Rwanda prepares to mobilize 2,500 additional soldiers to help Mozambique’s fight against insurgency

Rwanda is set to deploy an additional 2,500 troops to Mozambique to help in its battle against the Islamic State insurgency in the Cabo Delgado region. This act is part of a broader effort to stabilize the area, which has been plagued by violent extremism and instability since insurgents first attacked in 2017. The insurgency has disrupted numerous oil and natural gas projects in Cabo Delgado, including a TotalEnergies natural gas project. The plant had a turnover of 20 billion dollars. According to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, the deployment of troops to Rwanda should not be seen as implying that Mozambique cannot defend its borders. He insisted that Rwanda’s aid should be seen as cooperation between both countries. This is the second time Rwanda will deploy troops to fight alongside Mozambican forces. Three years ago, the East African nation mobilized 1,000 troops to Mozambique in an effort that was widely considered a success as it significantly reduced insurgent activities.