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Exclusive: General Béhanzin on defence and security in West Africa and...

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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...

Ecowas: why withdrawal of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso signals fresh...

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On 27 January 2024, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their plan to withdraw from membership of the Economic Community of West African States...

Mali receives more Bayraktar TB2 UAVs

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The Armed Forces of Mali have received another consignment of Baykar Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey. The Malian Presidency said the aircraft...

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...

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),...

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...

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...

Kidnappings in the Sahel – a favoured weapon of war

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Over 180 kidnappings were recorded in the war-torn countries of Mali and Burkina Faso in the first half of 2023 – an average of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

MINUSMA camp closures

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An integral component of the exit of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission from any country, in this instance MINUSMA and Mali, is camp...

Civilian support for military coups is rising in parts of Africa:...

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On the night of 13 January 1963, Togo’s President Sylvanus Olympio was shot dead by rebels in the first military coup staged in Africa....

MINUSMA equipment being moved ahead of mission shutdown

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With the clock ticking toward the scheduled departure of the United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 31 December this year, troops and police...

Record increase in extremist attacks shows Malian junta’s ineffective strategy

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Mali’s ruling junta has repeatedly pledged to restore peace to the country after using the terror threat as justification for coups in 2020 and...

Mali catastrophe accelerating under junta rule

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The threat of militant Islamist groups is spreading to all parts of Mali as the military junta stakes its claim to stay in power...

UN troops to withdraw from Mali: what will change in terms...

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On 30 June 2023, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to end the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali...

ISS: MINUSMA leaves Mali – will regional leaders step up on...

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On 30 June the United Nations (UN) Security Council voted unanimously to end the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) as of...

UN Mali mission mandate not renewed

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Ten years after its establishment, the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has expired, with the world body’s...

ISS: Prigozhin’s rebellion throws Wagner’s African future into doubt

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The brazen but brief rebellion that Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin launched in Russia at the weekend, and the deal he cut with Russian President...

MINUSMA Peacekeeper Day message

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Today (Monday, 29 May) is International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers with the world body’s mission in Mali (MINUSMA) noting blue helmeted peacekeepers...

Chaos in Mali fuels uncertainty about MINUSMA future

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A recent militant attack in central Mali illustrated the extreme challenges facing the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSMA, and its uncertain future...

Mali takes delivery of new armoured vehicles, including Chinese APCs

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Mali’s armed forces (FAMA) have commissioned into service dozens of military vehicles, including Chinese armoured and all-terrain vehicles, as the country continues to build...

Malian Air Force commissions Bayraktar TB2 UAVs and other aircraft

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Mali’s Air Force continues to expand through new equipment deliveries, with the most recent batch of hardware accepted into service including Bayraktar TB2 unmanned...

ISS: New targets needed to manage West Africa’s military transitions

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Since August 2020, five coups have occurred in three West African countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau have weathered...

Malian military junta scuttles security partnerships while militant violence surges

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The military junta in Mali has alienated regional and international security partners amid escalating violence by militant Islamist groups, leading to a spike in...

Senegalese peacekeepers’ deaths condemned

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The death in Mali of three Senegalese peacekeepers and wounds suffered by another five is condemned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which...

Burkina Faso inches closer to Wagner mercenaries

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As it seeks to expand its presence in the Sahel region, Russia appears to be following the same playbook in Burkina Faso that it...

Wagner Group in Africa: Russia’s presence on the continent increasingly relies...

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Mercenaries have been a fixture in Africa since the second half of the 20th century. They have been used to protect incumbent leaders or...

Feature: All women Egyptian search and detect team making its mark...

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“This is an alert. This is not a test!” Commander Hossam Shafei, Chief of Operations, calls out across the Douentza airfield to Major Doaa...

Mali commissions military aircraft acquired from Russia

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Mali’s military leader has handed over nearly a dozen aircraft to the country’s air force after receiving them from Russia, which continues to forge...

‘Unprecedented’ insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel, UN Security Council...

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Although West Africa and the Sahel continues to face unprecedented security challenges, it is still “a land of immense opportunities”, a senior UN official...

West Africa has experienced a wave of coups – superficial democracy...

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West Africa has seen coups and military takeovers in three countries in 2022. Like those of the past, they came with promises of a...

Four African countries make UN 2022 peace and security overview

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United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in Africa found themselves in harm’s way is how the world body politely describes the often harrowing task faced by...

US donates Vamtac armoured vehicles to Mali

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The United States has donated two Vamtac armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to Mali under the US Antiterrorism Assistance Programme (ATA), which provides US government...

UN medals for Cambodian Sappers in Mali

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A year of service in, among others, ensuring transport links remain operational saw a 150-strong Cambodian company of military engineers honoured with the United...

Jihadism and military takeovers in West Africa: Burkina Faso coup highlights...

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The West African sub-region at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert has recently attracted significant attention. The main reasons have been an increase...

ISS: What do protests say about UN peacekeeping in Africa?

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In the past few months, two United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in Africa have encountered violent protests from the local populations they’re meant to...

Malian Su-25 destroyed in crash

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A Su-25 combat aircraft operated by Mali’s air force has crashed, killing the Russian pilot. Mali’s Armed Forces said the aircraft (TZ-20C) crashed near Gao...

Mali, Burkina Faso face increased terrorist attacks after coups

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Restoring security was the main justification used by coup leaders in Burkina Faso and Mali when they seized power. New data shows they are...

Mali’s militant Islamist insurgency at Bamako’s doorstep

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Militant Islamist group violence is accelerating in Mali, advancing a complex insurgency in north, central, and increasingly southern Mali that further threatens the country’s...

Burkinabe is top UN woman cop

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Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Alizeta Kabore Kinda of Burkina Faso is the 2022 United Nations (UN) Woman Police Officer of the Year. The honour will...

Mali commissions new aircraft

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Mali’s armed forces have commissioned a range of new aircraft into service, including L-39, Mi-8, Su-25 and C295 aircraft. Air Force Chief of Staff General...

Islamic State attacks show ambition to control Mali-Niger border

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Islamic State attacks in the Sahel have shifted in recent months toward towns along the Mali-Niger border. Civilians continue to pay with their lives. “Armed men...

Wagner tactics push civilians toward extremists

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In the months since the junta ruling Mali invited Russia’s Wagner Group into the country, more than 450 people have died in military actions...

SlingShot satellite communications for UK’s peacekeeping mission in Mali

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The United Kingdom’s Operation Newcombe peacekeeping contingent in Mali has been making use of SlingShot satellite communications systems to stay connected. Supplied by the UK’s...