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ECOWAS plans to up maritime security

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ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Chiefs of Naval Staff met in Togo this week to strengthen maritime operations and combat illicit maritime...

Brazilian Navy exercises with West African nations

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The Brazilian Navy Niteroi-class frigate Liberal is off the coast of West Africa, where it is holding exercises with regional navies, including Togo and...

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....

ISS: Civilian-state security cooperation in Benin and Togo – a double-edged...

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Attacks by violent extremists in Benin and Togo are rising. Since the first incidents in 2019 in Benin and 2021 in Togo, insurgents’ tactics...

US Coast Guard vessel Spencer arrives in Togo

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The US Coast Guard’s Famous-class medium endurance cutter Spencer has arrived in Lome, Togo, following a stop in Dakar whilst on a scheduled deployment...

Togo operating Mbombe and Mamba APCs

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Togo’s military has revealed it is operating Paramount Mbombe 4 infantry combat vehicles, as well as recently acquired Mamba Mk 7 armoured vehicles. These were...

Togo attack a sign of Sahel violence spreading south

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Security experts have warned for several years that the extremist violence engulfing the Sahel inevitably would spread south to the coast. Four countries along the...

Togo looks like West Africa’s new frontier of violent extremism

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The threat of violent extremism across West Africa has been on the rise in recent times. Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa...

Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

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Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts...

Africom Commander visits Togo, Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast

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US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, continued a multi-day visit to West Africa, with stops in Togo and Benin, Ivory Coast...

ISS: Evidence must guide terrorism prevention in Benin and Togo

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For civil society and the media to play a meaningful role, they need accurate information about violent extremism. Since 2016, terrorism has become a serious...

France donates boats to Togo

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France has donated two semi-rigid patrol boats to Togo’s navy, which will use them to combat piracy and other maritime crimes. The vessels were officially...

ISS: Are Africa’s borders sacrosanct? Ghana’s Western Togoland crisis

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Recent attacks raise questions about how secessionist tendencies have been managed in post-independence Africa. On 25 September 2020, gunmen raided police stations in Mepe and...

Togo’s prime minister and government resign, presidency says

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Togolese Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government tendered their resignation on Friday, the presidency said in a statement, congratulating the Cabinet for...

Uncertainty clouds Togo’s Gazelle acquisition

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Togo’s Air Force has taken delivery of two modernised Gazelle helicopters but is reportedly considering cancelling the contract and not taking delivery of another...

Seven crew kidnapped off container ship near Gabon

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The container vessel MSC Talia F has been attacked by pirates off the coast of Gabon, with seven crew abducted. The vessel was attacked on...

Gnassingbe win confirmed

Togo President Faure Gnassingbe won re-election with 71% of the vote, final results from the constitutional court showed, extending his 15 year rule and...

Togo President declares landslide election win

Togo President Faure Gnassingbe declared an electoral victory as official preliminary results showed him re-elected in a landslide with an opposition candidate also claiming...

Togolese president to seek re-election

Many Togolese have known just two presidents in their lifetime - Faure Gnassingbe, who is running for a fourth term in an election, and...

ISS: Togo ups its ante against terror threats

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Until early 2018, violent extremism in West Africa had been largely confined to the Sahel region. Since then fears of a spillover into neighbouring...

Pirate attacks continue in West Africa

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The Gulf of Guinea has recorded its third ship hijacking this month, with a chemical tanker captured off Togo, as the region continues to...

Togo term limit law allows president 10 more years of rule

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A change in Togo’s law voted through on Thursday would allow longstanding President Faure Gnassingbe to stay in power potentially until 2030, extending his...

Missing tanker docks in Togo

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A tanker with 19 crew members on board docked at a port in Togo after going missing for over a week in...

Call for Togo president to resign

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Togo President Faure Gnassingbe should resign immediately and the African Union and West African regional bloc ECOWAS should persuade him to step...

Four dead in Togo clash

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Four people were killed in Togo in clashes between security forces and demonstrators calling for an end to a half century of...

Togo to receive ex-French Gazelles?

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Togo may receive five ex-French Army Gazelle helicopters as the procurement process is being reviewed by the French government. An industry source told...

Togo security forces clash with protesters

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Security forces in Togo used batons, tear gas and live bullets against protesters seeking an end to President Faure Gnassingbe's rule and...

Togolese to vote on presidential term limits after parliament impasse

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A bill to limit presidents in Togo to two terms of office will be decided by referendum after it failed on Tuesday...

Togo must introduce two-term limit swiftly to prevent crisis

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Togo must go the way of other West African nations and swiftly limit presidential terms to two if it wants to prevent...

Teargas used on Togo protesters

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Togo security forces fired tear gas at anti-government protesters on a late night sit-in at an intersection in central Lome as part...

Internet blocked in Togo

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Togolese authorities blocked Internet access on Thursday as opponents of President Faure Gnassingbe marched for a second day against his family's 50-year...

Call for Togo president to quit

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Togo's opposition chief has called for the immediate resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe, current head of a half century-old political dynasty, rejecting...

Two killed in Togo protests

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Two protesters were killed and 13 others wounded in Togo when security forces opened fire to break up demonstrations against the ruling...

Ghana government memo warns of possible militant attack

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Ghana and Togo are the next targets for Islamist militants following high-profile attacks this year in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, according...

Togo rocked by protests over national park relocation

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A police commissioner was killed in clashes in northern Togo between police and demonstrators who were protesting against plans to relocate them...

West Africa presidents meet on Burkina crisis

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The presidents of Senegal, Togo, Benin and Nigeria were due to travel to Burkina Faso's capital on Tuesday on a mission to...

Togo court confirms President Gnassingbe won April 25 election

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Togo's constitutional court on Sunday confirmed that Faure Gnassingbe won a third term as president with 58.77 percent of the vote in...

Togo opposition marchers clash with security forces

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Security forces in Togo's capital Lome fired tear gas on Friday at stone-throwing opposition supporters who were among thousands of people marching...

Togo receives Defender patrol boat from United States

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The United States has donated a Defender patrol boat to the Togolese Navy, adding to the two previously donated to the West...

Togo operating Bastion armoured vehicles

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Togo's armed forces have received 30 Bastion wheeled armoured vehicles from French company Acmat, as part of a programme to rebuild the...

Togo takes delivery of 33-metre patrol boat

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The Togolese Navy has taken delivery of a new 33 metre patrol boat from French naval defence equipment manufacturer Raidco Marine to...

New African military profile: Togo

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Togo's small military is overcoming its poor reputation for political interference and civil rights abuses as the country moves towards democratic government...

Togolese Armed Forces

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Togolese Armed Forces Index 1. Order of battle 2. Overview 3. Defence economics 4. State of military forces 5. Country threat report 6. External deployments 1. Order of Battle ...

ISS: Putting an end to recurring political tensions in Togo

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The next presidential and local elections in Togo, scheduled respectively for the end of 2013 and in 2015, may be held amid...

Togolese Air Force acquires CN235

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The small Togolese Air Force has received a major boost in its inventory with the acquisition of an ex-Botswana Defence Force CASA...

Togolese Navy thwarts pirate attack

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The Togolese Navy has thwarted a pirate attack against a petroleum tanker off the coast of Togo amidst a rise in attacks...

Togo 2012 budget sees 4.5 pct growth, slight deficit

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Togo's economy is forecast to grow by 4.5 percent next year, according to the government's proposed budget, which will raise spending by...

Togo defeats Mauritania in vote for UN council seat

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Togo defeated Mauritania in the third round of an election to the 15-nation UN Security Council for 2012 and 2013. The small West...

Togo coup plotters jailed

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The brother of Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a 2009 plot threatening the security of...

Niger, Benin and Togo recognise Libyan rebels

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Benin, Niger and Togo have all formally recognised Libya's rebels, breaking ranks with the African Union which said it could not recognise...