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Rebuilding Cabo Delgado a daunting task

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Mozambique’s restive northeastern province is abuzz with action. Despite recent losses, violent insurgents continue to attack villages and residents, while thousands of security forces fight...

SA Sapper dies in Mozambique

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A 51-year-old Sapper died in a military level two hospital in Pemba in what appears to be a medical, rather than a combat, fatality. Staff...

Pemba peacebuilding meeting hears confidence and trust essential in Cabo Delgado

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SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) peacebuilding efforts in conflict ravaged Cabo Delgado has to see confidence in and trust returned between communities and officialdom,...

Combat Team Alpha sets up base in Macomia ahead of operations

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The arrival of Combat Team Alpha (CTA) in Mozambique strengthens the South African military presence in the regional task force and, as is the...

Maphwanya visits SADC Mission in Mozambique

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The Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Rudzani Maphwanya, has paid a visit to the Southern African Development Community’s Mission in...

$300 million needed to rebuild Cabo Delgado

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has actively suppressed ASWJ (Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah) Islamist terrorist activity in Mozambique for 11 months and the...

Replacement South African combat team moving to Cabo Delgado

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Elements of 2 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion are heading to Mozambique as part of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Combat Team Alpha rotation...

Mocimboa da Praia residents return to the port city

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Another step on the road to normality in the northern Mozambican port Mocimboa da Praia this week saw a busload of internally displaced people...

Islamic State on the run in Mozambique, but battles remain

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Bernardino Rafael is not prone to hyperbole, but his recent comments about the war on terrorism in northern Mozambique were optimistic. The general commander of...

Insurgents behead Cabo Delgado locals as food shortage bites

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Beheadings appear to be resurgent in strife-torn northern Mozambique with a conflict observatory reporting at least six people killed in this manner in the...

ISS: Ugandan soldiers in Cabo Delgado could add fuel to the...

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni recently announced his intention to provide military and economic support to Mozambique to help fight violent extremism in the northern...

Mozambique’s Nyusi thanks Rwandan soldiers for anti-terrorist effort

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The efforts of Rwandan soldiers to bring ASWJ (Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah) Islamists to heel in northern Mozambique has been officially noted by President...

SAMIM Force Commander calls on troops

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The South African two-star general commanding the SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) force told his troops “challenges will be resolved” to ensure soldiers are...

Dorado boats integral to MRS patrols off Mozambique

An integral part of the maritime component of SAMIM (Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique) is shallow water island patrols conducted by elements...

SANDF committed to Cabo Delgado civil-military co-operation

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The primary task of South African military personnel in Cabo Delgado is to end an Islamist insurgency. At the same time the South African...

Defence Minister to elaborate on spoiled rations in Mozambique

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has been granted time to study the Military Ombud report on bad and spoilt military rations in...

President Ramaphosa extends Op Vikela until April 2023

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South African military personnel and materiel will be in northern Mozambique until mid-April next year in support of what President Cyril Ramaphosa writes is...

Bad rations in Mozambique blamed on mobile pantry malfunction

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Concerns about bad rations for South African soldiers in Mozambique were first raised in Parliament last November with a Military Ombud investigative team on...

European Union provides more funding for Mozambican military

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The European Union has provided another €45 million in funding for Mozambique’s military, and this will include equipment, supplies and training. The European Union Council...

Mozambique duty for SAS Spioenkop

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A South African Navy (SAN) Valour Class frigate with a Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) element aboard is doing duty in Mozambican waters as the...

SANDF gives an update on Mozambique deployment

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Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Rudzani Maphwanya, yesterday briefed the media on the status of the country's deployment in Mozambique’s...

SAMIM “transit” to lower level confirmed by SADC

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A top “organ” of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) approved downscaling the regional bloc’s military commitment to strife-torn northern Mozambique. SAMIM (SADC Mission in...

ISS: SADC and Rwanda shouldn’t go it alone in Mozambique

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Troops from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have achieved some important results in northern Mozambique, where an insurgency has been ongoing...

Africom praises SADC involvement in Mozambique

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The Southern African Development Community’s (SADC’s) counter-terrorism operations in Mozambique have been quite effective and are a good example of an African solution to...

SAMIM deployment extended and mandate altered

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) is to be downgraded from a full enforcement operation to a peacekeeping mission. This was...

SADC capacity building mission continues in Mozambique

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Ongoing fighting in Cabo Delgado is not deterring the Southern African Development Community (SADC) from efforts to put the strife-torn northern Mozambican province back...

SAMIM repulses ASWJ on Mozambican island

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SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) elements in concert with Forḉas Armadas de Defesa de Moḉambique (FADM) report a successful offensive against Al Sunnah wa...

One dead in SANDF recovery of stolen vehicles

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One suspect has been killed after South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers from 7 South African Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) stopped and recovered...

South Africa poorly prepared to deal with terrorism – report

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South Africa’s security institutions are poorly prepared to deal with Islamist extremists and terrorists operating across the border in Mozambique, a new report has...

Islamist arms supply in northern Mozambique traced

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Islamist insurgents in northern Mozambique have come a long way from the machetes they brandished when terror attacks started in 2017 and are now...

Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

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One year after brutal attacks by suspected Al Shabab militants began in northern Mozambique, thousands continue to flee ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado province,...

SAMIM on SADC April Summit agenda

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Operational conditions in northern Mozambique will come under the regional bloc spotlight next month at an Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit in Pretoria. SAMIM (SADC Mission...

“Rampant corruption and organised crime” still inherent in Mozambique – report

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A hundred plus page report by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GITOC) finds, among others, factors which led to the insurgency in...

Feature: Trajectories of violence against civilians by Africa’s militant Islamist groups

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Extremist group violence against civilians is driven by context-specific factors—outgroup grievances, intimidation to control territory, and a response to heavy-handed security responses—that require enhanced...

Mozambique turns attention to people of Cabo Delgado

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Experts have long insisted that the success of Mozambique’s counterinsurgency operation in the northern province of Cabo Delgado depends on improving not just security,...

Ramaphosa recommits SADC to Mozambique

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told his Mozambican counterpart Felipe Nyusi that support for the “fight against terrorism-backed conflict and insurgency” in Cabo Delgado...

UN Security Council reform on Moz/SA bilateral agenda

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Two Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries want the United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) reformed to make it a “representative organ” and one...

Africom not satisfied with counter-terrorism progress in Africa

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Terrorists are expanding across Africa in both geographical reach and influence, and US counter-terrorism efforts are not satisfactory, with more work to be done,...

SADC envoys prepare for Heads of State visit to Mozambique

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) can expect a Heads of State visit in the not too distant future. This is...

SA soldiers to stay in Mozambique until at least mid-April

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South Africa’s military commitment to SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) has been extended to mid-April this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa informed Parliament via a...

ISS: US sanctions four alleged ISIS ringleaders in South Africa

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Was the United States Treasury’s announcement that it was imposing sanctions on four alleged organisers and financiers in South Africa of the Islamic State...

US Treasury sanctions South Africa-based ISIS organisers and financial facilitators

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The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and...

ISS: Lessons for Mozambique after France’s withdrawal from the Sahel

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent decision to withdraw troops from Mali nine years after first intervening in the conflict against jihadi separatists sparked debate...

Zim food aid for Moz

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A Zimbabwean presidential pledge saw a thousand tons of staple food assistance delivered to displaced Mozambicans at the weekend. President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the pledge...

Can hired guns turn the tide in Mozambique’s intractable Cabo Delgado...

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A ruthless and shadowy insurgent group has taken root in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. The Islamic State-aligned militants, known as Ansar al-Sunna —...

SA infantry, pathfinders heading to Mozambique

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In order to relieve and reinforce South African Special Forces in Mozambique, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deploying a combat...

Insurgent attacks show work remains to pacify Cabo Delgado

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The attackers came in six wooden canoes. One with a small motor towed the rest. In the fading light of dusk, they reached Matemo Island...

Sustaining security in Mozambique a tall task

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Amid the many challenges of rooting out Islamist extremists from the dense forests of northeastern Mozambique lies another issue — how to sustain the...

Rwandan and Mozambican troops continue to flush out insurgents

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Soldiers from Rwanda and Mozambique continue to flush out Ansar sunna Wa Jammah (ASWJ) insurgents in Cabo Delgado province, and have captured new hideouts...

Another Botswana Defence Force soldier dies in Mozambique

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Another Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldier, recently deployed to Mozambique as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) assistance force, has died. The BDF...