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Mozambique: Can international military support make up for the army’s failures?

By Achraf Tijani
Posted on Friday, 9 July 2021 19:30

A Dyck Advisory Group helicopter lands in Palma, Mozambique. Dyck Advisory Group/Handout via REUTERS

The government of Rwanda and the heads of state of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have decided to intervene militarily in Mozambique's security crisis. But will this external support be enough to turn the tide?

Weakened by the security crisis in Cabo Delgado, his home region, Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has finally changed his mind and agreed to accept a foreign military intervention.

Since 2017, the north-east of Mozambique has been a new jihadist stronghold in Africa, and the Nysui government had previously refused foreign assistance.