Decades-old tensions between Rwanda, which has one of Africa's most effective militaries, and Congo, one of the continent's largest and most troubled countries, have spiked along their shared border a few hours' drive from Rwanda's capital, Kigali.
A spokesman for a top military official in eastern Congo said Wednesday that if Rwanda "wants war, it will have war." The comments by Gen. Sylvain Ekenge came as thousands of protesters took to the streets of the eastern Congo city of Goma to accuse Rwanda and Uganda of aggression.
The most recent bout of violence erupted following a land dispute between Arab and African tribes in the town of Kulbus in West Darfur province. So far in June, at least 145 people have been killed in the recent clashes.
Lt. Gen. Michael Langley, a Marine with experience commanding American forces in Africa, has been recommended to serve as the next leader of U.S. Africa Command, The New York Times reported Friday. Langley, if confirmed, would be become the first Black four-star general in Marine Corps history.
Only months ago, world leaders pledged to stop financing new fossil fuel projects around the globe in a “historic” move against climate change. Now some of those leaders, desperate for energy as Russian flows dwindle, are turning to African nations with burgeoning reserves of oil and natural gas.
Shipments to Ukraine of weapons such as Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles have cut into the Pentagon’s inventory by about one-third, according to estimates by some lawmakers and experts during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
US attack helicopters and related gear worth nearly $1 billion has been approved for sale to Nigeria, the US State Department announced, saying the deal will bolster security in a region facing threats from multiple extremist groups.
The combined-arms, live-fire demonstration launched last month at the U.S. Army’s African Land Forces Summit displayed American military might for key leaders of African armies — many of whom have long worked with U.S. forces and others with whom American generals aim to strengthen ties.
A U.S. soldier serving in Africa was awarded the Purple Heart in recognition of his injuries during a January attack while he was leading a six-person team, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa said.
The population of Liberia’s West Point slum has fallen from 85,000 less than a decade ago to just 50,000 today. Coastal erosion has eaten away almost 100 feet of shoreline over that time period and destroyed the homes of more than 670 families, as well as putting at risk critical fishery businesses.
Mali has intensified operations against armed groups with links to al-Qaida and the Islamic State in recent weeks, and the military has also boosted its capabilities with reported assistance by Russia’s Wagner Group.