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Top UN official commends ATMIS and Somali government peace efforts

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The senior United Nations (UN) representative in Africa commended ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) and the Somali government for collaboration and joint...

AU peacekeepers are leaving Somalia: what needs to happen to keep...

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The phased withdrawal of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis) began earlier this year and is scheduled to end in December 2024. The...

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...

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...

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...

Farewell AMISOM, hello ATMIS

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The African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia – AMISOM – is fast reaching its expiry date and work is well underway on a new...

What does AMISOM’s future look like?

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The African Union has had a regional peacekeeping mission in Somalia for nearly as long as the country has been plagued by an Islamist...

ISS: Somalia needs AMISOM, but the jury is still out

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Despite detailed reviews and proposals by the AU and the UN, AMISOM’s future remains far from clear. The end of 2021 was the deadline for...

African Union peace force in Somalia probes reports of civilian deaths

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The African Union's (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia said it was investigating reports that civilians were killed during a gunfight between the mission's troops...

Kenyan air strike in Somalia allegedly kills woman and her child

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A Somali mother and her child were killed and four others injured when a Kenyan warplane bombed two towns in southern Somalia, the woman’s...

ISS: AMISOM should provide more than security in Somalia

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If the mission is to successfully withdraw from the country, getting politics right should be one of its priorities. The African Union Mission to Somalia’s...

AMISOM legal and security training

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AMISOM, the AU mission in Somalia, wrapped up a two-day training on International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Gender for AMISOM, Somalia National Army...

ISS: The African Union needs to broaden its role in Somalia

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Conflict resolution, political dialogue and electoral support are as important as the current focus on security. Somalia’s historic one-person-one vote election, scheduled for late 2020,...

Burundi receives new armoured vehicles for Amisom operations

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Burundi’s contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has taken delivery of a fleet of new armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for...

ISS: Is this the right time to downsize AMISOM?

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) should have completed its second phase of military force downsizing as part of its exit strategy by...

AMISOM finds its voice

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sometimes has struggled to get its message out. The mission had several false starts in trying to...

Concept of Operations for AU to exit Somalia on the table

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AMISOM, the AU Mission in Somalia, has developed a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) document to guide it over the next three years...

UN Security Council extends Amisom mandate

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 30 July extended the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) for another...

UK donates route clearance, logistics vehicles to AMISOM

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The United Kingdom has donated heavy equipment worth 5.6 million pounds to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to help in...

UN extends support for African Union force in Somalia

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The UN Security Council on Tuesday gave its backing to the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, extending its deployment until at...

Protecting Somali waters – a joint EUNavFor/AMISOM effort

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Crew members from ITS Margottini continue the regional co-operation EU NavFor has established with the AMISOM Marine unit off the coast of...

AU base in Somalia attacked

Islamist insurgents battled with African Union troops after exploding two car bombs outside one of their bases, Somali police, military and the...

Three dead in Mogadishu mortar attack

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A mortar attack in Mogadishu, claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab, killed three civilians and injured two others, the African Union peacekeeping...

Amisom gets UAVs

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The United States has donated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), which will use them for...

Somali peacekeeping mission faces cuts

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The African Union plan to trim its Somalia peacekeeping force (AMISOM) will hurt the mission unless extra equipment is found to offset...

Uganda receives Bastion armoured vehicles for Amisom mission

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The Ugandan military has received Acmat Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from the United States for its contingent with the African Union...

Need for adequate and predictable resources for AU Somalia mission

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A senior United Nations official has called for greater support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and warned a lack...

US demos RQ-11 to Djibouti as it provides AMISOM with UAV...

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The United States military's Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has conductedan RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrationfor...

AMISOM extended to May 2018

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The United Nations Security Council extended authorisation of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until May 31, 2018, approving a reduction...

US, UK strengthen Amisom intelligence gathering

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African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops are making strides in improving their intelligence-gathering capabilities in the fight against violent extremist organizations...

African Union troops ambushed in Somalia, al Shabaab says 39 dead

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Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents and troops from the African Union peacekeeping mission clashed on Sunday, a senior military officer said, while the...

Feature: AMISOM pulls Somalia toward security

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The multinational African security force has made steady gains against al-Shabaab. Baardheere in Somalia is a town known for its agricultural production. Its...

ISS: AMISOM needs a mandate for peace and development

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The mandate of the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officially expires today, 31 May. Although the AU Peace and Security...

Countering terrorism by telling a better story

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As a military officer who has spent the better part of his career in communications and information management and served in operations...

ISS: Final push for peace in Somalia?

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Despite global efforts to combat terrorism in Somalia, al-Shabaab's attacks continue and the group still controls large parts of the country. The African...

al Shabaab attacks Somali military base, kills Kenyan troops

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Islamist group al Shabaab said its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when they attacked a remote military base in Somalia on...

AMISOM seeks 9 000 more troops as manpower, logistical problems persist

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has asked member states for at least 9 000 more troops to enhance peacekeeping and...

Mogadishu car bomb wounds four UN guards

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A car bomb wounded at least four UN guards when it exploded near a United Nations compound in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on...

Suicide bombers attack Somali peacekeepers’ HQ

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Suicide bombers attacked the main peacekeeping base in Somalia's capital on Monday, killing at least three Somali security officers, police said. Islamist al...

Al Shabaab takes Somali town from Ethiopian, govt troops; no resistance

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Islamist militant group al Shabaab took control on Wednesday of a town in southern Somalia after African Union peacekeepers and government troops...

Chinese donation to AU will assist AMISOM

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The African Union (AU) has been given "a donation of equipment and general supplies from the government of China" that will go...

Saab continues with peacekeeping maintenance in Somalia

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Saab Kenya Limited has extended a contract to provide Third Party Maintenance (TPM) services to peacekeeping initiatives in Somalia over the next...

ISS: Peace in Somalia – how can AMISOM succeed?

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The African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been active since 2007 – but the mission is struggling to fulfil its...

Security Council extends AU mission in Somalia

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Re-authorising the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until May 31, 2017, the United Nations Security Council has set out key objectives...

Somalia’s al Shabaab says has executed four spies

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Somalia's militant al Shabaab group said late Friday it had executed four people it accused of espionage, including one who was beheaded...

Somali National Army marks 56 years of existence

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The Somali National Army this week marked its 56th anniversary with its leadership announcing a raft of reforms aimed at strengthening its...

Head of intelligence for Somalia’s Islamist insurgency killed – claim

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Kenya has killed the commander of an elite unit within Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist insurgency, a man blamed for masterminding a deadly...

AMISOM and Somali National Army confident of overcoming Al Shabaab

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Somalia Chief of Defence Forces, Major General Mohamed Aden, and AMISOM Acting Force Commander, Major General Mohammedesha Zeyinu, this week held a...