Somalia: Airstrikes bombs Al Shabaab areas in Lower Shabelle Region

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Fighter jets thought to belong to U.S. have carried out airstrikes in Al Shabaab controlled areas in Lower Shabelle region on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports. The airstrikes occurred overnight in Yinbis area located about 15 km away from Afgoye district and targeted Al Shabaab commanders and bases in the area, according to local residents. Reports indicated that they were casualties ...

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Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants.


It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU’s recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia. Ethiopia is a major contributor of soldiers to the Amisom, the African Union mission in the country. Ethiopia has recently withdrawn from several other bases, which were quickly occupied by al-Shabab militants. Officials in Somalia’s Bakol region ...

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U.N. Says ”Clashes Displace 50,000 in Galkayo”


Clashes between two semi-autonomous regions of Somalia this week have killed at least 11 people and displaced around 50,000, the United Nations said on Friday, stoking concerns the violence could escalate. Clashes have been intensifying between forces loyal to the semi-autonomous regions of Puntland and forces from the semi-autonomous Galmudug region. The two sides are fighting in the town of ...

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Somalia: NISA chief fires over 1000 Intelligence personne


Somalia’s Intelligence Agency chief has fired 1,500 intelligence staff on Sunday, in a new shakeup of the Intelligence agency following intensified attacks by Al Shabaab group in the capital of Mogadishu, Garowe Online reports. Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) chief General Abdulahi Gafow said that the officers were sacked over incompetence to perform their duties, and will carry ...

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Somali official says India did not torture Somali prisoners


The prosecutor general of Somalia’s federal government Ahmed Ali Dahir has vehemently denied reports of torture on Somali citizens held in Indian prison. The prosecutor said the inmates are facing hardships of life at the jails they are being held, where they don’t have proper health care and other basic services. “I paid a visit to the Somali nationals held ...

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Somalia asks US to explain strike that ‘killed troops’


Somalia’s government has requested an explanation from the United States for an air raid that it says killed 22 soldiers and civilians in the north of the country. It also urged both Galmudug and Puntland, which have often clashed over territory in the past, to mend relations, the Reuters news agency reported. Washington said the United States carried out a “self-defence ...

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Democracy is thriving in Somalia, even with less than 1% of people voting in the upcoming election

Women holding campaign posters in support of Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed join in celebrations to mark the first year anniversary since the ouster of militant Al Shabaab fighters from the capital Mogadishu August 6, 2012. Somalians will elect a new government this month. REUTERS/Omar Faruk (SOMALIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR36A0Q

Somalia goes to the polls from this Saturday (Sept. 24) to elect a new government. The historic elections mark only the second time since 1969 (pdf, p. 12) that both parliamentary and presidential elections will be held on Somali soil—significant progress for a country scarred by decades of civil war and brutal terrorist attacks. They’re also taking place at a ...

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Five million in Somalia don’t get enough food, UN report says


Tears filled Amina Nur’s eyes as she cuddled her frail-looking child with a sunken chest. She and her family returned to Somalia five months ago after several years in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya, but she regrets that now.   Nur is among thousands of Somalis who fled at the height of a devastating famine which killed over half ...

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Kenya and Somalia are facing off in court over an oil-rich triangle of the Indian Ocean

epa04605701 Judges (no names available) during the sworn-in as judge by the The International Court of Justice in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, 6 February 2015. The ICJ elected five new judges in November for a nine year term.  EPA/REMKO DE WAAL

Kenya and Somalia are in dispute over a potentially lucrative, triangular stretch of 100,000 square kilometers of offshore territory believed to contain large oil and gas deposits. In the latest twist, Somalia has won a hearing on its case before the International Court of Justice from Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, in accordance with the application filed by Somalia in ...

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As far as presidential positions go, Somalia must rank as one of the toughest in the world. The Horn of Africa country has been mired in conflict, poverty and Islamist insurgency over the past two decades. Somalia only established its first federal government in 2012 after more than 20 years of political vacuum, following the toppling of Siad Barre in ...

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