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Terrorism rebounds in Nigeria

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Nigeria recorded its first increase in terrorism in three years in 2023, with total deaths rising by 34% to 524, marking Nigeria’s highest death...

Somalia army vs al-Shabaab: as African Union troops leave, which is the stronger military...

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The African Union (AU) has gradually reduced its troop numbers in Somalia since late 2017, from a peak of over 22 000 to about...

ATMIS drawdown number three goes as planned

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In line with the first two “seamless” troop drawdowns by ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia), drawdown number three is currently underway. It started...

SANDF expeditionary logistics and lessons from Russia

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Whilst at first glance the logistics on display in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war compared to the expeditionary logistics required in typical Southern Africa operations...

Nairobi hosts workshop on AI in the military

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Kenya’s Ministry of Defence this week co-hosted an inaugural workshop on the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the military. Co-hosts of the two-day...

Dialogue and negotiation: alternative solutions to Boko Haram conflict?

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Military operations are needed, but haven’t stopped Boko Haram attacks. Complementary non-kinetic efforts must be considered. Fifteen years since it started, the Boko Haram conflict...

UN funds for AU peace operations: Somalia as a test case

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Last December, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously agreed to consider case-by-case requests from the African Union (AU) for UN funding for peacekeeping...

ICC seeking information on Sudan “atrocities”

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Ongoing hostilities, fighting and deaths in Sudan’s Darfur region have reached a point where the international Criminal Court (ICC) this week launched a campaign...

US starts to exit Niger

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The departure, last Friday (7 June), of a United States Air Force (USAF) C-17 Globemaster III from Niamey marked the start of US assets...

As SADC Mission in Mozambique winds down, terrorism resurges

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As the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique winds down its activities in the Cabo Delgado region, terrorists have begun to surge again...

African Standby Force turns 20: has it helped keep the peace? The pros and...

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It’s been 20 years since the African Standby Force was established by the African Union (AU). The standby force is mandated to implement the...

7 Med Brigade ops medic named as latest SANDF fatality in the DRC

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The Department of Defence (DoD) by way of its head of communication yesterday (Thursday, 6 June) told South Africa the country lost a specialist...

MONUSCO mounts successful op against Codeco militia checkpoints

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Intelligence, boosted by surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), saw MONUSCO peacekeepers identify and destroy at least eight Codeco militia checkpoints in the...

M23 rebels claim to have damaged another SANDF vehicle in the DRC

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Shortly after killing one South African soldier and injuring over a dozen on Thursday, M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) claim...

EU Vice President stresses African solutions at Schuman Forum

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“African solutions to African problems” was one point made by European Union (EU) Vice President Josep Borrell in a wide-ranging address to this week’s...

SANDF casualties in latest battle against M23 rebels in the DRC

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers serving with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) have...

SAMIM withdrawal from Cabo Delgado: uncomfortable truths

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Why is the region turning away from an international terrorist organisation on its doorstep that is growing in influence? On 16 May, Islamic State (IS)...

22nd International Day of UN Peacekeepers marked

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Wednesday 29 May marked the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, celebrating the 76 000 peacekeepers working towards bringing peace to conflict areas, and commemorating...

Guterres urges Africa to “unleash its peace power”

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres maintains peace is the key to unlocking Africa’s future as well as strengthening the continent’s voice when it...

Fallen SA airman to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

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A South African airman is among the more than 60 peacekeepers to be posthumously honoured with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at United Nations (UN)...

Sudan’s descent into chaos sets stage for al-Qaida to make a return to historic...

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“Sudan’s moment has come; chaos is our chance to sow the seeds of jihad,” warned Abu Hudhaifa al-Sudani, a high-ranking al-Qaida leader, in an...

Understanding the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s push for MONUSCO’s departure

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Many Congolese dread the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers, believing government forces are unable to provide security in the eastern DRC. Within weeks of the handover...

AU PSC marks 20 years

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May, specifically the 25th, is auspicious for the African Union (AU) as it is marking the establishment 20 years ago of its Peace and...

China and South Africa agree to strengthen military ties amid fresh visits

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South Africa and China enjoy close military ties, and will continue to strengthen bilateral defence relations, with South Africa’s naval chief currently visiting Beijing,...

SAMIDRC Force Commander calls on deployed troops

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The South African two-star general commanding the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) uses operational visits to...

New name and expanded mandate for EU Mozambique training mission

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With just over four months ahead of mandate expiry of its training mission in Mozambique, the European Union (EU) will evolve it to a...

Bold African Union role needed to stabilise east DRC

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The African Union lacks a coherent strategy that can reduce tensions between countries and improve security coordination. Security in the eastern Democratic Republic of the...

Zimbabwe promotes women for peace

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Earlier this month (May) Zimbabwe committed to a national action plan (NAP) as regards the involvement of women in a range of peace-related work...

African defence and security gatherings focus on partnerships

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Separate defence oriented events on the eastern and western sides of Africa this month have a common denominator – partnerships. ASEC (Africa Security Symposium) is...

Equipment worth $7 million plus donated to DR Congo

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The departure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) engineer contingent from the UN’s MONUSCO mission has benefitted President Felix Tshisekedi’s Democratic Republic of Congo...

Two more troop contributing countries exit Mozambique

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Angola and Namibia are the latest troop contributing countries (TCCs) to exit the South African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) as the...

SAMIDRC to launch ops in the wake of IDP camp attack

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Last week’s attack on an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will not go unanswered by the...

Military Academy launches centre for artificial intelligence excellence

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The South African Military Academy overlooking Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape has formally launched the Defence Artificial Intelligence Research Unit (DAIRU) as a...

South African helicopter pilot killed in Cabo Delgado aircraft crash – report

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A South African pilot, reportedly with flying hours logged for Dyck Advisory Group (DAG), was killed along with a police officer when a Bat...

EU and US military support for Côte d’Ivoire

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In the same week two top United States (US) military men were in Côte d’Ivoire to reinforce their partnership with the central African country,...

Feature: SADC’s withdrawal from Mozambique – has SAMIM fulfilled its mandate?

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Having been deployed to Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province for just under three years, 5 April 2024 marked the beginning of the Southern African Development...

MONUSCO ends South Kivu operations

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United Nations peacekeepers have ceased operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) restive South Kivu province after more than 20 years. “MONUSCO,” a mission...

Senior UN peacekeeping official meets SADC Executive Secretary

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While in Africa, United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix met Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi with...

No longer needed EU equipment gifted to Mozambican military

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Part of the work-up to the mid-July conclusion of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has seen Mozambique’s armed forces...

Pakistan exiting MONUSCO as fighting continues in the DRC

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Twenty years on, with over a hundred thousand Pakistan military personnel having served with the United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of...

African Land Forces Summit underway in Zambia

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The Zambian and US Armies are holding the twelfth edition of the African Land Forces Summit in Livingstone under the theme Regional Solutions to...

India and Mozambique hold first defence industrial engagement

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Mozambique’s defence minister Cristovao Chume was the main guest at the inaugural India-Mozambique Defence Industrial Interaction, held in Maputo this week. The High Commission of...

Burundi-Rwanda rivalry: RED-Tabara rebel attacks add to regional tensions

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The RED-Tabara armed group, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has renewed attacks in Burundi since late 2023. The group – which...

Ramaphosa extends SANDF deployment to Mozambique even as withdrawal begins

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has added seven months to the deployment of the SANDF to the Southern African Development...

African conflicts under the AU/UN microscope

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Eight countries and two African regions were under scrutiny when the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Joint Task Force (JTF) on peace and security...

MONUSCO exits second eastern DRC base

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Twenty years after first being a mobile operating base (MOB) and subsequently a permanent MONUSCO operating base, Bunyakiri in South Kivu has been handed...

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)...

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...