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South Sudan: some spoilers want peace to fail, putting 2024 elections at risk

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South Sudan is expected to hold its first general election in December 2024. It became an independent state in 2011. The long overdue election is...

Non-availability of aircraft delays SA SAMIDRC deployment

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) did not have an auspicious...

US lambasts M23, Rwanda for destabilising DRC

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The United States has criticised the M23 rebels and their Rwandan backers for recent attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and...

Embraer and SNC demonstrate Super Tucano to Ghana Air Force

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Embraer and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have demonstrated their A-29 Super Tucano close air support, reconnaissance and trainer aircraft to the Ghana Air...

DRC protests: why Congolese anger against the west is justified and useful to the...

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Since early February, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, has been rocked by protests directed against western embassies. Protests took place in front...

US condemns DRC violence; urges Rwandan withdrawal

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The recent surge in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sparked international concern, with the United States issuing a strong...

Islamist terrorists occupy fishing town of Quissanga near Pemba

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The little Mozambique fishing town of Quissanga, about 65km north of the Cabo Delgado provincial capital and port city of Pemba, has been overrun...

South African deaths in DR Congo laid at Ramaphosa’s door

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The first deaths and injuries – all SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel - in the Southern African Development Community’s efforts to rein in...

Kenya Defence College hosts autonomous weapons lecture

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Senior officers from the Kenyan Air Force, Army and Navy along with National Defence College staff were given insight into autonomous weapons in an...

SADC DR Congo mission will come up against high-tech weaponry

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will, reports have it, face an M23 rebel grouping with...

Two SANDF soldiers killed while deployed with SAMIDRC mission

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has suffered its first casualties as part of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic...

SAAF Composite Helicopter Unit in DRC pays tribute to fallen colleague

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SA Air Force (SAAF) and other former colleagues in uniform came together in a sombre gathering at the South African Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU)...

Specialist jungle warfare training concludes for SA soldiers

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A group of South African soldiers currently attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have another...

SA DR Congo deployment slammed

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South African soldiers and support personnel selected for deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the Southern African Development Community...

South Sudan undeclared ammo issue resolved amicably

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The arrival of 16 boxes of undeclared ammunition with a contingent rotating into South Sudan for a tour of duty with the United Nations...

South Africa commits 2 900 SANDF personnel to SAMIDRC

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was yesterday (Monday, 12 February) confirmed...

Planning for ATMIS phase three drawdown underway

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With phases one and two of the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) done and dusted, planning for the third phase in June...

New SAMIM force commander is SA Army veteran

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SA Army Major General Patrick Dube will, in all probability, be the final force commander of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in...

Ecowas: why withdrawal of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso signals fresh trouble for the...

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On 27 January 2024, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their plan to withdraw from membership of the Economic Community of West African States...

Nigerian Air Force inducts T-129 attack helicopters into service

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken its first T-129 ATAK helicopters into service in what it says is a major boost to the...

Rwanda’s troops in Mozambique have done well to protect civilians – the factors at...

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Rwanda’s involvement in peacekeeping operations for the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) has increased since 2004. The relatively small east African nation is...
EAC Secretary General Peter Mathuki and Major General Aphaxard Kiugu. Picture: East African Community.

EACRF lessons will form part of future “peace instruments” – Mathuki

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Lessons learnt during the previous deployment of its reaction force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be used by the East African...

ATMIS drawdown on schedule

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The phase two ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) drawdown is complete with a further three thousand soldiers exiting the country, seven forward...

Lack of top cover could be behind DR Congo helicopter attack

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In the aftermath of Friday’s small arms attack on a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission...

Senior UN peacekeeper in DR Congo

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Top United Nations (UN) peacekeeping official Jean-Pierre Lacroix is presently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a series of meetings related to...

South Korea donates MD500 helicopters to Kenya

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South Korea is giving Kenya 16 retired MD500 helicopters to be used on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, with the first six being refurbished...

SAMIM drawdown looming

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The involvement of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in ending years of insurrection in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province by way of a...

Integrated East Africa needed to meet regional threats

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The senior civilian in the Kenyan defence sector called for “a peaceful, secure and integrated” East Africa to meet threats facing the region. Speaking at...

UN service medals for Rwandan peacekeepers in South Sudan

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The Rwandan contingent (Rwanbatt-1) of UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) was honoured with world body’s service medal 10 months after deployment. Peacekeeping duties...

Northern Kenya’s disarmament dilemma

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Banditry and the proliferation of illegal small arms are critical drivers of insecurity in Kenya’s North Rift Region. Survey-derived baselines project the number of...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated vessel off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has foiled two hijackings by Somali pirates within days, rescuing 19 crew in the latest incident off the Horn of Africa. The...

Niger and Russia are forming military ties: 3 ways this could upset old allies

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In July 2023, Niger’s military took over in a coup just two years after the country’s first transition to civilian power. The coup has...

The African Union is working on peace in Sudan: expert explains why it’s in...

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The African Union has recently named a team to work on a peaceful end to Sudan’s civil war. The team will engage Sudan’s feuding...

Nigerian AH-1Z Viper production moving ahead

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Nigeria’s acquisition of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters from the United States is going ahead, with first payment made last year and sourcing of...

Looser gun laws could deepen Nigeria’s security crisis

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Despite Nigeria’s strict gun ownership laws, the country remains the region’s largest illicit small arms market, adding to the nation’s dire security crisis. Inefficient...

Top SADC official in DR Congo to oversee mission progress

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Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) overseeing operational progress in the establishment of...

Morocco receives more Metal Shark boats

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Morocco’s Royal Gendarmerie has taken delivery of four Fearless Super Interceptor boats manufactured by Metal Shark. Metal Shark said the latest delivery of four brings...

US commits $45 million to West African coastal security

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has, during a visit to Cote d’Ivoire, committed $45 million in new funding to help the country and...

Burkina Faso operating Chinese self-propelled guns and mortars

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Burkina Faso’s military has acquired Norinco WMA301 fire support vehicles fitted with 105 mm guns from China, as well as Norinco 81 mm CS/SM1...

Second OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel arrives in Senegal

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The Senegalese Navy’s second of three new OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels has arrived home after a delivery voyage from France. The Niani arrived at...

Mali receives more Bayraktar TB2 UAVs

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The Armed Forces of Mali have received another consignment of Baykar Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey. The Malian Presidency said the aircraft...

CAR and Uganda enter military co-operation agreement

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Uganda this week entered a military co-operation agreement with a country it shares no border with - the Central African Republic (CAR). Ugandan Minister of...

For MONUSCO it’s civilian protection as usual notwithstanding pending closure

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That the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will wrap up at year-end is a definite but it...

US approves possible sale of Swiftships patrol boats to Egypt

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Egyptian plans to beef up internal and external defence capabilities received a shot in the arm with the United States Defence Security Co-operation Agency...

Ugandan team clears major Somali supply route of IEDs

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The start of a new year in peacekeeping operations is – by and large – another day of operations ranging from convoy escort and...

Africom chief advances US-Nigeria cooperation during visit

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US Marine Corps General Michael Langley and Sergeant Major Michael Woods have visited Nigeria where they discussed strengthening US-Nigeria cooperation, countering extremism, and regional...

Egypt gets approval for Light Tactical Vehicle chassis purchase

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The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Egypt of Light Tactical Vehicle chassis for an estimated $200 million. The Defense...

Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland upends regional dynamics, risking strife across the Horn of Africa

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The Horn of Africa ushered in the new year with news of a deal that would ensure that diplomatic relations in the region got...

Tanzania orders C-27J Spartans

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Tanzania has ordered two C-27J Spartan transport aircraft from Italy’s Leonardo, becoming the fifth African customer for the aircraft after Chad, Kenya, Morocco and...

Stronger military ties forged between Japan and Kenya

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Military ties between Kenya and Japan have been strengthened with an inaugural military-to-military dialogue at Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Nairobi headquarters. The dialogue on Tuesday...

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