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ANALYSIS | Should SA help Moz fight IS?


ANALYSIS | Should SA help Moz fight IS?

Pressure is mounting on SADC countries as the jihadist insurgency in the north of the country gathers pace

Senior reporter

As well-armed jihadist fighters hold on grimly to the key northern Mozambique port they captured last week, the pressure on SA to send military support to help combat the roiling insurgency continues to ratchet up.

Last week, Ansar al-Sunnah rebels, who are allegedly backed by Islamic State (IS), captured Mocimboa da Praia, the main port in the heart of the country’s vast offshore gas fields, where $60bn (about R1-trillion) in projects are at risk.

Rumours continue to swirl about SA sending ground, air and naval support to Mozambique after a recent SABC interview in which international relations minister Naledi Pandor said the governments of both countries were in talks about how SA might send help...

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