General Stephen Townsend, who was on an official visit. A statement issued here by the Tunisian presidency said the meeting, which was attended by the minister of Defence, Brahim Bartagi, [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 21:35:00 - thread Politics (332 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The President of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday held talks in Tripoli, with Italian Defense Minister, Lorenzo Guerini, on the developments in Libya and a number of joint cooperation issues. During the meeting between both men, al-Sarraj and Guerini, [...]
©- - 05 august 2020 - 17:59:55 - thread Politics (371 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)  - The body of a Rwandan soldier, who was killed while serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSMA), has been returned to Rwanda, a military source confirmed in Kigali on Thursday. Sergeant Major Edouard Nsabiyaremye was killed in an ambush by unknown [...]
©- - 23 july 2020 - 15:25:38 - thread Politics (239 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed, has affirmed that "the Tunisian state is standing and will not falter in the implementation of the law against all those who violate the law without exception". Mr. Saeid, who made an inspection visit to the headquarters of the special military forces and [...]
©- - 22 july 2020 - 16:12:18 - thread Politics (248 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia has affirmed its desire to further strengthen its presence in United Nations peacekeeping operations "in order to keep its leading role among countries which contribute to the UN efforts," according to a press release published on Wednesday by the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tunisia on [...]
©- - 15 july 2020 - 18:03:24 - thread Politics (198 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Defence Ministry to urgently engage with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regarding the increasing Islamist military threat in the region. The DA statement followed ISIS's warning to South Africa that it would “open the [...]
©- - 09 july 2020 - 16:29:07 - thread Politics (202 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar, arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Friday as part of efforts to promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries and follow up on the progress made in the implementation of their agreement on security and military cooperation. On his arrival at [...]
©- - 03 july 2020 - 15:56:40 - thread Politics (287 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Defense Minister Imed Hazgui formally denied here Thursday the presence of a foreign military base in Tunisia, saying the country would not allow any of the parties to the conflict to use its soil for military operations in Libya. Hazgui, however, stressed the need to secure [...]
©- - 11 june 2020 - 19:53:00 - thread Politics (157 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and the United-States Thursday decided to strengthen military cooperation between them, official sources told PANA here. The decision was agreed during talks on the phone between the Tunisian minister of Defence, Imed Hazgui, and General Stephen Townsend, chief of the US Command for Africa (AFRICOM), said [...]
©- - 28 may 2020 - 23:39:01 - thread Politics (243 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)  - The Tunisian ministry of defence Tuesday strongly denied what it described as ’partisan rumours’ by several non-official websites about the use of its land by foreign powers as bases for military operations. "Tunisia exercises absolute sovereignty on all its entire land, maritime and air territory, and does [...]
©- - 28 april 2020 - 23:18:22 - thread Politics (286 words)


Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – The US Deputy Secretary of State for political-military affairs, Clarke Cooper, on Wednesday stressed the importance of strong cooperation between Tunisia and the United States through a programme on capacity strengthening and border protection to support Tunisia’s sovereignty. Mr Cooper was speaking at the international aeronautics and [...]
©- - 05 march 2020 - 08:10:12 - thread Politics (180 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Kais Saied, on Wednesday opened an international aeronautics and defence fair which will continue until 8 March. The fair will feature  military and civilian airplanes and heavy and light war materials presented by big international companies specialized in military and civilian spatial industries. The opening [...]
©- - 04 march 2020 - 22:45:46 - thread Politics (203 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The need to strengthen cooperation between the Tunisian and French armies and diversify its components was at the centre of talks on Tuesday between the Tunisian minister of Defence, Imed Hazgui and Chief of Staff of the French army, General Thierry Burkhard. In a speech, the Tunisian [...]
©- - 04 march 2020 - 05:51:21 - thread Politics (238 words)


Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - DR Congo and Central African Republic Wednesday agreed to establish a surveillance system to deal with the activism of armed gangs all along their common border, an official source said here. The decision followed talks the Central African Republic Minister of Defence Mrs Marie Noëlle Koyara [...]
©- - 26 february 2020 - 21:44:06 - thread Politics (258 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)  -  The warships moored in the port of Goulette in Tunis belong to NATO member- countries (Italy, Canada, Greece and Turkey) "as part of a routine docking and for purely logistical considerations”, the Tunisian defense ministry said here Tuesday in a statement. "Tunisia is a transit region like [...]
©- - 18 february 2020 - 21:05:54 - thread Politics (146 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron, in accordance with the orientations from the Pau summit and the construction of the Coalition for Sahel, Tuesday decided to increase the staff deployed in the Sahelo-Saharan strip to about 5,100 soldiers, or an increase of 600 troops, the French ministry of [...]
©- - 04 february 2020 - 22:02:57 - thread Politics (418 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA)   - This past week witnessed the traditional ceremonies for exchange of end-of-year wishes between the defense and security forces and Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, declaring his last third five-year term since 2005. It has been a while since the Burundian head of state publicly announced his departure from [...]
©- - 23 december 2019 - 23:17:26 - thread Politics (624 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The President of the Presidential Council of the Government of the National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, has sent messages to the leaders of five countries - United States of America, the United Kingdom, Italy, Algeria and Turkey - asking them to activate the pact signed with [...]
©- - 20 december 2019 - 10:21:59 - thread Politics (409 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian security and army units stationed along the border with Libya have been put on maximum alert to monitor the land, sea and air borders between the two countries, a Tunisian security source said on Friday.   "Various security services are fully prepared to deal with any eventuality [...]
©- - 13 december 2019 - 18:22:43 - thread Politics (217 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian government Thursday totally condemned a series of assaults against the country attributed to Rwanda, and appealed to the international community to intervene in the crisis. The armed attack against the west of the country by unknown assailants has been denied by its neighbor to the [...]
©- - 28 november 2019 - 22:38:00 - thread Politics (379 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - In a statement read on Friday at RTNB (radio télévision national du Burundi), seven local civil society organizations (CSOs) "strongly" condemn an ​​attack of the night from November 16 to 17, against an advanced position of Burundian military by suspected elements of the Rwandan army. The statement [...]
©- - 22 november 2019 - 19:54:42 - thread Politics (314 words)


Tunis Tunisia (PANA)  -  The 9th conference of air army chiefs of staff from member-countries of the "5+5" defence initiative ended here Wednesday. The member-countries of the "5+5" defense initiative are Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Malta. The acting Tunisian minister of Defence, Mohamed Jamoussi, seized the [...]
©- - 20 november 2019 - 23:12:09 - thread Politics (232 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian government has given illegal holders of small arms and light weapons additional three months, effective from Friday, to voluntarily surrender all such weapons, ahead of a new general election and two weeks after an automatic gun attack killed three people and injured several others [...]
©- - 15 november 2019 - 17:39:03 - thread Politics (495 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - The Danish Parliament has approved the deployment of several men and air equipment to assist Operation Barkhane and the UN Integrated Mission for the Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA), according to a press release issued Thursday by the French Ministry of Armed Forces. Last Thursday, Danish Members of [...]
©- - 31 october 2019 - 14:12:33 - thread Politics (202 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundi Ministry of Public Security and Disaster Management says the police carried out 4,131 search and rescue operations throughout the country in the third quarter of this year resulting in the arrest of 2,408 alleged perpetrators of crime and terrorism. The quarterly report covering July-September of [...]
©- - 12 october 2019 - 15:15:26 - thread Politics (237 words)


Eldoret, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday that the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) are to play a leading role in the efforts to speed up the pace of industrialisation. The President said the country’s prosperity goes hand-in-hand with an environment of peace and security, enabled by the KDF [...]
©- - 11 september 2019 - 19:44:13 - thread Politics (530 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 6,463 military candidates of all ranks, ethnic, regional and gender, on Saturday passed the test of intellectual aptitude in French language and mathematics for a place in the national defense force and ex-combatants (FDN) all over the country, according to a security source in Bujumbura.   The [...]
©- - 07 september 2019 - 18:51:04 - thread Politics (387 words)


Paris, France (PANA) – The French Secretary of State for foreign affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, will attend the inauguration in Equatorial Guinea of the regional naval school of TICA.   The event will take place on Saturday, to be witnessed by the country’s president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.   ‘’The regional naval school of TICA [...]
©- - 26 july 2019 - 18:44:22 - thread Politics (225 words)


Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) - Colonel Idalécio Pachire has been appointed the new Chief of Staff (EMG) of the Sao Tome and Principe Armed Forces, replacing Horácio de Sousa, according to official sources.   According to a statement by the Council of Ministers, read by the Secretary of State [...]
©- - 20 may 2019 - 18:51:51 - thread Politics (177 words)


Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) - The Sao Tome and Principe Superior Council of National Defence (CSDN) has recommended the termination of the functions of the current Chief of General Staff (CGS) of the Armed Forces, Brig.-Gen. Horácio Sousa, official sources said Friday from in Sao Tomé.   The CSDN, [...]
©- - 17 may 2019 - 17:48:36 - thread Politics (162 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)  -  Tunisian minister of Defence Abdelkrim Zbidi and General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the Commandment of US forces in Africa (AFRICOM), Thursday agreed here to strengthen cooperation between Tunisia and the US forces, an official statement received by PANA said. The statement issued by the Tunisian ministry of [...]
©- - 16 may 2019 - 23:22:04 - thread Politics (248 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)   -   A total of 106 suspected terrorists have been eliminated in Tunisia since military operations against terrorism began in 2012, the Tunisian Ministry of Defence announced here Thursday. Military specialists of the Tunisian army were also able to defuse the explosion of more than 20 artisanal mines planted [...]
©- - 16 may 2019 - 23:07:06 - thread Politics (187 words)


Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, on Monday received the Chinese minister of Defence, General Wei Fenghe, the spokesperson for the Egyptian presidency, Bassam Rahdi, said.   During the audience in Cairo, the Chinese minister expressed his country’s willingness to strengthen strategic relations with Egypt at all levels [...]
©- - 25 march 2019 - 19:24:52 - thread Politics (219 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A joint military exercise between Tunisian armed forces and US naval forces will begin on Monday, a communiqué issued Saturday by the Tunisian ministry of Defence said. The exercise, codenamed “Africa Lion 19”,which will continue until 4 April, will be conducted in the presence of British observers, [...]
©- - 23 march 2019 - 16:18:32 - thread Politics (187 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Parliament on Tuesday approved the sending of a military mission to Mali, as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission by 110 votes in favour and two abstentions. The Tunisian Defence Minister, Abdelkrim Zbidi, who defended the motion, said that the Tunisian Mission was acting [...]
©- - 12 march 2019 - 22:02:17 - thread Politics (139 words)


New York, United States (PANA) - The New York daily, ''New York Times'', revealed on Saturday, the details, kept secret for two years, of a military operation conducted by the U.S. army against armed members of the Al Qaeda Organization in western Tunisia.   The operation was carried out in February 2017 [...]
©- - 02 march 2019 - 20:19:17 - thread Politics (207 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, who was instrumental in the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, has retired. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported that Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri has also retired. General Chiwenga led the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to take over [...]
©- - 19 december 2017 - 07:14:21 - thread Politics (398 words)


Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The ministers of defence of Sudanese and South Sudan on Monday said they are looking forward to building stable and strong relations between Juba and Khartoum. The Defence Minister for Sudan, Lt. Gen. Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibin Aouf, held a round of talks with his South [...]
©- - 30 october 2017 - 20:44:23 - thread Politics (218 words)


Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – A conference of Defence ministers from member countries of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) opened on Tuesday in Cairo focusing on the fight against terrorism within the Sahelo-Saharan space. It is being attended by 27 African and 5 European countries (France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain) [...]
©- - 22 march 2016 - 17:39:49 - thread Politics (194 words)


Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Five countries on the southern Mediterranean and five countries on the northern shore Tuesday began their 22nd executive committee meeting in Algiers under the initiative dubbed "5+5 Defence" to set priority activities under their 2016 action plan and to agree on a cooperation programme for 2017. The [...]
©- - 15 march 2016 - 17:53:48 - thread Politics (104 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - German Defence Minister Ursila Von Der Leyen has reaffirmed her country's support for Tunisia, in view of the security situation in the North African nation. Leyen gave the assurance on Wednesday at the Tunisian Parliament in Tunis The German Minister said she would discuss, with Tunisian Interior [...]
©- - 29 july 2015 - 22:34:05 - thread Politics (149 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Defence ministers from the Group 5 5 of western Mediterranean admitted on Thursday that terrorist groups are a serious threat for the sub-region. In the final communiqué issued in Tunis after a one-day meeting, they reaffirmed their support to all cooperation efforts between member countries of the [...]
©- - 11 june 2015 - 22:06:10 - thread Politics (261 words)


Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government will reform its defence and armed forces following the adoption, Thursday, of a new bill that will repeal the 1961 law governing that sector, PANA reported, quoting an official source here Friday. According to the government spokesman, Nabagné Bruno Koné, the new [...]
©- - 12 december 2014 - 12:28:07 - thread Politics (119 words)


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The head of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), General David Rodriguez is on official visit in Abidjan, the US Embassy in the Ivorian capital said Wednesday. According to a statement issued by the embassy, Rodriguez will hold discussions with Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, Defence [...]
©- - 10 december 2014 - 17:18:10 - thread Politics (229 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A one-day ministerial meeting of member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic on security ended in Abuja Monday agreeing the appropriate legal framework that would enhance cross-border military operation against Boko Haram as well as develop a common defence strategy [...]
©- - 13 october 2014 - 17:41:46 - thread Politics (535 words)