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Paris attacks: Kenya and Uganda step up security


16.11.2015 BBC Africa

 

Kenyan and Ugandan security forces have stepped up patrols in the wake of the attacks on Paris.

 

Uganda's army spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said that the "threat of terrorism is real". The head of Kenya's police, Joseph Boinnet, echoed those comments on Twitter and called for the public to be alert. Both Uganda and Kenya have experienced attacks by the Somalia-based militant Islamist group al-Shabab. In April this year 147 people died when a university campus in the Kenyan town of Garissa was attacked.

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05/11/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Du 11 au 21 octobre 2015, un détachement du 5e régiment interarmes d’outre-mer, renforcé d’un instructeur de l’École militaire de haute montagne, a été projeté en Ouganda afin de sélectionner les candidats ougandais qui participeront en novembre 2015 à la formation « montagne ».

 

Cette formation était destinée à appuyer les armées ougandaises dans le développement d’une capacité de haute montagne et des savoir-faire associés, sur le modèle de la 27e brigade d’infanterie de montagne. Elle fait partie d’un programme de coopération plus large réalisé au profit des partenaires africains de la région Est-africaine, en lien  avec le ministère des affaires étrangères et du développement international. Fondé sur deux piliers – un pilier opérationnel mis en œuvre par les Forces françaises stationnées à Djibouti (FFDj) et un pilier structurel relevant de la direction de la coopération sécurité et Défense – la coopération vise à accompagner les pays africains dans la consolidation de leur outil de défense et à renforcer leur capacité à mener des opérations de maintien de la paix. Les activités opérationnelles réalisées par les FFDj sont calibrées aux besoins et aux attentes des forces africaines partenaires. Ainsi, l’objectif de coopération visé pour l’Uganda People Defence Forces doit contribuer à la mise sur pied, d’ici cinq ans, d’une brigade de montagne ougandaise.

 

Installé à l’Ouest du pays, aux confins du Rwenzori et au pied du mythique mont Margherita, le détachement a accueilli une trentaine de jeunes recrues dans un environnement de moyenne montagne, rustique et pluvieux, avec des températures plus clémentes et une végétation tropicale.

 

L’instruction et l’évaluation des militaires ougandais se sont articulées autour de courses en montagne de 400 à 800 mètres de dénivelé, de mises en place et de franchissement de tyroliennes, d’équipements de passage, d’escalade et de rappels. La sélection s’est faite en fonction des aptitudes physiques et pédagogiques des candidats.

 

En conformité avec le traité de coopération de défense signé en 2011 avec la République de Djibouti, les FFDj constituent une base opérationnelle avancée en Afrique de l’Est. À ce titre, elles participent au dispositif militaire français prépositionné permettant de disposer d’un réservoir de forces pouvant être projetées rapidement en cas de crise. De plus, les forces françaises stationnées à Djibouti soutiennent l’armée Djiboutienne dans ses efforts pour  renforcer ces capacités militaires en général, dont en particulier la capacité à participer aux opérations de maintien de la paix. Plusieurs fois par an, les FFDj contribuent ainsi à la formation de militaires africains dont les pays ont des accords bilatéraux avec la France.

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General Rodriguez commander of U.S. Africa Command

General Rodriguez commander of U.S. Africa Command

 

05 October 2015 by Africom - defenceWeb

 

The commander of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, finished a weeklong trip to Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Amanda Dory Oct. 2. Dory and Rodriguez met with officials in each country to discuss how AFRICOM and the U.S. Department of Defense can continue to help partner nations strengthen their military capacity.  “Defense cooperation is one of our core missions at U.S. Africa Command because we know that partnering with African states and regional organizations to constantly improve their capabilities and knowledge is important in addressing shared security challenges,” Rodriguez said.

 

Legions of Merit for AMISOM Support

Rodriguez also presented the Legion of Merit to six officers from the Uganda People’s Defence Force Sept. 30. The recipients are among less than 200 foreign citizens who’ve received the U.S. award and the first from Uganda. The awards specifically recognized the Ugandan officers for contributing to the African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, which is charged with reducing the threat of violent extremist organizations like al-Shabbab. First deployed in March 2007, the AMISOM military component has achieved significant territorial gains against the al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Shabaab.  “Continued support to AMISOM is one of the important multinational efforts in place today. As a result of improved security, the Somali people and government have greater opportunities to make progress in the development of governance and economic institutions,” Rodriguez said. In 2014, the Ugandan People’s Defense Force liberated the port city of Barawe, Somalia, cutting off al-Shabaab’s access to what was a base and source of revenue. The UPDF also foiled a major al-Shabaab terrorist attack in Kampala. In Kenya, Rodriguez and Dory oversaw the formal establishment of the Massachusetts National Guard as the U.S. military partner for Kenya as part of the Defense Department’s State Partnership Program Oct. 1. The State Partnership Program is a coordinated effort between the Defense Department, the Department of State, the National Guard Bureau and the combatant commands where the partnered efforts occur.  “Our shared objective is to build professional militaries that, not only are capable of delivering on security priorities, but also respect human rights and adhere to the rule of law,” Rodriguez said. The partnership between the Massachusetts National Guard and Kenya is one of 12 ongoing state partnerships in Africa.  “AFRICOM recognizes the importance of partnership. A stable Africa ultimately means greater opportunities for collaboration toward shared goals and values that bind all our countries together,” Rodriguez said.

 

Recognizing Partner Efforts

During the trip Rodriguez also discussed how partner militaries in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia support regional security:

Djiboutian training for the Somali National Army has strengthened Somalia’s capacity to defend its government and its people from al-Shabaab. In addition, Djibouti hosts Camp Lemonnier, the sole enduring presence for the U.S. military in Africa.

The Ethiopian National Defense Force contributes troops in support of United Nations peacekeeping forces worldwide, making it the fourth largest contributor globally and the largest in Africa.

With support from the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense, the Somali Armed Forces continue to make progress in partnership with AMISOM to secure ungoverned space, defeat al-Shabaab, and create the conditions for a peaceful Somalia.

Rodriguez said Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and global leaders are increasingly recognizing the power of Africa’s diversity in people, resources and economies.

 “The link between security and prosperity is undeniable. For this reason, President Obama also identified building defense capacity among African partners as essential to advancing peace and security on the continent. As it works to meet these challenges, Africa is full of opportunity and promise and is becoming a major international player in world security,” Rodriguez added.

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A Scan Eagle UAV

A Scan Eagle UAV

 

02 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Five African countries will receive 62 armoured personnel carriers manufactured by Mack Defense of the United States under a contract awarded by the United States Army in support of US Africa Command, while another six countries will receive Oskosh military trucks and two will receive Scan Eagle UAVs.

 

The US Department of Defence announced the armoured vehicle contract on 25 September, which will see Mack Defense of Allentown, Pennsylvania, supplying the vehicles to Cameroon, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tunisia and Uganda.

 

The firm fixed-price foreign military sales contract is worth $24 974 528 and covers armoured personnel carriers in both left-hand and right-hand drive as well as common spare parts.

 

Work will be performed in France with an estimated completion date of 30 December 2016. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

 

In July the United States Army announced it would seek between 19 and 400 new armoured personnel carriers for the US military’s Africa Command. The presolicitation notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, stated that the vehicles should be 2015 or later year models and have a minimum seating capacity for ten passengers. They should also have B7 360-degree ballistic protection (against armour piercing 7.62 mm rounds), 4x4 drivetrain with a V-hull chassis design, manual transmission, mechanically-controlled, high-sulphur (5,000 ppm) diesel engine in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive and operator manuals in English and French or Arabic.

 

The estimated three-year combined vehicle quantities in year one are 155, year two 125, and year three 120.

 

Also on 25 September the US Department of Defense announced it had awarded Oshkosh Defense LLC a $21 774 963 modification to an existing foreign military sales contract for Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Tunisia, Uganda and Ethiopia for an additional 84 Medium Tactical Vehicle trucks and 59 B-kits (supplemental armour).

 

The estimated completion date of the truck contract is 28 February 2017.

 

Oskosh offers its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles in a variety of configurations, such as five ton tractor, 8.8 ton Load Handling System, 4x4 and 6x6 cargo, ten ton dump truck and five ton wrecker.

 

One of the other contracts awarded late last month include the delivery of one Insitu Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system (comprising multiple aircraft) to Kenya and another to Cameroon. In-country work will be carried out in Nanyuki in central Kenya and the Cameroonian port city of Doula. Both contracts are expected to be completed by September 2016.

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30/03/2015 Sources : État-major des armées  

 

Du 1er au 14 mars 2015, trois officiers des Forces Françaises stationnées à Djibouti (FFDj) ont participé en tant qu’observateurs à l’exercice Maliza Ugaidi 15, conduit conjointement par le Burundi, le Rwanda, la Tanzanie, l’Ouganda et les Etats-Unis, à Jinja en Ouganda.

 

Cet exercice interalliés regroupant 300 militaires, policiers et civils visait à les entraîner à la planification et à la conduite d’une opération en coalition, ainsi qu’à renforcer la capacité de coordination entre acteurs civils et militaires.

 

Centré sur un scénario de contre-terrorisme, cet exercice était placé sous le regard attentif de 29 observateurs relevant d’organisations internationales (Nations-unies, Union européenne, Union africaine) et d’ONG (le Comité International de la Croix Rouge). Le Kenya riverain faisait également partie des observateurs dont la principale mission consistait à s’assurer de l’application des procédures communes par l’ensemble des joueurs. Pour la première fois, les FFDj ont rejoint ce dispositif. Cette mission d’observation leur a notamment permis de constater la bonne mise en œuvre des savoir-faire opérationnels transmis dans le cadre des détachements d’instruction opérationnels régulièrement réalisés par les FFDj au profit de nos partenaires africains. Cela a également été l’occasion pour les trois observateurs des FFDj de mieux appréhender la complexité et les contraintes de ce type de déploiement civilo-militaire. Ces derniers sont finalement revenus de l’exercice avec un constat plutôt positif mettant en évidence l’efficacité de l’interopérabilité développée par les acteurs.

 

En conformité avec le traité de coopération de défense signé en 2011 avec la République de Djibouti, les FFDj constituent une base opérationnelle avancée en Afrique de l’Est. A ce titre, elles participent au dispositif militaire français prépositionné permettant de disposer d’un réservoir de forces pouvant être projetées rapidement en cas de crise. Par ailleurs, dans le cadre de leurs activités de coopération opérationnelle, les Forces Françaises stationnées à Djibouti soutiennent leurs partenaires africains dans le renforcement de leurs capacités militaires et dans le maintien de leur aptitude à participer aux opérations de maintien de la paix. Plusieurs fois par an, les FFDj participent ainsi à la formation de militaires africains dont les pays ont des accords bilatéraux avec la France.

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A donated Cessna 208B Caravan

A donated Cessna 208B Caravan

 

17 March 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The US government has donated two Cessna 208B Caravan light aircraft to the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) Air Wing to support the Ugandan contingent battling Al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

 

The aircraft were handed over by Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Kampala, Patricia Mahoney, on March 16 at Entebbe Airport.

 

The aircraft, worth $15 million including spare parts and training, were donated by the US Department of Defence and will be deployed to the main UPDF Air Wing air base in the northern city of Gulu from where they will support the hybrid African Union/United Nations Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) according to a statement from the US embassy in Kampala to local newspaper New Vision. They will be used for transport, medical evacuation and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights over Somalia.

 

“The donation aims at increasing Uganda’s national air forces’ capacity to conduct AMISOM counter-terrorism operations. These aircraft will enhance the capacity of Uganda’s air forces to provide mobility, reconnaissance, and evacuation support,” US ambassador to Uganda Scott Delis said.

 

In addition to donating the Caravans, the US government is considering replacing the three Mi-24 helicopters that crashed on Mount Kenya on their way to Somalia in August 2012, according to the chief of Uganda’s military, General Katumba Wamala. “We have been having these discussions and they have hinted on the possibility of replacing them with their own kind of aircraft,” Wamala is quoted by The Monitor as saying.

 

The Caravan handover comes a month after the US government donated eight armoured Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles to the UPDF. They were handed over on February 20 by Lieutenant Colonel Giff Haddock of the US Army on behalf of the US Ambassador to Uganda.

 

Earlier this year the UPDF and Burundian contingents of AMISOM received 20 Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles from the US Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) as part of measures to boost the force protection capabilities of AMISOM. The MRAPS were donated under the Excess Defense Articles programme. The vehicles were used to replace 20 South African-made Casspir armoured personnel carriers which had been in use since 2010.

 

The United States has promised to deliver additional MRAPS to Uganda.

 

Uganda joins a growing list of African militaries to benefit from the US Army's continental counter-terrorism programme. So far, Mauritania and Niger have each taken delivery of at least two Cessna 208B Caravans. The US has also contracted Cessna to deliver aircraft to the Kenyan Defence Force (KDF).

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Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) weapons

Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) weapons

 

12 March 2015 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb

 

The Ugandan parliament has turned down a request from the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) to borrow $170 million for the acquisition of new military equipment, saying the military needs to account for previous emergency defence budgets.

 

The UPDF request came as a high level Ugandan government delegation led by Foreign Affairs and Regional Co-operation minister Asuman Kiyingi visited Pakistan and toured the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF), whose products include assault rifles, machineguns, mortars, artillery pieces and ammunition. The POF also produces tanks and anti-tank ammunition, bombs and grenades and has exported its products to more than 40 countries around the world.

 

According to Ugandan media reports, the UPDF's request for emergency funding was presented by its commander General Katumba Wamala and defence minister General Jeje Ondongo. The two generals told parliament that the army needs new equipment to deal with a 'volatile' national security situation and regional instability caused by militia activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Al Shabaab militants.

 

The defence officials also cited the recent discovery of oil in the country saying this was also likely to attract new national security threats. A member of parliament who spoke to the media on condition of anonymity said the request was turned down because the defence officials refused to provide details of the equipment requirements.

 

“They told us that they must secure the country and the equipment they have does not match modern technology. They are asking for $170 million to acquire modern equipment because of the volatile situation within the country and the region, especially in Congo and Somalia.

 

"They refused to disclose the type of equipment they want to purchase under the guise of classified expenditure, but some of us said no to this classified expenditure because under the current fiscal year, we passed a lot of classified expenditure but they have not given us the status report on how they used it,” the MP said.

 

Gen Wamala reportedly told parliament that the army could not disclose the types and quantities weapons sought because doing so could compromise national security. However, Pakistani media reports said the Ugandan delegation which visited the POF demonstration lounges and armaments factory units showed 'keen interest' in acquiring several weapons for the UPDF.

 

The delegation was taken around the POF complex by chairman Lieutenant General Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood, who is also the company director of exports. “I was very much impressed by the capacity and capabilities developed by the government of Pakistan in the armament industry. Uganda should collaborate and cooperate more with Pakistan so that we can tap into each others potentialities," Kiyingi said.

 

In a statement released after the Ugandan tour, the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two countries agreed to further strengthen co-operation with Uganda in fields of defence and security among others.

 

"During the official talks both sides emphasized the need for high-level political contacts and enhancing cooperation in the fields of agriculture, industry, defence and security. It was agreed to conclude, at an early date, a new MoU on bilateral political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Pakistan and Uganda," the statement said.

 

The Ugandan delegation's tour will be reciprocated with a visit to Pakistan by President Yoweri Museveni in the second half of this year. Both countries will be seeking to expand relations based on the existing bi-lateral Technical Assistance Programme, through which 21 Ugandan diplomats have been trained at the Foreign Service Academy of Pakistan.

 

Early this year, the United Nations Security Council's Panel of Experts (PoE) monitoring the implementation of sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said there are indications the Uganda wants to acquire 'non-lethal' military equipment from the reclusive communist state following the visit of a high-level military delegation to Kampala in October last year.

 

North Korean instructors have over the past few years trained the Ugandan Police Special Force, Police Construction Unit, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Unit in specialised martial arts, marine policing and sharp shooting.

 

Ongoing programmes include the training of a special paramilitary police unit known as the Field Force Unit on the use of AK-47s and pistols. It also remains unclear if the UPDF's equipment needs include provision for regional ally South Sudan.

 

In October last year, the two countries signed a military procurement agreement in terms of which Uganda will buy weapons on behalf of its neighbour which has come under a UN arms embargo following the outbreak of the ongoing civil war in December 2013.

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EUTM commander warns of possible failure in Somali army training programme

 

26 February 2015 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb

 

The outgoing commander of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia, Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, says the mission will fail to achieve its objectives of setting up, training and equiping a professional Somali National Army (SNA) unless the US and European Union make the long term funding commitment needed to achieve the mission's objectives.

 

Addressing reporters at EU headquarters in Brussels last week, Mingiardi said he notes that a lot of work that has been done in training the Somali army over the past few years but there remains a possibility of failure due to a lack of long term commitments from the principal programme funders:

 

"I have been satisfied with the results so far but they are not enough..It would be very naïve to say we could have solved the problems of Somalia in the last year - not after 22 years of civil war.

 

"We are on a good track but the West needs a long-term commitment. Otherwise, or else we will commit the same mistakes made in other parts of Africa or the Middle East," he said.

 

Mingiardi said the training programme faces severe shortages of basic training equipment while the continued absence of proper barracks, military uniforms and central authority in the form of a Ministry of Defence severely hampers the work of the mission and compromises its outcomes.

 

"To provide training without the basic equipment doesn't work. We have to do more. For example, during the last course we administered to 100 soldiers, not one of them received a uniform. They attended the course in civilian clothes and flip-flops!

 

"If we want to see any improvement, the only path before us is to provide them the equipment they need for training as well. We're also trying to help the Somalis rebuild their MoD [Ministry of Defence], but without more money I don't think we can achieve the desired results. One of my first priorities would be to re-build barracks, which would enable the soldiers to better control the armoury," the Italian Army general said.

 

The commander wants the EUR2.5 million pledged to the EUTM this year to be used for the acquisition of non-lethal military supplies such as camouflage uniforms and the construction of barracks and other cantonments.

 

He said this will improve the morale and basic living standards of the newly trained soldiers. The EUTM was set up in 2011 to support the rebuilding of a Somali army after the installation of a new UN-backed government in Mogadishu.

 

The programme was initially run from Uganda but was transfered to Mogadishu with the stabilisation of the military/security situation in late 2013. More than 250 Somali soldiers, including special forces elements, have been trained by the programme which ends next year.

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Uganda says Seleka now its enemy as it hunts LRA in Central African Republic

 

02 July 2014 defenceWeb (Reuters)

 

Seleka fighters in the CAR.Uganda's army said on Tuesday the mainly Muslim Seleka group in Central African Republic was now its enemy as the fighters were "in bed" with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels they are hunting there.

A spokesman for the Ugandan army said its forces in CAR had clashed for the first time with Seleka, killing 12 and suffering one casualty. A Seleka official told Reuters on Monday that 15 of their fighters and three Ugandan soldiers were killed.

"Seleka had never tasted our fire. I think it was important that they taste our fire so that they are careful," Paddy Ankunda, spokesman for Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) said, when asked about clashes on Sunday and Monday in CAR.

 

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Joseph Kony: US military planes to hunt LRA leader

 

24.03.2014 BBC Africa
 

The US has announced it is sending military aircraft and more special forces to look for Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony.

At least four CV-22 Ospreys and refuelling planes, as well as 150 Air Force special forces personnel will arrive in Uganda this week, they say.

Mr Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.

The US first deployed some 100 special forces in 2011 to help thousands of African troops track him down.

His Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels are notorious for abducting children and forcing the boys to become fighters and keeping the girls as sex slaves.

Boys are forced to kill their own parents, so they think they cannot return home.

The group first emerged in Uganda in the 1980s but its fighters now roam between Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said the lack of aircraft had been identified by the African countries leading the hunt for Mr Kony as one of their major obstacles to finding him and the other LRA leaders "across a wide swath of one of the world's poorest, least governed and most remote regions".

The US forces would be based in Uganda but would be used in other countries where the LRA was present, she said.

The African Union-led forces would remain in charge of the operation, with the US retaining an advisory role.

CV-22 Ospreys can land and take off vertically like a helicopter but fly like a plane so they can travel further and faster than helicopters.

The US has offered up to $5m (£3.3m) for leads resulting in his arrest.

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Uganda suspends officers sent to Somalia on AU mission

16 September 2013 BBC Africa

 

Uganda has suspended 20 army officers accused of corruption in Somalia while battling Islamist militants as part of an African Union (AU) force, a Ugandan army spokesman has told the BBC.

 

The officers are accused of selling food and fuel, meant for troops, on the black market, reports say.

 

The Ugandan contingent head, Brigadier Michael Ondoga, is among those being investigated.

 

Uganda is the biggest contributor to the AU force of about 18,000.

 

The force, funded mainly by the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) is fighting the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia.

 

Brigadier Ondoga has not commented on the allegations.

 

'Only one meal'

 

He was among the officers who had been recalled for allegedly "getting involved in conduct injurious" to the AU force, a Ugandan defence ministry spokesman said, AFP news agency reports.

 

Army spokesman Colonel Paddy Ankunda told the BBC Swahili Service that the 20 would remain suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations against them.

 

The investigation followed complaints by junior officers of "unscrupulous conduct" by their superiors, he said.

 

This included allegations that junior officers were not being paid and food meant for them was being sold, Col Ankunda told the BBC.

 

The suspended officers would be court-martialled and dismissed from the army if found guilty, he added.

 

Uganda's privately owned Daily Monitor newspaper said in a report that Ugandan soldiers in Somalia often get only one meal a day because of the alleged theft and sale of food to private companies.

 

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni had cancelled Brig Ondoga's appointment as military attache to Kenya, it reports.

 

He was due to have taken the post when his term as head of the Ugandan contingent in Somalia ended at the end of the month, the Daily Monitor adds.

 

Uganda has more than 6,000 troops in the AU force in Somalia.

 

Other countries that have deployed troops to Somalia as part of the AU force include Burundi, Kenya and Djibouti.

 

The force has helped the UN-backed Somali government regain control of key cities and towns from al-Shabab.

 

However, most of southern Somalia still remains under al-Shabab's control.

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Russia delivers last Su-30s to Uganda

 

Jun. 7, 2012 by Vladimir Karnozov - FG

 

Moscow - Uganda has received its last of six Sukhoi Su-30MK2 two-seat multirole fighters, according to Russian media reports.

 

Russian arms export agency Rosoboronexport signed a preliminary agreement with Uganda in April 2010, but protracted negotiations meant that a deal worth a reported $740 million was only signed in May 2011.

 

A first batch of two Su-30s was delivered last July, with a second pair having followed in October.

 

The Su-30s join Uganda's active fleet of seven Mikoyan MiG-21s, as recorded in Flightglobal's MiliCAS database.

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Ethiopian troops set to leave Somalia by end April:AU

 

12 March 2012 defenseWeb (Reuters)

 

Ethiopia, which has deployed hundreds of troops inside Somalia to rout Islamist insurgents, is set to withdraw from the war-ravaged country by the end of April with Djibouti, Uganda and Burundi poised to step in, the African Union said.

 

Ethiopian forces captured the rebel stronghold of Baidoa in southern Somalia last month having seized Baladwayne from the al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab group on New Year's Eve.

 

Troops from Ethiopia crossed the border in November to open up a third front against the militants, who are also fighting 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Kenyan forces to the south, Reuters reports.

 

Keen to point out their incursion is not a repeat of their ill-fated 2006-2009 war in Somalia, Ethiopian officials have said troops would only be deployed for a brief period.

 

Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council voted to expand AMISOM, which supports the shaky Western-backed government, to nearly 18,000 soldiers, and will include Kenyan troops who will "re-hat" to its blue berets.

 

Chiefs of staff from troop contributing countries met in Addis Ababa to iron out details of the expanding mission.

 

"It provides for Djiboutian forces to be deployed in Baladwayne by the end of April at the latest. Two thousand five hundred troops from Burundi and Uganda will also be deployed in Baidoa by the 30th of April at the latest," the AU's Ramtane Lamamra said of a deal signed by the officials.

 

"The decision up to now is that it is essentially Baladwayne and Baidoa (for Ethiopia) and they have to be handed over to AMISOM and then Ethiopia will withdraw its forces to its own national territory."

 

Lamamra, the bloc's commissioner for peace and security, also said a Djiboutian contingent would be deployed in Mogadishu.

 

Ethiopian soldiers previously went into Somalia in 2006, and left in early 2009 after pushing the Islamist Islamic Courts Union out of the capital Mogadishu.

 

At the time, most Somalis opposed the intervention and analysts said it may have encouraged people to join al Shabaab.

 

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Lamamra, however, said there was a slim possibility the bloc could ask Addis Ababa to push further.

 

"Because Ethiopian troops are assisting ... without being re-hatted unlike Kenya - it means this effort is being done on national resources and national budget, I don't see how we can ask them to go further, to do more if there is no accompanying support package," he said.

 

"If we succeed to work out some support package for Ethiopia, we may be in a position to request the government to consider the possibility to help us elsewhere."

 

Lamamra also said Sierra Leone was expected to deploy a battalion of 850 troops in southern Somalia by the end of June.

 

Somalia has been in turmoil since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. Fighting has killed more than 21,000 people since al Shabaab launched its insurgency in 2007.

 

Al Shabaab rebels, who want to impose a harsh interpretation of sharia law on the Horn of Africa nation, have waged a five-year campaign to drive Somalia's weak government from power.

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    source European Defence Agency If you want to subscribe to the News Review, or if you want to stop receiving the News review: News4Ind@eda.europa.eu News of the News EDA Study on the Impact of REACH & CLP European Chemical Regulations on the Defence Sector:...
  • Chronique culturelle - 13 Février 2017
    13 février 1960 explosion de la première bombe atomique française 13.02.2017 source JFP 13 février 1692 : massacre du clan Mac Donald dans la Glencoe (Ecosse).Le protestant Guillaume d’Orange ayant mis en fuite le catholique Jacques II, les chefs de clans...
  • Le PGHM et le GAM s’entraînent ensemble au secours en montagne
    Equipement de passage en neige - photo GAM Armée de Terre 07.02.2016 source 27e BIM Le lundi 13 février 2017 se déroulera un entraînement conjoint entre le peloton de gendarmerie de haute montagne (PGHM) et le groupement d’aguerrissement montagne (GAM)...
  • ITW SDBR : général Vincent Desportes, Professeur des Universités associé à Sciences Po Paris, Ancien directeur de l’Ecole de Guerre
    23.01.2017 par Alain Establier - SECURITY DEFENSE Business Review N°164 SDBR : Quel regard portez-vous sur la Défense de la France ? Vincent Desportes* : A l'issue de cette mandature, nous voyons un empilement d'actions réactives, à vocations plus politiciennes...
  • Chronique culturelle 9 Janvier
    Hussards du régiment de Bercheny en 1776 09.01.2017 source JFP 9 janvier 1778 : mort du créateur des régiments de Hussards (Luzancy – près de Meaux). Emigré hongrois et excellent capitaine au service de la France, Ladislas Ignace de Bercheny , obtient...
  • Chronique culturelle 04 Jan.
    Insigne général des Troupes de Forteresse de la Ligne Maginot 04.01.2016 source JFP 4 janvier 1894 : signature de l’alliance franco-russe. Préparée par de nombreuses activités bilatérales dans les années précédentes, une convention militaire secrète est...
  • Chronique culturelle 03 Jan.
    Napoléon en Egypte par Jean-Léon Gérome 03.01.2017 source JFP 3 janvier : Sainte Geneviève, patronne de la gendarmerie. Issue de la noblesse gallo-romaine du IVe siècle, elle convainc les habitants de Lutèce de ne pas livrer leur ville à Attila, roi des...
  • Au Levant, contre Daech avec les Forces Spéciales
    photo Thomas Goisque www.thomasgoisque-photo.com Depuis plus de deux ans, les hommes du C.O.S (Commandement des Opérations Spéciales) sont déployés au Levant et mènent, en toute discrétion, des opérations contre l’Etat islamisque.Au nord de l’Irak, ils...
  • Les blessés en Opérations extérieures ne prennent pas de vacances !
    Source CTSA Pendant la période des fêtes de fin d'années, le nombre de donneurs diminue dangereusement. Le site de Clamart du Centre de transfusion sanguine des armées (CTSA) invite fortement les donneurs des communes proches à profiter des vacances de...
  • Interview SDBR de Gaël-Georges Moullec, Historien
    photo SDBR 20.12.2016 par Alain Establier - « SECURITY DEFENSE Business Review » n°162 SDBR: Comment va la Russie aujourd’hui? Gaël-Georges Moullec * : Il n’y a plus d’ascenseur social dans la Russie d’aujourd’hui, ce qui est un problème moins connu,...

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