World Bulletin / News Desk
The first contingent of troops from Zambia arrived in Lesotho Saturday as part of a standby force of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), meant to assist the security crisis in the country.
A senior Lesotho government spokesman, Ramakhula Ramakhula, told Anadolu Agency in a text message late Saturday that the Zambian contingent arrived at Maseru Bridge (the capital) at 22:30 Local time (08.30 GMT)
The SADC, a bloc of 15 southern African countries, approved in September the deployment of a standby force consisting of the military, intelligence and civilian experts to assist the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) in managing the security crisis in the country.
The approval followed the murder of the LDF commander, Lieutenant-General Khoantle Motšomotšo by subordinates Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi.
Initially SADC had approved 1200 forces for the mission but has reduced the number to 258 due to budget constraints. Some of the contributing countries will include Namibia, Angola, Zambia and South Africa.
Lesotho, which went to the polls in June, has had a history of political instability, military coups and attempted coups.
Three years ago, the incumbent Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled Lesotho to South Africa seeking protection because of fears he was an assassination target.
The SADC has sent several mediators to Lesotho including South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and regional ministerial fact finding missions to pacify the kingdom.
American Civil Liberties Union granted request to halt deportations for one week after reunification
Trump declared that US-Russian relations have turned a corner after a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he described as "open, direct and deeply productive".
Operation is aimed at restoring confidence after last year’s illegitimate poll on Kurdish regional independence
The U.S. State Department is negotiating a potential deal to sell Turkey the Raytheon Co Patriot missile defense system as an alternative to the Russian-made S-400 system Turkey has agreed to purchase, an official said on Monday.
ISIL still maintains a limited presence in northern and western Iraq
90 more migrants in critical condition found inside shipping containers
Obama arrived in his father's native Kenya on Sunday, where he paid courtesy calls on President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Tensions have steadily mounted in southern Iraqi province over unemployment and lack of basic services
Speaking in an interview with CBS Evening News conducted on Saturday ahead of his meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday, the US president also sought to temper expectations about how much could be achieved.
FETO orchestrated the defeated coup, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured
The protests hit several provinces including Basra, despite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announcing fresh funds and pledges of investment for the oil-rich but neglected region.
US director of documentary on FETO-linked schools in US says FETO terrorists spent 18 years spreading false image of group
Basra residents complain of high unemployment and lack of basic services
Ahead of the Helsinki meeting, here is a selection of remarks the two world leaders have made about each other.