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US urges UN to respond to peacekeeper abuse in the DRC

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In a pivotal session at the United Nations on 21 November, a US Mission to the United Nations official addressed recent allegations of sexual...

Leaders set to tackle growing conflict challenges at UN Peacekeeping Ministerial

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December sees the world’s peacekeeping community gather in Africa for the first time to be part of the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial in...

US intelligence chief Avril Haines visits DRC and Rwanda amid rising tensions

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The White House has confirmed that US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines embarked on a diplomatic mission to Rwanda and the Democratic...

Southern African troops versus M23 rebels in the DRC: four risks this poses

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The security situation in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to deteriorate. The region comprises North Kivu, South Kivu...

Nepali EOD company saved countless lives in Mali

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The lifesaving contributions of a Nepali explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) company to operations in landlocked Mali where a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission is...

UPDF delegation on benchmarking visit to Algerian Military Museum

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Those tasked with making a national military museum a reality in Uganda appear to be committed with last year’s visit to South Africa followed...

First Kenya defence university graduation

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The first graduation ceremony at the National Defence University Kenya (NDU-K) was a singular event with 167 graduates honoured with Masters’ degrees and post-graduate...

Call to close UN Sudan mission is third in Africa this year

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Sudan is the third African country to call for closure of a United Nations (UN) mission following the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and...

Big Chinese equipment boost for SAMIM

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Now into its third year, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) finds its equipment stores significantly bolstered by a $100...

Al-Shabaab hopes to recruit by celebrating Hamas attacks

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It only took a matter of days for the Somali terror group al-Shabaab to congratulate Hamas for its deadly October 7 attack on Israel. Al-Shabaab,...

Climate risk in a world at war

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Since the Hamas attack on Israel on 7 October, the world has seen the unfolding of possibly the worst humanitarian crisis in the Gaza...

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...

Powamaxx: Combatting SANDF food wastage with lasting impact

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Straight up, we understand the challenges of operating within tight budgets while maintaining top-notch efficiency for every organisation. But here's the deal: the Powamaxx...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

UN withdrawal in DRC fraught with risk

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At the request of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping mission has begun. But experts say the...

Africa isn’t ready for a withdrawal of peacekeepers

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Peacekeeping operations have played a crucial role in stabilising fragile situations across Africa for over 60 years. More than 13 United Nations (UN)-led missions...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Joint AU/Somali patrols against al-Shabaab upped, drawdown notwithstanding

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Troop drawdowns in the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have not put an end to its mandate of halting Al-Shabaab terror group...

Pentagon Chief focusing on regional security on visits to Djibouti, Kenya, and Angola

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United States Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin III, has started his official travel to Dibouti, Kenya, and Angola on the heels of the...

Bangladesh singled out for MINUSMA commitment

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Bangladesh’s commitment to peace in Mali started with air and airfield support and grew to signals and an infantry quick reaction capability over a...

Kenya, US enter defence co-operation agreement

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East African country Kenya and the United States (US) at the weekend committed to a wide-ranging five-year defence co-operation agreement. The agreement will see formal...

Ramaphosa uses UNGA platform to call for dialogue between warring parties

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa used part of his speaking turn at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) “urging” the international community to do...

Joint Brazilian/Kenyan jungle warfare training in DR Congo

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Specialist Brazilian jungle warfare operators deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) better prepared Kenyan soldiers for what they can encounter with an intensive,...

UN medals for Rwandan peacekeepers

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The service given by Rwandan soldiers, including medics, to the cause of peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been rewarded with United...

AU peacekeepers are leaving Somalia: what needs to happen to keep the peace

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The phased withdrawal of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis) began earlier this year and is scheduled to end in December 2024. The...

Malawian FIB commander bids brigade farewell

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The outgoing commander of the lone United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission with an offensively mandated component, Malawian general Enoch Ntonya, leaves his post with...

Second ATMIS troop drawdown underway

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The second ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) troop withdrawal started at the weekend when the Bio Cadale forward operating base (FOB) in...

Joint Kenya/SA patrol in eastern DRC proof of continental peace commitment

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What the Kenyan Ministry of Defence termed “a significant development” saw soldiers from the East African country part of a joint patrol with colleagues...

MINUSMA drawdown on track

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The closure of the last of MINUSMA’s four outposts in Mali – Ménaka – marks yet another successful part of the mission’s drawdown and...

“Concrete action” needed to silence the guns in Africa

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The need for “concrete action” to end conflict in Africa was raised during an African Union (AU) workshop on “Silencing the Guns” with one...

Challenges increasing for UN peacekeeping – Lacroix

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Growing national divisions, combined with increasingly complex conflicts, are a formidable challenge to peacekeeping and the maintenance of security, according to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United...

Turkey and Mozambique forge closer defence ties

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The head of Turkey’s Defence Industry Agency has signed a cooperation agreement with Mozambique to promote Turkey’s defence industry in Africa. Haluk Gorgun, President of...

Senior Ethiopian defence force commander in South Africa

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South Africa, in the form of its national defence force chief General Rudzani Maphwanya, is hosting his Ethiopian counterpart, Field Marshal Birhanu Jula Gelalcha,...

Niger coup: Ecowas must do these 3 things to break the stalemate

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It’s been a month since military guards under the command of General Abdourahamane Tchiani ended 12 years of democratic governance in Niger. The situation...