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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Decisive action lacking at UN-AU security consultations

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Africa’s stability is inextricably linked to international peace and security. For that reason, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United...

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...

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...

SANDF wraps up jungle warfare training ahead of DRC deployment

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have wrapped up jungle warfare training in Limpopo ahead of their rotation to the United Nations peacekeeping...

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...

ISS: School terror attack highlights Uganda’s security gaps

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On 16 June, militants stormed Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary School in western Uganda, near the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border, killing at least...

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...

SA President part of DRC/Great Lakes summit

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the Burundian capital Bujumbura taking part in discussions aimed at stabilising the volatile Democratic Republic of Congo...

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...

Extension of SANDF deployments in Mozambique and DRC to cost R2...

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the deployments of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and...

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...

Tanzania now part of Mozambique Channel patrols – SADC maritime committee

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Southern African regional maritime security has long been led by South Africa evidenced by ongoing – although irregular – patrols in the Mozambique Channel. This...

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...

Nigeria and DRC among conflict areas to watch in 2023 –...

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria are, along with Ukraine, the Sahel, Mozambique and Ethiopia, some of the conflict regions that have...

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...

SAAF crew member killed after Oryx hit by gunfire in DRC

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One South African Air Force (SAAF) crew member has been killed and another wounded after their Oryx transport helicopter was hit by gunfire in...

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...

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...

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: 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...

Protests against UN in eastern Congo highlight peace mission’s crisis of...

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Violent protests erupted in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in late July 2022, resulting in the deaths of at least three peacekeepers and several...

The UN is under attack in eastern Congo, but DRC elites...

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Demonstrators in the volatile eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have called for the immediate withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping...

How conflicts intertwined over time and destabilised the DRC – and...

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The conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the deadliest the world has ever witnessed. One report estimates the...

Brazilian instructors assist the SANDF with jungle warfare training

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Members of Brazil’s armed forces have assisted the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) with jungle warfare training as part of the South African...

RSA Battalion undergoing jungle warfare training ahead of DRC rotation

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The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) Mafikeng-based 10 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion Group is undergoing jungle warfare training at Entabeni ahead of the...

Rwanda and the DRC at risk of war as new M23...

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The seeming rapid deterioration of security in the eastern DRC and resurgence of M23 are an outcome of longstanding regional rivalries between Rwanda and...

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