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9th Focal Points Meeting of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism

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<strong>16 December 2015:</strong> The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) and the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) are jointly organizing the 9th Meeting of the ACSRT Focal Points, from 16th to 18th December 2015, at the ACSRT headquarters in Algiers. <!–more–>
The meeting was opened by Mr. Idriss Mounir LALLALI, A.g. Deputy Director of ACSRT, H.E Shimelis WOLDESEMAYAT, Executive Secretary of CISSA, H.E Ambassador Edwin George MANDAZA, Ambassador of Republic of Zimbabwe in Algeria- representative of the current chairman of the African Union (AU), H.E Ambassador Smail CHERGUI, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Commission (AUC).

Were also present at the opening ceremony members of the Diplomatic corps accredited to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.
The meeting has brought together ACSRT Counter-Terrorism National and Regional Focal Points (FPs) from AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanism, in addition to representatives of international organizations.

The meeting was also attended by African and international experts in the field of prevention and combating of terrorism who were invited to share their experiences in their respective fields of expertise.

The three-day meeting will allow the National and Regional Focal Points to analyse the current terrorism situation on the continent, coordinate action and map the way forward in terms of advancing the continent’s counter-terrorism objectives, for a more concrete coordinated joint action.

Organisation du 5ème Cours de Formation sur l’Analyse du Renseignement Opérationnel par le Centre Africain d’Etudes et de Recherche sur le Terrorisme (CAERT) du 08 au16 Décembre 2015 à Alger

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Le Centre Africain d’Études et de Recherche sur le Terrorisme (CAERT) organise, avec l’appui de la Bundeskriminlamt (BKA), la Police Fédérale Allemande, le 5ème
cours de formation sur l’Analyse Opérationnelle du Renseignement. Le cours se déroulera au siège de ce centre, à Alger en Algérie du 08 au 16 décembre 2015. Il concrétise la ferme volonté de l’Union Africaine et du gouvernement allemand de poursuivre de façon ininterrompue leurs efforts conjoints visant à renforcer les capacités de lutte antiterroriste des États africains. <!–more–>
Cette formation obéit à la double nécessité de contribuer à la mise en œuvre du programme de renforcement des capacités des Etats des régions du Sahel et du
Sahara, adoptées dans la cadre du Processus de Nouakchott, et de répondre au besoin pressant de renforcer les ressources humaines en matière d’analyse stratégique et opérationnelle, une des mesures recommandées par plusieurs des Etats membres, ayant fait l’objet de missions d’évaluation effectuées par le CAERT.
Au cours de cette formation, des experts hautement qualifiés et expérimentés, mettront à la disposition de leur auditoire, les connaissances théoriques et outils
pratiques de la dernière génération sur la collecte, l’analyse et l’évaluation du renseignement. Cet auditoire est essentiellement composé des professionnels du
renseignement originaires d”Algérie, du Cameroun, de la Côte d’Ivoire, du Kenya, du Mali, de la Mauritanie, du Niger, du Nigeria, de la Somalie, de la Tunisie et du Centre conjoint de fusion des renseignements des États de la Conférence Internationale sur la Région des Grands Lacs.
Cette formation constitue une marche supplémentaire franchie par l’Afrique et ses régions dans la prévention et la lutte contre le terrorisme et le crime transnational
organisé. Elle contribue à la réalisation de l’objectif de l’organisation panafricaine d’instaurer dans le continent un environnement stable, paisible et sécurisé, condition
sine qua non pour son intégration et son développement économique et social.

Libyan Ambassador undertakes a working visit to the ACSRT

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On 9 April 2015, the Ambassador of Libya to Algeria, His Excellency Mohamed Mazen, accompanied by Mr. Tawfik Buhajr, undertook a working visit to the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).

They were warmly welcomed by the Special Representative of the AUC Chairperson for Counter Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT, Ambassador Francisco MADEIRA, and the ACSRT staff.

COURTESY CALL BY THE AMBASSADOR OF KENYA

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On 12 March 2015, the first Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to be accredited to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, His Excellency Moi LEMOSHIRA, paid a courtesy call to the African Centre for the Study and Research onTerrorism (ACSRT).

His Excellency Ambassador LEMOSHIRA received a warm welcome from the Special Representative of the AUC Chairperson for Counter Terrorism cooperation and Director of the ACSRT, Ambassador Francisco Caetano MADEIRA, and the ACSRT staff. <!–more–>

Ambassador Madeira hailed the valiant people of Kenya and their government for the crucial contribution the Kenyan Armed forces are making, as part of the African Union Mission to Somalia, to bring peace and stability to that beleaguered country, and rid the entire Eastern African Region of destabilization and insecurity. He expressed his gratitude to Ambassador Lemoshira for giving the ACSRT a pride of place in the many courtesy visits he will be paying to the huge number of diplomatic missions accredited to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

Ambassador MADEIRA assured His Excellency Ambassador LEMOSHIRA, of the readiness and continued support of the ACSRT, through proactive counter terrorism diplomacy, information sharing, studies, analysis and training, to shore up the tremendous efforts of Kenyan counter terrorism practitioners in fighting and ultimately defeating Al Shabaab.

Ambassador MADEIRA added that the Djibouti Process, launched by the AU on 27 February 2015 in Djibouti, will bring together, at regular intervals, the heads of intelligence and security services of Eastern Africa to discuss ways and means of improving inter agency cooperation and strengthening their coordination and information sharing mechanisms. This, he said, was another eloquent testimony of our continental organization’s resolve to ensure that APSA and all relevant peace mechanisms and resources are mobilized and put in place so that peace and stability, a prerequisite for any meaningful and sustainable development, are restored. This will enable building blocks of the “AFRICA WE WANT” in 2063 to quickly take shape.

For his part, Ambassador LEMOSHIRA said that terrorism has become one of the most serious threats to security, stability and economic progress, not only in the East African region, but in the continent as a whole. Accordingly, he continued, all states in the continent have a key role to play in forming a synchronized front to eliminate the menace of terrorism. He expressed gratitude to the ACSRT for the pivotal role it is playing in enhancing scientific, technical and operational counter terrorism capacity of Kenya and AU member states. Ambassador LEMOSHIRA concluded by saying sustained close collaboration between the government of Kenya and the ACSRT was vital in speeding up the eradication of the scourge of terrorism in Eastern Africa.

Chadian Defence attaché pays courtesy call to the ACSRT

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On February 12, 2015, Colonel Ahmat Zakaria Guidi Annou, Defense attaché of the Republic of Chad, paid a courtesy call to the ACSRT.

After welcoming the senior official of the Chadian Armed forces, H.E. Ambassador Francisco Caetano José MADEIRA, AU Commission Chairperson’s Special Representative for Counterterrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT, commended the gallant people of the Republic of Chad and their government for the important role they are playing in the effort to restore peace and stability in the Sahel region and its surroundings. <!–more–> The defense attaché highlighted the importance of the ACSRT as an AU counter terrorism tool. The studies and analysis it produces, its effort to keep AU member states daily informed of terrorist trends and developments on the continent and beyond, and the work the ACSRT does to enhance Africa’s technical and operational counter terrorism capacity, are a significant and necessary input to our common CT effort, and a clear demonstration of the AU commitment and determination to eradicate terrorism and violent extremism from the continent, he said.

The two officials discussed ways and means of further strengthening the existing cooperation with Chad. They analyzed the current security situation in the countries of the Nouakchott Process and concluded that the continued existence of Boko Haram, IS, Aqmi, Mujao, Ansar sharia and other terrorist groups represented a serious threat to peace, security and development not only in Nigeria, Mali and Libya, but also in the entire SAHEL Region, West and Central Africa and beyond. The need to neutralize these forces of evil was, therefore, urgent and vital.

They expressed satisfaction at the decision by Member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Republic of Benin to deploy national contingents to fight the Boko Haram terrorist group.

US Ambassador pays courtesy call to the ACSRT

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<strong>On 8 February 2015</strong>, the Ambassador of the United States of America to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria H.E Joan A. Polaschik, paid a courtesy call to the ACSRT.

Ambassador Polaschik received a warm welcome from Ambassador Francisco Caetano José MADEIRA, AU Commission Chairperson’s Special Representative for Counterterrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT and was briefed about ACSRT mandate, activities and current priority programme.<!–more–>

Ambassador Polaschik and Ambassador Madeira discussed a wide range of issues related to terrorism. They stressed the need for continued concerted efforts to eradicate this scourge from the African continent.

Ambassador Madeira indicated that prevention of terrorism is paramount in the African Union’s counter terrorism approach. The establishment of a strong partnership and cooperation between the government and the Civil Society to counter radicalization and violent extremism, the promotion of good political, economic and social governance, the strengthening of CT judiciary capacity of AU member states, border security, intelligence gathering and analysis and combating the financing of terrorism are some of the main ACSRT CT priority activities.

Ambassador Madeira stressed that the co-operation between the ACSRT and the USA in the area of CT capacity building has had a positive impact and needed to be continued and further strengthened.

training course on ‘Operational Intelligence Analysis’

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The African Centre for the Study and Research on terrorism (ACSRT), in cooperation with the German Police, BKA organized a 8 day training course on ‘Operational Intelligence Analysis’ at its Headquarters in Algiers from 9 to 17 December 2014.

The training is the continuation of the efforts aimed at giving accrued content to the recommendations emanated from the ACSRT counter terrorism sensitization Missions to Member States, and the decisions of the 2nd Meeting of the Heads of Intelligence and Security Services of Sahelo-Saharan States held in Abidjan<!–more–>and further reiterated by the N’djamena meeting of 10 and 11 September 2013. In these two meetings, the ACSRT was urged to implement specific capacity building activities in the area of prevention and combating of terrorism for the benefit of AU Member States.

The workshop brought together 32 police and intelligence officers from 14 African countries, namely: Algeria, Benin, Chad, Cote d’Ivore, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Tunisia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.
The training workshop was aimed at enhancing the capacity of African intelligence and police officers to process data and analyze information. The hands-on practical approach methodology applied in the training provided the trainees with the ability to effectively transform raw data and information into actionable operational intelligence in their daily professional activity.
The following topics were covered:
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<li>Information processing at police level;</li>

<li>Data assessment;</li>

<li>The correlogram;</li>

<li>The flow chart;</li>

<li>The establishment of hypotheses and development of conclusions; and </li>

<li>Telephone intercept analysis diagrams.</ul></li>

The training workshop was very successful. Participants indicated that it enhanced their capacity to gather data and assess information. It further improved their understanding of intelligence analysis theory .

The training  ended with the awarding of  Certificates to the trainees.

This is the fourth workshop of its kind organized in cooperation with and support of BKA and funded by the German government. The first and second workshops were held at the ACSRT headquarters from 17 to 25 April 2012 and from 23 September to 1st October 2013 respectively. The third workshop took place in Bamako, Mali from 4 to 12 November 2013.

The African Centre for the Study and Research on terrorism (ACSRT) and the German Police will continue with this effort and work hand in hand to further enhance African Union Member States capacity to prevent and combat terrorism.

the ACSRT commends the German Government for its continued involvement in the efforts on to prevent terrorism on the African continent by enhancing the capacity of the African police, intelligence and other law enforcement agencies to monitor intercept and disrupt terrorist planning, terrorist networks and terrorist activities.

10th Anniversary of the ACSRT

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The 8th meeting of the Focal Points coincided with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the ACSRT.

H.E Ambassador Smail Chergui, accompanied by H.E Ambassador Ahcene Kerma in representation of the Government of Algeria, H.E Ambassador Boullah Ould Mougueya representing the current Chairman of the AU, and H.E Ambassador Francisco Madeira Director of the Centre, presided over the celebrations.
Participants commended the remarkable strides the ACSRT was able to achieve in the past 10 years.

8th Focal Points Meeting Of the ACSRT, 7th -9th December 2014, Algiers, Algeria

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7th December 2014: The 8th Focal Points Meeting of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) is underway in Algiers, Algeria.
The meeting was opened by H.E Ambassador Ahcene Kerma, Director General for African Affairs in the, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria,

Workshop on “Radicalization, Violent Extremism, De-radicalization, Counter Radicalization, Counter Violent Extremism in ECCAS Region”, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

A workshop on “Radicalisation, Violent Extremism, Deradicalisation, Counter radicalization and Counter Violent Extremism in ECCAS Region was held from 1st to 3rd December 2014 in the conference hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The workshop was organized by the African Union (AU) through the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) in cooperation with the ECCAS General Secretariat, the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).