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al Shabaab Somalia attack branded cowardly

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“Barbaric” and “cowardly” is the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) response to an al Shabaab attack on a transition mission in...

AU seeks funding aid for revamped Somalia mission

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The revamped African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia now named ATMIS (AU Transition Mission in Somalia) and in place since the start of...

ISS: Is Somali piracy finally under control?

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia has long captivated the attention of the media and governments. But the expiry of the United Nations Security...

Somalia is still fragile: what the new African Union mission can...

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The African Union Mission in Somalia – AMISOM – has ended its 15-year political and military experiment in post-conflict state building. On 1 April...

Military expenditure reduces the negative effect of terrorism on economic growth

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In a number of African countries, terrorism has become a major challenge to socioeconomic development. This has spurred research on the extent to which...

First EU NavFor drug bust

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A recent regular European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) anti-piracy patrol turned into a successful drug bust – the first in the history of...

Somalia’s sea-based policing boosted with new maritime facility

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Mogadishu – Somalia’s maritime capabilities received a major boost on 30 March with the inauguration of a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Somali Police...

Indian Ocean piracy on the decline, with Yemen conflict riskiest to...

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Piracy in the northern Indian Ocean has decreased over the last decade, and now the greatest threat to seafarers in the region is state-backed...

ATMIS operational

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The African Union (AU) Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has taken over from the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on April 1, in line...

AMISOM receives IED training

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The evolving threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as a weapon of choice for terrorists saw AMISOM, soon to become ATMIS (AU Transition Mission...

ISS: Is the AU mission in Somalia changing in name only?

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has supported that country’s government in the fight against al-Shabaab for the past 15 years. The operation...

China donates vehicles, military equipment to Somalia

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China has donated nearly $5 million worth of military hardware, including vehicles, to Somalia to assist the country in its fight against terrorism. The vehicles...

Mandate of reconstituted AU Somali mission includes “degrading” Al Shabaab

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Top of a four-item mandate list for the reconstituted African Union (AU) mission in Somalia is “degrading Al Shabaab and other terrorist groups” active...

ATMIS modalities under the spotlight

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With just on three weeks before the revamped African Union (AU) peace support operation in Somalia is due to become reality, senior officials from...

UN authorisation to fight piracy in Somali waters lapses

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has not extended a resolution for the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea within Somalia’s territorial...

ATMIS aligned with Somalia transition plan

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ATMIS, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia, is focussing on stabilisation and state building with “a clear end goal in sight”, the continental...

Senior AU Somalia post for South African

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Long-serving African Union (AU) South African staffer Fiona Lortan is the continental body’s new deputy special representative of the AU chair taking up deputy...

ISS: Beyond piracy – making waves in the Western Indian Ocean

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For almost two decades, maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean was associated with fighting pirates off the coast of Somalia. These initiatives now...

EMSA to provide maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and Libya

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The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed cooperation agreements with EU Naval Missions to provide enhanced maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and...

ISS: Port expansions could expose Kenya to more crime

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Kenya’s US$3.6 billion ports master plan will transform the country’s sea, lake and dry ports over the next 30 years. Modern ports that comply...

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