African Union Peacekeeping

Djibouti Adds 850 Soldiers to Peacekeeping Force in Somalia

Published November 2, 2011 by New York Times
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — The tiny country of Djibouti will send about 850 soldiers to an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia this month, a spokesman for the mission said Wednesday. It is only the third country to do so after a series of unmet promises from a number of African nations.

Kenyan Military Targeting al-Shabab Finances

Published November 7, 2011 by Voice of America
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The Kenyan military says it is trying to incapacitate the militant Islamist group al-Shabab by targeting its financial and logistical operations in Somalia. 

Kenyan military officials say they are closing in on key al-Shabab targets, four weeks into military operations in Somalia.

Kenyan Army spokesman, Emmanuel Chirchir, says one of the most important objectives of ‘Operation Linda Nchi’ is to take the southern Somali town of Afmadow.

Kenya Vows to Complete Somalia Mission to Support African Growth

Published November 7, 2011 by Bloomberg
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(Bloomberg) -- Kenya plans to complete its mission to stabilize neighboring Somalia in order to help create a foundation for economic prosperity on the African continent, said Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.

“We are taking a stand for peace and stability in our region,” Kibaki said in a speech today in Nairobi. “This is the only way that we can develop our continent and implement infrastructure projects that are cross-border in nature.”

AU boss jets to Congo amid rising tension, violence

Published November 8, 2011 by Reuters
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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Africa's top diplomat, on a visit to Congo, urged presidential candidates to abide by the outcome of an election this month, after one of the leading challengers to President Joseph Kabila declared himself already head of state.

The presence of Jean Ping, chairman of the African Union's Commission, underscores fears over Congo's second post-war election, which some say will have to be delayed due to logistical problems.

UN Security Council urges to bring UNAMID attackers to justice

Published November 7, 2011 by Sudan Tribune
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(KHARTOUM) – The UN Security Council urged the Sudanese government to bring to justice those who attack the peacekeepers of the joint African Union United Nations mission operating in Darfur (UNAMID).

The call comes after the killing of a Sierra Leone’s solider and the injury of two others near the capital of South Darfur Nyala by unidentified armed men three weeks after the death of three peacekeepers in Zam Zam camp near el-Fasher, capital of North Darfur.

Gunmen kill peacekeeper, wound two in Sudan's Darfur - UNAMID

Published November 8, 2011 by Reuters
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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed an international peacekeeper in Sudan's war-stricken Darfur region and wounded two others, the region's African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force said Tuesday.

The peacekeepers, all from Sierra Leone, came under attack Sunday afternoon as they patrolled near Nyala, capital of the South Darfur state, UNAMID said in a statement.

Somali Lawmaker Killed in Mogadishu Shooting

Published November 10, 2011 by New York Times
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NAIROBI, Kenya — A Somali lawmaker was gunned down on a Mogadishu street on Wednesday, a day after four explosions in several neighborhoods of Somalia’s capital killed at least one person and injured several more, including government soldiers.

The Shabab, who are behind much of the violence that plagues the capital, claimed responsibility for the blasts, but not the assassination of the Parliament member, Aden Bule Mohamoud, a former army colonel. It was not immediately clear what other militia or faction might have killed him, or why.

AU peacekeepers foil bomb plot in Mogadishu camp

Published September 11, 2011 by Reuters
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 MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Peacekeepers from the African Union in Somalia foiled a bomb plot targeting Turkish aid workers in a Mogadishu camp on Saturday, officials said. The government said a remote controlled bomb was planted in Rajo, a camp in the Madina district of the Somali capital where Turkish aid workers usually deliver food. The AU force, known as AMISOM, also has a base in the area. 

Darfur policemen killed in hostage rescue

Published September 9, 2011 by Al Jazeera
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Thirteen Sudanese police officers have been killed and 30 wounded in clashes with an armed gang as they tried to rescue three hostages in the war-torn Darfur region, according to a police spokesman.

"What happened yesterday involved an armed gang, not a rebel group. The police tried to release three hostages in eastern Jebel Marra," Ahmed al-Tughani told the AFP news agency on Friday.

"Clashes broke out with the gang and we lost 13 men and 30 others were wounded."

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