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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...

‘They are attacking my base’

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“We need reinforcement, urgently. They’re coming to our base. We can hear the gunshots. They are here at the base.” These were the panicked words...

SANDF soldiers survive ambush in Mozambique

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers still serving with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) were ambushed by insurgents...

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...

South African helicopter pilot killed in Cabo Delgado aircraft crash –...

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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...

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...

No longer needed EU equipment gifted to Mozambican military

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Part of the work-up to the mid-July conclusion of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has seen Mozambique’s armed forces...

India and Mozambique hold first defence industrial engagement

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Mozambique’s defence minister Cristovao Chume was the main guest at the inaugural India-Mozambique Defence Industrial Interaction, held in Maputo this week. The High Commission of...

Ramaphosa extends SANDF deployment to Mozambique even as withdrawal begins

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has added seven months to the deployment of the SANDF to the Southern African Development...

African conflicts under the AU/UN microscope

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Eight countries and two African regions were under scrutiny when the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Joint Task Force (JTF) on peace and security...

Op Vikela is over, SA troops flown back from Mozambique

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South Africa’s contribution to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) is over as per a Presidential authorisation stating it ends...

Botswana exits SAMIM as Rwanda grows troop numbers

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The withdrawal of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) contingent to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) last week is the...

Jihadism in Mozambique: southern African forces are leaving with mixed results

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) military mission in Mozambique (Samim), which was deployed on 15 July 2021 to fight the Islamic insurgents terrorising...

Chinese naval task force visiting Mozambique

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Fresh after a stop in Tanzania, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN's) 45th naval escort task force is now visiting Mozambique. On the morning...

SADC updated on its DR Congo and Mozambique missions

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With one regional bloc peace mission winding up ahead of a July closure and another in the operationalisation process, a weekend Southern African Development...

Displacement in Cabo Delgado soars as terrorists strike back

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After months of relative calm, a surge of new attacks by the Islamic State-Mozambique (ISM) terror group is driving waves of people from their...

India, Mozambique and Tanzania holding joint maritime exercise IMT Trilat

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Two Indian naval vessels, the cadet training ship INS Tir (A86) and the Sukanya-class patrol ship INS Sujata (P56), are participating in the India...

Plea for faster erection of Jersey barriers by KZN Premier

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Border protection along a roughly 20 km section of the KwaZulu-Natal province’s international border with Mozambique was identified as a hijacked vehicle exit hotspot...

Quissanga and Quirimba Island retaken by Mozambique armed forces

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After being in the hands of Islamist insurgents for a number of weeks, Government forces in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province have retaken the town...

Cabo Delgado insurgency rebounds, foiling drawdown plans

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Renewed violence unleashed by the Islamic State-Mozambique group (ISM) between 8 February and 3 March forced nearly 100 000 people to flee their homes,...

SADC peace missions in the spotlight

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Come Saturday, the eyes and ears of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be focussed on and tuned in to the Zambian capital,...

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...

Construction underway of concrete border wall between SA and Mozambique

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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has resumed construction of a concrete barrier wall along the South Africa/Mozambique border to curb the theft of motor vehicles...

Islamist terrorists occupy fishing town of Quissanga near Pemba

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The little Mozambique fishing town of Quissanga, about 65km north of the Cabo Delgado provincial capital and port city of Pemba, has been overrun...

New SAMIM force commander is SA Army veteran

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SA Army Major General Patrick Dube will, in all probability, be the final force commander of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in...

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 –...

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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...

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...

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...

Specialist QRF instruction for Mozambican soldiers

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The next round of Mozambican soldiers identified for quick reaction training as part of the offensive against ASWJ (Al Sunnah Wa Jama’ah) is in...

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...

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...

BMA border guards apprehend men smuggling state property into Mozambique

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Border guards from the newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) have arrested two people and charged them with the possession of stolen goods, including...

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...

SA Joint Ops peace boss calls on Op Vikela troops

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The senior officer tasked with peace support operations at the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) called on the Operation...

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...

Boat training for FADM and SAMIM

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Sixteen soldiers are acquiring boat handling skills at the Forcas Armadas de Defesa de Mozambique (FADM) naval base in Pemba. Twelve are Mozambicans with the...

New boss for SANDF Combat Group Bravo in Mozambique

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The South African contingent of SAMIM (Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique) has a new commander. Earlier this month Lieutenant Colonel Thando Mpangeva took...

Moz QRF exercise

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An exercise to evaluate two Mozambican quick reaction forces (QRFs) is currently underway in Manica province. The exercise – Gamba 2023 (Gambex 23) – started...

Violence in Mozambique declining – Africa Centre for Strategic Studies

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The Africa Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) maintains violence and fatalities in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado are presently at the lowest level in four years. The...

Change of Rwandan command in Moz

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A rotation of Rwandan soldiers for its security forces’ joint task force (JTF) in Mozambique is accompanied by a change of command with Major-General...

Rotation time for Rwanda deployment in Cabo Delgado

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The forward contingent of a two thousand plus Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) force is in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado to relieve an earlier peacekeeping deployment...

UK foreign affairs committee sees for itself in Mozambique

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The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU) has not put paid to the island nation’s international peace and diplomacy obligations, evidenced by...

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...

Civil military relations integral to EUTM MOZ operations

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The CIMIC (Civil Military Co-operation) team of the European Union Training Mission in Mozambique (EUTM MOZ) is “significant” to the overall success of the...

Mozambique peace process is ‘ray of hope’

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Joyous singing and dancing punctuated a 23 June ceremony in Maputo to celebrate the end of a dark era in Mozambique’s history. Dancers symbolically...

SAMIM deployment extended for 12 months

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) will remain in the east African country until mid-July next year to “consolidate gains...

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...

Research points to huge death toll from Cabo Delgado attacks

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In its weekly review, Zitamar News broke the disturbing story of the high death toll in Mozambique’s conflict-ridden Cabo Delgado province during the weeks...

Mission medical support in Mozambique

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An important component of the European Union (EU) training mission in Mozambique is its medical team always working on the premise that nothing can...