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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...

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...

US Navy liberates Israeli tanker seized by Houthi forces

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Action taken by US Navy forces operating off the coast of Yemen have liberated an Israeli chemical products tanker, the 19 998-dwt Central Park...

NASA’s BioSCape campaign successfully maps biodiversity in Western Cape

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NASA's ambitious biodiversity field campaign, BioSCape, conducted over four intensive weeks using modified Gulfstream III and Gulfstream V business jets from Cape Town, has...

Cabinet welcomes White House response to Lady R matter

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South Africa’s Cabinet has welcomed the acknowledgement of the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, of the seriousness with which President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed...

NASA is coming to the Western Cape

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The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing to conduct a first-of-its-kind biodiversity field campaign in the Western Cape by sending two...

Ghana urges US not to waver in war against terrorism in...

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“One of the greatest threats to our democracy has to be the proliferation and sophistication of terrorist networks in Africa,” President of Ghana, Nana...

Global coalition to defeat ISIS to focus on African states

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The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS has established a focus group to help African states build up their counterterrorism capabilities, particularly for regions where...

Pentagon Chief focusing on regional security on visits to Djibouti, Kenya,...

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United States Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin III, has started his official travel to Dibouti, Kenya, and Angola on the heels of the...

Kenya, US enter defence co-operation agreement

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East African country Kenya and the United States (US) at the weekend committed to a wide-ranging five-year defence co-operation agreement. The agreement will see formal...

Ramaphosa uses UNGA platform to call for dialogue between warring parties

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa used part of his speaking turn at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) “urging” the international community to do...

US donating helicopters to the Zambia Air Force

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The United States has announced an $80 million grant to Zambia for the supply of four Bell 412EP helicopters to the Zambia Air Force...

US General emphasises crucial role of non-commissioned officers during African military...

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A strong, professional non-commissioned officer corps is the true backbone of any military, US Marine Corps 4-Star General and Commander of the US military’s...

US-supplied vessels bolster Ghana’s maritime security

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In a significant development for maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently commissioned four vessels into Ghana...

SANDF hosting Military Skills Competition 2023

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The South African Army Armour Formation will be hosting the Military Skills Competition 2023 in Potchefstroom, with international military participants from Angola, Botswana, Germany,...

India taking part in Exercise Bright Star for the first time

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The Indian military is for the first time taking part in the United States-led Exercise Bright Star in Egypt, alongside 33 other nations. The Indian...

US military presence in Niger in question following coup

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The United States has 1 100 personnel in Niger and their presence there has come into question following last month’s coup. The US has a large...

Ghana receives Defender boats as part of multi-million maritime security upgrade

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The United States has donated two Defender class boats to Ghana’s Special Boat Squadron as part of a $6 million package to enhance the...

Ghana receives Marine Protector class patrol boats from the United States

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Ghana’s Navy has taken delivery of two former US Coast Guard Marine Protector patrol boats supplied by the United States under its Excess Defence...

Test Flying Academy of SA disappointed by US sanctions

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The Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA) has said it is disappointed that the United States has, without consultation, put it on a...

2023 African Partnership Flight kicks off in Zambia

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The Zambian Air Force and United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa are co-hosting the 2023 edition of African Partnership Flight...

SA/US defence committee meeting was “robust”

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This month’s South Africa/United States (US) defence committee meeting was marked by “robust and candid conversations” according to Pentagon spokesman Major Pete Nguyen. The major...

SA DoD delegation on US mission

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The third South African government group to visit the United States (US) in a short space of time touches down on Wednesday (7 June),...

South Africa’s pact with Russia – and its actions – cast...

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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 South Africa has proclaimed a policy of non-alignment in that conflict. This position was placed in...

Three-member panel has six weeks to investigate Lady R affair

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A three-person panel, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, has six weeks to investigate the circumstances of the Lady R’s docking at Naval...

Arms-to-Russia row raises doubt about South Africa’s compliance, which could face...

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The recent furore over accusations by the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, that South Africa was supplying arms to Russia despite its...

Defence Minister reiterates that no SA cargo was taken onboard Lady...

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Over two weeks ago, South African President and Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Cyril Ramaphosa said there would be a commission...

ISS: Wheels come off South Africa’s hollow version of non-alignment

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Following United States (US) Ambassador Reuben Brigety’s accusations that South Africa supplied arms to Russia, attention has rightfully focused on the credibility of the...

Zambia hosts African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance symposium

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Nearly 30 African militaries attended the 2023 edition of the African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) 2023 symposium in Lusaka, Zambia, with the support...

Angola and US co-host 2023 intelligence conference, address terror threats

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The recently concluded four-day 2023 Directors of Military Intelligence Conference (DMIC) in Angola brought together military intelligence leaders from around Africa to discuss the...

The Lady R: What do we really want?

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South Africa’s relations with the US are in a crisis, and there is no clear path out of the mess. South Africa’s increasing lean...

Russian embassy defends Lady R visit to South Africa

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The Russian Embassy in South Africa has said the United States totally fabricated allegations that South Africa loaded weaponry aboard the Russian vessel Lady...

Seven more Swiftships coastal patrol craft for Egypt

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The Egyptian Navy will be getting another seven patrol craft from Swiftships as it continues to order dozens of US-built and co-produced vessels from...

Did South Africa sell arms to Russia? Only a series of...

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On 11 May 2023 the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, claimed that South Africa had secretly exported arms to Russia in December...

ISS: South Africa’s dangerous game of Russian roulette

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The bombshell conference by United States (US) Ambassador Reuben Brigety on 11 May triggered a diplomatic spat between Washington and Pretoria. The accusation that...

Russian cargo vessel’s Simon’s Town berthing escalated to enquiry

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The apparent clandestine visit of a Russian cargo vessel to Naval Base (NB) Simon’s Town in December will be addressed by an independent enquiry...

Almost 10 000 African police officers trained by the US in...

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Thousands of African police officers have received help from counterterrorism training provided by the United States Bureau of Counterterrorism and the US Diplomatic Security...

Nigerian Air Force receives new facilities for Super Tucano fleet

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Less than two years after 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft were inducted into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), an $38 million project to construct...

Stopping the spread of terrorism a focus of Flintlock ’23

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The spread of extremist violence in West Africa gave this year’s Exercise Flintlock an air of urgency, as counterterrorism training took center stage. Ghana Armed...

Boeing awarded contract for remanufactured Egyptian Apache helicopters

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Boeing has received a $1.9 billion contract for Apache helicopters for the US Army, Australia and Egypt. Boeing on 17 March announced it would build...

Egypt receives former US Navy coastal patrol vessels

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The United States has transferred three Cyclone class vessels to the Egyptian Navy, which will use them to patrol its coastline. US Naval Forces Central...

Cabo Verde hosting first African Maritime Forces Summit

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African maritime leaders along with their international counterparts are attending the first-of-its-kind African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS) in Sal Island, Cabo Verde, this week,...

Most travelled US Secretary of State Blinken heads to Ethiopia and...

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By 31 January, the United States’ top foreign affairs diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, had clocked well over 68 389 kilometres (42 495...

US Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returns home after 88-day African patrol

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The crew of the USCGC Spencer returned to their home port in Portsmouth on 10 March following an 88-day deployment to Africa. During the patrol,...

US has an enduring commitment to Africa – Africom chief

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United States Marine Corps General Michael Langley, head of the US military’s Africa Command, has affirmed the United States’ enduring commitment to Africa and...

US arms control ambassador visits Africa

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US Department of State’s Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, is visiting Algeria and Benin to focus “on a...

US Republican lawmakers launch bill denouncing South Africa’s naval exercises with...

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On 21 February, a new piece of legislation was introduced in the United States Congress — in the House of Representatives — by Representative...

SANDF declined exercises with US, but proceeding with Russia and China

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been offered opportunities to carry out naval exercises with the United States, but declined, and is...

Exercise Obangame Express 2023 concludes in Nigeria

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Partners and allies have celebrated the conclusion of exercise Obangame Express 2023 (OE23), the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western and Central Africa, at...

US kills key Islamic State operative in Somalia

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In a major counterterrorism operation carried out on orders from President Joseph Biden, the US military conducted a precision strike on a mountainous cave...

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