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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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

Pretoria walks a tightrope on US relations

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Biden’s administration is resisting hostility towards SA from Congress – but if Trump wins in November, all bets are off. South Africa has been conducting...

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...

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,...

Inter-communal conflict a big killer in South Sudan

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The last quarter of 2023 saw a surge in inter-communal conflict in what the United Nations (UN) Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) terms “pockets”...

Cameroon’s rebels may not achieve their goal of creating the Ambazonian state – but...

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Cameroon’s separatist insurgency is an armed conflict in the country’s North West (NW) and South West (SW) regions that began in 2017. It pits...