African Defence Review


26 June 2017
The WEEKINAFRICA is a collection of key defence and security stories happening on the continent that the writers at African Defence review have picked up on. Things we can't write about at length, but which we felt you should know about. Please pass it on to friends who could use this weekly security update.

MONUSCO troops on Patrol in Bunia,Democratic Republic of Congo. Bunia is a major base for UN troops in the DRC's Ituri district, and stands at the beginning of the Ituri rainforest - the second largest in the world. RICHARD STUPART/ADR

June 19, 2017

Taban Deng Gai Attends Extraordinary IGAD summit

South Sudan

South Sudanese first vice president Taban Deng Gai attended the extraordinary IGAD summit to discuss the situation in South Sudan last week [source]. This was after president Salva Kiir indicated that he would not be attending. Unsurprisingly, little progress appears to have been made, with government representatives telling reporters afterwards that there will be no change to the 2015 peace agreement that has so far resulted in little actual peace. [source]

June 19, 2017

ICC still wants Bashir


ICC prosecutor¬†¬†Fatou Bensouda reiterated the court’s desire to see Sudan’s Omar al Bashir arrested and facing charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. A pre-trial chamber of the court will also shortly be determining whether South Africa acted non-compliance with the Rome statute in refusing to apprehend Bashir in June 2015. [source]

June 19, 2017

Two killed in Mali resort attack


Two people have been killed by jihadist attackers on Sunday night. The four attackers stormed the Le Campement Kangaba, east of the capital Bamako. Fatally shooting two and taking hostage, the gunmen were killed in a counter-attack by French Special Forces and Malian troops. Mali has been in a state of emergency since 2015. The US embassy in Bamako had warned of a possible threat to Westerners, particularly those frequenting tourist or westerner-associated leisure facilities.