US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

NATO retrains troops after Afghan civilian deaths

Published November 29, 2011 by AP via Yahoo News
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan has ordered retraining of coalition forces after seven civilians were killed in a military operation last week in the southern part of the country, coalition officials said Tuesday.

U.S. Gen. John Allen sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai saying NATO was aggressively investigating the deaths.

US warns South Sudan on support to SPLM-N

Published November 21, 2011 by Sudan Tribune
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(KHARTOUM) – South Sudan must cease any support it provides to Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) that is currently engaged in fighting with Khartoum in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, the United States said today.

The message was delivered to the South Sudan government during a visit by the White House Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough to Juba and Khartoum that started last week.

Who’s bombing Somalia? French, US officials trade blame over mystery missile strikes

Published November 16, 2011 by AP via Washington Post
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NAIROBI, Kenya — When thundering explosions rattled a small Somali town during a meeting of Islamist insurgent leaders, it sent them scurrying for safety. An international military appears to have launched the powerful, well-timed attack, but no one will admit it.

The two top possibilities — the U.S. and French militaries — both deny responsibility. Officials from the two countries even suggested it might be the other.

US Urges Comprehensive Peace Deal in Darfur

Published November 17, 2011 by VOA (blog)
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The U.S. State Department is calling for the resumption of peace talks between the Sudanese government and armed rebel movements in Darfur.

The State Department made the comments on Wednesday at the end of a two-day workshop with Darfuri rebel groups and civil society leaders at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington.

The workshop included members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), as well as the Justice and Liberation Movement (JLM) and the Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minnawi (SLA-MM).

Partners in Preventive Action: The U.S. and International Institutions

Paul B. Stares
Micah Zenko
Date Published: 
September 1, 2011


Kenya UN envoy seeks US help on Somalia

Published November 15, 2011 by AFP via Yahoo News
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Kenya's UN envoy on Tuesday courted support from Washington for his country's campaign against Islamist Shebab rebels in southern Somalia.

"We would love to see the international community, with the US right up there, engaging in Somalia in ways in which they have not for quite a long time," Ambassador Macharia Kamau told AFP in an interview.

In African jungle, US group using new radios to fight vicious militia hunted by US troops

Published November 8, 2011 by AP via New York Times
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NAIROBI, Kenya — In Africa’s remotest jungle, where paved roads and telephones don’t exist, a U.S. aid group is installing new high frequency radios to help track the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal militia that 100 U.S. special forces troops are now helping hunt.

The Ugandan rebel group is blamed for tens of thousands of rapes, mutilations and killings over the last 26 years. The militia abducts children, forcing them to serve as soldiers or sex slaves, and even to kill their parents or each other to survive.

US 'Strongly' Condemns Sudan Airstrike on South

Published November 10, 2011 by Voice of America
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The United States has strongly condemned an airstrike by Sudan on its southern neighbor that allegedly killed seven people.  South Sudan says Sudanese jet fighters bombed an area of Upper Nile state Guffa on Monday, near the two countries' border.  

In a statement late Wednesday, the U.S. State Department described the attack as indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets and said it condemns the airstrike "in the strongest possible terms."  

U.S. Engagement in International Peacekeeping: From Aspiration to Implementation

Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping
Date Published: 
October 19, 2011

Citizens for Global Solutions, as part of the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping, has released a new report entitled, "U.S. Engagement in International Peacekeeping: From Aspiration to Implementation." The report calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to improve U.S. participation in international peacekeeping operations and offers recommendations in four areas:

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