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Mozambican terror group is strikingly similar to Nigeria’s deadly Boko Haram

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Terrorism is a global problem affecting many countries. Until 2017, however, southern Africa was largely spared from this phenomenon. The bloody conflict sparked by...

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...

Why some terror campaigns escalate to civil war and others don’t

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Most terrorist campaigns – where a group targets civilians to achieve political objectives – are short-lived. But some aren’t. In some cases, terror campaigns...

Economic pressures drive extremism – report

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A lack of job opportunities is the leading factor driving people to join fast-growing violent extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new...

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...

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,...

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...

Rwandan and Mozambican forces continue to flush out insurgents

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Rwandan and Mozambican security forces this week secured an area west of Palma from insurgents as operations continue against ASWJ activities in Mozambique’s Cabo...

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...

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...

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...

More transparency needed from Rwanda, Mozambique on counter-insurgency – Louw-Vaudran

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External military forces in the insurgent-torn Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique have done an effective job so far in quelling a brutal Islamist...

Less than a month to go until defenceWeb event on countering...

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In less than a month’s time, defenceWeb will be hosting a virtual event on regional and international efforts to counter the insurgency in Mozambique,...

Nigerian state to shut camps for people displaced by insurgency

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Nigeria's Borno state, the epicentre of an ongoing Islamist insurgency, will shut all camps that are holding thousands of internally displaced persons by the...

Cabo Delgado insurgency is far from over – Opperman

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The introduction of external security forces into Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province has proven pivotal in the battle to reclaim the region from an Islamist...

Rwanda, Lesotho contingents visit soldiers deployed to Cabo Delgado

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Senior military officials from Rwanda and Lesotho have visited their deployed troops in Cabo Delgado as part of their efforts to counter Mozambique’s insurgency. The...

SAMIM captures insurgent training base in Cabo Delgado

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has captured an Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) insurgent base South of Messalo River...

SADC urged to prepare for long ‘slog’ of counterinsurgency in Mozambique

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As Mozambique’s neighbours in Southern Africa join its four-year fight against insurgents in the Cabo Delgado region, observers are celebrating early gains while warning...

Military force alone won’t solve Mozambique’s insurgency

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Tackling the root causes behind Mozambique’s insurgency is the only way to provide a lasting solution, experts have said. Counterterrorism in Mozambique was one of...

SADC Mozambique force bolstered by Lesotho as Rwandans retake key port

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Lesotho has become the latest nation to contribute troops to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique, which was formally launched on...

SIPRI warns arms for Mozambique will not necessarily end insurgency

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As the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mulls options with regard to military intervention in Mozambique, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) maintains...

Human rights abuse rife in terrorist-torn Cabo Delgado as Mozambique struggles...

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented several human rights abuses in the now infamous Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique. War crimes such as beheadings...

SADC decides on another summit as it holds off on military...

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What was billed as an “extraordinary double troika summit” of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to explore ways and means of ending instability...

Mozambique seeks targeted foreign support to help tackle insurgency -president

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Mozambique has told the international community what support it needs to deal with an Islamic State-linked insurgency, but for reasons of sovereignty it will...

Mozambique seeks targeted foreign support to help tackle insurgency -president

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Mozambique has told the international community what support it needs to deal with an Islamic State-linked insurgency, but for reasons of sovereignty it will...

An overview of foreign security involvement in Mozambique

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A number of private security companies, foreign governments and militaries have become involved in Mozambique in its fight against the insurgency in Cabo Delgado,...

Cabo Delgado: Consequences of a failing state

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More than a week after last month’s attack on Palma, the Mozambican authorities claimed to be in control of the town. There is still...

ISS: Mozambique on a knife’s edge with its Cabo Delgado insurgency

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Although SADC is the first responder to the crisis, the AU’s hands aren’t completely tied. Last week the world witnessed a dramatic attack on the Mozambican town...

Dozens killed in besieged Mozambique gas town

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Dozens of people were killed in an attack on the northern Mozambique town of Palma this week, a spokesman for the country’s defence and...

Mozambicans fleeing insurgency risk radicalisation, UN fears

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Mozambicans uprooted by a jihadist insurgency have the potential to become radicalised themselves if they lack basic essentials and root causes of the conflict...

Ending violence in Mozambique will require united effort, African Energy Chamber...

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The chair of the African Energy Chamber believes that united efforts are required to solve the ‘dire’ insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province and...

Maritime security and the Cabo Delgado insurgency

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When Mozambican insurgents known as Al-Sunna captured the port of Mocimboa da Praia in early September this year it meant the ISIS-inspired group added...

Eleven Cameroonian teachers kidnapped in region ravaged by insurgency

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Unidentified men kidnapped 11 teachers on Tuesday from two schools in western Cameroon, where separatist insurgents are battling government forces, the church that runs...

Insurgency in Mozambique threatens food security, says World Food Programme

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Worsening violence by militants with links to Islamic State in northern Mozambique are causing thousands to go hungry as they flee their homes and...

Mozambique insurgency remains rooted in local discontent, for now

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In October 2017, insurgents in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province began a violent revolt against their government that continues today. The insurgency has left...

South Africa is ready to help Mozambique with its insurgency

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South Africa is ready to help insurgency-hit Mozambique with support from its intelligence services or military, but its neighbour would first need to request...

South Africa’s options for helping Mozambique fight its insurgency

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There is now finally some level of understanding in South Africa and within the SADC that the growing conflict in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province...

South Africa must beware of terrorism in Mozambique

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South Africa needs to take the spectre of terrorism in Mozambique seriously but must be very cautious about intervening or trying to assist its...

The hidden face of the war in Cabo Delgado  

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The establishment of the terrorist groups al-Shabab and the Islamic State with claims to establish the Islamic Law, the corporate interests of the oil...

Mozambican government not adequately dealing with insurgency – experts

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The Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado is becoming increasingly well coordinated and militant, escalating to levels never predicted by the Mozambican state....

Mozambique insurgency could spread through southern Africa – Mapisa-Nqakula

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned that the Islamist insurgency in Mozambique could spread to neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC)...

Sudan army officer dies, soldiers hurt in attack by Ethiopian militia-SUNA

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A Sudanese military officer was killed and several soldiers wounded on Thursday in an attack by Ethiopian militias on the Sudanese side of the...

South Africa, Mozambique discuss aid to fight Islamist insurgency

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South Africa is discussing providing assistance to fight an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique with links to Islamic State, according to a minister. Insurgents have...

SADC leaders meet on Mozambique insurgency but action remains elusive

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Amid growing concerns about regional inaction on Mozambique’s jihadist insurgency crisis, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security hosted...

ISS: Insurgents change tactics as Mozambique seeks help

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Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique has seen a dramatic spike in attacks in recent days, including a spectacular ‘hearts and minds’ operation by...

ERA: Mozambique – insurgency continues as AU forced to take notice

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On 29 February 2020, at least two people were killed in a suspected jihadist insurgent attack in Pemba in what is believed to be...

ISS: Can the African Union help Mozambique combat terrorism?

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For the first time the escalating terrorist threat in Mozambique has been discussed by African leaders, at the 33rd African Union (AU) summit in...

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