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Africa’s Military: Who Has The Most Powerful Force?

AFRICANGLOBE - The African Union is preparing to launch its African Standby Force in December. In October and November 2015, the continent’s armies will meet for a joint field training exercise called Amanai Africa II in South Africa. The exercise is aimed at developing the ASF to its full operational capability by the end of the year. We take a look at the top 10 most powerful armies on the continent.

Countdown To African Standby Force Begins

AFRICANGLOBE - The African Union has been working on its own solution for years now, named the African Standby Force (ASF). It’s conceptualised as a military force made up of only African troops that is supposed to intervene within two weeks should a new violent conflict erupt.

African Army Expected By Year End

AFRICANGLOBE - The African Union believes Africa will have a united and functioning single military by the end of this year as leaders pledge to accelerate the African Standby Force. AU chairperson, Robert Mugabe, confirmed that the first training exercises for the force would be held in South Africa towards the end of October. It is hoped that by the end of the year, all regions will be ready to form part of the single force.

Africans Closer To Forming Intervention Force?

AFRICANGLOBE - African leaders have moved closer to the creation of a military force capable of intervening in crises like the one in the Central African Republic.

Why Funding May Stall African Standby Force

AFRICANGLOBE - For the fourth time, indications have again emerged that the operations of the African Standby Force planned to take-off in 2015 may not be realistic owing to lack of fund. The African Union-backed continental peacekeeping force was initially meant to take off in 2008, but was moved to 2010.

African Union Creates New Military Force for Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - A newly sanctioned African Union (AU) military force for quick deployment in conflicts such as in Mali is being promoted as a stop-gap measure ahead of the planned formation of the "rapid deployment capability" (RDC) African Standby Force (ASF).

African Armies are Better Than You Think

AFRICANGLOBE - France's intervention to chase Arab terrorists from northern Mali in July has caused many African politicians and military leaders to question the state of Africa's armed forces. Governments face a series of new threats – from piracy to Arab-style terrorism – and militaries are changing in order to build up new regional and continental forces.

AU Commission Chairperson Calls for African Standby Force

AFRICANGLOBE - The chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nkozasana Dlamini-Zuma Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, urged for the need to put into operation the African Standby Force, with a view to providing the continent with a quick response to the conflicts and other situations that require military intervention.

African Standby Force: More Problems Than Solutions

The African Standby Force is a beautiful concept. The crack troops were meant to be the silver bullet for Africa's security problems, a rapid-response...