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    Post  max steel on Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:41 pm

    The 'hippo trench' across Africa: US military quietly builds giant security belt in middle of continent



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    Post  par far on Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:49 pm

    max steel wrote:The 'hippo trench' across Africa: US military quietly builds giant security belt in middle of continent



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    These bastards are trying slow the growth of China and Russia in Africa, the Petrodollar has to totally collapse, so the evil US empire can not hurt innocent people and countries.
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    Post  George1 on Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:20 pm

    In central and west Africa. France also has considerable presence. I had the impression also that Uganda has some close ties with Russia from the countries with red color
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    Post  andalusia on Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:34 pm

    Why do African leaders allow the US to build military bases in their countries? I think they are stupid.

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    Post  George1 on Wed May 23, 2018 12:01 am

    Parade of the Polisario Front in honor of the 45th anniversary of the beginning of the armed struggle for independence



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    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:55 am

    ISS: Is another Boko Haram or al-Shabaab erupting in Mozambique?

    A Mozambican soldier.A sudden upsurge in brutal violence in northern Mozambique, including the beheadings of women and children, has sounded alarms that a violent jihadist movement like Boko Haram or al-Shabaab could be evolving. Since October last year, over 50 people have been killed in about 20 attacks in Cabo Delgado province on the Tanzania border.

    Gruesome footage of headless and mutilated bodies has been circulating on social media, accelerating an exodus of citizens from the region. Multinational energy companies poised to exploit Cabo Delgado’s huge liquefied natural gas reserves have paused. Fears are growing that the violence could sabotage the exploitation of this valuable resource which remains Mozambique’s one great hope for defeating poverty.

    Those allegedly responsible for the attacks apparently call themselves Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamâ (often abbreviated to al-Sunnah). Locals dub them al-Shabaab, even though the group doesn’t seem to be formally affiliated to its more famous Somali namesake.

    Has full-blown violent Islamist extremism arrived in Mozambique, and indeed in southern Africa? Or are these just poor, marginalised locals presenting ordinary crimes as something else? Or are they perhaps the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) in disguise? Or, even more cynically, are mercenaries deliberately stoking violence to win a lucrative contract to protect the natural gas industry?

    Interpretations have differed widely. But the latest attacks seem to be forging a growing consensus that this is indeed an incipient local variant of the sort of violent Islamist extremism seen elsewhere in Africa. Both Mozambique and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should be paying more attention.

    The birth of al-Sunnah in Cabo Delgado dates back to 2013 or early 2014, according to independent security analyst Johann Smith. But on 5 October last year it caught wider attention. Thirty to 40 gunmen launched well-coordinated simultaneous attacks on three police or military posts in the coastal town of Moćimboa da Praia, 70 km south of the Tanzania border. Two police officers and 14 assailants were killed, Smith said.

    The attacks in Cabo Delgado continued at a lower level. But they took a sinister turn on 27 May 2018 when attackers killed 10 unarmed civilians, several of whom were beheaded; and burnt many houses in Monjane village in the district of Macomia.

    Police spokesman Inacio Dina told reporters in Maputo that the killers were common bandits, not terrorists. But analysts believe these gruesome attacks on civilians demonstrate that al-Sunnah has raised its terror campaign to a new level.

    The upsurge in violence is also threatening Mozambique’s $30 billion gas bonanza, Bloomberg reported last week. It said London-listed explorer Wentworth Resources hadn’t been able to gain access to its onshore licences near Moćimboa da Praia due to safety concerns since the attacks. This week Reuters reported that US-based Anadarko Petroleum declined to comment on reports that it had suspended work on its massive natural gas project in Mozambique.

    Some observers are suspicious about the coincidence of the upsurge in attacks and the awarding of a $750 million contract for protecting gas fields to a private security consortium. The consortium involves Erik Prince – founder of the famous US private security/military company – and a Mozambique company linked to government intelligence. Others have implicated ISIS and al-Shabaab, and some dismiss all this as alarmist sensationalism.

    However the most comprehensive known investigation of al-Sunnah so far suggests this is a genuine violent extremist Islamist phenomenon, with some links to foreign jihadists, though not necessarily directed by them.

    Islamic cleric Sheikh Saide Habibo and academics Salvador Forquilha, director of the Institute of Economic and Social Studies and João Pereira, assistant professor at Eduardo Mondlane University, conducted three field trips to Cabo Delgado and Nampula provinces in November, December and February. They interviewed a wide cross-section of society.

    In their report presented late last month, they concluded that Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamâ (which translates roughly as ‘adherents of the prophetic tradition’) first appeared in the north of Cabo Delgado as a religious group. In 2015 military cells were formed.

    The province has a Muslim population of about 58%, compared to 18% for Mozambique as a whole. Most al-Sunnah adherents are youths who feel local communities are not practising correct Islam, the researchers found. They don’t send their children to state schools.

    The group’s leaders have links with ‘religious circles, commercial and military activities of radical Islamist groups in Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya and the Great Lakes Region’ – mostly through training there, the report said.

    Adherents have a uniform and distinctive appearance, wearing white turbans, robes and long black shorts; shaving their hair and sporting large beards. They are ‘armed with white weapons to symbolise jihad’. The picture of al-Sunnah painted by the three researchers resembles the beginnings of violent Islamist extremist groups elsewhere, like Boko Haram, some analysts warn.

    Most members are ‘socially marginalised youth: without formal employment; without schooling’. They’re largely from the Mwani ethnic group, though they include young immigrants from other countries such as Tanzania, Somalia and the Great Lakes Region. These people have been radicalised by ‘degrading social conditions’ in the country’s poorest province, as well as a sense of ‘political exclusion’.

    The members are trained both locally – sometimes by disaffected police officers and security guards – and externally in Tanzania and the Great Lakes Region by militia chiefs hired by al-Shabaab in Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia. They preach the usual doctrines, including sharia law. They finance themselves from illicit activities such as wood, charcoal, ivory and ruby smuggling and outside donations.

    The report concludes with several pertinent questions, including how this Islamic radicalisation might affect current efforts to stabilise Mozambique economically and politically and what government should do about it. Some reports say the government has already responded harshly by clamping down indiscriminately with many arrests and the closure of mosques and madrassas.

    If Pereira et al. are correct, the Mozambican authorities should start by acknowledging the real nature of the problem. They should then take care to target their counter-extremism measures more selectively while tackling the socio-economic root causes of extremism that are so evident in Cabo Delgado.

    Maputo should take note in particular of the recent United Nations Development Programme report Journey to Extremism in Africa. Researchers interviewed 718 people, 495 of whom had been directly involved in extremist groups. For 71% of the respondents, the tipping point that prompted them to join extremist groups was violent or repressive government actions against them or others close to them.

    Smith fears that without proper intervention, al-Sunnah could go the way of Boko Haram. He is concerned that neither Mozambique nor SADC are taking the threat seriously enough.

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    Post  nomadski on Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:25 pm

    Good article . Points to what I think is basic problem of identifying the true class and social content of movements . As opposed to superficial ideological baggage for many of these movements . More often as a convenient cover story or selling point . To gather mass and popular support . If it is not Islam . It will be socialism . Or liberalism . All are fashion victims .

    Deep down ethnic or tribal or economic or class struggles are dressed up ideological . We should not be a victim of this . Or allow others to fish out of muddy waters .
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    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:34 pm

    Mali Air Force received four Super Tucano combat trainers

    According to the Malian media, the Mali Air Force received four turbo-propeller combat training aircraft (light attack aircraft) Embraer EMB-314 (A-29) Super Tucano of Brazilian production. The ceremony of transferring the Super Tucano airplanes to the Mali Air Force was held on July 11, 2018 at the 101st aviation base in the capital airport of Bamako with the participation of the President of Mali, Ibrahim Bubakar Keith.

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    Four Super Tucano aircraft built by Embraer, which had a temporary Brazilian registration of PT-ZTN, PT-ZTI, PT-ZTJ and PT-ZTF, departed July 7 from Recife (Brazil) and reached Bamako (Mali) on July 10th. In the Mali Air Force, the aircraft received registration numbers from TZ-01C to TZ-04C.

    The government of Mali signed a contract with the Brazilian company Embraer for the purchase of six Super Tucano aircraft on June 15, 2015, but then the number of acquired aircraft was reduced to four. Apparently, the contract is fully or partially funded by Western military assistance to Mali. In addition to the supply of aircraft, the contract includes the training of Embraer ten pilots and 17 ground technical experts of the Mali Air Force, as well as the provision of technical support.

    Mali became the 16th country - the operator of the Super Tucano.

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:53 pm

    Côte d’Ivoire’s Gendarmerie revealed itself to be the first known exporter user of the Belarusian-made Cayman 4x4 light armoured vehicle when three featured in the 7 August independence day parade.

    It was announced in May 2017 that the Cayman had entered service with the Belarusian military and the chairman of the country’s Military Industrial Committee said in January that at least some had been exported, although he did not reveal the customers. Russia’s Tass news agency reported on 13 July that Caymans were in the process of being delivered to an African state.

    Designed for reconnaissance, escort, and patrol duties, the vehicle is made by the 140 Repair Plant in Borisov. It weighs about 7 tonnes and can carry a crew of six. A 170 hp D-245 engine made by the Minsk Motor Plant gives it a top speed of 100 km/h on paved roads. Its amphibious capability requires no preparation, with its waterjets giving it a swimming speed of 8 km/h. Its side and rear armour is said to be equivalent to STANAG 4569 Level 1 and its frontal armour equivalent to Level 2.

    Côte d’Ivoire’s Gendarmerie already operates French VAB and BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers. It also displayed a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle on a transporter during the parade.

    The army, meanwhile, paraded nine new Acmat (now Arquus) Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in UN colours. Côte d’Ivoire currently has a protection company serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), but this was previously seen operating old British-made Saxon APCs


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    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:56 pm

    Yes here the video also

    Cayman appeared at 1:01:10-1:01:20

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:00 am

    I attended national youth day event on sunday in Uganda. The president attended the event and surprisingly I didn't find security that tight yes there were quite a few police and army but many unarmed. One protester made it within 20 meters to the president before his suited guards grabbed him and took him away he seemed harmless a homeless drunk/drug taker. One thing that I did notice was the EW truck that the Queen of the UK brought with her some time ago that she left as a gift to him was present although my mobile phone and internet seemed work majority of the time and I was only 30-40 meters away from the president and even met and spoke to some of his suited guards and head of security. Another thing a 4x4 was present armed with a minigun with a metal shield not the sort of weapon you if a gunman opens in in or near the crowd it's not exactly accurate and I would imagine many civilians would get mowed down in the process of killing the armed gunman lol.

    I've been invited to another event with the president and the kenyan president soon but in a different setting will be interested in what security will be like.

    Also spotted their Su-30, mi-24, Mi-8 in entebbe strangely most were sitting outside with just canopies on the cockpits. No sign of their mig-21 also an abandoned mi-26
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:39 am

    Minigun behind a metal shield... sounds like they were expecting a full on riot...

    Or perhaps it was just intimidation to prevent a problem rather than for dealing with anything that might occur.

    I would think a flame thrower would have the same effect while limiting the kill zone to 20-30m.
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:17 am

    GarryB wrote:Minigun behind a metal shield... sounds like they were expecting a full on riot...

    Or perhaps it was just intimidation to prevent a problem rather than for dealing with anything that might occur.

    I would think a flame thrower would have the same effect while limiting the kill zone to 20-30m.


    yeah highly likely as intimidating presence. Just like their su-30 looool. According to the locals the jets don't see much action only tend to fly near election time roaring past cities and towns
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:20 pm

    I was walking past the courts in kampala and thee was some high profile case going on as the locals were staring at the large presence of security.
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    4 x pick up trucks filled with armed police.
    Prisoner bus (caged)
    2x locally made Nyoka armoured trucks both had 3 individual gun mounts each with a .50cal/12.7mm a guy at each gun and their own armoured shield. A total of 6 guns on two vehicles that's quite a lot of fire power than can either me directed three different directions per vehicle or three guns concentrated on one target that's pretty brutal. I actually think that this would be a great convoy vehicle and if there was a possibility that they could turn there guns towards a low flying aircraft helicopter or drone that's quite a good amount of rounds flying up into air.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:49 am

    Unmanned systems at the AAD-2018 in South Africa

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    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:30 am

    Repair and modernization of Su-25 DRK attack aircraft in Baranovichi

    According to the photograph and information published in the Belarusian military newspaper “For the Glory of the Motherland”, in Belarus at the 558th Aviation Repair Plant OJSC in Baranavichy are repairing and upgrading the Su-25 ground attack aircraft of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the course of the modernization, the Congolese Su-25 aircraft are equipped, in particular, with the equipment of individual radio engineering protection (SATZ) “Satellite” of its own design and production “558 ARZ”. Repair and modernization of Su-25 DRK attack aircraft in Baranovichi

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:25 pm

    This is just plain stupid the APC of this is nothing but a large target and a flat screen TV in the back ground clearance is bad and it's road wheels means it must stay on flat tarmac. As for exoskeletons well there bad too. What a waste of money better actually buying something useful 

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:42 am

    Military parades are either for commemoration, intimidation, or just plain showing off...

    Some can be all three, like the Russian military parade in May.

    This one is clearly focusing on showing off.

    It looks like they put armour and extra wheels on a school bus, but in terms of low intensity conflicts it actually looks rather more comfortable than most APCs I have seen.

    I suspect Trumps military parade will be all about showing off too... could be interesting to compare...  Twisted Evil

    (Of course the American parade would probably pay the entire Ghana GDP for 10 years...)
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    Ghana military industry innovations! Smile

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    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:17 am

    April 4, 2019 in the capital of the Republic of Senegal, the city of Dakar was held a military parade in honor of the 59th anniversary of the country's independence from France.



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