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Russia’s Africa Corps – more than old wine in a new...

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The Russian military company Wagner appears to have been renamed the Africa Corps by Moscow, and brought under the control of Russia’s Defence Ministry....

Wagner Group is now Africa Corps – what this means for...

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In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had...

Russia in Africa: Prigozhin’s death exposes Putin’s real motives on the...

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The apparent assassination of Yevgeny Prigozhin in the crash of his private jet between Moscow and St. Petersburg represents an inflection point in Russian-African...

Mali catastrophe accelerating under junta rule

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The threat of militant Islamist groups is spreading to all parts of Mali as the military junta stakes its claim to stay in power...

What should SA, at the least, be saying about the Wagner...

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The goals of South African foreign policy in Africa are stability, peace and growth. If Africa does well, South Africa should do well. South Africa...

ISS: Prigozhin’s rebellion throws Wagner’s African future into doubt

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The brazen but brief rebellion that Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin launched in Russia at the weekend, and the deal he cut with Russian President...

Wagner debacle in Russia raises red flags for African states and...

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The brief rebellion led against the Kremlin by the head of the Wagner mercenary forces in Russia last week sent shock waves across the...

Wagner group mercenaries in Africa: why there hasn’t been any effective...

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It is easy to understand what African rulers see in the mercenary group Wagner. Its fighters can be deployed quickly. It brings sophisticated arms...

Exclusive: Wagner founder Prigozhin says counter-terrorism is company’s primary African focus

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Founder of Russian private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has defended his company’s activities in Africa, saying that his involvement on the continent is...

Report: Russia’s Ukraine invasion aids terrorist recruitment

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Besides clogging supply chains and sending prices for food and other goods skyrocketing, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may also be a boon for terrorists...

Wagner mercenaries remain in Libya

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Nearly five years after they first arrived in Libya, Wagner Group mercenaries show no signs that they’re willing to leave the country, despite a...

Is Wagner Africa’s newest coloniser?

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In methods strongly reminiscent of the West’s first colonial era of the 17th and 18th centuries - inescapably linked to the era of genocidal...

Burkina Faso inches closer to Wagner mercenaries

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As it seeks to expand its presence in the Sahel region, Russia appears to be following the same playbook in Burkina Faso that it...

Wagner Group in Africa: Russia’s presence on the continent increasingly relies...

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Mercenaries have been a fixture in Africa since the second half of the 20th century. They have been used to protect incumbent leaders or...

Burkina Faso coup raises questions about growing Russian involvement in west...

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As if fighting in what – for now, at least – appears to be a losing battle in Ukraine weren’t enough, the Wagner Group,...

ISS: Wagner is being used in Africa as a proxy to...

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The governments of the Central African Republic (CAR) and Mali are using Wagner, the shadowy Russian private military company believed to be close to...

Wagner tactics push civilians toward extremists

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In the months since the junta ruling Mali invited Russia’s Wagner Group into the country, more than 450 people have died in military actions...

Can hired guns turn the tide in Mozambique’s intractable Cabo Delgado...

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A ruthless and shadowy insurgent group has taken root in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. The Islamic State-aligned militants, known as Ansar al-Sunna —...

ISS: Wagner’s dubious operatics in CAR and beyond

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Russia has established a strong military presence in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the past four years, clandestinely using dubious actors like the...

Wagner Group continues to exert Russian influence in Africa

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The increasing presence of Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa underlined the Kremlin’s continued efforts to exert its influence on the continent in 2021. The shadowy...

ISS: Mercenaries and private military security: Africa’s thin grey line

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The continent cannot afford a situation where states’ use of private companies becomes the norm. Recent reports indicate the presence of the Russian Wagner Group...

French minister in Mali to pressure junta over Russian mercenaries

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France's Armed Forces Minister arrived in Mali on Sunday to pressure the military junta to end talks to bring Russian mercenaries into the country...

Foreign fighters complicate reconciliation plans in Libya

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The cease-fire that ended more than a decade of fighting in Libya included the demand that all foreign fighters leave the country. A series...

ISS: Russia throws more weight behind Haftar in Libya

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After some equivocation, Moscow is now reportedly throwing its weight more fully behind Libya’s maverick General Khalifa Haftar in his attempt to overthrow the...

Russian mercenaries allegedly killed in Mozambique

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Several Russian mercenaries have apparently been killed by Islamist insurgents in Mozambique during attacks that also killed a number of Mozambican soldiers. According to the...