Darfur tribal leaders fear the recent government-led disarmament exercise in the region may lead to further conflict rather than peace. While the local representatives support the idea of disarmament, they believe the implementation procedures and armed group assigned to conduct the task may incur further regional strife.
In the course of researching the al-Shabaab attack on Puntland Security Forces at Af Urur on 8 June 2017, a couple of interesting little details emerged.
What was the mindset behind the KDF’s blanket denials of the authenticity of the imagery?
Key vulnerabilities that have been raised repeatedly may have again played a role in the disaster. Notably, these include a lack of proper barriers and defensive measures to prevent or mitigate SVBIED attacks; insufficient intelligence/reconnaissance measures to detect and interdict massing militant forces prior to an attack; lack of Quick Reaction Force or inter-force cooperation to assist the forces under attack.
In July 2015, Burundian peacekeepers serving in AMISOM were ambushed by Al Shabaab near the town of Leego. With more information about the event now available via leaked Al Shabaab video, CONWAY WADDINGTON pieces together what happened.