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Rwanda to deploy 1,000 troops to Mozambique

In an announcement made on Friday, Rwanda said it will send a combined force made up of members of the Rwanda Defence Force and National Police to the war-torn region of Cabo Delgado, which is now under siege.

Following a planned assault by Islamic State-linked terrorists on the northern town of Palma in March, in which they looted houses and murdered people while hundreds fled into the surrounding woods. The northern area of Mozambique has been severely impacted by instability since 2017.

The Rwandan government went on to say that the soldiers will be deployed alongside and in close cooperation with both the Mozambique Armed Defence Forces (FADM) and the troops sent by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) nations, among others.

Kagame meets RDF officer cadets in Gako | The New Times | Rwanda
President Kagame interacting with more than 1,000 officer cadets at Rwanda Military Academy in Gako.

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, a former defense minister, was previously adamant about his country’s sovereignty, which has been independent since 1975 and therefore resisted accepting any international assistance until lately.

It was agreed during a meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held last month that the nations of South Africa would send troops to Mozambique.

Mozambican troops have sent a combined force to support the battle against militants connected to the Islamic State (IS) in the country’s Cabo Delgado region. It is estimated that about 730,000 individuals in the province have been left without access to their properties and without ways of making a livelihood. As part of the stabilization effort, the Joint Force will assist with security-sector reform (SSR) while also assisting the Mozambican authorities in their battle against IS-linked militants.

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