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Ex Ushirikiani Imara underway in Rwanda

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The 13th East African Community (EAC) regional field training exercise, Ushirikiani Imara (building strong relationships) 2024, is underway in Rwanda’s Bugesera district of the...

As SADC Mission in Mozambique winds down, terrorism resurges

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As the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique winds down its activities in the Cabo Delgado region, terrorists have begun to surge again...

Drones, heavy weapons dominate DRC’s fight with M23

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A steady stream of wounded civilians walk or are carried past the tents that surround Ndosho hospital in Goma, the provincial capital of North...

Bold African Union role needed to stabilise east DRC

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The African Union lacks a coherent strategy that can reduce tensions between countries and improve security coordination. Security in the eastern Democratic Republic of the...

Senior UN peacekeeping official meets SADC Executive Secretary

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While in Africa, United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix met Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi with...

Burundi-Rwanda rivalry: RED-Tabara rebel attacks add to regional tensions

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The RED-Tabara armed group, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has renewed attacks in Burundi since late 2023. The group – which...

Ramaphosa tries to patch up relations with Rwanda

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Could South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to rekindle ties between his country and Rwanda also help resolve the dangerous standoff between Rwanda and...

Rwanda genocide: 30 years on, why Tutsis are at the centre...

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The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 has in complex ways fuelled violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over...

Rwanda’s genocide could have been prevented: 3 things the international community...

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As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda, it is important to understand what...

DRC-Rwanda crisis: what’s needed to prevent a regional war

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In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African, Burundian and Tanzanian troops are fighting against the Rwandan army, which has deployed...

Botswana exits SAMIM as Rwanda grows troop numbers

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The withdrawal of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) contingent to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) last week is the...

Reports of SANDF troops captured in the DRC dismissed as fake...

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The South African Departments of Defence and International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) have dismissed reports that several South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers...

Continental body backs SADC mission in DR Congo, including ‘requisite support’

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The African Union (AU) by way of its Peace and Security Council (PSC) has endorsed a Southern African Development Community (SADC) decision to deploy...

DRC-Rwanda crisis: what’s needed to prevent a regional war

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In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African, Burundian and Tanzanian troops are fighting against the Rwandan army, which has deployed...

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...

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...

SADC DR Congo mission will come up against high-tech weaponry

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will, reports have it, face an M23 rebel grouping with...

Rwanda’s troops in Mozambique have done well to protect civilians –...

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Rwanda’s involvement in peacekeeping operations for the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) has increased since 2004. The relatively small east African nation is...

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 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...

Peacekeeping at a critical crossroads Kigali conference hears

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Delegates to the October United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial preparatory conference heard peacekeeping “is at a critical crossroads” as peacekeepers face ever greater challenges. This...

Gearing up for seminal UN Peacekeeping Ministerial conference

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Rwanda this week hosted a preparatory conference for this year’s United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial. The UN Ministerial event is set for Accra in Ghana...

EAC CPX done and dusted

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The armed forces of East African Community (EAC) member states along with police personnel and civilians wrapped up a successful command post exercise at...

East African CPX underway in Rwanda

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Rwanda’s Defence Forces and Staff Command College in Musanze is hosting a 12 day East African Community (EAC) command post exercise (CPX) Ushirikiano Imara...

Rwanda genocide suspect arrest earns UN praise for SA law enforcement

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A South African law enforcement task team was on the receiving end of thanks from the United Nations (UN) following the arrest of Fulgence...

Rwandan fugitive wanted for genocide nabbed in SA

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A Rwandan fugitive, wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has been arrested in Paarl in the Western Cape by a South African...

Turkey viewing Rwanda as an important potential defence customer

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As part of a five-country African tour, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu arrived in Rwanda on 12 January and during his two-day visit, he...

ISS: Rwanda expands its protection of Mozambique’s natural resources

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The number of Rwandan soldiers and police fighting terrorism in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province increased from 1 000 in 2021 to 2 500 by...

Rwandan troops uncover second Cabo Delgado weapons cache

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Rwandan soldiers uncovered another ASWJ (Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah) weapons cache in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado – the second in seven days. The weapons were found...

Massive weapons cache unearthed in Cabo Delgado

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Rwandan soldiers in Mozambique unearthed a massive cache of weapons and ammunition in what is described as “pre-emptive action” to prevent ASWJ (Al Sunnah...

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...

DRC-Rwanda tensions undermine peace efforts in the region

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The details of a proposed regional peacekeeping force deployed to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to be made public in...

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...

ISS: SADC and Rwanda shouldn’t go it alone in Mozambique

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Troops from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have achieved some important results in northern Mozambique, where an insurgency has been ongoing...

Exercise Justified Accord underway in Kenya and Rwanda

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Servicemen from the US military and 20 East African nations are taking part in Exercise Justified Accord 22 in Kenya and Rwanda. Justified Accord is...

Qatari Gazelles for Rwanda

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The Rwanda Defence Force has received two SA 342 Gazelle helicopters from Qatar as the two countries strengthen defence ties. The Chief of Staff of...

Rwandan and Mozambican troops continue to flush out insurgents

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Soldiers from Rwanda and Mozambique continue to flush out Ansar sunna Wa Jammah (ASWJ) insurgents in Cabo Delgado province, and have captured new hideouts...

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...

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...

Rebels on run from Uganda, DRC joint mission

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Operation Shujaa, which means hero in Swahili, is making gains that offer hope it can live up to its name. After years of terrorism by...

ISS: Burundi and Rwanda on a reconciliation path

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Since Burundi accused Rwanda of backing a coup attempt against it in 2015, relations between the two countries have been rocky. Most of the...

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...

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...

Fighting in east Congo pushes 11 000 refugees into Uganda

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Fighting between the army and a group of armed men in eastern Congo forced some 11 000 people to flee across the border into...

Armed men seize Congo villages near Uganda, Rwanda border

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Gunmen seized at least two villages overnight in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo near the border with Uganda and Rwanda, a local official...

Rwandan prosecutors to appeal verdict for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

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Rwandan prosecutors said on Wednesday they would appeal against a 25-year jail sentence handed to Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a...

Traditional terrorism could mean trouble for security forces in Mozambique –...

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Globalisation, more traditional forms of terrorism and a lack of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) could be major vulnerabilities to the Southern African Development...

Six people arrested in Rwanda, accused of spreading rumours

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Rwandan authorities have arrested six people including a journalist and members of an opposition party accused of publishing rumours allegedly intended to spark an...