African Union Peacekeeping

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.

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.

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