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Equatorial Guinea acquires Z-9WE helicopters from China

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Equatorial Guinea’s military has acquired two Harbin Z-9WE armed helicopters from China and is exploring the possibility of acquiring additional rotary wing aircraft. This is...

UPDF, Norinco establishing UAV workshop in Uganda as defence indigenisation efforts continue

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Uganda is making great strides building up its local defence industry, ranging from armoured vehicle assembly to aircraft maintenance, with unmanned aerial vehicles now...

Ethiopia looks to France for naval development amidst diplomatic tensions

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Ethiopia, a landlocked country, is seeking France’s help to develop its naval force. The evolving situation in the Red Sea has spurred Ethiopia to...

DR Congo remains volatile – UN

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With the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) mission now in its fourth month of deployment, the United Nations (UN)...

Third and final OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel delivered to Senegal

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French shipyard Pirou has delivered the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Cayor to Senegal’s Navy, marking the end of the construction programme for the West...

Italy-Niger relations hold steady amidst global tensions

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Although relations with France and the USA are at an all-time low, the connection between Niamey and Rome remains strong. Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani...

Op Vikela is over, SA troops flown back from Mozambique

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South Africa’s contribution to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) is over as per a Presidential authorisation stating it ends...

MV Abdullah released by Somali pirates, apparently after ransom paid

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The Bangladesh-flagged Merchant Vessel Abdullah, captured over a month ago by Somali pirates, has been released along with its 23 crew, apparently after a...

Chinese sappers exit DR Congo after 20 years

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Over twenty years of service in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) providing essential engineering support to the United Nations (UN) mission MONUSCO has...

Ramaphosa tries to patch up relations with Rwanda

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Could South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to rekindle ties between his country and Rwanda also help resolve the dangerous standoff between Rwanda and...

Rwanda genocide: 30 years on, why Tutsis are at the centre of DR Congo’s...

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The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 has in complex ways fuelled violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over...

New Op Irini task force commander has big boots to fill

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In his six months at the helm of Operation Irini’s Task Force 464, Hellenic Navy Rear Admiral Konstantinos Bakalakos oversaw over 14 000 maritime...

Nigeria shows that emerging technology can help protect waters

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Nine crew members aboard a chemical tanker headed from Côte d’Ivoire to Cameroon were abducted by pirates in January as the ship sailed near...

Increase in piracy off Somalia a concern

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“Worrying” is the word used by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to describe the increase to date this year of piracy in the Indian...

“No turning back” for SADC DRC mission – Heitman

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Respected South African defence analyst Helmoed Heitman maintains that early setbacks aside for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Democratic Republic of...

Rwanda’s genocide could have been prevented: 3 things the international community should have done

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As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda, it is important to understand what...

DRC-Rwanda crisis: what’s needed to prevent a regional war

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In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African, Burundian and Tanzanian troops are fighting against the Rwandan army, which has deployed...

Op Aspides repels 11 Red Sea attacks in two months

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In less than two months the newest European Union (EU) naval force – Operation Aspides concentrated on the Red Sea – repelled 11 attacks...

Botswana exits SAMIM as Rwanda grows troop numbers

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The withdrawal of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) contingent to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) last week is the...

Mapping a surge of disinformation in Africa

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Disinformation campaigns seeking to manipulate African information systems have surged nearly fourfold since 2022, triggering destabilizing and antidemocratic consequences. The proliferation of disinformation is a...

Three Tanzanian soldiers with SAMIDRC killed by rebel fire

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Two months after a couple of South African soldiers were killed serving with the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic Republic of...

More money for goods and services than salaries in Op Thiba deployment

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South Africa’s much criticised deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of a regional mission and force has at least one...

Kidnappings in Chad could spark a regional security crisis

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Kidnappers have terrorised Chad’s southern Mayo-Kebbi West and Logone Oriental provinces for over two decades. Between 2020 and 2023, the number of victims and...

Jihadism in Mozambique: southern African forces are leaving with mixed results

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) military mission in Mozambique (Samim), which was deployed on 15 July 2021 to fight the Islamic insurgents terrorising...

SAMIDRC rejects mis- and disinformation on eastern DR Congo mission

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) added its voice to those of South Africa’s Departments of...

Sudanese Armed Forces might collapse at hands of RSF

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In early March, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) retook sections of Omdurman from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The reconquest marked one of the...

Turkey and Ethiopia have had close ties for many years: Somalia maritime deals may...

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Ethiopia and Turkey, which have had cordial ties since the early 20th century, have drawn even closer in recent years as both battle criticism...

Moi Forces Academy gifted a Bulldog trainer

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Pupils at Kenya’s Moi Forces Academy have a new source of inspiration in the form of a side-by-side Bulldog trainer now resident at the...

Asset Forfeiture Unit secures R43 million preservation order against former DRC defence attaché

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The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has secured a R43 million preservation order emanating from a case of fraud and theft...

Mine Action Day to be marked worldwide

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Tomorrow (4 April) is the United Nations (UN) accredited International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action with nine events globally –...

Home country conflict big contributor to migrant deaths – IOM

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One in three migrant deaths can be attributed to people fleeing conflict, an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report has it, adding two of...

Eastern DRC home to humanitarian disaster

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The “volatile” eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where a Southern African regional mission and force has been deploying since December is the scene...

Opposition parties lambast SANDF deployment to the DRC

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South Africa’s political opposition has come out swinging against the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployment with the SADC Mission in the Democratic...

Reports of SANDF troops captured in the DRC dismissed as fake news

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The South African Departments of Defence and International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) have dismissed reports that several South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers...

Kenya’s mission to Haiti: how the 1 000-strong force is preparing for planned intervention

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Kenya has temporarily halted controversial plans to send a specially trained contingent of 1 000 police officers to Haiti, where armed gang violence recently...

Chinese naval task force visiting Mozambique

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Fresh after a stop in Tanzania, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN's) 45th naval escort task force is now visiting Mozambique. On the morning...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated ship

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The Indian Navy has liberated yet another vessel from pirates off the coast of Somalia in the fifth such operation this year. An Indian Navy...

Sexual exploitation and abuse incidents on the increase – UN

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More than 750 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) were received by the United Nations (UN) last year – over 220 more than...

UN Security Council told of good and bad in DR Congo

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) heard this week of progress with formation of a new government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

Zambia Air Force introduces Enstrom 480B, Bell 412 helicopters into service

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The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) has taken into service a new rotary wing type – the Enstrom 480B – and expanded its fleet of...

Africom Commander points to terrorism “shattering” African lives

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The senior United States (US) soldier in Africa told the US Congress that global events, including Russia’s war on Ukraine and Houthi attacks in...

SADC updated on its DR Congo and Mozambique missions

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With one regional bloc peace mission winding up ahead of a July closure and another in the operationalisation process, a weekend Southern African Development...

Exclusive: General Béhanzin on defence and security in West Africa and the Sahel

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In an exclusive interview, General Francis Béhanzin, the former Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security at the Economic Community of West African States...

Kenya operating DCD’s Springbuck APC

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Kenya has been confirmed as a relatively new operator of DCD Protected Mobility’s Springbuck armoured personnel carrier (APC), with the vehicles being used for...

Quissanga and Quirimba Island retaken by Mozambique armed forces

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After being in the hands of Islamist insurgents for a number of weeks, Government forces in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province have retaken the town...

Morocco acquiring Javelin anti-tank missiles

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Morocco is boosting its anti-tank missile capability with the acquisition of more than 600 Javelins, which are being acquired at a cost of $260...

Pirates move Abdullah into Somali territorial waters to avoid rescue attempt

The Somali pirates who captured the bulk carrier Abdullah (IMO 9745598) 600 miles off the African coast have moved the ship close inshore to...

Cabo Delgado insurgency rebounds, foiling drawdown plans

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Renewed violence unleashed by the Islamic State-Mozambique group (ISM) between 8 February and 3 March forced nearly 100 000 people to flee their homes,...

SADC peace missions in the spotlight

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Come Saturday, the eyes and ears of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be focussed on and tuned in to the Zambian capital,...

Report: Al-Shabaab extends reach with offer to protect Somali pirates

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After a six-year lull in major attacks, Somali pirates in December attacked four vessels as international navies relocated from the Indian Ocean to the...