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United States Africa Command Public Affairs Office 11 August 2010 USAFRICOM - related news stories TOP NEWS RELATED TO U.S. AFRICA COMMAND AND AFRICA Capacity Building In Mozambique (Voice of America) (Mozambique) Modeled on similar operations with Benin, Ghana and Senegal, U.S. military personnel recently conducted joint training exercises with the armed forces of Mozambique. The 10-day operation, dubbed SHARED ACCORD, was designed to build the Southern African nation's capacity for conductin
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United States Africa Command Public Affairs Office 11 August 2010 USAFRICOM - related news stories TOP NEWS RELATED TO U.S. AFRICA COMMAND AND AFRICA Capacity Building In Mozambique (Voice of America) (Mozambique) Modeled on similar operations with Benin, Ghana and Senegal, U.S. military personnel recently conducted joint training exercises with the armed forces of Mozambique. The 10-day operation, dubbed SHARED ACCORD, was designed to build the Southern African nation s capacity for conducting peace and stability operations. Lt. Gen Smith On Africa s Security Threat (Peace FM Online) (Ghana) Defence Minister Lieutenant General Joseph Henry Smith on Monday, urged African states to collaborate their efforts, to enable them to effectively counter threats to peace, security and stability on the continent and globally. Lt Gen. Smith was speaking at the opening of the two-week 2010 Africa Endeavour (AE) military communications exercise at the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College at Teshie, near Accra. Why U.S. Favours Jonathan for 2011( Vang uar d ) (Nigeria) As President Goodluck Jonathan prepares to visit the United States of America next month for the United Nations General Assembly, Vanguard can reveal that America s determination to secure its interest in the global energy war is the strongest motive for Washington s preference for the candidacy of Dr. Goodluck Johathan in the 2011 presidential election. U.S. Gives Shs10 Billion in Relief Food to Karamoja (The Monitor) (Uganda) The US government has offered $4.8m (about Shs10b) to buy relief food for people in Karamoja sub-region. Central African Republic asks U.N. council for help( Reuter s) (Central African Republic) The Central African Republic on Tuesday pleaded with the U.N. Security Council for help as it grapples with rebels ahead of an expected withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers stationed there and in neighboring Chad.Kagame Wins Rwandan Election in Landslide (Wall Street Journal) (Rwanda) The country s election commission said Tuesday preliminary results indicated Mr. Kagame would win more than 90% of Monday s vote. The final tally could take a few more days. Mr. Kagame won election in 2003 with 95% of the vote. Congo sets date for 2011 presidential vote (Associated Press) (Congo) Congolese politicians say the date set for 2011 presidential elections is unconstitutional. The Nov. 27 election date announced late Monday is less than a month before the end of President Joseph Kabila s term in December 2011. Gravity Returns to Liberian s Trial (Wall Street Journal) (Liberia) Judges in the Dutch courtroom trying Mr. Taylor, Liberia s former president, are continuing the slow, methodical task of assessing his responsibility for nearly six years of horrors during Sierra Leone s civil war. UN News Service Africa Briefs Full Articles on UN Website y As cholera outbreak hits Cameroon, UN agencies send medical supplies y World must boost efforts to protect Somali civilians, UN expert says y Central African Republic: UN outlines options to tackle security threats y External help raises Zimbabwe·s food production but some still hungry ² UN y UN welcomesEthiopian policy to allowEritrean refugees to live outside camps ------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST: There are no upcoming events at this time. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FULL ARTICLE TEXT Capacity Building In Mozambique (Voice of America) The security challenges facing the nations of Africa are as daunting as they are familiar. Ranging from piracy to illegal trafficking to irregular militaries to resource pilferage and terrorism, threats to peace and stability in the region abound. As with others in the international community, the United States has a strong national interest in a stable and prosperous Africa, and by working together with our partners in the region we can pursue our shared interests more effectively. Modeled on similar operations with Benin, Ghana and Senegal, U.S. military personnel recently conducted joint training exercises with the armed forces of Mozambique. The 10-day operation, dubbed SHARED ACCORD, was designed to build the Southern African nation s capacity for conducting peace and stability operations. Hundreds of members of both armed forces took part in various types of military training, includingcommand exercises and live-fire small arms practice. The troops also provided free medical and dental care to 3 communities and helped renovate 2 local schools and several clinics. Above all, training was the goal, and all U.S. military personnel will return to their home bases in Europe and the U.S. by the end of the month. This isn t the first instance of the U.S. working with the Mozambican military. Training is offered on an on-going basis in the removal of landmines, the remnants of 3 decades of fighting during the struggle for independence and subsequent civil war. Tens of thousands of the still-deadly weapons are buried in the fields and forests of Mozambique, and the U.S. is committed to helping Mozambicans to remove the threat. Such cooperative efforts will help develop Mozambique s ability to offer additional security for its neighbors, keep itself free from threats to its own security and enhance stability for a more prosperous future. -------------------- Lt. Gen Smith On Africa s Security Threat (Peace FM Online) Defence Minister Lieutenant General Joseph Henry Smith on Monday, urged African states to collaborate their efforts, to enable them to effectively counter threats to peace, security and stability on the continent and globally. He noted that changing trends in global security, particularly terrorism, drugs, small arms trafficking and disasters, which ´knew no bordersµ, necessitated that, Africa formed a united front to ´confront them decisively before they bring any destabilising situations on usµ.´Our inaction today can be a recipe for disaster tomorrow«. Our children·s future needs to be guaranteed and protectedµ Lt Gen. Smith was speaking at the opening of the two-week 2010 Africa Endeavour (AE) military communications exercise at the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College at Teshie, near Accra. The ´Africa Endeavour programme is a United States African Command (AFRICOM) initiated annual communications exercise, that focuses on inter- operability and information sharing among African Militaries, to strengthen their communications capabilities. The programme is aimed at increasing the capacity of the African Union and the Africa Standby Force to provide support for humanitarian missions and peace support operations. Lt. Gen Smith said the continent should be guided by the belief that no one nation could build a better and safer world and that Ghana was committed to working together with all peace loving nations towards the realisation of peace and stability. He lauded the Africa Endeavour exercise, touting it as initiatives that could harmonise the doctrines of sub-regional militaries, to ensure their inter-operability, one of the components to the realisation of peace and stability.The Defence Minister urged participants to commit themselves to formulating workable concepts of Command, Control and inter-operability standards to support the employment of the African Standby Force. Military representatives from 37 African countries and delegates from the AU, ECOWAS, European Union and the United States are taking part in the exercise.The first Africa Endeavour was held in South Africa in 2006, the second in Nigeria in 2008 and the third in Gabon, 2009. This year's exercise, aimed at building upon the successes of previous exercises, would showcase the operational relevance of Africa Endeavour, and tackle networking fundamentals, server administration and management and core services of participating countries. -------------------- Why U.S. Favours Jonathan for 2011( Vang uar d ) LAGOS, Nigeria ³ As President Goodluck Jonathan prepares to visit the United States of America next month for the United Nations General Assembly, Vanguard can reveal that America's determination to secure its interest in the global energy war is the strongest motive for Washington's preference for the candidacy of Dr. Goodluck Johathan in the 2011 presidential election. While Nigerian political actors across the geopolitical divide are bogged down with argument on power shift, informed diplomatic source told Vanguard at the weekend that America's energy security interest in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea is the key edge that Jonathan has over all those that have so far shown interest in the Presidency in the 2011 polls. Apart from President Jonathan, other known aspirants to the Presidential seat are Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Otunba Dele Mommodu and Alhaji Ibrahim Shekerau. Among the listed aspirants, some of them lack the experience at national politics, especially at the presidential level. Those that occupied the office as military leaders from 1983 to 1993 have issues concerning mismanagement of public funds and abuse of human rights which does not say well of the country in the area of public auditing of leaders in a fast changing global environment. Informed diplomatic contacts told Vanguard in Lagos that Washington was involved in a high level oil diplomacy aimed at securing its energy interest in Nigeria especially in the Gulf of Guinea. The country is engaged in extensive diplomatic consultations at home and abroad to ensure that it stays on top of the situation in Nigeria.
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