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Al Qaida reports execution of German hostage in Nigeria

German engineer Edgar Fitz Raupach was reportedly killed by his Al Qaida captors.

Special to WASHINGTON — Al Qaida has warned the West against trying to rescue hostages held in North Africa through military means. Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has reported the death of a European hostage said to have been killed in a botched rescue attempt. AQIM said the operation was sponsored [...]

June 14th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Germany,Mali,Nigeria,Top Stories | Read More »

UN ties weapons shipments for West Africa to Iran’s IRGC

Nigeria had in November 2010 reported Iran to the United Nations Sanctions Committee over high calibre arms and ammunition intercepted by security agencies at Apapa Port.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations has sanctioned Iranian arms exporters to Africa. A Security Council committee has identified members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Force responsible for shipping weapons to African clients. On April 20, the committee, in the first such measure since June 2010, imposed sanctions on officers from IRGC’s Quds [...]

May 4th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Iran,Mideast,Nigeria,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »