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    US Says No Recognition For Breakaway Somaliland After Ethiopia Deal

    The United States on Wednesday rejected international recognition for breakaway Somaliland and called for calm after the region’s leaders signed a deal with Ethiopia. Somalia accused landlocked Ethiopia of attacking its sovereignty after Addis Ababa reached the agreement with Somaliland that gives long-sought access to the Red Sea. Somaliland, a former British protectorate of about …

  • Somalia Prepares to Step Up as ATMIS Draws Down

    After 18 years and three multinational peace missions, Somalia is taking full control of its own security. The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) is withdrawing troops from the embattled Horn of Africa nation. The African Union was withdrawing troops gradually and strategically, sector by sector, with an eye toward ending ATMIS by December …

  • Female Tank Drivers Help Secure Somalia

    African nations have spent years working to equip Somalia’s fledgling government to achieve stability. As the African Union peacekeeping mission gave way to the AU Transition Mission in Somalia, the work has continued. Women have been an essential element of that effort. Lance Cpl. Dorine Chekwemboi, a Ugandan tank driver serving in the mission in …

  • ‘The Threat Transcends Our Borders’

    Brig. Gen. Papa Souleymane Sarr has been chief of staff of the Senegalese Air Force since November 2020. He entered the Air Force in 1985, attending Le Cours Spécial de l’École de l’Air in France, where he earned his pilot rating and a degree in engineering. He was awarded the United Nations Medal and the …

  • As Critics Warn Of ‘Blood Gold,’ Mali Signs Deal With Russia To Open Refinery

    Ahmed, in his quest to reach Europe, encountered extremists while crossing Mali and was coerced into laboring in one of the nation’s artisanal gold mines. He shared with Al Jazeera that he and his brother, along with other adults and numerous children, have been working under these conditions for a year, receiving safety and security …

  • Mozambique Legalizes Local Militias To Fight Insurgents

    In the ongoing struggle against violent extremists in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, the government has sanctioned the formation of local militias to assist the regional military force. The approval for this initiative was granted by the Maputo government on April 5, 2023, following parliamentary endorsement in November 2022. Recognizing the inadequacy of the Mozambican Army …

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