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Niger raid leaves 25 dead

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Unidentified gunmen killed at least 25 people in southwest Niger, officials said, the latest deadly raid along the country’s border with Mali. Attackers on motorcycles...

The Past Week in Defence #55 (24 May – 30 May...

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In this week’s edition, the Southern African Development Community decides on another summit as it holds off on a military response to Mozambique’s insurgency...

Soldiers confiscate illicit cigarettes and wildlife on border patrol duty

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers protecting South Africa’s borders as part of Operation Corona confiscated more illicit cigarettes and, unusually, wildlife over...

ISS: Ethiopia-Sudan border tensions must be de-escalated

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With both countries facing grave internal challenges, resolving the century-old border dispute won’t be easy. A potential border war brewing between Sudan and Ethiopia threatens...

The Past Week in Defence #48 (5 April – 11 April...

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, Ghana parades Cobra armoured vehicles, The Nigerian Navy records a substantial number of recent acquisitions, A Southern...

At least 100 killed in border clashes between Ethiopia’s Somali and...

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Border clashes between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, a regional official said on Tuesday, the latest outbreak of...

Sudan says Ethiopian forces crossed border, raising tensions

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Ethiopian forces crossed into Sudanese territory in an act of “aggression”, Sudan’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, marking the latest flare-up in a long-standing...

ISS: Dialogue could have averted COVID-19 border chaos

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High-level talks and use of SADC guidelines on the pandemic should have been used to prevent a crisis. The festive season was marked by dramatic scenes of...

Sudan declares full control of border territory settled by Ethiopians

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Sudan said on Thursday its forces had taken control of all of Sudanese territory in a border area settled by Ethiopian farmers, after weeks...

Three caught with gold bars at OR Tambo International

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Three suspects are expected to appear before the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court after they were caught smuggling 73.5 kg of gold at OR Tambo...

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...

Defence committee to visit SA’s borders

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Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) has committed to visiting South Africa’s borders to see first-hand areas of concern, after the head of...

Link between border and rural security highlighted by Free State abduction

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Border security is by its nature ranked alongside rural security, sharing dangers including abduction and attackers escaping to a neighbouring country. Freedom Front Plus (FF+)...

Zambia reopens border with Tanzania to cargo after COVID-19 closure

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Zambia reopened its Nakonde border with Tanzania on Friday for cargo after a five-day closure of the transit point for copper and cobalt exports...

Tanzania/Zambia border re-opening on the cards

Zambia, which closed its border with Tanzania to stem the spread of coronavirus, could reach an agreement with its neighbour over passage of cargo...

Lesotho deploys more soldiers to boost border control

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Lesotho has beefed up border security with the deployment of more soldiers to control illegal crossing into the country. There were already some 1 000...

Uganda lodges protest over death of two citizens

Uganda protested to Rwanda over the killing of two of its nationals by Rwandan security personnel and demanded they be punished in a further...

Thankful SANDF receives hampers for the festive season

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Spouses Forum recently hosted a breakfast for the Goodwill Parcel Project (GWPP) 2019.   The SANDF Spouses Forum held...

Four dead in Tunisian border security op

A Tunisian policeman and three Islamist militants were killed in a security operation in a remote area near the Algerian border, police said. Tunisia...

Successful police operation sees livestock recovered

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A recent police-led and driven operation showed another important facet of South Africa’s national border protection effort – livestock recovery and confiscation. The operation to...

Border closed at Goma

DR Congo’s presidency said Rwandan authorities closed the border between Goma and nearby Gisenyi for people other than Congolese citizens leaving Rwanda. Goma confirmed its...

UN peacekeeper one of seven killed in Sudan border shooting

Unknown gunmen killed a UN peacekeeper and six civilians in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the regional governor said. “Unknown gunmen...

No SA soldiers killed or wounded in Mozambican border shooting incident

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No casualties or injuries have been reported from the South Africa/Mozambique border where soldiers were involved in a shooting incident with Mozambican border police...

Rwanda re-opens Uganda border

Rwanda will re-open its busiest border post with Uganda to cargo trucks for 12 days, more than three months after it was closed amid...

Morocco claims success in slowing migration

Moroccan authorities succeeded in slowing the rate of illegal migration to Spain in recent months after a crackdown on smuggling networks, the country’s migration...

22 companies not enough for border protection

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South Africa has just 15 companies of soldiers deployed to safeguard its landward borders, but even the 22 companies that are planned would not...

Op Corona is only defence topic to make the SONA debate

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Another indication of the low ranking the South African military has on the national agenda comes from the two day debate on President Cyril...

Busy festive season for soldiers on border protection

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Soldiers on the South Africa/Zimbabwe border over the festive season had their hands full detaining just short of two thousand undocumented persons (illegal immigrants)...

Algeria bars Syrians

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Algeria barred all Syrians from entering the country via its southern border with Mali and Niger to keep out members of defeated rebel groups...

Op Corona soldiers confiscate new “product”

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Soldiers on border protection this year came across a new "product" being smuggled into South Africa - dagga seed. While it is not clear -...

“Alarming issues” uncovered on border fact-finding mission

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A four week-long fact-finding mission looking into South Africa's land borders by the Democratic Alliance (DA) has, according to the political party,...

Feature: Challenges and successes define SANDF border operations

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has said it would be pure chaos on South Africa's borders if it was not...

SANDF “set up for failure” in Operation Corona – DA

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) maintains government's failure to "fully capacitate" the border protection tasking Operation Corona has "set up the SA National...

Ethiopia Eritrea open border points after 20 years

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The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years, Asmara said,...

New rebel group attacks Chadian forces

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Rebels in northern Chad attacked government forces at the border with Libya, fighters and two military sources said, although the government denied...

Eritrea withdraws border troops

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Eritrea pulled troops back from the heavily militarised Ethiopian border as a "gesture of reconciliation" with its neighbour and long-time foe, the...

Rwanda dismisses rebel incursion claims

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Rwandan police denied a militant group it says aims to topple President Paul Kagame was behind attacks on the country's southern border...

Fishermen killed in border dispute – claim

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) accused Ugandan forces of shooting and killing 12 Congolese fishermen on a lake straddling their shared...

Soldiers on border protection seize contraband worth millions in first months...

The new year has been very much a case of business as usual for soldiers deployed on border protection. One stated objective...

DR Congo/Rwanda border clash leaves soldiers dead

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Congolese soldiers were killed and wounded in a cross-border skirmish with Rwandan troops this week, Democratic Republic of Congo's military said. Each side...

Cameroon border post attacked

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Gunmen attacked a border crossing in Cameroon's south-west, launching their assault from Nigeria, according to security officials who witnessed the incident. A Nigerian...

Soldiers narrowly avoid injury in stolen vehicle recovery

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Proof that soldiers deployed on border protection face potentially lethal situations comes from the South Africa/Mozambique border where a patrol had to...

Sudan closes border with Eritrea

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Sudan closed its border with Eritrea a week after President Omar al-Bashir announced a six month state of emergency in Kassala and...

Interpol west Africa border operations snares child traffickers

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Nearly 40 people either being smuggled or trafficked for illicit labour were this week identified and rescued during an Interpol co-ordinated operation...

Four Reserve Force units part of latest Op Corona deployment

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When the current rotation of border protection units is complete by mid-October, four regular infantry battalions, the SA Army's specialist infantry capability...

Ex Ndlovu 2017 fine-tunes border protection

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Exercise Ndlovu, the SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) annual force preparation exercise which finishes today (Friday) this year concentrated on border protection. Previous...

Three policemen killed by Somali militants in raid on Kenya border...

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Somali al Shabaab militants killed three police officer during a raid on a north-eastern Kenyan town that sparked a day-long gun battle,...

South Sudan war apparently spilling into Uganda

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Men wearing South Sudanese military uniforms launched two raids on a hamlet over the border in Uganda in recent weeks, residents said,...

Djibouti asks for AU observers along disputed border

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Djibouti wants the African Union to deploy observers along its disputed border with Eritrea after Qatar withdrew peacekeeping troops two weeks ago,...

Qatar withdraws troops from Djibouti/Eritrea border mission

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Qatar has withdrawn its troops from the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, where the Gulf state has been mediating in a border...

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