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Somali Minister for Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion Abdusalam Omer acknowledges challenges the war-torn nation faces but remains optimistic his motherland will triumph over al-Shabaab terrorists and eventually become peaceful. On the sidelines of the just concluded 27th AU Summit, in Kigali, the economist and politician talked to Saturday Times' James Karuhanga and, among other things, expounded on his...

Somali commandos backed by unidentified foreign special forces raided a town in southern Somalia that is largely controlled by Al-Shabaab militants on Monday .The joint military operation happened in Awdhegle town in Lower Shabelle region, targeting Al Shabaab camps, according to local residents.Loud explosions and gunfire heard after the raid. Reports say heavy fighting broke out between the special...

Namibia officially has a trained and ready marine corps battalion to add to the country's defence capacity.The battalion was commissioned by the Commander-in-chief of the Namibian Defence Force, President Hage Geingob, at the Wilbard Tashiya Nakada Military Base (old Rooikop Military Base) near Walvis Bay last Friday . The naval training school was also commissioned then.The parade was one...

The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has charged the 700 officers and men, which will be part of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, to protect the image of the country.Speaking at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji in Kaduna, the COAS maintained that the image of Nigerian Army which is respected...

Piriou has just delivered a 50 m LCT (Landing Craft Tank) to the Moroccan Royal Navy (MRN). The LCT was ordered in 2015 and built in France. The out flagging ceremony took place on July 25th.The barge ‘SIDI IFNI’ which will be operated in the Moroccan coastal waters, will leave Concarneau by the end of July to get to...

The German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a contract to provide Heron 1 surveillance drones to support the Bundeswehr mission in Mali.Similar to the mission in Afghanistan active since 2010, the unmanned aerial systems will be leased from Israeli manufacturer IAI and operated by Airbus. Military missions will be also in future flown...

As the prosecution of the war against terrorism, maritime illegalities and militancy continues, the Nigerian Navy (NN) yesterday graduated 70 officers after a one-year intensive training on military planning and theatre of war operations.The graduation ceremony, which took place at Nigeria's premier naval training school, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Quorra, Apapa, Lagos, saw 24 and 46 officers graduate from...

On July 25, the Madagascar Ministry of National Defence, General of the Army Corps Rasolofonirina Beni Xavier presided over the ceremony marking the promotion of officers and non-commissioned officers within the armed forces.This nomination, said the Minister, represents the brand new function, new roles and missions that demand greater responsibility. It recommended that the newly promoted to be worthy...

On 26 July 2016, Ms Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, a senior police officer from Romania, was appointed Head of the European Union mission on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa, EUCAP Nestor. She will take up her duties on 1 September 2016. She takes over from Acting Head Simonetta Silvestri.Also on 26 July 2016, Ms Kirsi Henriksson, a...

The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, led a high powered delegation of senior AMISOM officials to Jowhar, in Middle Shabelle region, to meet the Burundi troops.The objective of the visit was to hold discussions on security and ensure the fight against Al Shabaab in Middle Shabelle region is sustained.The SRCC...