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Exercise Obangame Express 2024 wraps up

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After two weeks of varied, collaborative training throughout Africa’s West Coast and the Gulf of Guinea, 32 participating nations marked the successful conclusion of...

US to increase International Military Education & Training (IMET) for Equatorial...

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The United States Government plans to provide $500,000 in International Military Education & Training (IMET) to the Government of Equatorial Guinea this fiscal year,...

Thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express underway

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The thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express commenced with an opening ceremony held at the Cadet School of Libreville in Gabon last week. ‘Obangame’ means...

African Maritime Forces Summit, Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa underway in Ghana

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Governmental and military leaders from more than 40 countries on four continents have kicked off the second annual African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS) and...

African Lion, Africom’s largest annual exercise, kicks off in Tunisia

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The US Africa Command’s largest annual joint and combined exercise, African Lion 2024, has gotten underway in Tunisia, with more than 8 000 personnel...

African Land Forces Summit underway in Zambia

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The Zambian and US Armies are holding the twelfth edition of the African Land Forces Summit in Livingstone under the theme Regional Solutions to...

Italy-Niger relations hold steady amidst global tensions

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Although relations with France and the USA are at an all-time low, the connection between Niamey and Rome remains strong. Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani...

CMF Task Force 150 seizes illegal drugs in Arabian Sea

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A US Coast Guard cutter, operating with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 150 in the Arabian Sea, has seized well over a ton...

Niger has cut military ties with the US: why this is...

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Niger – a landlocked country of 25 million people in one of the most unstable parts of the world – recently announced it was...

Pretoria walks a tightrope on US relations

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Biden’s administration is resisting hostility towards SA from Congress – but if Trump wins in November, all bets are off. South Africa has been conducting...

Africom Commander points to terrorism “shattering” African lives

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The senior United States (US) soldier in Africa told the US Congress that global events, including Russia’s war on Ukraine and Houthi attacks in...

Morocco acquiring Javelin anti-tank missiles

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Morocco is boosting its anti-tank missile capability with the acquisition of more than 600 Javelins, which are being acquired at a cost of $260...

Tanker hit by missile off Aden, two seafarers killed

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In a further escalation of the events in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, a Greek bulk carrier, True Confidence (IMO 9460784) has...

US Africa Command acquiring hostile fire detectors

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The US Army is buying nearly $20 million worth of hostile fire detection systems to protect Africa Command (Africom) troops from hostile actors. Logos Technologies...

Rubymar becomes first vessel to sink after Houthi attack

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Over the last four months, Houthi forces have attacked dozens of vessels in and around the Red Sea, with the first recorded sinking taking...

Red Sea politics: why Turkey is helping Somalia defend its waters

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Somalia and Turkey recently announced that they would expand the terms of a defence agreement first signed on 8 February 2024 to include the...

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...

Kenya receives nearly $1.4 million in protective equipment for terror fight

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The Kenya Defence Forces in January received 6 730 pieces of protective equipment valued at Sh220 million ($1.38 million) from United States Africa Command. The...

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...

Another ship damaged in Houthi attack

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A merchant vessel has suffered minor damage after coming under fire from a Houthi missile in the Gulf of Aden, while US forces have...

South Korea donates MD500 helicopters to Kenya

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South Korea is giving Kenya 16 retired MD500 helicopters to be used on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, with the first six being refurbished...

Nigerian AH-1Z Viper production moving ahead

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Nigeria’s acquisition of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters from the United States is going ahead, with first payment made last year and sourcing of...

US commits $45 million to West African coastal security

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has, during a visit to Cote d’Ivoire, committed $45 million in new funding to help the country and...

US approves possible sale of Swiftships patrol boats to Egypt

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Egyptian plans to beef up internal and external defence capabilities received a shot in the arm with the United States Defence Security Co-operation Agency...

Africom chief advances US-Nigeria cooperation during visit

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US Marine Corps General Michael Langley and Sergeant Major Michael Woods have visited Nigeria where they discussed strengthening US-Nigeria cooperation, countering extremism, and regional...

US and UK military launch attacks against Houthi targets in Yemen...

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Following repeated attacks using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), anti-ship and ballistic missiles and a manned multiple boat attack on commercial and US and UK...

Africom Commander visits Chad

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US Marine Corps General Michael Langley, Commander, US Africa Command, and Sergeant Major Michael Woods have visited Chad to discuss security collaboration with Chadian...

US and UK counter large Houthi attack in Red Sea

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United States and United Kingdom forces in the Red Sea have countered a large Houthi attack directed at merchant vessels in international shipping lanes,...

Scramble for the Sahel – why France, Russia, China and the...

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The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of...

Commitment to US Red Sea naval task force grows

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At least 20 countries have, according to the United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD), signed on to be part of Operation Prosperity Guardian,...

Op Prosperity Guardian will be third naval task force in African...

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A third naval task force will in the not too distant future be patrolling the seas off Africa – the world’s second largest continent. Operation...

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...

Global Coalition unyielding against ISIS expansion in Africa – US Envoy

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The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS has agreed to enhance African member states’ counter-ISIS capabilities as it commits to defeat ISIS affiliates in Africa. Global...

United States and Angola forge closer ties, with a focus on...

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In a historic meeting at the White House on 30 November, President Joseph Biden welcomed Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, marking the culmination...

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,...