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SA infantry battalions and intelligence units rotate in DR Congo

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Elections and the impending closure of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) do not appear to have...

MONUSCO withdrawal starts January in South Kivu

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1 January is commencement day of withdrawal for the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where South Africa...

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...

Malawian FIB commander bids brigade farewell

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The outgoing commander of the lone United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission with an offensively mandated component, Malawian general Enoch Ntonya, leaves his post with...

SA FSC looks back on successful DRC tour of duty

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Major Felicia Mswane, fire support co-ordinator (FSC) for MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), is nearing the end of her duty tour in Democratic Republic...

JOps chief checks on DRC deployment

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The five SA National Defence Force (SANDF) elements assigned peacekeeping and peace support taskings in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were on the...

FIB commander calls on SA troops in DRC

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It’s a long way from Mafikeng in South Africa’s North West to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, including the North Oicha and Bwanasura...

10 SAI takes RSABATT baton from 21 SAI in UN Force...

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Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a long way from the Mafikeng base of 10 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, now home of the...

MONUSCO nod of approval for South African QRF soldiers and facilities

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The South African quick reaction force (QRF) in Democratic Republic of Congo in Beni at Mavivi base was on the receiving end of a...

10 SAI replaces 21 SAI as RSABATT in FIB

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Months of preparation, training and the rounds of inoculations and familiarisation briefings for 10 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion ended when the unit was bid...

21 SAI peacekeeping efforts rewarded with UN medals

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Two more SA Army units are now on the United Nations (UN) honours list following a medal parade In Democratic Republic of Congo’s North...

SADC re-affirms commitment to peace in DRC

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will continue contributing to restoring peace and stability to conflict-strewn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following hundreds of...

FIB jungle combat skills sharpened by Brazilians

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The ability of and skills necessary to operate successfully in jungle environments – essential for the MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) – have been...

Malawian peacekeepers bring normality back to North Kivu

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Seven months after Malawian soldiers were deployed to the North Kivu town Beni in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) life has – by and...

Next RSABATT deployment starts final preparation training in Limpopo

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Currently underway and due to finish in August are SA Army exercises Matha and Phirima as final preparation for the next RSABATT (RSA Battalion)...

1 Para DR Congo-bound to boost FIB

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An additional contribution by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to the United Nations (UN) Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of...

Sapper’s DRC vegetable garden an example of Koba-Tlala in action

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Project Koba-Tlala, originally an initiative to provide employment and add skills to part-time soldiers not on active duty, has spread its wings to the...

Specialist jungle training for Malawian FIB component

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The Malawian component of MONUSCO’s force Intervention Brigade (FIB) honed mobile jungle warfare techniques under the watchful eyes of a specialist Brazilian team ahead...

Rebel activity ongoing in DRC, despite thousands of MONUSCO patrols

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An indication of the work MONUSCO, the largest United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission with a sizeable South African contingent, does in its “adopted” home...

New base in DRC for 21 SAI

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Soldiers from 21 SA infantry (SAI) Battalion recently deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of Operation Mistral and particularly those...

CSANDF on hand to welcome 15 SAI back from DRC

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South African infantry soldiers, specifically those in 15 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, earned singular praise from the country’s senior soldier for making “a valuable...

SA FIB commander looks back

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Looking back on his term of duty as Officer Commanding the MONUSCO force intervention brigade (FIB), South African one-star general Monwabisi Dyakopu remembers the...

MONUSCO military racks up 17 000 plus patrols in three months

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Proof of the effort MONUSCO, the United Nation’s largest peacekeeping mission, puts into stabilising the sprawling and strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) comes...

New FIB commander

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The new man at the helm of the UN’s only peacekeeping component tasked with an offensive role is Tanzanian brigadier general Stevens Mnkande who...

ISS: Quick reaction forces to the rescue in eastern DRC

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Can a revamped Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) turn the tide against the malignant Islamic State-linked armed group that continues to terrorise the eastern Democratic...

Four country troop boost for FIB

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The imminent arrival of South African, Kenyan and Nepalese troops along with Tanzanians already on the ground will boost MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB)...

SA quick reaction force readies for DR Congo deployment

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South Africa’s commitment to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be boosted by the addition of a quick...

ISS: Reinventing the Force Intervention Brigade

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SADC has finally agreed to change the FIB, but the proposed new Quick Reaction Forces’ mandate is unclear. After seven years in the Democratic Republic...

MONUSCO to “demilitarise and close offices”

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Work is underway on a joint strategy for MONUSCO to “gradually and responsibly exit” the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but this is not...

SA soldiers rescue young girl from DRC rebels

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A South African infantry platoon was instrumental in rescuing a 10-year-old girl from a rebel force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), adding...

ISS: Asking the right questions about the Force Intervention Brigade

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‘The Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) should not be tampered with,’ the Southern African Development Community (SADC) insisted at its annual summit on Monday this...

SADC against FIB reconfiguration

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South Africa, along with Malawi and Tanzania, the three Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries making up the sole United Nations peacekeeping force with...

Another SA general leads the FIB

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The new man at the helm of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

UN medals for SA soldiers in DRC

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Eight hundred SA National Defence Force personnel, including 100 women, were presented with UN medals for 12 months service in the UN Stabilisation Mission...

SANDF staying in DR Congo

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The South African military involvement in the DR Congo Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) will continue until at least the end of the current MONUSCO...

South African soldiers repulse ADF rebels in DRC firefight

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South African soldiers attached to the UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been commended by SA National...

MONUSCO mandate extended

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The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the world body’s largest peacekeeping and peace support mission – MONUSCO – in the Democratic Republic...

SANDF soldier who killed girlfriend in DRC jailed for 20 years

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The Court of Military Appeal has upheld a 20 year prison sentence for Private Elias Mogaki who shot and killed his girlfriend...

SADC to engage UN at the highest level on FIB

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That the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is proud and possessive of what "its" Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) has and is achieving...

Rooivalk remaining in the DRC

The Rooivalk combat support helicopter looks set to remain in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but instead of being attached to...

Two UN Force Intervention Brigade soldiers killed in DR Congo

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Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed and several injured in an attack on their base in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the...

ISS: Is the Force Intervention Brigade still justifying its existence?

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The Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), the sharp end of MONUSCO – the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...

DR Congo deployment to cost just on a billion Rand

South Africa's fulfilment of "international obligations toward the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)" for the next 12 months...

Remains of SANDF member returned to SA; injured soldiers recovering

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has received the mortal remains of the soldier who died in a firefight in the...

Mauritius Coast Guard Service commissions ten patrol boats

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The Mauritius Coast Guard Service (MCG) has commissioned into service ten 14.5 metre long Fast Interceptor Boats (FIBs) ordered from Indian shipbuilder...

SAAF helicopter fired at in the DRC

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter deployed under the United Nations (UN) flag was fired upon in the Democratic Republic of...

Eastern DR Congo militias test U.N. peace enforcement

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As the battered pickup lurched down the road from Mount Nyiragongo, Lieutenant Bongani Mndebele took a closer look at its passengers, six...

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

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Tomorrow (Friday) is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers and South African soldiers deployed on continental peacekeeping and peace support missions will...

Tanzania says ready to take on Rwandan rebels in Congo

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Tanzania is ready to take on Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), President Jakaya Kikwete said, suggesting a...

ISS: Surrender or tactical deceit – has the FDLR really given...

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Is the UN's Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), which famously routed the M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last...

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