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US says four Shabaab militants killed in Somalia strike

Washington, United States | AFP | US forces in Somalia said Friday that four Al-Shabaab militants were killed in an airstrike as part of the ongoing offensive against the jihadist rebels. The US Africa Command said the strike took place on Thursday in southern Somalia, around 50 kilometers (30 miles) …

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Somalia, AMISOM agree on 2018 security transition plan

Mogadishu, Somalia | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), in conjunction with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN, the European Union and other key international partners, have established a Transition Core Group, which is tasked with the responsibility of developing a transition plan for Somalia. …

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Inside Somalia’s wars

How a clan system and external players are complicating the country’s reconstruction    Kampala, Uganda | IAN KATUSIIME | When I flew to Mogadishu, Somalia’s sandy capital,  on December 16,  2017; I was filled with a heady mix of anxiety and excitement because of the image we all have of …

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Somalia’s Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children: HRW

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents are increasingly threatening civilians to force them to hand over young children for “indoctrination and military training”, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday. The rights watchdog said an aggressive campaign to recruit children had begun in mid-2017, with the jihadists …

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Somalia fires top ministers in reshuffle

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Somalia’s prime minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, fired three key ministers on Thursday after weeks of political conflict with opposition and clan leaders. Foreign Minister Yusuf Garad Omar, Trade Mminister Khadra Ahmed Duale and Interior Minister Abdi Farah Said all lost their jobs. No reason was …

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US strike targets vehicle bomb in Somalia

Washington, United States | AFP |  US forces in Somalia have conducted a strike against a bomb-laden vehicle that was going to be used against civilians in Mogadishu, the US military’s Africa Command said Wednesday. The strike against Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants occurred early January 2 about 50 kilometers (30 miles) …

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US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The United States carried out an air strike on Christmas Eve against the Shabaab Islamist group that left 13 dead, according to a statement released Wednesday. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on the morning …

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Brig Lokech takes charge in Somalia as exit plans start

Mogadishu, Somalia | AMISOM NEWS | The incoming Contingent Commander of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Brig Paul Lokech, took over office on Tuesday at a ceremony held in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Brigadier Lokech succeeds Brig Kayanja Muhanga, who has …

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US air strike destroys vehicle bomb outside Mogadishu

Washington, United States | AFP | US forces in Somalia conducted an air strike Tuesday against a bomb-laden vehicle outside Mogadishu that was deemed an “imminent threat” to the capital, officials said. The strike occurred about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Mogadishu and comes after as many as 512 people …

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