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“I was forced to kill my best friend” – former DRC...

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It was during a normal game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age five by rebel soldiers in the Democratic...

Mali insurgency spreads

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Heavily armed gunmen riding motor bikes and other vehicles raided a village and killed five soldiers in Niger near the border with...

Kenya to withdraw troops from South Sudan

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Kenya said on Wednesday it would withdraw its troops from the UN peace keeping mission in South Sudan after it sacked a...

Nigeria to investigate alleged rapes by police and soldiers

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Nigeria's president has ordered an investigation into allegations by a rights group of rapes by soldiers and police of women and girls...

Fighting in Somalia kills at least seven soldiers – officials

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At least seven people were killed in weekend fighting between soldiers from two semi-autonomous regions of Somalia, officials from both sides said...

France says it’s ready to keep troops in west Africa for...

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France appeared on Wednesday to accept it would need to keep thousands of troops in Africa's Sahel region for an indefinite period...

Gunmen kill three soldiers, two others, in north Burkina Faso

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Unidentified gunmen killed three Burkinabe soldiers and two civilians on Wednesday, a military source said, in the latest sign instability in Mali...

Nigerien soldiers killed in attack on refugee camp

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At least 22 soldiers were killed in Niger on Thursday when unknown assailants attacked a camp for Malian refugees, the West African...

Somali soldiers killed in inter-regional fighting

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At least 17 soldiers were killed in clashes overnight between forces from two semi-autonomous regions of northern Somalia, local officials said on...

Angolan oil region clash leaves 12 soldiers dead

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Separatist rebels said they killed 12 soldiers in Angola, part of a flare-up of violence in a region that produces half the...

Militants kill three Tunisian soldiers

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Islamist militants killed three Tunisian soldiers and wounded seven others on Monday, opening fire on them with rifles and rocket propelled grenades...

Ivory Coast soldiers jailed for al Qaeda ties

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Two soldiers in Ivory Coast have been jailed for 10 years for associating with, and failing to denounce, suspected members of an...

South Sudan security forces killed, raped civilians: UN

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Government soldiers and security forces in South Sudan executed civilians and gang-raped women and girls during and after ethnically-charged fighting last month...

South Sudan rejects UN soldier rape and killing accusations

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South Sudan rejected accusations by the UN that its soldiers had raped and killed civilians during and after ethnically-charged fighting last month...

Zimbabwe to pay army, police late as cash crisis deepens

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Zimbabwe will pay July salaries for the army on Monday, more than a week late, but teachers will only receive their wages...

French troops will leave CAR in October: Hollande

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France will end a three-year military peacekeeping operation in Central African Republic in October, François Hollande has said, although security remains volatile. The...

US sends 47 troops to South Sudan to protect Americans

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The White House said on Wednesday that it had deployed 47 troops to South Sudan to protect US citizens and the US...

Where and when striking soldiers report will not be general knowledge

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When and where soldiers on special leave have to report back to their employer, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), is "an...

Burkina Faso plans to bring troops home amid security threats

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Burkina Faso plans to withdraw its troops deployed in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur and to bring them home against...

French soldiers die in Mali mine explosion

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Two French soldiers have died in Mali after their heavy armoured vehicle hit a land mine, taking the number of people killed...

Ivory Coast soldiers sentenced to life for killing ex-president

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A military tribunal in Ivory Coast on Thursday sentenced three senior military officials to life in prison for the 2002 murder of...

Germany to send soldiers to Mali for peacekeeping mission

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Germany is ready to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali to bolster the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African...

SA soldiers who allegedly went AWOL in DRC discharged

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South African soldiers recalled from duty with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in September have been "administratively...

Sandu gearing up for another SANDF legal battle

Another legal row is brewing between the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the military trade union Sandu (SA National Defence Union). This...

Ivory Coast army protests sow fears of return to unrest

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Protests by disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast have exposed the government's failure to reform its mutiny-plagued armed forces and its rapid capitulation...

‘Handful’ of Libyan troops claim asylum in UK after training –...

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A group of Libyan army cadets whose training programme in Britain was halted early after a series of sex attacks on local...

Ivory Coast government opens talks with disgruntled soldiers

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Ivory Coast's government opened negotiations with disgruntled soldiers on Wednesday, promising to pay back wages and overdue benefits to thousands of ex-rebels...

Nigerian soldiers block roads, burn buses in Lagos protest

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Nigerian soldiers blocked roads, fired shots into the air and burned several buses in Lagos on Friday after a soldier was killed...

Mali says 50 soldiers killed in Kidal fighting

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Fifty Malian soldiers died this week during a failed army attempt to seize the Tuareg separatist northern town of Kidal, the West...

Libyan soldiers block entrance to PM’s office to demand pay

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Libyan soldiers in charge of securing the prime minister's office blocked cars from leaving the building on Wednesday in protest at not...

Fourteen Sierra Leone soldiers charged with mutiny

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A Sierra Leone military court has charged 13 soldiers and a captain with mutiny and denied them bail eight months after they...

Gunmen kill six army officers near Cairo

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Gunmen shot dead six army officers near Cairo on Saturday, the second attack on Egyptian security forces in three days that the...

Tunisian militant landmine blast kills soldier

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A Tunisian soldier was killed and another wounded in a landmine explosion near the Algerian border where security forces are pursuing Islamist...

Soldiers on duty for voter registration

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Seventy-five soldiers will find themselves "maintaining law and order" when the first round of voter registration takes place this weekend ahead of...

Angolan troops free seized Congolese soldiers: local official

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A group of Congolese soldiers who were seized last week by Angolan troops when they entered the Congo Republic have been freed,...

More than 80 child soldiers released in DRC

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Concerted efforts by aid agencies has seen 83 child soldiers released by an armed group in the DRC. All of them were apparently...

African conflicts pose threats to children – UN report

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Despite progress to protect children living in war-affected countries, the evolving character and tactics of conflict are creating unprecedented threats for children,...

UN “concerned” about re-recruitment of child soldiers by M23

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Senior United Nations officials are concerned about reports of dozens of children who escaped from the rebel 23 March Movement (M23) in...

Soldier allegedly shoots and kills two colleagues

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Two South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have been shot and killed, apparently by a fellow soldier, while on border protection...

As U.S. leaves, Iraqi forces still under construction

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Nearly nine years after the United States threw out Saddam Hussein and dissolved his feared security machine, Iraq's rebuilt military is a...

Israeli soldier, Palestinians freed in captive swap

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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel's borders in opposite directions as a thousand-for-one prisoner swap brought joy to...

Yemeni warplane mistakenly bombs soldiers, officials say

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Local security officials said up to 20 soldiers were killed when Yemen's air force mistakenly bombed a military site in the south...

Seven Syrian troops die as armed resistance emerges

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Syria said that seven of its soldiers and police were killed in an operation against terrorists in the central town of Rastan,...

Nigeria investigates military misconduct in north

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Nigeria's ministry of defence said it will investigate military misconduct in the remote northeast of the country where a Joint Task Force...

Burundi gunmen kill one, insurgency fears rise

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Gunmen killed one soldier and seriously wounded five people in western Burundi, the latest attack in a spate of violent incidents that...

Ivory Coast arrests 57 troops from former regime

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Ivorian authorities arrested 57 soldiers from former president Laurent Gbagbo's regime and charged them with crimes ranging from murder and kidnapping to...

U.S. troops in Iraq will need immunity – U.S. chief

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Any agreement for U.S. troops to stay in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal would require the Iraqi parliament to...

Captured Libyan soldiers say army morale is low

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's army is so demoralised that officers have to threaten soldiers and their families with death to force them...

Yemen says kills two Qaeda leaders, critics voice doubt

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Yemeni security sources said their forces had killed two al Qaeda leaders in the south during an offensive in the flashpoint Abyan...

Syrian military assaults intensify on Homs, 16 killed

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Syrian troops and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed 16 people in attacks in the city of Homs residents said, an...