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US to construct military bases for Somali National Army

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The United States and Somalia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of up to five military bases for the Somalia...

Planning for ATMIS phase three drawdown underway

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With phases one and two of the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) done and dusted, planning for the third phase in June...

ATMIS drawdown on schedule

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The phase two ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) drawdown is complete with a further three thousand soldiers exiting the country, seven forward...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated vessel off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has foiled two hijackings by Somali pirates within days, rescuing 19 crew in the latest incident off the Horn of Africa. The...

Ugandan team clears major Somali supply route of IEDs

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The start of a new year in peacekeeping operations is – by and large – another day of operations ranging from convoy escort and...

IMB concerned about first ship hijacking off Somalia in six years

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The just released 2023 International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report notes a slight increase in incidents and expresses concern over the first successful hijacking...

Ethiopia’s quest for access to the sea: success rests on good...

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On 1 January, Ethiopia and Somaliland signed a memorandum of understanding granting Addis Ababa direct access to the Gulf of Aden. This strategic agreement...

UN helicopter and personnel in al Shabaab hands

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The United Nations (UN), via spokesman Stephane Dujarric, is “concerned” about personnel aboard a helicopter flying under the world body’s flag after it was...

Indian Navy rescues crew from hijacked ship off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has rescued all 21 crew members from the MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea after it was boarded by...

ATMIS to continue “degrading” al-Shabaab in 2024

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Last year saw the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) conduct more than 200 operations against al-Shabaab in furtherance of a mission priority...

$1 million-plus worth of ammunition gifted to Somali National Army

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The Somali National Army (SNA) is to receive "military equipment designed to deliver lethal force" from the European Peace Facility (EPF) of the European...

UN arms embargo on Somalia lifted

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As the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission on Somalia) continues its troop drawdown, the lifting of a 31-year-long United Nations (UN) arms embargo on...

ATMIS drawdown en route for year-end finish

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The ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) exit from the Horn of Africa country continues with the Qorilow forward operating base (FOB) handed...

EU monitoring hijacked vessel off Somalia

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The European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) is closely monitoring the hijacked Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Ruen, which remains off the Somali coast. In a statement,...

Somali pirates are back in action but a full scale return...

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An Iranian fishing vessel, Almeraj 1, was reportedly hijacked by Somali pirates in November 2023. According to media reports, the pirates demanded $400 000...

Inconsistencies are costing the AU Mission in Somalia

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In September, a call was made for a technical pause to the African troop drawdown from Somalia, following the initial withdrawal of 2 000...

Second stage of ATMIS troop withdrawal underway

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The second ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) troop withdrawal in six months is currently underway in the east African country. “Recommencement” of the...

Somali President Mohamud aims to eradicate Al-Shabaab within a year

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Somalia has one year to eradicate al-Shabaab from the country and end 17 years of war, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced in late November. The...

Suspected pirates apprehended off Somalia

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Suspected pirates aboard a hijacked Iranian fishing boat have surrendered to Somali police after being monitored by European Union Operation Atalanta assets. On 22 November,...

Somali pirates strike again as Iranian fishing vessel highjacked

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After a lull of several years, Somali pirates are back in the news with reports of them having successfully attacked and seized an Iranian...

Al-Shabaab hopes to recruit by celebrating Hamas attacks

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It only took a matter of days for the Somali terror group al-Shabaab to congratulate Hamas for its deadly October 7 attack on Israel. Al-Shabaab,...

Top UN official commends ATMIS and Somali government peace efforts

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The senior United Nations (UN) representative in Africa commended ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) and the Somali government for collaboration and joint...

IED training for Somali police

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With withdrawal work well underway in Somalia, other work continues to ensure that civilian safety and security is maintained. This saw an intensive, five-day training...

Allen-Vanguard to attend AAD 2024 as it keeps its sights set...

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Having just concluded a successful DSEI exhibition in the United Kingdom, global electronic countermeasures (ECM) specialist Allen-Vanguard has confirmed its attendance at Africa Aerospace...

Decisive action lacking at UN-AU security consultations

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Africa’s stability is inextricably linked to international peace and security. For that reason, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United...

EU donates military equipment to Somalia

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Non-lethal military hardware funded by the European Peace Facility has been handed over to the Somali National Army (SNA), with trucks and trailers supporting...

Here’s why Somali piracy, once an unsolvable security threat, has almost...

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In 2011, pirates carried out 212 attacks in a vast area spanning Somali waters, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of...

Joint AU/Somali patrols against al-Shabaab upped, drawdown notwithstanding

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Troop drawdowns in the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have not put an end to its mandate of halting Al-Shabaab terror group...

AU peacekeepers are leaving Somalia: what needs to happen to keep...

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The phased withdrawal of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis) began earlier this year and is scheduled to end in December 2024. The...

Second ATMIS troop drawdown underway

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The second ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) troop withdrawal started at the weekend when the Bio Cadale forward operating base (FOB) in...

Allen-Vanguard strengthens its electronic countermeasures support to Somalia

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Global electronic countermeasures (ECM) specialist Allen-Vanguard has been providing electronic countermeasures systems, force protection advice and support to security forces based in Somalia for...

Allen-Vanguard deepens its ECM support to Somalia with an 18-month contract...

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Allen-Vanguard, a global leader in providing customized solutions for defeating Radio Frequency (RF) based terrorist and extremist threats, has a long-established relationship of providing...

Bell 412 helicopters support Somalia’s counter-insurgency efforts

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The delivery of Bell 412 helicopters to Somalia's government has provided a critical boost to its counter-insurgency capabilities, marking a significant development in the...

ATMIS drawdowns do not mean support lessens

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Troop and equipment drawdowns by the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) will not affect ongoing operations against Al Shabaab in the east...

More troops to exit ATMIS

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Tight deadlines mean assessment of the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) first troop drawdown phase is running concurrently with planning for the...

Maritime training for SNCG

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ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) is readying the Somali defence force for security duty on land and along the east African country’s...

Attack on Kenya Defence Forces outpost confirms Al-Shabaab drone use

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Kenyan security forces have increased their operations along the country’s 680-kilometer border with Somalia in response to recent attacks by al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab, which has suffered...

Allen-Vanguard donate SCORPION ECM training equipment to Kenya’s International Peace Support...

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Allen-Vanguard, a global leader in providing customized solutions for defeating Radio Frequency (RF) based terrorist and extremist threats, was recently invited to speak on...

Allen-Vanguard donates SCORPION ECM training equipment to Kenya

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Global electronic countermeasures (ECM) specialist Allen-Vanguard was recently invited to speak on global developments in Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) at the 5th African Annual...

UN official: Africa is ‘key battleground for terrorism’

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Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack that killed six civilians and three Soldiers at the Pearl Beach Hotel restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, in early...

Second ATMIS troop withdrawal set for September

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Six former ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) forward operating bases (FOBs) are now manned and managed by Somali Security Forces (SSF) with...

ATMIS troop exit and FOB handover complete

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As planned, seven forward operating bases (FOBs) in Somalia are now Somali held and managed as part of phase one of the ATMIS (African...

ATMIS troop withdrawal progressing

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Ahead of this month-end (June) reduction of two thousand troops serving under the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) a second forward operating...

Somali maritime security training

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Fifteen Somalia Navy and Coast Guard (SNCG) officers successfully completed specialised maritime security training in a joint initiative conducted by the African Union Transition...

Child protection training in Somalia stepped up

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With the first phase of the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) drawdown imminent – it starts next month (June) – stepping up...

Somaliland crisis: delayed elections and armed conflict threaten dream of statehood

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With a presidential election delayed for months and deadly clashes between security forces and clan militias, Somaliland’s reputation for stability lies in ruins. Violence...

Japanese donation boosts Somali demining effort

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Demining projects in conflict ravaged Somalia received a million dollar lift from the Japanese government this month (May). The support will, the United Nations Mine...

Ugandan three-star is new ATMIS Force Commander

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New ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) Force Commander, Ugandan Lieutenant General Sam Okiding, took up the post at the weekend replacing Lieutenant...

Somalia prepares to step up as ATMIS draws down

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After 18 years and three multinational peace missions, Somalia is getting ready to take full control of its own security. The 1-year-old African Union...

Planning underway for first ATMIS troop withdrawal

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Plans to ensure the first phase of troop drawdown by ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) does not “negate” security gains made to...

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