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SA contingent commander calls on SAMIM FOBs

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As the days move inexorably on to July, when the Southern African Development Community (SADC) says its mission in Mozambique will end, set military...

Rwanda’s troops in Mozambique have done well to protect civilians – the factors at...

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Rwanda’s involvement in peacekeeping operations for the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) has increased since 2004. The relatively small east African nation is...

MONUSCO supremo condemns Oryx attack

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Last Friday’s attack on “an aircraft bearing the United Nations (UN) emblem” – to whit, a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter...
EAC Secretary General Peter Mathuki and Major General Aphaxard Kiugu. Picture: East African Community.

EACRF lessons will form part of future “peace instruments” – Mathuki

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Lessons learnt during the previous deployment of its reaction force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be used by the East African...

ATMIS drawdown on schedule

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The phase two ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) drawdown is complete with a further three thousand soldiers exiting the country, seven forward...

Senior UN peacekeeper in DR Congo

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Top United Nations (UN) peacekeeping official Jean-Pierre Lacroix is presently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a series of meetings related to...

SAMIM drawdown looming

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The involvement of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in ending years of insurrection in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province by way of a...

UN service medals for Rwandan peacekeepers in South Sudan

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The Rwandan contingent (Rwanbatt-1) of UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) was honoured with world body’s service medal 10 months after deployment. Peacekeeping duties...

UN genocide ruling won’t change Israel’s behaviour: three reasons why

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South Africa took Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the latter’s military operation in Gaza, which South Africa calls acts of...

SA, Iran and the wider war in the Middle East

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The Israel-Hamas war in Gaza has sparked a wider Middle East war, which could yet draw in the world’s major powers and threaten a...

UN medals for SA airmen and medics

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Meritorious service by South African peacekeepers in various air and medical musterings was rewarded with the appropriate United Nations (UN) medal at their Goma...

The African Union is working on peace in Sudan: expert explains why it’s in...

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The African Union has recently named a team to work on a peaceful end to Sudan’s civil war. The team will engage Sudan’s feuding...

Top SADC official in DR Congo to oversee mission progress

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Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) overseeing operational progress in the establishment of...

US commits $45 million to West African coastal security

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has, during a visit to Cote d’Ivoire, committed $45 million in new funding to help the country and...

Moscow conference “exposed” South Africa to practical security strategies

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise’s attendance of the recent Moscow Conference on International Security allowed her to “engage her counterparts...

Early days for SADC DR Congo mission – no boots on the ground yet

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) commitment to stop rebel attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still at the reconnaissance...

For MONUSCO it’s civilian protection as usual notwithstanding pending closure

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That the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will wrap up at year-end is a definite but it...

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...

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...

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...

SA speaks at ICJ case

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Israel’s response to the Hamas attack on 7 October 2023 has crossed the line and breaches the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of...

Scramble for the Sahel – why France, Russia, China and the United States are...

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The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of...

Sub-Saharan Africa most conflict-affected region globally – IISS

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Sub-Saharan Africa was the most conflict-affected region globally in 2023, with over half a dozen conflict regions, according to the International Institute for Strategic...

South Africa’s genocide case against Israel: expert sets out what to expect from the...

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will be holding public hearings on 11-12 January at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of...

AI a negative influence on UN peacekeeping

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The senior United Nations (UN) staffer tasked with communications has identified four areas – one of which is peace and security – where “generative...

South Africa to lead new military force in the DRC: an expert on what...

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The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Monusco, is ending after 20 years. It will be replaced by troops...

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...

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...

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...

No SADC update yet on November 2022 body burning in Mozambique

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Last January a gruesome video of bodies being burnt in Mozambique attracted widespread condemnation, but to date no more is known with only the...

EU backed security initiative for four West African countries

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A new security and defence initiative, backed by the Council of the European Union (EU), is in place to tackle what is termed “the...
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...

Spanish university research shows Africa leads in armed conflict

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A comprehensive report on conflict has it there were 33 conflicts globally in 2022, with Africa leading other parts of the world by a...

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...

Poisonous and dangerous chemical stockpiles destroyed – OPCW

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South Africa, in the form of Protechnik senior manager Dr Nomandla Vela, was one of over 200 delegates to the November Organisation for the...

UN assesses SEA risks in DR Congo

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That the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) takes sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) seriously was ably shown when...

MONUSCO mandate wraps up in December next year

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4 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) IV are probably the last SA National Defence Force (SANDF) ground force elements to...

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...

“Climate of division” affecting UN African peacekeeping

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United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in sub-Saharan Africa operate under more challenging political and security conditions due to multiple crises and what Head of...

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),...

East Africa’s troops are leaving the DRC: what went wrong and what comes next

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The East African Community deployed a regional force for the first time into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2022. Just over a...

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...

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...

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...

Global Coalition unyielding against ISIS expansion in Africa – US Envoy

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The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS has agreed to enhance African member states’ counter-ISIS capabilities as it commits to defeat ISIS affiliates in Africa. Global...