The United States has warned of Islamic State (ISIS) activities in northern Mozambique and believes that this involvement poses a threat to the whole of Southern Africa.
At the same time, Dagvin Anderson, commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command for Africa, warned that private military contractors should not be used in the fight against the militants.
This is partly because they can bring “luggage” with them and cause further division.
Anderson spoke at an online media conference about America’s efforts to help fight terrorism in Africa amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
There has been growing interest in Mozambique lately after extremist Islamic terrorist groups began seeping into the northern province of Cabo Delgado, on the border with Tanzania, in 2017.
A large number of people have already died in the violence and thousands have been left homeless.
The area is rich in oil and gas, and several countries, including America, Britain, Russia, France and China, have interests there.
Apart from Mozambique, terrorist groups are also active in other parts of Africa. Some of them have ties to each other.
At this stage, the South African Dyck Action Group, which belongs to the former Zimbabwean soldier Lionel Dyck, is assisting the Mozambican government in the fight against the militants. The Russian Wagner group was also involved in the past.
Recently, there has been increasing speculation that South Africa may become involved as part of a task force of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
However, the government is very quiet about this, but progress is apparently being made within the SADC with a plan.