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Base race in the Horn of Africa

BY David Brewster Saudi Arabia has recently finalised a deal to establish a naval base in Djibouti. Its UAE ally has just built major naval and air facilities at Assab in nearby Eritrea. The UAE also runs a military training centre in Mogadishu in Somalia, and is rumoured to be seeking access to port and air facilities at Berbera […]

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A VIEW FROM THE CT FOXHOLE: BRIGADIER GENERAL DONALD C. BOLDUC, COMMANDER, SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AFRICA

Author(s): Brian Dodwell Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc has served as Commander, Special Operations Command Africa, since April 2015. His command assignments include Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan; Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force – Afghanistan; 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Afghanistan; C Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and […]

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Ethiopia’s army has entered South Sudan in search of 100 kidnapped children

From Quartz 32 WRITTEN BY Jason Patinkin Ethiopia’s army entered South Sudan this week to search for over 100 children abducted by a South Sudanese militia during a cross-border cattle raid last month. Ethiopia said the raiders killed over 200 people and blamed the attack on an ethnic Murle militia from South Sudan’s Boma area, […]

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In Rwanda, female ex-combatants face reintegration challenge

At Mutobo camp, former fighters spend three months being rehabiliated after returning from the DRC February 25, 2016 5:00AM ET by Katya Cengel Since 2002, more than 30,000 foreign ex-combatants operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been repatriated, the majority of them to Rwanda, where they spend three months at Mutobo Demobilization Camp. After […]

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Just when Kenya’s military needs more civilian oversight, a proposed bill calls for less

From African Arguments Posted on October 1, 2015 by Patrick Mutahi If the government’s KDF Amendment Bill goes through as planned, Parliament will effectively lose its constitutional oversight of the army. Amidst a growing sense of insecurity in parts of Kenya and the broader region over the past few years, the Kenyan army has been growing in visibility and […]

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Women in conflict: ISS research takes the debate beyond numbers

As part of its work on gender, peace and security, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was recently approached to deliver a submission to the United Nations (UN) on women in the military in Africa. The submission forms part of a global study that will be incorporated in the high-level review of UN Security Council […]

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Women in Africa’s top brass: it’s not just about the numbers

From the Institute for Security Studies Increasingly, women are stepping up to the plate in peacekeeping missions and in police and armed forces across Africa. Figures presented at a seminar on women, peace and security in Pretoria earlier this week showed that several African countries are making good progress in transforming the military and including […]

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“Weapons and Ammunition Air Dropped to SPLA-IO Forces in South Sudan.”

By Conflict Armament Research INTRODUCTION Fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA-in Opposition (SPLA-iO) forces has been ongoing in the Greater Upper Nile region of South Sudan since December 2013. The town of Malakal in Upper Nile state repeatedly changed hands during the first three months of the crisis. On 19 […]

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China Seeks Djibouti Access; Who’s A Hegemon Now?

By COLIN CLARKon May 12, 2015 at 4:43 PM WASHINGTON: China is pushing hard for either special port access or basing rights in the former French colony of Djibouti, a key center where US and French special operations forces operate from against terrorism in both Africa and the Middle East. I confirmed with a senior allied official today that China is […]

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Military training for Ugandans to fight al-Shabaab

file photo The training will involve Ugandans starting from senior-six secondary level World Bulletin / News Desk Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has asked the country’s security agencies to train Ugandans to fight Somalia’s Al-Shabaab group. “I have, actually, already given confidential instructions to the armed forces, including the police, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and […]

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