African Union Peacekeeping

Sending the boys home

Published December 17, 2010 by The Economist
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MORTARS thunder and donkeys bray as Major Anthony Lukwago Mbusi, a forward commander with African Union troops in Mogadishu, climbs through holes his men have made in the walls of abandoned houses along the front lines in the embattled Somali capital to avoid sniper fire. He is pointing towards the slumped body of an enemy fighter his men have just shot dead across the street, one of many in recent weeks.

Joint UN-AU team to assess scene of recent Darfur attacks

Published December 14, 2010 by UN News Centre
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13 December 2010 – A joint United Nations-African Union team travelled today to the South Darfur village that was attacked twice in recent days by Sudanese forces resulting in the death of two civilians and the wounding of 24 others.

The team from the UN-AU peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) brought food and non-food items provided by several humanitarian groups to Khor Abeche, which is located 80 kilometres north-east of the South Darfur capital of Nyala.

Sudan Army Attacks Rebels in Darfur Region, UN Peacekeeping Mission Says

Published December 11, 2010 by Bloomberg
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Sudan’s army attacked a rebel faction yesterday and today in the western region of Darfur, killing one civilian and injuring others, the joint United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission said.

The ground attack took place in the village of Khor Abeche in the state of South Darfur, Chris Cycmanick, a spokesman for the mission known as UNAMID, said today by telephone.

Dec. 10: The African Union mission in Somalia: decision time

Author(s): 
Paul D. Williams
Date Published: 
December 10, 2010

The African Union (AU) dubbed 2010 the year of ‘peace and security in Africa’. For the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) it has been anything but. Not only has AMISOM continued to suffer heavy casualties but several non-governmental organizations have accused it of killing hundreds of civilians through indiscriminate shelling of residential areas. There is near-universal agreement that AMISOM in its current form is incapable of fulfilling its mandate to help bring peace and stability to Somalia, but time is running out to find an alternative.

Darfur rebels accused of deadly attack on peacekeepers

Published December 9, 2010 by AFP
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THE HAGUE — Two Darfur rebel leaders were on Wednesday accused of leading an attack in which 12 African Union (AU) peacekeepers were killed, the International Criminal Court heard.

Abdullah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, at the head of a convoy of vehicles armed with anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers, opened fire on the Haskanita military base in northern Darfur in September 2007, it was alleged.

A.U. Reportedly Taps Guinea's Transitional Leader for Standby Force

Published December 8, 2010 by VOA
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The African Union has reportedly named Guinea’s interim president, General Sekouba Konate, to lead the efforts for creation of the African Standby military Force.

Reports quoting A.U. Commission Chairman Jean Ping said General Konate’s title will be “High Representative of the African Union for the Operationalization of the African Standby Force.”

ECOWAS Set to Convene Summit Tuesday on Ivory Coast Crisis

Published December 6, 2010 by VOA
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An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) told VOA the regional bloc will hold an extraordinary summit Tuesday aimed at finding solutions to the crisis in Ivory Coast following the controversial presidential run-off vote.

Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communications director, said Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore will soon hold discussions with both President Laurent Gbagbo and challenger Alassane Ouattara to resolve the impasse. Both men claimed victory in the 28th November vote and each was installed as president.

Burundi Sends 850 Peacekeeping Soldiers to Somalia, Agence France Reports

Published December 2, 2010 by Bloomberg
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Burundi sent an additional battalion of 850 soldiers to Somalia to bolster the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in the Horn of Africa country, Agence France-Presse reported.

The troops were sent last week, the news agency said, citing Gaspard Baratuza, a spokesman for the Burundian army.

AU deploys more troops to Somalia as fighting rages

Published December 2, 2010 by Reuters
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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - About 8,000 African Union troops protecting Somalia's government from Islamist rebels are now deployed in Mogadishu, scene of sustained fighting this week, a spokesman for the force said on Thursday.

The latest reinforcements take the peacekeeping force, known as AMISOM, to the upper limit of its United Nation's-authorised mandate, although African nations have said a 20,000-strong force is needed to rout the militants from the capital.

UN council may help AU send more troops to Somalia

Published December 1, 2010 by Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members support the idea of increasing the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia to help support the country's fragile government, Britain's U.N. envoy said on Tuesday.

The AU mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, would like to increase its upper limit of 8,000 troops to 12,000, provided it receives a green light and financial and military aid from the 15-nation Security Council.

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