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Latvian aid air crew kidnapped in Darfur

Published November 5, 2010 by BBC
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Three Latvian aid air crew have been kidnapped in Darfur, in Sudan.

A spokeswoman for the World Food Programme said the three were helicopter crewmen contracted to the WFP.

The South Darfur governor, Abdel Hamid Kasha, had earlier said the three were Russian.

UN: Somalia vows to release child soldiers in army

Published November 4, 2010 by AP/Washington Post
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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Somalia's government will work with the United Nations to release and rehabilitate child soldiers in its army, a U.N. envoy who tracks the recruitment of child soldiers said Wednesday.

The number of children in the Somali army is unclear, but a plan to be developed by the Somali government will help establish the extent of the problem, said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N. special representative for children in armed conflict.

Thai troops leave for Sudan Nov. 20

Published November 2, 2010 by Bangkok Post
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The first batch of 409 Thai soldiers of the 812-strong Task Force 980 will depart on Nov 20 on a United Nations chartered flight from Don Mueang to Darfur on their UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan.

Lt-Col Narong Suankaew, the task force commander, said before leaving the Thai troops will camp at the 11th Infantry Regiment headquarters in Bang Khen.

Somali insurgents attack government bases in capital; at least 15 people killed

Published November 1, 2010 by AP via Canadian Press
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Officials say an attack by Islamic militants against government soldiers in the Somali capital has left at least 15 people dead.

Residents of northern Mogadishu say the insurgents fired machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades on government and African Union peacekeepers' bases in an hourslong battle beginning Sunday afternoon.

Opinion: Eyes Forward: Considering the New (Old) Sudan

Published November 1, 2010 by International Affairs Review
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An important trend emerges from the increasing volume of news on Sudan: while the north is mentioned, it usually only serves as a foil for discussions about the south. The South Sudanese will vote in a referendum, currently scheduled for January 9, 2011, to decide if Sudan continues to be a unified country, or if the south will become an independent nation. The vote is one of the crucial final steps in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

African Union Will Train 800 Policemen to Secure Somali Capital, Mogadishu

Published November 1, 2010 by Bloomberg
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The African Union Mission in Somalia said it will train an additional 800 policemen to provide security in the capital, Mogadishu, as AU peacekeepers make gains against militias seeking to topple the government.

Opinion: Don’t write off the future of peacekeeping

Published October 29, 2010 by The Globe and Mail
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The enduring loyalty of Canadians to United Nations peacekeeping should not be treated – as it often is these days – as an unwanted remnant of the past. Canadians are correct in believing that peacekeeping has a vital role to play in the increasingly challenging world of global conflict.

Ethiopia: African Union exercise for rapid response force enters final stage

Published October 27, 2010 by Sudan Tribune
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(ETHIOPIA) – The African Union’s standby force completed an exercise designed to prepare them for swift deployments to respond to emergencies, the Africa Union Commission (AUC) has said.

At a press conference on Monday AUC chair person, Jean Ping, said that the force’s operational capability in resolving conflicts has seen considerable progress.

Private Contractors in Conflict Zones: The Good, the Bad, and the Strategic Impact

Author(s): 
T.X. Hammes
Date Published: 
October 28, 2010

"There has been very little investigation by the U.S. Government into the strategic impact of contractors.  Yet contractors reduce the political capital necessary to commit U.S. forces to war, impact the legitimacy of a counterinsurgency effort, and reduce its perceived morality.  These factors attack the Nation's critical vulnerability in an irregular war - the political will of the American people." - Strategic Forum #260

Battle for Mogadishu escalates

Published October 28, 2010 by Global Post
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — It was a fairly typical Thursday in Mogadishu. By mid-morning, the fighting had already reached a fever pitch.

From the roof of a broken city building artillery flashes tore the clear blue sky, clouds of dust rising where the shells fell. The pop of distant gun shots and the fizz of close flying ones were obliterated by the repetitive thundering of machine gun fire and the occasional wall-shaking boom of nearby artillery. It went on and on, in fits and starts, through much of the day.

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