Scramble for West Africa : Israel Joins the Race.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he will travel to Chad to announce the reestablishment of strong military and diplomatic ties after a first-ever visit by the central African nation’s president.

Netanyahu held a second meeting with Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Tuesday before his departure. The two leaders held a first meeting after Deby’s arrival on Sunday and security issues were expected to be high on the agenda.

A statement from Netanyahu’s office said he will travel to Chad soon and make a joint announcement with Deby on the resumption of diplomatic relations after a decades-long rupture. It did not specify a date.

“The leaders discussed common threats and the fight against terrorism, as well as increasing bilateral cooperation” in areas including agriculture, counter-terrorism, technology, solar energy, water and health, the statement said.

Both leaders called the visit “historic” as they met in Jerusalem on Sunday, with Netanyahu’s office describing the trip by the leader of the Muslim-majority nation as the result of hard-won diplomatic efforts.

The two leaders have declined to comment on whether their talks have included arms deals, but Chad has shown significant interest in Israeli missile technology, border protection in as well as Israel’s expertise in counter insurgency operations.

Now, border protection and missile technology to defend against who? Boko Haram?  Nigeria?

Chadian security sources say the country has acquired Israeli equipment to help battle rebels in the country’s north. Chad is also one of several African states engaged in Western-backed operations against Boko Haram and Islamic State group jihadists.

Pressure from Muslim African nations, accentuated by the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973, led a number of African states to sever relations with the Jewish state.

For the first time in recorded history we now have :

France, United States, Morocco, Tunisia, Russia, China and now ISRAEL all jostling for a stake in what has to be the most valuable Prime Real Estate in Africa.

 

Morocco’s bid (a North African country) for ECOWAS was successful. Tunisia followed suit, but was granted an Observer Status (FOR NOW).

The United States has a Defence Treaty with Cameroon and Ghana. The CIA built FIVE Reaper drone bases in as little as two years. One in Cameroon, two in Niger, one in Mali, one in Chad. A military listening facility in Ghana, and just secured 50 acres of Land in Benin Republic. For what? Nobody knows.

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In this photo taken Monday, April 16, 2018, a U.S. and Niger flag are raised side by side at the base camp for air forces and other personnel supporting the construction of Niger Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger. On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America’s battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa’s vast Sahel region. Three hangars and the first layers of a runway command a sandy, barren field. Niger Air Base 201 is expected to be functional early next year. (AP Photo/Carley Petesch)
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A French soldier involved in the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane stands guard next to a Reaper drone at the French military air base in Niamey, Niger, on March 14, 2016. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images) 
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A French Rafale fighter refuels and continues air strikes around Diabaly and Sévaré Mali 2013.

France maintains an airbase in Niger. Two Air bases in Chad and its own drone base in Chad, independent of the American Reaper drone base. France also maintains a Squadron of the Mirage 2000 in Mali and its airbase in Garoua, eastern Cameroon is near completion.

The Russians just moved into the Central African Republic, dislodging the French who ain’t too happy about that.

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Lusaka – Zambia: Zambia Police IG Kakomba Kangana commissioned 8 Zambia Police reserves.
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The Chinese police officers were commissioned in Zambia in 2017.

China, apart from its military base in Djibouti now  has Zambia in its pocket. Zambia, one of the African countries foolish enough to fall into the Chinese debt trap. Unable to pay its dept Zambia is a Chinese  enclave. Zambia is a small country less than the size of Lagos and an even smaller economy. As the Chinese community in that country surged, pictures like this will become more and more the norm.

In August 2018 China shocked the African Union when it deployed and installed  its most advanced new generation of surface-to- air missiles, the HQ-9 in Zimbabwe. We need no soothsayer to tell what its for, that is to defend China’s vast economic interests in Zimbabwe.

In the wake of West and other superpowers scrambling to move into Zimbabwe for business, China setting up the pace diplomatically and wooing Zimbabwe under the newly elected President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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China deploys its dreaded HQ-9 Surface to Air Missile System in Zimbabwe.

Diplomatic and military sources in the capital Harare revealed that, the surface-to- air missiles deployed have the same technology as the one China deployed to the South China Sea on Woody Island. They comprise of China’s latest HQ-9 missiles.

A Look at Deployed HQ-9 Surface-to- Air Missiles

  • HQ-9 is a medium-to-long range air defense missile system.
  • It is designed and made in China by the Defense Company CPMIEC (China Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation).
  • Has capability to track and destroy aircraft, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles.
  • The missile is a two-stage missile. The missile’s first stage has diameter of 700mm while the second stage has diameter of 560mm.
  • Has a length of 6.8m and a total mass of about 2 tons.
  • It is armed with a 180kg warhead.
  • Has a maximum speed of Mach 4.2 and has a maximum range of 200 km up to an altitude of 30 km.
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