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Fighting in eastern DR Congo “worrisome” – Keita

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Fighting between M23 and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) armed forces (FARDC - Forces Armees de la Republic Democratique du Congo) in the east...

‘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...

SAAF Composite Helicopter Unit in DRC pays tribute to fallen colleague

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SA Air Force (SAAF) and other former colleagues in uniform came together in a sombre gathering at the South African Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU)...

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...

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...

UN support for SAMIDRC under discussion

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The M23 rebel group continues its offensive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the United Nations’ (UN’s) senior peacekeeping official during a...

MONUSCO supremo condemns Oryx attack

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Last Friday’s attack on “an aircraft bearing the United Nations (UN) emblem” – to whit, a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter...

Lack of top cover could be behind DR Congo helicopter attack

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In the aftermath of Friday’s small arms attack on a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission...

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...

Senior UN peacekeeper in DR Congo

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Top United Nations (UN) peacekeeping official Jean-Pierre Lacroix is presently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a series of meetings related to...

UN medals for SA airmen and medics

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Meritorious service by South African peacekeepers in various air and medical musterings was rewarded with the appropriate United Nations (UN) medal at their Goma...

For MONUSCO it’s civilian protection as usual notwithstanding pending closure

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That the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will wrap up at year-end is a definite but it...

MONUSCO exits oldest UN base in DR Congo

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When the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) closed its Lubero base on 26 December 2023 it brought...

UN assesses SEA risks in DR Congo

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That the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) takes sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) seriously was ably shown when...

MONUSCO mandate wraps up in December next year

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4 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) IV are probably the last SA National Defence Force (SANDF) ground force elements to...

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...

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...

SEA soldier suspects should pay costs if guilty – FF+

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A Freedom Front Plus (FF+) National Council of Provinces (NCOP) representative could well have opened a door, in legal punishment terms, if Defence and...

South African SEA suspects repatriated from DR Congo

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South African soldiers apparently involved in sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) while on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping duty in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

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...

MONUSCO withdrawal planning underway

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) stands ready to decide by year-end on the future of its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of...

MONUSCO to close one of original DR Congo bases

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Lubero, the first MONUSCO base in North Kivu and operational since 2002, will be among the first to close in line with the United...

SA SEA suspects repatriated from DR Congo

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The “serious nature” of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations against South African soldiers on peacekeeping duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

SA soldiers in DR Congo suspended for sexual abuse

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The ugly spectre of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by soldiers deployed on peacekeeping duties has again raised its head in the Democratic Republic...

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...

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...

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...

Third DR Congo provincial transition team up and running

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Now in its thirteenth year of existence, the United Nations (UN) mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has for the past three years...

SAMIM deployment extended for 12 months

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) will remain in the east African country until mid-July next year to “consolidate gains...

MONUSCO withdrawal must not leave security vacuums – UN

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Withdrawal of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) must not create security vacuums and jeopardise protection of civilians,...

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...

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...

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 military expenditure in DR Congo totals R2 billion plus in...

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South African commitments to continental peacekeeping as part of government’s foreign policy falls squarely on the shoulders of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF)...

MONUSCO Commander calls on 10 SAI HQ in Beni

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Recently appointed MONUSCO Commander, Brazilian Lieutenant General Otavio Filho, called on the South African battalion headquarters in Beni, a hotspot in eastern Democratic Republic...

“Fragile lull” in eastern DRC

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Months of fighting and rising tension across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on hold with “a fragile lull”, including improvement in relations...

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...

Restive eastern DR Congo deteriorating – top UN official

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The “worsening situation” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prompted a visit by a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation which reports “a...

Outgoing MONUSCO force commander believes DRC is better today than in...

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Summing up his tenure as MONUSCO force commander, Lieutenant General Marcos da Costa maintains much was done under his watch, with more work needed...

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...

Kenyan QRF takes on ADF

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Reported attacks by the rebel Allied Defence Forces (ADF) in the Beni area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) saw speedy response from...

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...

Attacks continue in eastern DR Congo

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North Kivu joins Ituri as a flashpoint in troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the United Nations (UN) reporting around 90 000 people displaced...

Ituri is current DRC flashpoint

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Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has become a hotbed of violence with reports of killings, sexual violence, abductions, destruction of property and attacks...

Mass graves found in Ituri, DRC

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A MONUSCO patrol in the wake of attacks by militia group CODECO in Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ituri province found mass graves containing...

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...

Kenyan troops in DRC patrol for safety and better socio-economic conditions

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Reconnaissance and other patrols by Kenya Defence Forces (KDFs) troops deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the East African Community...

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