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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...

IMB concerned about first ship hijacking off Somalia in six years

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The just released 2023 International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report notes a slight increase in incidents and expresses concern over the first successful hijacking...

After a glimmer of hope, Sudan’s peace effort fades

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With the world’s attention focused on wars in Israel, Gaza and Ukraine, the devastating civil war that erupted in Sudan in April 2023 has...

Ethiopia’s quest for access to the sea: success rests on good relations with its...

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On 1 January, Ethiopia and Somaliland signed a memorandum of understanding granting Addis Ababa direct access to the Gulf of Aden. This strategic agreement...

UN helicopter and personnel in al Shabaab hands

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The United Nations (UN), via spokesman Stephane Dujarric, is “concerned” about personnel aboard a helicopter flying under the world body’s flag after it was...

Africom Commander visits Chad

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US Marine Corps General Michael Langley, Commander, US Africa Command, and Sergeant Major Michael Woods have visited Chad to discuss security collaboration with Chadian...

Indian Navy rescues crew from hijacked ship off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has rescued all 21 crew members from the MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea after it was boarded by...

Agaléga, India’s semi-secret Indian Ocean naval base

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India has been quietly turning an Indian Ocean tropical island into a strategic naval outpost. The Indian Ocean island is one of two Agaléga islands...

Insurgents scatter as Nigeria rules the air

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Northeast Nigeria’s famed Sambisa Forest is known for its low-profile trees and dense thickets, punishing anyone foolish enough to traverse it without a machete....

SADC mission deploys to DR Congo

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has deployed a mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the major aim of restoring peace...

TKMS hands over third Meko frigate to Egyptian Navy

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ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has handed over the frigate Al-Qadeer to the Egyptian Navy during a ceremony in Germany, marking the third of four...

Extremist group increases attacks in western Uganda

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Uganda claimed a significant victory over the Islamic State group (IS) in November when it captured a senior commander known as “Njovu” during a...

ATMIS to continue “degrading” al-Shabaab in 2024

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Last year saw the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) conduct more than 200 operations against al-Shabaab in furtherance of a mission priority...

$1 million-plus worth of ammunition gifted to Somali National Army

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The Somali National Army (SNA) is to receive "military equipment designed to deliver lethal force" from the European Peace Facility (EPF) of the European...

MONUSCO exits oldest UN base in DR Congo

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When the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) closed its Lubero base on 26 December 2023 it brought...

Ransom kidnappings challenge North Cameroon

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In just three years (2015–18), kidnappers in North Cameroon collected ransom money of around €3 million (CFAF 2 billion), according to Garoua police. This...

UN arms embargo on Somalia lifted

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As the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission on Somalia) continues its troop drawdown, the lifting of a 31-year-long United Nations (UN) arms embargo on...
One of thousands of patrols undertaken by MINUSMA during its 10-year existence. This one was by Chadian soldiers. Picture: MINUSMA

MINUSMA exits Mali

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General acknowledgement that the now finished United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Mali was a difficult and life-threatening deployment can be judged from 311...

Ghana Armed Forces adds to its artillery inventory

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The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), in the form of its battle training camp, now has new multiple launch rocket systems and rockets as well...

ATMIS drawdown en route for year-end finish

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The ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) exit from the Horn of Africa country continues with the Qorilow forward operating base (FOB) handed...

New Chinese equipment for Zimbabwe Defence Forces

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What Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa calls “the unparalleled strategic partnership” between his country and the People’s Republic of China saw him accept a consignment...

EU monitoring hijacked vessel off Somalia

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The European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) is closely monitoring the hijacked Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Ruen, which remains off the Somali coast. In a statement,...

Somali pirates are back in action but a full scale return isn’t likely

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An Iranian fishing vessel, Almeraj 1, was reportedly hijacked by Somali pirates in November 2023. According to media reports, the pirates demanded $400 000...

Inconsistencies are costing the AU Mission in Somalia

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In September, a call was made for a technical pause to the African troop drawdown from Somalia, following the initial withdrawal of 2 000...

Indian Navy ship calls at Kenya’s Lamu port

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The Indian Navy Saryu-class patrol ship INS Sumedha (P58) has made a maiden call at Kenya’s port of Lamu. Arriving at the port on 9...

Nigeria’s military mistakes cost the country its civilians

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Last week’s accidental bombing of Tudun Biri in Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army’s drone unit is the country’s most devastating military mishap in...

UN Mali peacekeeping mission closes shop

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The Malian capital, Bamako, yesterday (11 December) hosted a ceremony to mark the conclusion of MINUSMA (United Nations Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali),...

US-brokered 72-hour ceasefire in eastern DRC signals progress as US intelligence monitors armed activity

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The White House on Monday welcomed the initiation of a 72-hour ceasefire in the conflict-ridden eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which entities...

UN political mission in Sudan closes doors

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Time is up for the United Nations (UN) political mission – UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) – in Sudan with its...

Specialist QRF instruction for Mozambican soldiers

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The next round of Mozambican soldiers identified for quick reaction training as part of the offensive against ASWJ (Al Sunnah Wa Jama’ah) is in...

Kenyan contingent withdraws from DR Congo as EAC RF exit underway

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The East African Community (EAC) reaction force (RF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is presently in a transition phase ahead of “planned...
Unit colours lowered as EAC RF withdrawal proceeds. Picture: ATMIS.

Second stage of ATMIS troop withdrawal underway

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The second ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) troop withdrawal in six months is currently underway in the east African country. “Recommencement” of the...

SA Combat Team Bravo integral to SAMIM 70% success rate

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Combat Team Bravo is the second SA National Defence Force (SANDF) front line rotation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique...

Sub-Saharan Africa internal and regional conflicts driven by “meddling”

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Sub-Saharan Africa, according to an international think-tank report, “grapples” with widespread internal and regional conflicts in the continent's Sahel and Great Lakes regions, Sudan...

Terror in Uganda: what’s driving the Islamic State-linked rebels

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The Islamic State Central Africa Province recently attacked and killed two foreign tourists and a citizen in a Ugandan nature park. Located in the...

Somali President Mohamud aims to eradicate Al-Shabaab within a year

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Somalia has one year to eradicate al-Shabaab from the country and end 17 years of war, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced in late November. The...

Algerian Army Chief of Staff visits China with a view to acquire military hardware

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Defence ties between Algiers and Beijing are as old as the Algerian state itself, with China being a major supporter of the National Liberation...

Ghana UN Peacekeeping Ministerial ends with increased commitments

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Ninety-one countries and three international organisations committed to continue peacekeeping under the United Nations (UN) umbrella at this week’s Peacekeeping Ministerial in Ghana. Additionally, the...

Nigerian Air Force Falcon 900 up for sale

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The Nigerian government has put up for sale a VIP Dassault Falcon 900B jet, owned by the Nigerian Air Force, in order to save...

Fourth Meko frigate launched by Egypt’s Alexandria Shipyard

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Alexandria Shipyard has launched the Egyptian Navy’s first locally built Meko A200 frigate – the fourth overall for the North African nation. The Al-Jabbar (910)...

Ghanaian foreign minister maintains UN peacekeeping “indispensable”

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Delegates to the currently underway United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial in Ghana heard a senior host country representative say the world body’s efforts in...

Suspected pirates apprehended off Somalia

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Suspected pirates aboard a hijacked Iranian fishing boat have surrendered to Somali police after being monitored by European Union Operation Atalanta assets. On 22 November,...

United States and Angola forge closer ties, with a focus on defence cooperation

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In a historic meeting at the White House on 30 November, President Joseph Biden welcomed Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, marking the culmination...

India and Tanzania strengthen strategic defence partnership

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Both bordering the Indian Ocean, Tanzania and India are strengthening their ties, especially in light of India’s African foreign policy initiative. On 8 October,...

MONUSCO withdrawal starts January in South Kivu

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1 January is commencement day of withdrawal for the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where South Africa...

Leaders set to tackle growing conflict challenges at UN Peacekeeping Ministerial

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December sees the world’s peacekeeping community gather in Africa for the first time to be part of the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial in...

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