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US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia

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Somalia army regains control of border town after fierce fighting 

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One person killed by car bomb attack in Somalia's capital

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Al Shabaab terror group storms Somali border town, kills at least 10 military

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Nigerian police officers to leave Somalia

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Nigerian police officers to leave Somalia


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Somalia remains volatile, problematic

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Police say six Kenyan Al Shabaab members in Somalia desperate to quit group

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Boom for Kenyan miraa traders as shortage hits Somaliland
Kenyan miraa traders are cashing in on a shortage in Somaliland following disruption of the business by a conflict in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions.   Read More ...
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Miraa traders cash in on shortage in Somaliland
Miraa traders from Kenya are cashing in on a shortage being experienced in Somaliland following the disruption of the business by conflicts in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions. Ethiopia supplies most of the miraa consumed in Hargeisa, Somaliland and Djibouti but recent ethnic conflicts have cut off transport from the miraa growing areas. In Ethiopia, miraa is largely grown in the eastern regions of Dire Dawa state and Harari region which are both about 200 kilometres from Hargeisa   Read More ...
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Somalia regional state sides with Saudi Arabia over Qatar
Mogadishu - A Somali regional state has declared its support for Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, in a new challenge to Somalia's efforts to stay neutral in the dispute. In a statement issued on Monday, Somalia's Southwestern state criticised the Somali government's recent stand to stay neutral in the Gulf crisis which it said was made "without much consideration and consultation" with the regional states   Read More ...
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Somalia regional state sides with Saudi Arabia over Qatar
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali regional state has declared its support for Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, in a new challenge to Somalia's efforts to stay neutral in the dispute. In a statement issued Monday, Somalia's Southwestern state criticized the Somali government's recent stand to stay neutral in the Gulf crisis which it said was made "without much consideration and consultation" with the regional states   Read More ...
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What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?
Dozens of people are reported to have died in clashes across Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions in recent days. According to Adisu Arega, Oromia government's spokesperson, 18 people have been killed. The figures are however disputed by the Somali regional government, which says that more than 30 ethnic Somalis have been killed in the Oromia town of Awaday. The clashes have displaced at least 30,000 people, some of whom have taken refuge in makeshift camps at a stadium in the eastern city of Harar, whilst others are camping at police stations   Read More ...
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U.S. airstrikes kill 6 Al-Shabaab members in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) — The United States military said it conducted three airstrikes against militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia early Wednesday, killing six terrorists. The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said the precision strikes took place at 2:15 a.m. in southern Somalia, about 260 kilometers south of the capital, Mogadishu.”The United States conducted this operation within the parameters of the authorities granted by the President in , which allows U   Read More ...
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US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
Washington, United States | AFP | US forces in Somalia conducted three air strikes on Islamist Shabaab targets Wednesday, killing six fighters with the Al-Qaeda linked group, the US military said. The pre-dawn operation occurred in southern Somalia about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Mogadishu. The strikes were conducted under powers President Donald Trump gave the Pentagon in March that lets the military take counter-terrorism actions — whether airstrikes or ground raids — when it deems them necessary to support the Somali government   Read More ...
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Somalia army regains control of border town after fierce fighting 
MANDERA, Kenya, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Somalia government forces have regained control of Bulla Hawa town which is on the border with Kenya after Al-Shabaab militants overran the military base on Monday, officials confirmed on Tuesday. Al-Shabaab militants who claimed to have killed 24 Somali soldiers detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base in Bulla Hawa town, forcing the Somalia National Army (SNA) soldiers to seek refuge in Kenya   Read More ...
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UNHCR-backed Somalia refugee return hits 72,000 
NAIROBI, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it has voluntarily repatriated some 72,000 Somali refugees from Kenya since the return exercise began in . The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said a total of 70,202 Somalis from Dadaab refugee camp in northeast Kenya, and 1,899 others from Kakuma refugee camp in northwest regions and Nairobi, were assisted in the framework of voluntary return to Somalia since the launch of voluntary repatriation on , 2014   Read More ...
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Somalia facing complex immediate and long-term challenges, UN Security Council told
“An imperative for Somalis is to escape the vicious cycle of recurring weather-related shocks,” he added. In that context, he highlighted that the working relationship between the President and the Prime Minister as well as the determination of the federal Government to deliver “tangible economic and security benefits” for the population is very encouraging. Realizing vast economic potential depends on addressing political issues “A critical requirement will be raising revenues, whether from domestic sources or by accessing concessional finance,” he said, noting the Prime Minister's appeal for immediate budget support to allow the Government to deliver on jobs and security, and to strengthen relations with Federal Member States by means of fiscal transfers   Read More ...
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US says drone strikes in Somalia kill 6 al-Shabaab members
Mogadishu - The US has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabaab extremist group, the military said on Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist organisation. A US Africa Command statement said on Wednesday morning's strikes occurred about 260km south of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement, unlike previous ones, did not give more information on the location of the strikes   Read More ...
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Prosecutors appeal gun ruling in Kansas plot against Somalis
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to throw out a firearms charge against a man accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in a meatpacking town in western Kansas. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in August dismissed a firearms charge against Curtis Allen along with evidence upon which that charge is based. The government appealed that ruling Tuesday   Read More ...
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Prosecutors appeal gun ruling in Kansas plot against Somalis
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have appealed a judge's decision throwing out one of the charges against a Kansas man accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in the meatpacking town of Garden City. The government on Tuesday filed a notice of appeal regarding a ruling that dismissed a firearms charge against Curtis Allen and evidence upon which that charge is based   Read More ...
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U.S. says air strikes in Somalia kill six al Shabaab fighters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had carried out air strikes in Somalia against an al Qaeda-allied Islamist group and killed six militants. The group, al Shabaab, is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed transitional federal government and impose its own rule on the Horn of Africa country. The U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement it had carried out three air strikes on Wednesday at 2:15 a   Read More ...
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Six al Shabaab militants killed after US airstrikes in Somalia
The US has killed six al Shabaab militants after conducting three precision airstrikes in Somalia on Wednesday. The operation occurred about 260 kilometers south of the capital, Mogadishu, the United States Department of State said. In a statement, the US said they conducted the operation within the parameters of the authorities granted by the President in March 2017. On Monday, Somali government forces regained control of a town on the border with Kenya after al Shabaab militants stormed an army base causing heavy clashes in which at least 17 people died   Read More ...
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US says air strikes in Somalia kill six al Shabaab fighters
WASHINGTON: The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had carried out air strikes in Somalia against an al Qaeda-allied Islamist group and killed six militants. The group, al Shabaab, is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed transitional federal government and impose its own rule on the Horn of Africa country. The U.S. military's Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement it had carried out three air strikes on Wednesday at 2:15 a   Read More ...
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U.S. says air strikes in Somalia kill six al Shabaab fighters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had carried out air strikes in Somalia against an al Qaeda-allied Islamist group and killed six militants. The group, al Shabaab, is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed transitional federal government and impose its own rule on the Horn of Africa country. The U.S. military's Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement it had carried out three air strikes on Wednesday at 2:15 a   Read More ...
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US says drone strikes in Somalia kill 6 al-Shabab members
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The U.S. has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabab extremist group, the military said Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist organization. A U.S. Africa Command statement said Wednesday morning's strikes occurred about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement, unlike previous ones, did not give more information on the location of the strikes   Read More ...
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US says drone strikes in Somalia kill 6 al-Shabab members
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabab extremist group, the military said Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist organization. A U.S. Africa Command statement said Wednesday morning's strikes occurred about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement, unlike previous ones, did not give more information on the location of the strikes   Read More ...
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US says drone strikes in Somalia kill 6 al-Shabab members
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabab extremist group, the military said Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist organization. A U.S. Africa Command statement said Wednesday morning's strikes occurred about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement, unlike previous ones, did not give more information on the location of the strikes   Read More ...
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Four Burundi nationals arrested in Isiolo while headed for Somalia to join Al-shabaab terror group
Four Burundi nationals were Tuesday morning arrested at Merile area along Isiolo-Marsabit Highway, Isiolo County while headed to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab militia. Police say the men had traveled from Bujumbura to Kenya as tourists. They then embarked on a journey that would take them through Isiolo, Mandera and later cross to Somalia. They were stopped at a roadblock at about 4 am Tuesday and on being grilled they allegedly said they were headed for Somalia to join the terror group   Read More ...
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Somali troops flee to Kenya to escape Shabaab attack
Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Somali soldiers, some of them wounded, fled across the border into Kenya during an attack by Islamic militants on the town of Bulo Hawo on Monday, security sources said. At least 12 people died when fighters from the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab group attacked the border town, according to witnesses, while many soldiers fled westward a few kilometres to the Kenyan town of Mandera   Read More ...
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5 killed in attacks blamed on Somali Islamic extremists
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremist fighters killed four Somali government soldiers and briefly took a town near the border with Kenya Monday, and a separate bomb blast in the capital killed one person, officials said. A dawn attack on the southern town of Beled-Hawo started with a suicide car bombing targeting government troops' frontline defenses. A gunfight then followed between al-Shabab fighters and Somali government troops, according to Col   Read More ...
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4 Somali soldiers killed in attack by Islamic extremists
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremist fighters killed four Somali government soldiers and briefly took a town near the border with Kenya Monday, a military official said. The dawn attack on the town of Beled-Hawo started with a suicide car bombing targeting government troops' frontline defenses. A gunfight then followed between al-Shabab fighters and Somali government troops, according to Col. Osman Ali, a military officer based in the town   Read More ...
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One person killed by car bomb attack in Somalia's capital
MOGADISHU - At least one person was killed and three others injured when a car bomb went off in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday, police said. The bomb was concealed in a car parked on Al Mukaram street in the capital, Mohamed Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.   Read More ...
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4 Somali soldiers killed in attack by Islamic extremists
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Islamic extremist fighters killed four Somali government soldiers and briefly took a town near the border with Kenya Monday, a military official said. The dawn attack on the town of Beled-Hawo started with a suicide car bombing targeting government troops' frontline defenses. A gunfight then followed between al-Shabab fighters and Somali government troops, according to Col. Osman Ali, a military officer based in the town   Read More ...
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4 Somali soldiers killed in attack by Islamic extremists
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremist fighters killed four Somali government soldiers and briefly took a town near the border with Kenya Monday, a military official said. The dawn attack on the town of Beled-Hawo started with a suicide car bombing targeting government troops’ frontline defenses. A gunfight then followed between al-Shabab fighters and Somali government troops, according to Col. Osman Ali, a military officer based in the town   Read More ...
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Al Shabab attack kills 6 in central Somalia
Mogadishu: At least 6 people died on Sunday after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official’s office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne, police and residents said. The Al Qaida-linked Al Shabab group said it was behind the attack. “At least six people died and several others were wounded. A suicide bomber blew up himself in a restaurant,” Major Hussain Osman, a police officer, told Reuters from Beledweyne   Read More ...
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Al Shabaab terror group storms Somali border town, kills at least 10 military
Al Shabaab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has carried out frequent past attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and drive out African Union peacekeeping troops. "First, a mujahid with a car bomb rammed into the military base and then we stormed it," the spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said   Read More ...
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Several dead as al-Shabab storms Somali border town
Heavy fighting erupted on Monday in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after al-Shabab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there, the spokesman of the al-Qaeda-linked group told Reuters news agency. Al-Shabab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has carried out frequent past attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and drive out African Union troops   Read More ...
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Al Shabaab storms Somali border town killing at least 10 soldiers
Mogadishu: Heavy fighting erupted on Monday in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after Al Shabaab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there, the spokesman of the al Qaeda-linked group told Reuters. . Al Shabaab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has carried out frequent past attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and drive out African Union peacekeeping troops   Read More ...
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Mandera on high alert after Al Shabaab attack just four kilometres away in Bullahawa, Somalia
SUMMARY Military on standby in Mandera town over fears of spill over from Al-Shabaab attack on Somali forces in neighbouring Bullahawa, Somalia The fighting started at about 5am By 7.30am nothing had happened in Kenyan side Security agents were Monday put on standby to act in Mandera Town over fears of spill over from Al-Shabaab attack on a Somali military base in neighbouring Bullahawa, Somalia   Read More ...
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Al Shabaab storms Somali border town, kills 24 Somali soldiers: spokesman, residents
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab captured the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after it detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there early on Monday, the al Qaeda-linked group's spokesman told Reuters.   Read More ...
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Suicide bomber hits central Somalia town, kills 4
Mogadishu - A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber blew himself up near a government office in a central Somali town on Sunday, killing at least four people. Colonel Sabrie Ahmed said the bomber apparently intended to enter the regional administration's headquarters in Beledweyne, the provincial capital of Hiran province, but instead detonated an explosive belt strapped around his waist in a teashop outside the offices   Read More ...
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Suicide bomber kills 6 in central Somalia
At least six people died after an al-Shabab suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official's office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne. The deadly blast took place outside the office of the governor of the Hiran region, where he was holding a meeting, police and residents said on Sunday. "At least six people died and several others were wounded   Read More ...
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Suicide bomber hits central Somalia town, kills 4
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber blew himself up near a government office in a central Somali town Sunday, killing at least four people. Col. Sabrie Ahmed said the bomber apparently intended to enter the regional administration's headquarters in Beledweyne, the provincial capital of Hiran province, but instead detonated an explosive belt strapped around his waist in a teashop outside the offices   Read More ...
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Suicide bomber kills six people in central Somalia - police
MOGADISHU: At least 6 people died on Sunday after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official's office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne, police and residents said. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group said it was behind the attack. "At least six people died and several others were wounded. A suicide bomber blew up himself in a restaurant," major Hussein Osman, a police officer told Reuters from Beledweyne   Read More ...
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US general, world summit hint on KDF time frame in Somalia
Almost six years since Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) moved to Somalia, debate still rages on whether the combat mission is tenable. General Thomas Waldhauser of the United States Marines, a key ally of Kenya’s involvement in Somalia, says that ultimately Kenya will withdraw from Somalia, but it is not yet time. He recommends a tactical withdrawal. This should happen when the Somalia National Army is well equipped and big enough in terms of personnel to take on Al-Shabaab terrorist group on its own   Read More ...
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Nigerian police officers to leave Somalia
A Nigerian police officer receivingher certificate. AMISOM|NIGERIA. The Nigerian police officers are leaving Somalia following their role in role in securing peace in the country. The officers who were commended by the African Union were awarded medals and certificates at a ceremony held in Mogadishu on Friday. Speaking at the ceremony, AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) Police Commissioner, Brig. Gen   Read More ...
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4 dead in suicide bombing at Somalia restaurant, police say
Mogadishu - A Somali police officer says four people are dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Baidoa town in southwestern Somalia. Officer Ahmed Isaq says the bomber walked into the crowded restaurant posing as a customer and targeted a group of diners. Isaq says three other people are wounded. There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast   Read More ...
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