21:42 [SPECIAL MONITORING MISSION TO LIBYA] (E)
In a televised interview with the US-based Al-Hurra TV channel Ahmed Al-Mismari said that the attack conducted by armed groups on the army’s axes was being prepared for a long time with the aim to storm the city of Tarhuna, however all their attempts failed as the LNA forces repelled the attack and inflicted heavy casualties on the opposing forces. Al-Mismari explained that the Tripoli battle is currently under way on seven axes, and “it differs from the known traditional battles”. “The army doesn’t seek for street warfare like the armed groups do,” Al-Mismari added.
20:57 [Press TV] (E)
South Sudan`s President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the leader of the main rebel group in the African country, have agreed to form a transitional government by mid-November, a year after they signed a peace agreement to end a bloody civil war.
6:59 [Zimbabwe Herald] (E)
(Sep 7) Former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe (95), who died in Singapore early yesterday morning, has been declared a national hero. President Mnangagwa announced the national hero status while addressing the media at State House in Harare yesterday evening.
17:52 [Press TV] (E)
Libya’s internationally-recognized government has criticized the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for hosting a member of renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar’s forces, denouncing the Arab country’s position as “hostile.”
12:39 [Zimbabwe Herald] (E)
World leaders mourned former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe who died in Singapore yesterday morning, describing him as a true pan-Africanist and liberation fighter.
11:32 [Press TV] (E)
Forces under the command of Libya`s renegade general, Khalifa Haftar, have rejected a UN call to return to the negotiating table, saying war is the best way to resolve the conflict.
6:22 [Press TV] (E)
Sudan`s new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was sworn in on Wednesday (August 21) as leader of a transitional government, and vowed to make achieving peace and solving the country`s economic crisis a priority.
8:22 [Press TV] (E)
Omari said the conclusion of the deal, which came on Saturday, showed that “the UAE and Saudi Arabia were not able to strengthen the hand of the military through donations.”
7:13 [Press TV] (E)
A Nigerian court has granted bail to imprisoned Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky so that he can fly to India for medical care. The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been in custody along with his wife since December 2015. The authorities have previously ignored a court order to release the Muslim leader.
20:00 [The Intercept] (E)
Since U.S. Africa Command began operations in 2008, the number of U.S. military personnel on the African continent has jumped 170 percent, from 2,600 to 7,000. The number of military missions, activities, programs, and exercises there has risen 1,900 percent, from 172 to 3,500. Drone strikes have soared and the number of commandos deployed has increased exponentially along with the size and scope of AFRICOM’s constellation of bases.