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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘Security Forces and Their Equipment.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, p. 13. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June

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Security Forces and Their Equipment

An internal report by the Mauritanian Department of National Security [DNS], which is responsible for allocating weapons permits, sets the number of weapons held by the security forces at 35,000 to 36,000, but without providing any details as to how this total was arrived at.

The security forces include the army, the police, the National Guard, the gendarmerie, and a praetorian guard made up of the Presidential Security Battalion, the Battalion of Marine Fusiliers, and the Paratrooper Battalion. The Mauritanian army comprises approximately 15,000 troops.

Sources cited:

DNS (Department of National Security), 2008, "Note d'etude de la direction generale de la surete nationale a propos du controle des armes et munitions sur le territoire national (Internal Report of the Department of National Security on the Control of Arms and Ammunition on National Territory)." Internal document.

ICG [International Crisis Group], 2006, "La transition politique en Mauritanie: Bilan et perspectives (The Political Transition in Mauritania: Assessment and Outlook)." Rapport Moyen-Orient/Afrique du Nord No. 53. 24 April.

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