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Second Piriou offshore patrol vessel delivered to Senegal

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French shipyard Piriou has delivered the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Niani to Senegal’s military, the second of three for the West African nation. The shipyard...

Violence on the up in Darfur

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Escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur has sparked fears of a repeat of atrocities committed two decades ago in the region the United Nations (UN)...

Top UN official commends ATMIS and Somali government peace efforts

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The senior United Nations (UN) representative in Africa commended ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) and the Somali government for collaboration and joint...

Indonesian sergeant is youngest ever UN woman police officer of the year

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The specific skillset an Indonesian police officer brought to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) earned first sergeant...

Enstrom Helicopter hosts training for Zambian mechanics

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Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has hosted mechanics from Zambia for a week of training on how to maintain the Enstrom 480B helicopters they will soon...

IED training for Somali police

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With withdrawal work well underway in Somalia, other work continues to ensure that civilian safety and security is maintained. This saw an intensive, five-day training...

Côte d’Ivoire must cut ties between terrorists and illicit markets

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Following a surge in terror attacks in 2020 and 2021, north-eastern Côte d’Ivoire has since seen a period of relative calm. Violent extremists haven’t...

Terrorists target the Sahel’s gold mines as a source of financing

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Artisanal gold mines in the Sahel have become the targets of terrorist groups operating in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. The groups smuggle gold...

Kidnappings in the Sahel – a favoured weapon of war

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Over 180 kidnappings were recorded in the war-torn countries of Mali and Burkina Faso in the first half of 2023 – an average of...

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have a new defence alliance

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On 16 September 2023 in Bamako, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger established the Alliance of Sahel States, a mutual defence pact. The agreement was...

Ghana’s sophisticated artisanal firearms trade needs regulating

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All it takes to manufacture a craft firearm in Ghana is US$9. Gunsmiths produce about 200 000 of these illegal weapons a year, selling...

First Nigerian T-129 helicopters delivered

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of the first two of six T-129 ATAK helicopters from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with the...

Nigerian Navy to harness artificial intelligence to strengthen operations

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The Nigerian Navy aims to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to strengthen its operational capacity and keep pace with evolving technological advancements in the maritime...

South African SEA suspects repatriated from DR Congo

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South African soldiers apparently involved in sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) while on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping duty in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

Experts warn of security vacuum in wake of exiting peacekeepers

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Peacekeepers are on the move across Africa. But rather than rushing in to quell violence, they are withdrawing from some of the continent’s worst...

European Union hands over 105 military vehicles to Ghana

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To fight extremism and bolster Ghana’s peacekeeping efforts, the European Union (EU) has handed over 105 military vehicles to the West African nation. The...

Peacekeeping at a critical crossroads Kigali conference hears

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Delegates to the October United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial preparatory conference heard peacekeeping “is at a critical crossroads” as peacekeepers face ever greater challenges. This...

Morocco fishing for Piranha?

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A high-ranking Swiss delegation visited Morocco earlier this month. Its members, led by Guy Parmelin, the equivalent of the Swiss Minister of the Economy,...

Banditry on the border needs joint Nigeria-Niger efforts

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Bandits have terrorised north-west Nigerians for about a decade, and attacks are rising. Rape and other sexual violence, abductions and killings are just some...

Dearsan launches first offshore patrol vessel for Nigeria

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Dearsan Shipyard has launched the first of two 76-metre-long offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Nigerian Navy during a ceremony in Turkey. The launching ceremony,...

MONUSCO withdrawal planning underway

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) stands ready to decide by year-end on the future of its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of...

Second Africa Air Force Forum kicks off in Senegal

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The second Africa Air Force Forum, hosted by the Senegalese Air Force, kicked off on Wednesday 25 October in Dakar, Senegal, bringing together Air...

Gearing up for seminal UN Peacekeeping Ministerial conference

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Rwanda this week hosted a preparatory conference for this year’s United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial. The UN Ministerial event is set for Accra in Ghana...
MINUSMA's Tessalit base. Picture: UN

Security issues troubling MINUSMA withdrawal

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United Nations (UN) peacekeeping personnel in Mali are, security issues notwithstanding, proceeding with drawdown of the MINUSMA mission in the landlocked West African country. The...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

Indian Navy patrol ship INS Sumedha visits Nigeria

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The Indian Navy offshore patrol ship, INS Sumedha is the latest Indian naval ship to pay an official visit to Nigeria. The visit starting on...

MONUSCO to close one of original DR Congo bases

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Lubero, the first MONUSCO base in North Kivu and operational since 2002, will be among the first to close in line with the United...

Decisive action lacking at UN-AU security consultations

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Africa’s stability is inextricably linked to international peace and security. For that reason, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United...

EU donates military equipment to Somalia

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Non-lethal military hardware funded by the European Peace Facility has been handed over to the Somali National Army (SNA), with trucks and trailers supporting...

Kenyan President launches 1 800 ton locally built freighter

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Kenyan President William Ruto, also Commander-in-Chief of the country’s defence force, has officiated the commissioning and maiden launch of MV Uhuru II, a 1...

Corruption costs Africa $140 billion a year

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Interpol’s just ended Africa conference in Luanda closed with delegates agreeing to increase information sharing in multiple crime areas from counter-terrorism to wildlife trafficking. More...

ECOWAS plans to up maritime security

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ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Chiefs of Naval Staff met in Togo this week to strengthen maritime operations and combat illicit maritime...

Heightened tension not stopping MINUSMA withdrawal process

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Another step on the withdrawal road saw MINUSMA troops exit outposts in Mali’s Kidal that were supporting the reconstituted Malian Armed Forces (Forces Armées...

Senegal gearing up for second Africa Air Force Forum

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The Senegalese Air Force is getting ready to host the second Africa Air Force Forum later this month, gathering Air Force Chiefs of Staff,...

Ghana urges US not to waver in war against terrorism in West Africa

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“One of the greatest threats to our democracy has to be the proliferation and sophistication of terrorist networks in Africa,” President of Ghana, Nana...

Ex Nguizani ups SADC logistics capacity

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A just completed logistic exercise has, according to a Southern African Development Community (SADC) statement, “strengthened the operational capacity” of the regional bloc’s standby...

Nigerian Air Force takes delivery of final DA 62 special mission aircraft

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of all four DA 62 MPP special mission aircraft from Austria’s Diamond Aircraft. The first aircraft was...

French Navy warship Mistral in Nigeria for maritime exercises

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The French Navy’s amphibious assault ship Mistral is in Nigeria for the combined exercises Crocodile Lift and Grand African Nemo, which started on Monday. The...

EU Naval Force completes Ex Aldabra II in Seychelles

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Operation Atalanta, the European Union (EU)-led naval deployment in September completed Aldabra II, an advanced training exercise promoting co-operation between the EU force and...

Gulf of Guinea countries join forces to secure maritime domain

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Shipowners operating in the Gulf of Guinea received a piracy alert in late June after a Swiss bulk carrier vessel was boarded and some...

Africa can end its rash of military coups

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Military coups were common in Africa during the Cold War, and now seem to be returning. Between January 2020 and August 2023, there were...

Successful QRF exercise in Moz

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A recent joint training exercise in Mozambique focused on evaluating quick reaction force (QRF) capabilities in the FADM (Forças Armadas de Defesa de Mocambique). Exercise...

Here’s why Somali piracy, once an unsolvable security threat, has almost completely stopped

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In 2011, pirates carried out 212 attacks in a vast area spanning Somali waters, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of...

France’s decision to leave Niger was a bad move: three reasons why

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After about two months of wrangling between France and the new military regime in Niger, President Emmanuel Macron finally decided, on 24 September, to...

The Gambia redoubles efforts to scupper maritime drug trafficking

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The Gambia is a key transit point for South American cocaine being smuggled to Europe. In February, over 800 kg of cocaine that had...

Kenya to lead Haiti security support mission

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In a notable first for Africa, Kenya will lead a multinational security support (MSS) mission to Caribbean country Haiti assisting police in quelling gang...

ISS: Time to resolve Cameroon’s persistent yet forgotten crisis

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Cameroon’s Anglophone conflict undermines national unity and is arguably the most damaging of the country's multiple crises. It sparked demands for secession and led...

Senegalese peacekeepers exit Mali

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The withdrawal of 116 Senegalese peacekeepers from the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Mali –MINUSMA – brings to three thousand the number of...

Nigerian Army acquires Tares armoured vehicles

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The Nigerian Army is now operating Tares armoured vehicles after having just taken delivery of the new type from Saudi Arabia’s ERAF Industrial Company. In...

SADC readying for DR Congo mission deployment

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly its volatile east, was under the spotlight during a high-level Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional security summit. The...

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