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Mozambique defence minister thanks SAMIM for Cabo Delgado contribution

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The end of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has been officially noted by that country’s defence minister. The regional bloc...

US military completes exit from Air Base 101 in Niger

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The US Department of Defence and the Nigerien Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Niger have announced that the withdrawal of US...

Sahel becoming less safe and coastal states under threat – Africom

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The Sahel has become less safe due to the expanded number of terror groups in the region, with instability on the cusp of affecting...

Eastern DR Congo “a rapidly escalating crisis” – MONUSCO Head

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The senior United Nations (UN) representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) warned the Security Council (SC) the “rapidly escalating crisis” in the...

EU VP to visit strategically sited Djibouti

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European Union (EU) Vice President Josep Borrell will be in the Horn of Africa country, Djibouti, from tomorrow (Saturday, 6 July) to Monday with...

SAMIM criticism misses larger point

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Since the announcement of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) drawdown from Cabo Delgado province, there have been various criticisms...

Middle East and North Africa continues to be the world’s least peaceful region

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region remains the least peaceful region of the world – a ranking it has held for nine...

MONUSCO exits South Kivu

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As the year-end closure of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) looms ever larger, last week saw...

ATMIS drawdown sees another base under Somali control

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In line with what the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) heard last month, the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) drawdown and troop...

SA President humbled by soldiers’ ultimate sacrifice for peace in DR Congo

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is “deeply saddened’ by the deaths of two soldiers and injuries to 20 more during a mortar attack on...

Rwanda’s military support to other countries is part of a strategy to boost its...

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Rwanda is one of Africa’s geographically smallest countries. However, its foreign policy, whose hallmark is military diplomacy, has attracted international attention. Military diplomacy refers to...

UN Security Council hears Al-Shabaab resilient and unpredictable in Somalia

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Al-Shabaab in Somalia remains unpredictable and has the ability to conduct devastating attacks, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was informed by ATMIS (African...

Sudan – the world’s “forgotten war” – condemned by AU

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More than a year ago in April hostilities in Sudan were escalated to the level of war with the African Union (AU) this week...

World continues to be less peaceful, with conflict greatest since post-WWII levels

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The average level of global peacefulness had deteriorated once again, with 56 active conflicts raging around the world – the most since the end...

US deeply concerned about growing terrorism in Africa and democratic backsliding

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The United States is gravely concerned about the increase of terrorism in West Africa and the Sahel, as well as democratic backsliding, and urges...

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...

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...

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...