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EU Defence ministers examine training in Africa

The EU Council reviews the training missions deployed in Central African RepublicMali and Somalia. It is be the opportunity to review the functioning of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC). Established in June 2017, the MPCC oversees EU training missions

Foreign ministers to review EU training missions in Africa

The EU Foreign Affairs Council on defence, 06/03/2018 will review the bloc training missions deployed in Central African RepublicMali and Somalia. It will be the opportunity to take a stock of the functioning of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC). Established in June 2017, the MPCC oversees EU training missions.

On 8 June 2017, the Council adopted the decision establishing of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC) within the EU military staff (EUMS). The terms of reference of the EUMS, which is part of the European External Action Service, have been amended and approved.

The MPCC will assume command of EU non-executive military missions, currently: EU Training Mission (EUTM) Somalia, EUTM République Centrale Africaine (RCA) and EUTM Mali. The MPCC will be the static, out-of-area command and control structure at the military strategic level, responsible for the operational planning and conduct of non-executive missions, including the building up, launching, sustaining and recovery of European Union forces. This will allow the mission staff in the field to concentrate on the specific activities of their mission, with better support provided from Brussels.

The MPCC improves the crisis management structures of the EU. It will work under the political control and strategic guidance of the Political and Security Committee (PSC), which is composed of EU member states’ ambassadors and is based in Brussels.

Gen.Stickland new Commander of Atalanta

The EU’s Political and Security Committee has appointed Major General Charlie Stickland, a high-ranking military official in the Royal Marines, as new Operation Commander of the Operation Atalanta. He will take up his duties on 7 November 2017.

The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation Atalanta contributes to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The operation is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach for a peaceful, stable and democratic Somalia.


The operation also protects vessels of the World Food Programme and other vulnerable shipping, monitors fishing activities off the coast of Somalia and supports other EU missions and programmes in the region.

After the car bomb attack of 14 October 2017 in Mogadishu, Operation Atalanta, the EU Delegation in Somalia and the EU Training Mission in Somalia, provided support in particular to the United Nations to assist the victims.

The EU’s Political and Security Committee is composed of member states’ ambassadors based in Brussels.

Somalia at “critical political juncture”

“The attacks in Somalia’s capital mark one of the worst the city has suffered in over a decade, leading to a large number of casualties and injuries to innocent civilians” – says the text of the statement by the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini on the attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish a full recovery to those injured in the attacks.”

“At this critical political juncture in the history of Somalia, the European Union reaffirms its long term commitment to the country and its people. It will be crucial that the government remains united to defeat terrorism and strengthen security. The achievements of past years, which the international community has supported, must continue.”

“The Federal Government of Somalia and its Federal Member States must enhance their joint efforts to fight terrorism and to build peace, stability, prosperity and inclusivity in the country.”

EU laments victims of Somalia attacks

The EU expresses its condolences to all the victims and their families.

Terrorist attacks against civilians in Mogadishu andon the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are another attempt to undermine Somalia’s determined course towards a stable and secure country. (Photo: illustration).

The EU pays tribute to all security personnel for their commitment to rebuild Somalia and ensure a peaceful environment for the population. These attacks will not deter our strong support of AMISOM and the Somali National Security Forces in their efforts to bring security and stability to the country. The EU will continue working with the Somali authorities, the African Union and other partners to enhance stability and Somalia’s capacity to fight terrorism.

Al-Shabaab strikes in Mogadishu

A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu ended on the 15th of June, in the morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said.

“The operation is over now and the gunmen were killed by the security forces,” said Mohamed Ahmed Arab, spokesman for Somalia’s security ministry.



Al-Shabaab attacks Af Urur town

Al Shabaab militants captured a town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Thursday (8.06.2017) a senior official confirmed, and the group claimed it had killed at least 61 soldiers in the assault.

“Al Shabaab attacked Af Urur town this morning. There were few soldiers there and thus al Shabaab captured the town. It is difficult to know the casualties because the telecommunications were cut off,” Bari region governor Yusuf Mohamed told Reuters.

The al Qaeda-linked group said it had also killed 61 soldiers after over-running a military base in the town.

“The number could rise since the operation is still underway,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military spokesman said in a statement.

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