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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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THIS WEEK: UPDF awarded for good work in Somalia

THIS WEEK: UPDF awarded for good work in Somalia Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | UPDF battle group 22 which has been serving under African Union Mission in Somalia commonly known as AMISOM commanded by Col Bernard Tuhame has been awarded medals of honor by the mission. The troops that …

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Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | As many as 512 died in an October truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an emergency committee investigating the terrorist atrocity has found. An earlier death toll of 358 already made the October 14 bombing the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia’s history. No group claimed …

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Vote counting begins after breakaway Somaliland’s presidential poll

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Officials began counting votes in the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland after residents on Monday took part in its third presidential poll, hoping to bolster its democratic credentials and strengthen the case for independence from troubled Somalia. The northern territory, which is more tribally homogenous and stable …

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Breakaway Somaliland votes for new president

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Residents of the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland voted Monday in its third presidential poll, hoping to prove its democratic credentials and strengthen the case for independence from troubled Somalia. The northern territory, which is more tribally homogenous and stable than the rest of Somalia, broke away …

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Three US strikes in Somalia kill ‘several’ militants

  Washington, United States | AFP |  US forces have carried out three strikes in the past two days in Somalia against both the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab group and Islamic State group jihadists, killing several, the military announced Sunday. The first operation, launched Saturday at 1330 GMT, took place near …

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AU to reduce troops in Somalia by 1,000 this year

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  The African Union’s mission in Somalia has said it will withdraw 1,000 troops fighting jihadists in the country this year, as part of plans to pull out all soldiers by December 2020. In a statement released Tuesday, the AU’s special representative for Somalia Francisco Madeira …

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AMISOM troops in massive operation to flush out Al-Shabaab

Mogadishu, Somalia | AMISOM | The African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) troops have launched a massive operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region and secure main supply routes in the area. According to Lt Col, Israel Kaheru Bagenda, the Commanding Officer of 11 Infantry Battalion of Uganda …

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US warns diplomatic staff of ‘specific threat’ at Mogadishu airport

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | The US mission to Somalia on Saturday urged all of its non-essential staff to leave Mogadishu immediately following a specific threat against them at the capital’s international airport. The warning came just hours after US forces confirmed carrying out their first-ever drone strikes targeting Islamic State …

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US strikes IS in Somalia for first time

Washington, United States | AFP |  The US conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia on Friday, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed “several terrorists,” the US …

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