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Experts unpack the SANDF’s options in the DRC

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed up to 2 900 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers to the SADC Mission in the Democratic Republic...

Non-availability of aircraft delays SA SAMIDRC deployment

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) did not have an auspicious...

US lambasts M23, Rwanda for destabilising DRC

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The United States has criticised the M23 rebels and their Rwandan backers for recent attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and...

Bodies of SANDF soldiers who died in the DRC return home

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will on Wednesday repatriate and officially hand over the mortal remains of Captain Simon Mkhulu Bobe and...

DRC protests: why Congolese anger against the west is justified and...

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Since early February, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, has been rocked by protests directed against western embassies. Protests took place in front...

US condemns DRC violence; urges Rwandan withdrawal

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The recent surge in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sparked international concern, with the United States issuing a strong...

‘Deeply irresponsible’ to send overstretched SANDF into SADC mission in the...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so underfunded and overstretched that it is deeply irresponsible to be sending soldiers into the Democratic...

SADC DR Congo mission will come up against high-tech weaponry

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will, reports have it, face an M23 rebel grouping with...

Two SANDF soldiers killed while deployed with SAMIDRC mission

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has suffered its first casualties as part of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic...

Specialist jungle warfare training concludes for SA soldiers

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A group of South African soldiers currently attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have another...

South Africa commits 2 900 SANDF personnel to SAMIDRC

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was yesterday (Monday, 12 February) confirmed...

SADC’s second military intervention in eastern DRC in a decade raises...

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The long-simmering conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is starting to boil over again. On 2 February, a South African...

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...

SAAF Oryx riddled by small arms fire in the DRC; two...

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was hit dozens of times by small arms fire while carrying out a casualty...

Early days for SADC DR Congo mission – no boots on...

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) commitment to stop rebel attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still at the reconnaissance...

Ramaphosa slammed for SADC DR Congo deployment

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Going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission, is “reckless” and a “politically...

South Africa to lead new military force in the DRC: an...

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The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Monusco, is ending after 20 years. It will be replaced by troops...

SANDF Chief says SA will put “more effort” into DR Congo

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General Rudzani Maphwanya, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, used this year’s thanksgiving service to alert those he commands there will be a further...

East Africa’s troops are leaving the DRC: what went wrong and...

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The East African Community deployed a regional force for the first time into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2022. Just over a...

US-brokered 72-hour ceasefire in eastern DRC signals progress as US intelligence...

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The White House on Monday welcomed the initiation of a 72-hour ceasefire in the conflict-ridden eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which entities...

Terror in Uganda: what’s driving the Islamic State-linked rebels

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The Islamic State Central Africa Province recently attacked and killed two foreign tourists and a citizen in a Ugandan nature park. Located in the...

US urges UN to respond to peacekeeper abuse in the DRC

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In a pivotal session at the United Nations on 21 November, a US Mission to the United Nations official addressed recent allegations of sexual...

US intelligence chief Avril Haines visits DRC and Rwanda amid rising...

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The White House has confirmed that US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines embarked on a diplomatic mission to Rwanda and the Democratic...

Southern African troops versus M23 rebels in the DRC: four risks...

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The security situation in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to deteriorate. The region comprises North Kivu, South Kivu...

DRC police operating Paramount Maatla armoured vehicles

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The Police Nationale Congolaise has been confirmed as the operator of newly acquired Maatla armoured vehicles. Fifteen of the Paramount-manufactured vehicles were handed over to...

SANDF members in the DRC receive UN medals

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Members of 10 South African Infantry Battalion and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU III) deployed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have...

Experts warn of security vacuum in wake of exiting peacekeepers

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Peacekeepers are on the move across Africa. But rather than rushing in to quell violence, they are withdrawing from some of the continent’s worst...

UN withdrawal in DRC fraught with risk

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At the request of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping mission has begun. But experts say the...

Africa isn’t ready for a withdrawal of peacekeepers

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Peacekeeping operations have played a crucial role in stabilising fragile situations across Africa for over 60 years. More than 13 United Nations (UN)-led missions...

DRC: rising Twirwaneho rebel group highlights the unending volatility of the...

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The three-decade conflict in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to the proliferation of hundreds of armed groups....

DRC operating Calidus MCAV-20, Paramount Mbombe armoured vehicles

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) military is operating two new armoured vehicle types, acquired from the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. On 22...

Brazilians help SANDF soldiers get ready for jungle warfare

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Members of the South African National Defence Force’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have concluded a jungle warfare...

Islamic State funds terror along DRC-Uganda border

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New reporting shows how the Islamic State group has funded the Allied Democratic Forces for at least four years, leading to an escalating scale...

DRC operating CH-4 UAVs

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the latest African nation to put the CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into service after ordering nine...

Democratic Republic of Congo emerges as Mwari’s next customer

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After selling three Mwari aircraft to Mozambique’s military, Paramount is providing six of the aircraft to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is also...

Military interventions have failed to end DRC’s conflict – what’s gone...

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For 30 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered from communal violence, armed conflict and insecurity. Diverse actors have tried to stop it...

ISS: SADC prepares to go back to the future in eastern...

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Deep misgivings and differences about the mandate and intentions of East Africa’s force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) lie behind the Southern...

East Africa has deployed troops to combat M23 rebels – who’s...

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The East Africa Community (EAC) has completed the deployment of its regional force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to oversee the...

East Africa’s peace mission in the DRC: why it’s in Burundi’s...

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Burundi was the first country to offer troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2022 as part of east Africa’s peace drive...

DRC violence continues – UN

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The tinderbox that is Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to spawn a litany of horrors, including dozens of deaths and displacement of over...

ISS: Eastern DRC’s peace plans must prioritise humanitarian aid

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has struggled with a multifaceted humanitarian crisis since the 1990s. The situation worsened in the past two...

ISS: Eastern DRC peace processes miss the mark

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Leaders of East African countries meeting in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura on 4 February again called for an immediate ceasefire in the eastern Democratic Republic...

East African troops hope to bring peace in the DRC but...

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The East African Community decided to deploy troops in one of its member states for the first time in June 2022. The deployment in...

Paramount begins delivery of first Maatla armoured vehicles

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Launched at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in September, Paramount Group’s new Maatla 4x4 light protected vehicle is being delivered to...

M23: Four things you should know about the rebel group’s campaign...

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Fighting between the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national army and the rebel group M23 has displaced thousands of people in the eastern border city...

SANDF help recover crashed UN UAV in the DRC

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has helped recover a crashed Falco Evo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by the United Nations Stabilisation...

ISS: Can the East African Community stabilise eastern DRC?

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As clashes escalated between the rebel March 23 Movement (M23) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) armed forces in North Kivu, the...

ISS: What do protests say about UN peacekeeping in Africa?

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In the past few months, two United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in Africa have encountered violent protests from the local populations they’re meant to...

ISS: Terrorists and poachers take aim at the Congo Basin’s guardians

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Globally, over 1 000 park rangers have been killed over the last decade. According to the World Wildlife Fund, more than 100 died on...

Burundi’s Gatumba massacre offers a window into the past and future...

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For nearly three decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been embroiled in violence. Millions of people have been killed and an estimated...

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