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Africa is the new global terrorism epicentre

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The epicentre of terrorism has shifted out of the Middle East and into the Central Sahel, which now accounts for over half of all...

Global terrorism deaths on the increase

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Global deaths from terrorism have risen to their highest level since 2017, with 8 352 deaths recorded in 2023, a new report has found. The...

Lake Chad Basin states can sever terrorism’s lifeline – its financing

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Nigeria recently sanctioned several individuals and entities for allegedly financing terrorism. The list includes six Nigerians sentenced to 10 years to life in prison...

GILAB is ‘still too authoritarian’ says OUTA

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The National Assembly’s adoption of the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB) on 24 March underlines the need for an active civil society to...

Deaths linked to militant Islamist violence in Africa continue to spiral

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Fatalities linked to militant Islamist violence jumped by 20 percent in the past year, claiming more than 23,000 lives—a new record. Over 80 percent...

Russia’s Africa Corps – more than old wine in a new bottle

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The Russian military company Wagner appears to have been renamed the Africa Corps by Moscow, and brought under the control of Russia’s Defence Ministry....

From global jihad to local insurgencies: the changing nature of Sub-Saharan jihadism

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For more than a decade the Islamist insurgency in Sub-Saharan Africa has seemed unstoppable. 2022 saw another uptick in jihadist violence across the continent. Fatalities...

OUTA calls for a redraft of the intelligence laws amendment bill

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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is deeply concerned about the implications of the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB), believing it risks compromising...

Wagner Group is now Africa Corps – what this means for Russia’s operations on...

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In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had...

South Africa’s proposed new spying law is open for comment – an expert points...

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In early 2021, the South African Constitutional Court found that the country’s State Security Agency, through its signals intelligence agency, the National Communication Centre,...

Integrated East Africa needed to meet regional threats

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The senior civilian in the Kenyan defence sector called for “a peaceful, secure and integrated” East Africa to meet threats facing the region. Speaking at...

South Africa’s new intelligence bill is meant to stem abuses – what’s good and...

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When South Africa became a constitutional democracy in 1994, it replaced its apartheid-era intelligence apparatus with a new one aimed at serving the country’s...

CAR and Uganda enter military co-operation agreement

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Uganda this week entered a military co-operation agreement with a country it shares no border with - the Central African Republic (CAR). Ugandan Minister of...

Is SAPS Crime Intelligence turning the corner?

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Media headlines and social media have in recent months and days been trumpeting major Police, Crime Intelligence (CI) and Asset Forfeiture Unit successes across...
Interpol investigators at a HAECHI site with an arrested suspect. Picture: Interpol

Six-month Interpol operation yields $300 million

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South Africa was one of 34 countries involved in a six-month long Interpol financial crime operation that saw over three thousand arrests and confiscation...

UN arms embargo on Somalia lifted

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As the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission on Somalia) continues its troop drawdown, the lifting of a 31-year-long United Nations (UN) arms embargo on...

Spy Bill “missing the bus” on preventing political abuse – ISS

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Despite recently narrowing its scope and abandoning vetting of non-governmental organisations, South Africa’s controversial “Spy Bill” still does not address the core challenge of...

Côte d’Ivoire must cut ties between terrorists and illicit markets

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Following a surge in terror attacks in 2020 and 2021, north-eastern Côte d’Ivoire has since seen a period of relative calm. Violent extremists haven’t...

Terrorists target the Sahel’s gold mines as a source of financing

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Artisanal gold mines in the Sahel have become the targets of terrorist groups operating in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. The groups smuggle gold...

Some African governments are spending millions to spy on their citizens

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Governments around the world use surveillance technology to monitor external threats to national security. Some African governments are also spending vast sums on mass...

SA’s new ‘spy bill’ lacks sufficient checks and balances, civilian oversight – ISS

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South Africa’s proposed new ‘spy bill’ lacks the civilian oversight mechanisms to avoid abuse of its intelligence services, whilst vastly increasing the scope of...

Southern Africa’s security hinges on actioning its organised crime strategy

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Organised crime in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) seems to be worsening. Porous borders, weak governance and development deficits make the region vulnerable...

Corruption costs Africa $140 billion a year

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Interpol’s just ended Africa conference in Luanda closed with delegates agreeing to increase information sharing in multiple crime areas from counter-terrorism to wildlife trafficking. More...

SARS leads efforts to ‘break the back’ of coal syndicates

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An inter-governmental search and seizure operation across five provinces was carried out on Thursday 12 October to ‘break the back of a sophisticated criminal...

Ramaphosa claims progress being made in combatting economic sabotage

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Thousands of arrests related to the damage of essential and critical infrastructure have been made since June last year, with a further 70 people...

Nations expand their nuclear arsenals as global insecurity deteriorates – SIPRI

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The number of operational nuclear weapons around the world is increasing as countries expand and modernise their militaries amidst a deteriorating global security situation,...

Global coalition to defeat ISIS to focus on African states

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The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS has established a focus group to help African states build up their counterterrorism capabilities, particularly for regions where...

Crime index shows deterioration in South Africa, which is now third worst-affected African nation

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South Africa’s criminality score has worsened in the last two years, according to the 2023 Global Organised Crime Index (GOCI), which shows that South...

ECOWAS, UN join forces in counter-terrorism effort

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Terrorism and violent extremism in West Africa are specific targets of a just-confirmed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between regional bloc ECOWAS and the United...

SA taken to task for not committing to SADC emergency ops centre

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South Africa has been taken to task for being tardy in committing the country to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Humanitarian and Emergency...

Southern African emergency ops centre a step closer

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Establishment of a humanitarian and emergency operations centre for the southern African region is a step closer with a tenth country committing to its...

ECOWAS gearing up to fight cybercrime

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Preventing and fighting cybercrime in West Africa moved up a gear this week with the launch of a joint platform by regional bloc ECOWAS...

SA, Uganda talk regional safety, security at intelligence level

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Senior South African Defence Intelligence officers were given an insight into east African intelligence actions and operations that stressed the importance of regional co-operation. Attending...

Call to streamline and speed up SANDF deployments supporting police

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An overview of the 2021 unrest by a presidentially appointed expert panel presented Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police with 34 recommendations for action to...

Burkina Faso Crisis Continues to Spiral

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Following two military coups d’état in 2022, militant Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have moved to encircle Ouagadougou leaving a trail of unprecedented violence...

The Sahel is the world’s terrorism epicentre

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The Sahel has emerged as the epicentre of global terrorism, with the region accounting for more than 40% of global terrorism-related deaths in 2022,...

Global Terrorism Index finds attacks down, but becoming more lethal

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The Institute for Economics & Peace's (IEP) latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) has found that last year, terrorism resulted in 6 701 deaths -...

ISS: Benin must target the illicit activities that enable violent extremism

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Terror attacks in northern Benin have been on the rise since 2019. These incidents, attributed to the Group for the Support of Islam and...

Niger’s coup weakens regional fight against Boko Haram: four reasons why

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Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum was detained and deposed on 26 July by his military guard under the command of General Abdourahamane Tchiani. The unconstitutional change...

Joint British/Kenya training exercise

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British soldiers and their Kenyan counterparts exercise together with both militaries benefitting. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and BATUK (British Army Training Unit- Kenya) recently wrapped...

Winning talk doesn’t mean Mozambique’s insurgency is over

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The presidents of Mozambique and Rwanda have been making victory speeches about the Cabo Delgado insurgency being almost over. They are creating the impression...

Mozambican terror group is strikingly similar to Nigeria’s deadly Boko Haram

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Terrorism is a global problem affecting many countries. Until 2017, however, southern Africa was largely spared from this phenomenon. The bloody conflict sparked by...

Africa Land Forces Summit (ALFS) seeks solutions to African terrorism problems

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To address drivers of instability in Africa, prevailing regional threats, and solutions to Silafi-jihadists on the continent of Africa, Africa’s defence force chiefs met...

New KDF Chief

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New Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Chief General Francis Ogolla took command of the East African country’s military might at the weekend, bringing to an...

AFB Waterkloof Il-76 arrival criticised

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Last week’s arrival of a Russian Il-76 transport at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof is, according to two opposition political parties, not good for...

Retiring Kenya Defence Forces Chief pays tribute to soldiers

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Outgoing Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Chief General Robert Kibochi expressed appreciation and thanks to Kenya Army personnel deployed in national and regional theatres during...

Assault course to boost Kenya marines training

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Kenya’s marine commandos have a new training aid in the form of a 500m long assault course, thanks to the United Kingdom government’s financial...

Terror groups prey on vulnerable, cost continent billions

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Moustapha was running out of hope. The Nigerien man had a family to feed but little means to do so. Like scores of people around...

Kenya, Uganda strengthen defence ties

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Senior officers from the Kenyan and Ugandan defence forces met in Nairobi this week to further cement “engagement and collaboration as partners seeking sustainable...

South Africa’s intelligence agency needs speedy reform – or it must be shut down

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South Africa’s civilian intelligence service, the State Security Agency, is a broken institution. It is meant to provide intelligence to forewarn the country about...