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Somalia: AMISOM repel Al-Shabaab attack on Jubaland Security Forces in Bilis Qooqani

Somalia: AMISOM repel Al-Shabaab attack on Jubaland Security Forces in Bilis Qooqani

AFRICA, al shabab, ARMY, somalia
An African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) unit in Bilis Qooqani town on Friday stopped a late-night attack on Jubaland Security Forces (JSF), killing and arresting several terrorists in the process. AMISOM forces recovered several AK 47 rifles and rounds of ammunition from Al Shabaab elements who were neutralized during the foiled attack. The two Jubaland Forces wounded in the ensuing battle are currently receiving treatment at the AMISOM Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Bilis Qooqani. “At about 00:30 hours, Jubaland Security Forces stationed in Bilis Qooqani were attacked by about 20 Al-Shabaab terrorists from three different directions. Our Bilis Qooqani defense points immediately responded by dispatching one platoon to support our Somali counterparts.  Three Al-Shabaab mil...
General Robert Kibochi sworn in as new Chief of Kenya Defence Forces

General Robert Kibochi sworn in as new Chief of Kenya Defence Forces

AFRICA, ARMY, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Nairobi
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday at State House, Nairobi, witnessed the swearing in of General Robert Kariuki Kibochi as the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF). General Robert Kariuki Kibochi takes the oath of office as the new Chief of Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) during the swearing in ceremony witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. General Kibochi takes over the leadership of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) from General Samson Mwathethe who retired after serving as CDF for five years. Previously, General Kibochi, who was accompanied to State House by his wife Mrs Tabitha Kariuki, served as the Vice Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces. Speaking during the ceremony, President Kenyatta commended the KDF for upholding merit and professionalism whic...
Uganda: Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde granted bail

Uganda: Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde granted bail

AFRICA, ARMY, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The High Court has on Monday May 11 released former Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde on bail. The former spy master has been behind bars for after being arrested by military from his Kololo mansion on 13th March 2020 on charges of treason after declaring his presidential ambitions on 3rd March 2020. Later his two sons along with Tororo North county  legislator Annet nyakecho were also arrested and later released. Justice Wilson Kwesiga granted bail to the general after accepting his three sureties — his wife, his brother and former Minister Mathew Rukikaire. On April 14th, 2020, Justice Wilson Kwesiga had refused to grant bail to Gen. Tumukunde, saying he needed to present at least two sureties who are above his rank and still serving in the army. But t...
AMISOM welcomes the decision by the Governments of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia to investigate Plane crash incident in Bardale, Somalia

AMISOM welcomes the decision by the Governments of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia to investigate Plane crash incident in Bardale, Somalia

AFRICA, ARMY, INTERNATIONAL
The African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who perished in the plane crash of 4th May, 2020. The aircraft which left Baidoa, had six people on board and was approaching Bardale, south of Somalia and 300km northwest of the capital Mogadishu when it crashed. The Mission welcomes the decision by the leadership of Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia to investigate the incident. “We would like to pledge our continued solidarity with the governments of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia and will support and facilitate investigations aimed at clarifying the circumstances surrounding this incident”, said the Head of Mission for AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira. Kenya and Ethiopia are Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs), to the African Un...
North Korea Fires Shots At South Korea A Day After Kim Jong-Un Reappears

North Korea Fires Shots At South Korea A Day After Kim Jong-Un Reappears

ARMY, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA
North Korea fired multiple gunshots towards South Korea early Sunday morning, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staffs (JCS) said in a statement. A series of gunshots were fired from North Korea at 7:41 am local time towards a guard post in South Korea that borders the North, the JCS said. News of the attack came just one day after North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un resurfaced amid escalating reports he had died. South Korea responded by firing two shots back towards North Korea, the JCS said. The South is taking action to try to ‘grasp the detailed situation’, it said. ‘We are taking actions via inter-Korean communication lines to grasp the detailed situation and to prevent any further incidents,’ the JCS statement read. ‘And we also maintain a necessary readiness posture.’ No...
Army: Rwandan President dismisses too army officer

Army: Rwandan President dismisses too army officer

AFRICA, ARMY, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, SECURITY
KIGALI — President Paul Kagame has sacked Minister for Internal Security over corruption related concerns. Gen. Nyamvumba is the former Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF). He has served in the position of Minister of Security for less than a year. The sacking of Gen Nyamvumba was announced by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente in a latter dated Monday April 27. Gen Patrick Nyamvumba “pursuant to the consitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003 revised in 2015, especially in its articles 116, today April 27, 2020, His Excellency The President has removed General Patrick Nyamvumba from his duties as Minister of Internal Security owing to matters of accountability under investigation. General Nyamvumba reports back to RDF headquarters pending further decision”...
AU Special Representative for Somalia extends message of goodwill to the people and the government of Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan

AU Special Representative for Somalia extends message of goodwill to the people and the government of Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan

AFRICA, ARMY, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, somalia
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, extends his best wishes to the people and the government of Somalia during this holy month of Ramadan. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira “As we enter, today, into Ramadan, we recall, with humility that this is the Holy month of fasting, spiritual reflection and worship, a month of expression of kindness and giving to the poor and the needy. May this period of Ramadan fill us with courage, strength and help us win every challenge of life”, Ambassador Madeira said. As we fast and offer prayers to Allah, the ...
Uganda: Major Akorimo, the man who raised the Uganda flag on independence day dies at 89

Uganda: Major Akorimo, the man who raised the Uganda flag on independence day dies at 89

AFRICA, ARMY, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
KUMI – The man who hoisted the Uganda Flag on October 9, 1962 when the country got her independence from Britain has died. According to Dr. Isaac Omara, the medical superintendent of Atutur hospital, Maj. Akorimo, 89, succumbed to pneumonia at around 7.30am on Wednesday. Dr. Isaac Omara added that they have been treating Major Akorimo and he goes home. But it is on Friday when his condition worsened, and they admitted him not until two days later when he was put on oxygen. He said adding: “By Tuesday we had alerted State House. He was to be transferred to Mulago, but the unthinkable thing happened.” The Late Major Kanuti Akorimo Abdul Aziz Ongodia, the LC III Chairperson Kumi district said, Maj. Akorimo was taken to the hospital on Thursday last week after he failed to eat for...

Coronavirus: Putin postpones WW2 Victory parade due to COVID-19

ARMY, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, Russia, SECURITY
Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed the 9 May Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square because of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at a security meeting on April 16, Putin said events including a massive military parade in Moscow's Red Square would be postponed until a later date. “The risks linked to the epidemic that hasn't yet reached its peak are extremely high, and that doesn't give me the right to start preparations for the parade and other festivities,” he said, adding that the celebration will be held later this year. Vladmir Putin, Russian President The postponement followed an earlier decision by Putin to put off a vote originally scheduled for April 22 on constitutional changes that would allow him to stay in office until 2036, if he desired. Mr Put...
North Korea fires missiles ahead of South Korean elections

North Korea fires missiles ahead of South Korean elections

ARMY, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, NORTH KOREA, SECURITY, SOUTH KOREA, TECHNOLOGY
A barrage of North Korean missiles fired from both the ground and fighter jets splashed down on the waters off the country's east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, a major show of force on the eve of a key state anniversary and parliamentary elections in rival South Korea. The back-to-back launches were the latest in a series of weapons tests that North Korea has conducted in recent weeks amid stalled nuclear talks and outside worries about a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country. The tests follow a pattern for the North Korean government of conducting military drills near notable domestic anniversaries or significant events among its neighbors. Wednesday marked the birthdate 108 years ago of North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung, as well as a general election in So...
Coronavirus: Ugandan Army warns to fight back in case of attack during their curfew operations

Coronavirus: Ugandan Army warns to fight back in case of attack during their curfew operations

AFRICA, ARMY, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
The Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) has warned that it will not hesitate to fight back in case of any attack while enforcing the presidential directives on coronavirus, especially the night curfew. On Saturday night a UPDF soldier who was enforcing the curfew was attacked in Amuru and hit with an iron bar that inured him badly. The night curfew which starts at 7pm and ends at 6:30am was announced by President Museveni on March 31 as part of the Covid-19 preventive measures. UPDF spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire According to the UPDF spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire, Pte Alex Niwanyine from the 71stbattalion and an escort for Amuru Resident District Commissioner lost his eye to Steven Olibia. This Brig. Karemire said that Alex was hit with an iron bar on his ey...
Coronavirus – Libya: One year of destructive war in Libya, UNSMIL renews calls for immediate cessation of hostilities and unity to combat COVID-19

Coronavirus – Libya: One year of destructive war in Libya, UNSMIL renews calls for immediate cessation of hostilities and unity to combat COVID-19

AFRICA, ARMY, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, libya, SECURITY, UNITED NATIONS, War, WORLD
UNSMIL appeals to all concerned to activate the humanitarian truce immediately and cease all military operations to allow Libyan authorities to respond to the threat of COVID-19TRIPOLI, Libya- Yesterday marked one year since the forces of “Libyan National Army” Commander General Khalifa Haftar launched their offensive to seize Tripoli, Libya’s capital. What resulted is a needless conflict that shattered the hopes of many Libyans for a peaceful political transition via a National Conference that could have paved the way towards unifying the country’s long-divided institutions via parliamentary and presidential elections. The conflict has since escalated into a dangerous and potentially endless proxy war fueled by cynical foreign powers that has now widened geographically with civilians pay...
UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

AFRICA, ARMY, CHAD, HEALTH, REFUGEES, SECURITY, SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 peopleGENEVA, Switzerland, March 20, 2020,/ -- This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, airlifted 93.5 tonnes of emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad from its Global Stockpile in Dubai on Thursday (March 19). The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 777 landed in the Chadian capital yesterday evening.Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people, mostly women and children, to flee violence and cross into neighboring Chad.They arrived exhausted, traumatized and often w...
AMISOM Troops and Somali National Army successfully liberate Jannale from extremist group, Al-Shabaab

AMISOM Troops and Somali National Army successfully liberate Jannale from extremist group, Al-Shabaab

AFRICA, al shabab, ARMY, SECURITY, somalia
Mogadishu, March 18, 2020: – AMISOM troops in a joint military offensive with Somali National Army, SNA, on Monday, March 16, 2020, liberated the bridge town of Jannale, a stronghold of Al-Shabaab, in Somalia. Jannale, approximately 90km (55 miles) south-west of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city, has been the hub for terrorists’ operations and activities – it was where they planned dastardly activities to wreak havoc – killing innocent civilians and destroying properties across Somalia. Speaking after the operations, the Sector I and Uganda Contingent Commander, Brig Richard Otto, commended both SNA and AMISOM troops on liberating the town with approximately, 30,000 people. He said it is currently under the full control of the joint forces – AMISOM and SNA. The AMISOM ...
MALI: Militant attack kills 19 Malian soldiers

MALI: Militant attack kills 19 Malian soldiers

AFRICA, ARMY, MALI
At least 19 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military post in central Mali on Sunday. The incident took place in Sokolo military camp in the Segou region, where armed fighters linked to al-Qaeda are known to operate. In a tweet, the Malian Armed Forces which claims to be in control of the situation, reported a provisional death toll of 19, five injured and equipment taken away. A local politician said they entered the camp near the village at dawn, opened fire, destroyed some structures and left soon after. The assault comes after a similar attack on Thursday by armed men in the country’s volatile Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso, killing at least six soldiers. Mali has struggled to contain an armed uprising that erupted in the north in 2012 and h...