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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

ISS: Cabo Delgado – two years since the Palma invasion

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For nearly two years, Mozambique resisted the call for foreign military intervention in Cabo Delgado to help fight the insurgency that started in 2017....

ISS: Rwanda expands its protection of Mozambique’s natural resources

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The number of Rwandan soldiers and police fighting terrorism in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province increased from 1 000 in 2021 to 2 500 by...

No clear exit for SAMIM in Mozambique

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The SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has been extended multiple times, and violence continues to affect the northern regions of the country in spite...

Rwandan troops uncover second Cabo Delgado weapons cache

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Rwandan soldiers uncovered another ASWJ (Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah) weapons cache in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado – the second in seven days. The weapons were found...

ISS: Mozambique’s people should come before resources

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The discovery of large gas deposits in the Rovuma Basin off the coast of northern Mozambique in 2011 made Mozambicans dream of prosperity. They...

ISS: New research in Cabo Delgado sheds light on Mozambique’s violent...

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Conflict erupted in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province just a few years after some of Africa’s biggest gas reserves were discovered in the Rovuma...

Sahel and Somalia drive rise in Africa’s militant Islamist group violence

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Militant Islamist violence in Africa has risen continuously over the past decade, doubling in just the past 3 years. A review of violence involving African...

ISS analysis supports SADC deployment in Mozambique

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has been on the ground in the troubled east African country for over a...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Cabo Delgado insurgency a classic case of resource curse

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The insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province has been described as a classic case of resource curse, with the Mozambican government mainly addressing the...

Commitments questioned as Cabo Delgado bleeds

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As a Christian pastor roamed his fields outside Nova Zambézia village in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province on 15 December, insurgents surprised him and his...

Surge in militant Islamist violence in the Sahel dominates Africa’s fight...

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A 70-percent annual increase in violent events linked to militant Islamist groups in the Sahel propelled a new record of extremist violence in Africa...

SADC Summit focuses on Mozambique insurgency

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Mozambique is the sole agenda item for Friday’s first Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the year. The virtual...

Mabuza warns on Mozambique insurgency spilling over

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South African deputy president David Mabuza maintains the possibility of the ongoing insurgency in Mozambique spilling into neighbouring states cannot be ignored. The South African...

SAMIM forces take down ASWJ terrorists

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The SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) reports the deaths of 11 Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) terrorists in northern Mozambique’s Macomia district. A SAMIM communique...

Feature: Unravelling the origins of Mozambique’s insurgency

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Political and economic exclusion, poverty and radicalisation came together to create the insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, and although military intervention has driven...

SAMIM takes out three ASWJ bases

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In addition to overrunning three Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) bases, SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) forces rescued eight women and five children believed...

Somalia death toll in fighting between army and former allied group...

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Fighting in Somalia’s Galmudug state between the Somali army and its former ally, the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a militia, has killed 120 people over...

Less than a month to go until defenceWeb event on countering...

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In less than a month’s time, defenceWeb will be hosting a virtual event on regional and international efforts to counter the insurgency in Mozambique,...

Cabo Delgado insurgency is far from over – Opperman

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The introduction of external security forces into Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province has proven pivotal in the battle to reclaim the region from an Islamist...

Traditional terrorism could mean trouble for security forces in Mozambique –...

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Globalisation, more traditional forms of terrorism and a lack of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) could be major vulnerabilities to the Southern African Development...

Somali militia, former government ally, captures two towns from federal forces

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A militia previously allied to the Somali government in its fight against militant group al Shabaab has captured two towns in central Somalia from...

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