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Mozambique defence minister thanks SAMIM for Cabo Delgado contribution

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The end of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has been officially noted by that country’s defence minister. The regional bloc...

SAMIM criticism misses larger point

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Since the announcement of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) drawdown from Cabo Delgado province, there have been various criticisms...

‘They are attacking my base’

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“We need reinforcement, urgently. They’re coming to our base. We can hear the gunshots. They are here at the base.” These were the panicked words...

Two more troop contributing countries exit Mozambique

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Angola and Namibia are the latest troop contributing countries (TCCs) to exit the South African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) as the...

Feature: SADC’s withdrawal from Mozambique – has SAMIM fulfilled its mandate?

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Having been deployed to Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province for just under three years, 5 April 2024 marked the beginning of the Southern African Development...

Analysis: South Africa’s national security priorities in question amidst troop deployment,...

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With the planned deployment of up to 2 900 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the planned visit of a frigate...

Cabo Delgado insurgency rebounds, foiling drawdown plans

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Renewed violence unleashed by the Islamic State-Mozambique group (ISM) between 8 February and 3 March forced nearly 100 000 people to flee their homes,...

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...

Rotation time for Rwanda deployment in Cabo Delgado

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The forward contingent of a two thousand plus Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) force is in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado to relieve an earlier peacekeeping deployment...

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...

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...

Mocimboa da Praia port back in business as Cabo Delgado fighting...

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Northern Mozambican commercial port Mocimboa da Praia is open and operating more than two years after it was captured by ASWJ (Al Sunnah wa...

The forgotten cape

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Geography. History. Politics. Mistakes. They All Play a Part in the Rise of Violent Extremism in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province As young men prowled the...

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...

Massive weapons cache unearthed in Cabo Delgado

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Rwandan soldiers in Mozambique unearthed a massive cache of weapons and ammunition in what is described as “pre-emptive action” to prevent ASWJ (Al Sunnah...

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...

Mozambican IDPs back home

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On one hand, hostilities continue while on the other people displaced by ongoing conflict in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado are being moved home. According to the...

Rebuilding Cabo Delgado a daunting task

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Mozambique’s restive northeastern province is abuzz with action. Despite recent losses, violent insurgents continue to attack villages and residents, while thousands of security forces fight...

Combat Team Alpha sets up base in Macomia ahead of operations

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The arrival of Combat Team Alpha (CTA) in Mozambique strengthens the South African military presence in the regional task force and, as is the...

$300 million needed to rebuild Cabo Delgado

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has actively suppressed ASWJ (Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah) Islamist terrorist activity in Mozambique for 11 months and the...

Insurgents behead Cabo Delgado locals as food shortage bites

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Beheadings appear to be resurgent in strife-torn northern Mozambique with a conflict observatory reporting at least six people killed in this manner in the...

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...

ISS: SADC and Rwanda shouldn’t go it alone in Mozambique

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Troops from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have achieved some important results in northern Mozambique, where an insurgency has been ongoing...

SANDF to offer the private sector ‘training missions’ to Cabo Delgado

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Faced with witheringly relentless budget cuts, the desperate South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is turning to the private sector to bring in some...

South Africa poorly prepared to deal with terrorism – report

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South Africa’s security institutions are poorly prepared to deal with Islamist extremists and terrorists operating across the border in Mozambique, a new report has...

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...

Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

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One year after brutal attacks by suspected Al Shabab militants began in northern Mozambique, thousands continue to flee ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado province,...

“Rampant corruption and organised crime” still inherent in Mozambique – report

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A hundred plus page report by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GITOC) finds, among others, factors which led to the insurgency in...

Mozambique turns attention to people of Cabo Delgado

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Experts have long insisted that the success of Mozambique’s counterinsurgency operation in the northern province of Cabo Delgado depends on improving not just security,...

Africom not satisfied with counter-terrorism progress in Africa

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Terrorists are expanding across Africa in both geographical reach and influence, and US counter-terrorism efforts are not satisfactory, with more work to be done,...

ISS: Lessons for Mozambique after France’s withdrawal from the Sahel

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent decision to withdraw troops from Mali nine years after first intervening in the conflict against jihadi separatists sparked debate...

Can hired guns turn the tide in Mozambique’s intractable Cabo Delgado...

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A ruthless and shadowy insurgent group has taken root in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. The Islamic State-aligned militants, known as Ansar al-Sunna —...

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...

ISS: Mozambique shifts gear with its new strategy for the north

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Five years after violent extremists began attacking Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, the country is developing its first counter-terrorism strategy. This Resilience and Development...

SANDF Chief visits Cabo Delgado, urges collaboration between deployed forces

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General Rudzani Maphwanya, Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), has visited Rwandan and Mozambican military forces in Cabo Delgado and urged...

PMCs were vital to the survival of Cabo Delgado – DAG

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Private military contractors (PMCs) were vital to the survival of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province before the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Rwanda deployed...

Coups, COVID-19 and a cease-fire: Africa’s top stories of 2021

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The year 2021 in Africa will be remembered like 2020 was — the year of COVID-19. But there were other big stories in 2021...

Mozambique and Rwanda sign agreement expanding fight against insurgency

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Mozambican and Rwandan defence officials have signed an agreement expanding cooperation in the fight against insurgents in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. A joint security and...

Rwanda, Mozambique review security situation in Cabo Delgado

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On 9 January, Rwandan and Mozambican security officials met in Rwanda’s capital Kigali to review the security situation in the fight against insurgents in...

International Organisation for Migration donates vehicles to Mozambique’s police

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The United Nations’ International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has donated six Mahindra pickup trucks to the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) to...

Fridge failure in Mozambique sees SA soldiers on dry rations

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South African soldiers in Mozambique as part of SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) used dry rations for days after a “mobile pantry storage unit”...

Live event summary: Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique

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A panel discussion at defenceWeb’s Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique event today discussed the humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado. Zenaida Machado, senior researcher at Human...

Live event summary: Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique

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Anton Mifsud-Bonnici, member of the advisory board at Marlow Strategy, at defenceWeb’s Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique event today discussed the commercial risks and...

Live event summary: Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique

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A panel discussion at defenceWeb’s Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique event today discussed the role of the private security sector and defence industry in...

Live event summary: Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique

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A panel discussion at defenceWeb’s Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique event today discussed South Africa’s response to the insurgency in Cabo Delgado. Kobus Marais, Democratic...

Live event summary: Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique

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A panel discussion at defenceWeb’s Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique event today explained the role of external forces in Cabo Delgado. Professor Francois Very, associate...

Live event summary: Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique

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Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Researcher and Project Leader, Institute for Security Studies, who gave the keynote address at defenceWeb’s Countering the Insurgency in Mozambique event...