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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...

Op Mistral rotation in DR Congo underway

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Any change in plans as regards the composition of the United Nation’s single largest mission – MONUSCO – have either not been finalised or...

MONUSCO ups security in Bunia

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Future rebel attempts to attack Bunia in DR Congo’s Ituri province will encounter a higher level of defence from both MONUSCO and the national...

The Past Week in Defence #24 (5-11 October)

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, the USS Hershel Williams exercises with the Nigerian Navy, MONUSCO drawdown plans remain on track, Gauteng experiences...

The Past Week in Defence #22 (21 – 27 September)

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    In this week’s edition, on the continent, Algerian Su-30s have been spotted on a Russian production line, MONUSCO will “demilitarise and close offices” in...

MONUSCO drawdown plans on track

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The UN Security Council will “soon” be presented with a joint strategy for the progressive and phased drawdown of MONUSCO, according to Leila Zerrougui,...

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...

MONUSCO head denies logistic support for armed groups in DRC

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The senior civilian UN representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) denounces “fanciful rumours” the UN mission is providing logistic support to armed...

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...

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...

CHU’s lone woman mechanic

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One of many women actively involved in UN peacekeeping missions is SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter mechanic Sergeant Joy Mmotong. She and others form...

UN offers one symbolic dollar for Rooivalk expertise

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The days of the South African composite helicopter unit (CHU) as a major contributor to MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic...

Disarmament sites handed to Ituri provincial government

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MONUSCO handed two sites to the provincial government for disarmament and demobilisation of militiamen from the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Force (FRPI). The sites are erected...

Deployment of 1 165 SANDF personnel in the DRC extended

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed parliament that the 1 165 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

Ukrainian helicopter crews continue to carry out peacekeeping tasks in the...

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Ukrainian military personnel from the 18th helicopter squadron, deployed to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continue to...

Coronavirus prevention a MONUSCO priority, but no halt to mission mandate

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The South African contingent of the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission – MONUSCO – is along with the rest of the mission sticking to prescribed...

C-in-C confirms DR Congo and Mozambique Channel deployments for another year

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With the coronavirus pandemic currently very much front of mind for government, other commitments continue and this saw President Cyril Ramaphosa late last week...

Pakistani major’s insight on MONUSCO operations

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A Pakistani major attached to the UN’s largest peace mission outlined eight rewarding aspects of her work with MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of...

MONUSCO improves road links in DR Congo

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Chances the South Africans currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) overseeing the late delivery of goodwill parcels travelling on a road recently...

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