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Al-Shabab ‘retakes’ key Somalia port city of Merca

BBC Image copyrightAPImage captionAl-Shabab went into the town soon after African Union forces retreated Islamist militant group al-Shabab has taken control of the port city Merca, residents say. However the African Union force insists it still has control of the town. The governor of Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region Ibrahim Adam told the AFP news agency […]

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26th AU Summit: Why isn’t the AU’s counter-terrorism strategy working?

The African Union’s (AU’s) counter-terrorism policy isn’t working. Looking back at 2015 and the many terrorist incidents that punctuated news headlines in Africa, it is difficult to escape this conclusion. There was the attack by al-Shabaab gunmen on Garissa University in Kenya in April, which killed 148 people – mostly students. There was the Boko Haram […]

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Three things we learned from last week’s al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

By Paul D. Williams January 19 at 2:30 PM Members of the Kenya Defense Forces in Nairobi carry the casket of a comrade serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia, who was killed during an attack last week by Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group. (Thomas Mukoya/ Reuters) On Jan. 15, al-Shabaab’s Saleh Nabhan brigade […]

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Are international actors steering the right course in Burundi?

From African Arguments Posted on December 23, 2015 by Lucy Hovil The African Union and UN appear to have found a new sense of urgency, but Burundi’s current crisis will only be resolved if it is seen as part of a longer legacy. Olivier* was studying at the University of Burundi in April 2015 when unrest began to […]

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Rape and cannibalism in South Sudan, African Union says

From the BBC Image copyrightAFPImage captionThe AU report details horrific crimes said to have been committed by both sides of the conflict The African Union (AU) has accused government and rebel forces in South Sudan of extreme violence since the conflict erupted at the end of 2013. A commission of inquiry found evidence of killings, […]

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And justice for all

From African Arguments Africa has a very serious justice deficit. That should really be the lens through which to view the controversy about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its alleged bias against Africa. Justice simply cannot keep up with atrocities on the continent. This was again brought home forcefully by the horrifying details that are […]

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Somalia: Al-Shabab attack kills 15 in Mogadishu hotel

  Al-Shabab Islamist militants have attacked a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 15 people. Gunmen used two car bombs to blast their way into the Sahafi hotel compound before storming the building, police said. Victims included at least one MP and the general who led the 2011 offensive that drove al-Shabab […]

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Eritrea demands UN action against Ethiopia over disputed territory

From the Sudan Tribune By Tesfa-Alem Tekle October 25, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Eritrean government has urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take measures against neighboring Ethiopia over territories the latter illegally occupies. Eritrea, which borders Sudan and Ethiopia, has been dubbed the North Korea of Africa (HRW) Eritrea’s foreign affairs ministry, […]

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Tackling the South Sudan Conflict within a Complicated Regional Security Complex

From The Wilson Center By Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, Southern Voices Network Scholar September 2015 South Sudan’s civil war, paused by a tenuous peace agreement, remains a major threat to the region, with the potential to severely reescalate if the peace agreement fails. The young state’s conflict, started in 2013 amid a power struggle between President […]

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Ugandan troops withdraw from South Sudan’s Jonglei state

From The Sudan Tribune October 20, 2015 (BOR) – South Sudanese military leadership has announced that all foreign troops of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) will complete their withdrawal from Bor, Jonglei state’s capital, by Friday. An unidentified man sits in the gun turret while leading a convoy of armoured vehicles from both the […]

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