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    Jihadist rebels drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into a Somalian hotel entrance before several armed men invaded the hotel and opened fire Sunday afternoon, the Associated Press reported. At least seven people were wounded when the gunmen opened fire on staff and guests at the Afrik hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city, the AP...
    Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Somalia security forces are fighting armed gunmen to end a siege at a hotel in the east African country's capital Mogadishu on Sunday, according to police. Somalia Fast FactsA car bomb exploded at the gate of Afrik hotel and was followed by gunfire heard inside, Somali police captain, Ahmed Hassan, told CNN. The...
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – A hotel in Somalia's capital has been hit by an explosion and an attack by jihadist rebels, police have confirmed. A vehicle loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of the Afrik hotel, near Mogadishu's strategic K-4 junction, on Sunday afternoon, police spokesman Sadiq Adan Ali said. A number of...
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A hotel in Somalia’s capital has been hit by an explosion and an attack by jihadist rebels, police have confirmed. A vehicle loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of the Afrik hotel, near Mogadishu’s strategic K-4 junction, on Sunday afternoon, police spokesman Sadiq Adan Ali said. A number of...
    (CNN)Here's a look at Somalia, an impoverished, war-torn eastern African country that borders the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, Ethiopia and Kenya.About Somalia(from the CIA World Fact Book)Area: 637,657 sq km (slightly smaller than Texas) Population: 12,094,640 (July 2021 est.)Median age: 18.5 yearsRead MoreCapital: MogadishuEthnic groups: Somali 85%, Bantu and other non-Somali 15%...
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As Somalia marks three decades since a dictator fell and chaos engulfed the country, the government is set to hold a troubled national election. Or is it? Two regional states refuse to take part, and time is running out before the Feb. 8 date when mandates expire. A parliament resolution allows...
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    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Heavy fighting has broken out in a Somali town near the Kenyan border between Somali forces and those from the state of Jubbaland as Somalia’s election troubles spill over into violence. Somalia’s information ministry in a statement early Monday accused Kenya-funded rebels of crossing into the town of Bulo Hawo...
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s military says it killed 189 suspected Islamic extremists with al-Shabab in Somalia in a “surprise, swift” attack that targeted a meeting of members of the armed group. The army said in a statement Friday that its contingent of African Union troops in Somalia raided al-Shabab “hideouts in the thickets of...
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Pressure is growing on Somalia’s government amid allegations that Somali soldiers have been sent to fight in neighboring Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray conflict. Mothers have held rare protests in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere, demanding to know the fate of their children who originally were sent to Eritrea for military training. They...
    U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced on Sunday that the United States has effectively completed “repositioning” troops from Somalia in accordance with a directive issued by President Donald Trump in December. According to an AFRICOM spokesman, only a “very limited” U.S. military presence remains in Somalia. In early December, President Trump ordered the withdrawal of...
    More On: somalia In Somalia, COVID-19 vaccines are distant as virus spreads Trump orders withdrawal of US troops from Somalia: Pentagon CIA officer killed during combat in Somalia Somali’s female basketball players defy prejudice, hostility MOGADISHU- Amina Mohamed Abdi was just 24 when she first stood for Somalia’s parliament in 2012, defeating two other...
    African Union troops provide vital security in Somalia Tensions are rising sharply in Somalia, as the country’s fragile political system wrestles with a bitterly contested election process, the withdrawal of some vital US military forces, and renewed concerns about an increasingly well-resourced militant Islamist insurgency. Diplomats and observers are warning that the country –...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia, as the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group improves...
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    By HASSAN BARISE, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As richer countries race to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Somalia remains the rare place where much of the population hasn't taken the coronavirus seriously. Some fear that’s proven to be deadlier than anyone knows. “Certainly our people don’t use any form of protective measures, neither masks nor...
    ISTANBUL (AP) — A suicide bombing in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday killed five people including two Turks, the Turkish health minister said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a post from its Shahada News Agency. The Somalia-based group often targets Mogadishu with suicide bombings and other attacks, and...
    ISTANBUL (AP) — A suicide bombing in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday killed five people including two Turks, the Turkish health minister said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a post from its Shahada News Agency. The Somalia-based group often targets Mogadishu with suicide bombings and other attacks, and...
    The Pentagon has sent several naval vessels and a marine expeditionary unit to the coast of Somalia to support an operation repositioning hundreds of U.S. troops to bases elsewhere in East Africa.  The USS Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit reached Somali waters on Monday. It joined the USS Hershel...
    (CNN)US forces that had been positioned in Somalia have begun their withdrawal from the country and redirected to other bases in East Africa."I directed the activation of a joint task force, JTF-Quartz, built around the headquarters of Special Operations Command-Africa, to oversee Operation Octave Quartz, the directed re-positioning of U.S. forces from Somalia to other...
    By HASSAN BARISE, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a stadium in Somalia's central city of Galkayo Friday, killing 15 people shortly before the arrival of the country's new prime minister, according to police. Ali Hassan, a police officer in Galkayo, said others were injured in the blast, which occurred at...
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a stadium in Somalia’s central city of Galkayo Friday, killing 15 people shortly before the arrival of the country’s new prime minister, according to police. Ali Hassan, a police officer in Galkayo, said others were injured in the blast, which occurred at the entrance to the sports...
    East Africa in the past year saw the worst invasion of locusts in more than 70 years New swarms of desert locusts are threatening the livelihoods of millions of people in the Horn of Africa and Yemen despite a year of control efforts, the United Nations has warned. The UN says there have been...
    By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's opposition says it has written to Turkey urging it not to send a planned shipment of weapons to a special police unit that they fear incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed could use to "hijack" forthcoming elections. Political tensions have been high in the Horn of Africa country, stoked...
    By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's government says it has severed ties with strategic neighbor Kenya "to safeguard the unity, sovereignty, stability of the country.” The announcement Tuesday came as the leader of the breakaway territory of Somaliland ended a three-day visit to Kenya where he was given treatment similar to...
    By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia severed diplomatic relations with neighbouring Kenya on Tuesday, accusing it of meddling in politics as protests and gunfire erupted in the capital Mogadishu over delayed elections. The dispute could undermine cooperation in the fight against the Islamist group al Shabaab in Somalia, where Kenya provides 3,600 troops to...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s government says it has severed ties with strategic neighbor Kenya “to safeguard the unity, sovereignty, stability of the country.” The announcement Tuesday came as the leader of the breakaway territory of Somaliland ended a three-day visit to Kenya where he was given treatment similar to that accorded to a head...
    U.S. Africa Command showed it is not about to scale back the fight against Islamic terrorist group al Shabab in Somalia, releasing its first video of a targeted airstrike Dec. 10 as American soldiers prepare to leave the country at President Trump’s orders. The short, black-and-white video with blue crosshairs shows a precision missile hitting...
    EIGHT alleged al-Shabaab terrorists have been killed and two wounded in a US airstrike in southern Somalia. The people killed in the attack, which took place near the town of Jilib on December 10, were reportedly explosives experts working for the group. 5Eight alleged al-Shabaab terrorists have been killed in a US airstrike...
    The Pentagon is planning to cut most of its military support to the Central Intelligence Agency's counterterrorism operations by January 5, according to reports. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller revealed the surprising decision in a letter to CIA Director Gina Haspel, ABC News reports. It is not yet known how the unprecedented move will affect...
    The U.S. military flew a pair of B-52 bombers to the Middle East Thursday from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana the second deterrence mission against Iran in recent weeks and comes on the same day U.S. drones attacked al-Qaeda-linked 'explosives experts' in Somalia. “We have seen some indications of increased attack planning by Iranian-linked forces inside...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military killed eight al-Shabab fighters and wounded two others in airstrikes Thursday in Somalia, Lt. Cmdr. Christina Gibson, U.S. Africa Command spokeswoman, told VOA. “We will continue to apply pressure to the al-Shabab network. They continue to undermine Somali security, and need to be contained and degraded,” Africa Command (AFRICOM)...
    Washington (CNN)The US Department of Defense is planning to withdraw most support for CIA counter-terror missions by the beginning of next year, in a move expected to have a broad effect on the scope of the intelligence agency's paramilitary operations, a senior defense official and former senior administration official with direct knowledge of the move...
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece urged Turkey on Tuesday to do more to thwart irregular crossings of migrants into its territory, saying recent arrivals, particularly from Somalia, appeared to be coordinated. More than half of arrivals on the Greek island of Lesbos from Nov. 1 were from Somalia, whose nationals crossed from Turkey, Migration Minister Notis...
    The United States is pulling hundreds of troops deployed to Somalia to battle al-Shabab terrorists even as military commanders admit the threat from the al-Qaida-linked terror group has not been eliminated. "A threat remains," Africa Command spokesman Colonel Chris Karns told VOA following the announcement late Friday that President Donald Trump had ordered U.S. forces...
    Donald Trump on Friday ordered most American troops to return from Somalia in early 2021, Associated Press reported. Now, unverified claims suggest that the president is pulling out of the East Africa country to make way for private mercenaries run by Erik Prince — the former CEO of the controversial mercenary contractor Blackwater, “They’re not...
    The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Mr. Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad. Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that "a majority" of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia will be...
    Reuters December 5, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American troops to withdraw from Somalia, U.S. officials said on Friday, part of a global pullback by the Republican president before he leaves office next month that will also see him drawdown forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States has...
    ADDIS ABABA - President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Somalia in the waning days of his presidency triggered dismay on Saturday from some Somalis, who appealed to the incoming U.S. president to reverse the decision. "The U.S. decision to pull troops out of Somalia at this critical stage in the...
    By Katharine Houreld ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Somalia in the waning days of his presidency triggered dismay on Saturday from some Somalis, who appealed to the incoming U.S. president to reverse the decision. "The U.S. decision to pull troops out of Somalia at this critical...
    Pentagon officials announced Friday that the “majority” of U.S. troops stationed in Somalia will be removed from the Horn of Africa early next year. The nearly 700 U.S. soldiers stationed in the East African country, will not necessarily be coming home, but rather posted in neighboring countries or other regions. “The U.S. is not withdrawing...
    By Robert Burns | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump’s orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad. Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that “a majority” of U.S....
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad. Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that "a majority" of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia...
    (AFP) – President Donald Trump has ordered the removal of most US military and security personnel from Somalia, where they have been conducting operations against the Al-Shabaab militant group, the Pentagon said Friday. Trump “has ordered the Department of Defense and the United States Africa Command to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of almost all US troops from the African nation of Somalia, The Pentagon announced Friday. The order will see virtually all 700 soldiers stationed in Somalia — mostly special forces troops charged with pushing back the Islamic State’s advance in the Horn of Africa — “repositioned”...
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad.Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that "a majority" of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia will be...