Algeria

French citizen kidnapped in a mountainous region of Tizi Ouzou in eastern Algeria, France24 Arabic, 22 September 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The French Foreign Ministry confirmed the kidnapping of a French citizen in the mountainous Tikjda region where he was on vacation in an area near Tizi Ouzou in eastern Algeria. The Foreign Ministry did not mention that the kidnappers were from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which operates…

‘Spanish journal: Of Maghreb counties, Morocco exerting the greatest effort toward political and economic modernization,’ Menara (Morocco), 14 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The European Union considers Morocco to be an important  partner, with many trade agreements in place between the two. Although economic relations have been somewhat strained as of late (due to Morocco’s hesitancy in re-opening its waters to European fishermen, and the EU’s reluctance to grant Moroccan produce…

‘Maghreb and European states exchange lists of Jihadists,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Western European and North African countries have begun to regularly exchange intelligence related to “jihadist” fighters making their way to Syria.– – – دول مغاربية وأوربية تتبادل قوائم جهاديين ٥ مايو ٢٠١٤ تتبادل 11 دولة 4 منها في المغرب العربي، و7 في غرب أوروبا المعلومات بصفة دورية حول…

Syria

‘World Federation of Trade Unions condemns American aggression against Syria,’ Tishreen (Syria), 21 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The World Federation of Trade Unions has reconfirmed its solidarity with the Syrian people to shape their own present and future, Syrian state media outlet “Tishreen” reports. Sticking to the usual line, foreign intervention (led by the US and a number of European states, as well as Israel…

‘French petrol company “Total” renews its licence to prospect for oil in Western Sahara,’ an-Nahar (Lebanon), 7 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Morocco has renewed French petrol company Total’s licence to prospect for oil off the coast of Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara. Morocco annexed the territory following Spain’s withdrawal in 1975. A UN-brokered ceasefire was reached between Morocco and the Polisario Front, on the condition that a referendum about self-determination be…

Libya

‘France rules out Western military intervention in southern Libya,’ al-Jazeera (Qatar), 10 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
France, who recently sent troops to northern Mali to fight armed Islamists, has ruled out Western intervention in southern Libya, at the request of Niger, who is concerned of the area becoming an even greater hotbed for terrorism. – – – فرنسا تستبعد تدخلا عسكريا غربيا بجنوب ليبيا…