African Union Peacekeeping

AU chief to meet Côte d'Ivoire's rival presidents

Published January 25, 2011 by Mail & Guardian
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The 53-nation African Union made another bid on Tuesday to end a dispute over the Côte d'Ivoire leadership, with its chief flying into the country to meet both men who claim to be president.

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, who has already called on Laurent Gbagbo to give up power to "avoid a bloodbath", flew into Abidjan Airport on an unannounced visit that comes days ahead of an AU summit.

Somalia Is Likely to Cut Ties to Mercenaries, Official Says

Published January 24, 2011 by New York Times
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — The minister of information for the transitional federal government here said Sunday that Somalia was likely to end its relationship with Saracen International, a private security company in which South African mercenaries and the founder of Blackwater Worldwide are said to be involved.

Sudanese authorities conduct raid on Darfur IDP camp

Published January 24, 2011 by Sudan Tribune
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January 23, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said today that Sudanese authorities conducted a raid on a camp housing Internally Displaced People (IDP) to search for weapons and other illegal items.

UNAMID said that the raid on Zamzam camp, located on the outskirts of North Darfur capital, violated the Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) requiring notification and consultations prior to any actions regarding IDP camps.

Detractors won’t deter Amisom

Published January 18, 2011 by Daily Monitor
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Last year ended on a happy note for the African Union Peacekeepers in Somalia (Amisom). The UN Security Council on December 22 endorsed a request by the AU Commission to authorise an extra 4,000 troops to augment the existing 8,000 authorised strength by the AU Commission in 2007. Under the same resolution, Amisom’s mandate was extended till September 30, 2011.

AU extends Somalia peacekeeper force mandate

Published January 21, 2011 by Reuters
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MOGADISHU, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The African Union (AU) has extended the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Somalia for another year, defying demands from rebels to withdraw, the AU's Peace and Security council said on Thursday.

The 8,000-strong force known as AMISOM, created in 2007 with an initial six-month mandate, is helping government troops counter an Islamist insurgency that has killed more than 21,000 people since early 2007.

2.5 million face starvation in Somalia, PM tells UN

Published January 15, 2011 by AFP
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UNITED NATIONS — Somalia's prime minister told the UN Security Council on Friday that the new government is winning its war with Islamist militants but that 2.5 million people face starvation because of drought.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a Somali-American who took office just 50 days ago in the lawless Horn of Africa state, said that Somali forces and African Union troops "are winning the security battle" against the Islamist Shebab militia, said to be linked to Al-Qaeda.

AP Interview: Somalia's PM says 8,000 troops will start attacking al-Qaida and insurgents soon

Published January 14, 2011 by Canadian Press
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Somalia's new prime minister said 8,000 government troops will start waging attacks on Islamist insurgents and al-Qaida terrorists "very, very soon."

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a Somali-American educator, also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday night that increased U.S. and international support for his government is essential to end Somalia's lawlessness and prevent terrorists from continuing to use the country as a safe haven.

UN Urges 50% Increase in Somalia Peacekeepers

Published December 22, 2010 by Voice of America
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The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged a 50 percent increase in the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution requesting the African Union to maintain its peacekeeping force in Somalia and to increase its size by 50 percent, from 8,000 to 12,000 troops. The council said the troop increase will enhance the ability of the peacekeeping mission, known as AMISOM, to carry out its mandate.

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.

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