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Somalia’s al Shabaab claims attack against US troops in near Kismaayo town. 1 U.S soldier was killed and 4 others wounded in the attack

MOGADISHU - Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack in which a U.S. commando was killed and four others were wounded when they came under fire in the country. The U.S. special operations forces were fighting alongside about 800 troops from the Somali National Security Forces and Kenyan Defence Forces when they were attacked late on Friday by mortars and small arms fire. ...

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Al-Shabaab video details assassination unit in Mogadishu

A new video released by Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, details one of the jihadist group’s hit squads. The unit, dubbed the Muhammad bin Maslamah Battalion, appears to mainly operate within Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and in the Lower Shabelle region. The video begins by showing the unit’s training camp, which is named after two former Shabaab leaders, Muhammad Ismail Yusuf and Hassan “Turki” Ab ...

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Al-Shabaab militants raid Mandera County, preach Komor Haile mosque, for hours – Residents

Suspected Al-Shabaab militants invaded a mosque on the Kenya-Somalia border and preached to the residents for about five hours. A Mandera police report revealed an unknown number of heavily armed militants arrived at Komor Haile mosque on Thursday at about 10pm and left at around 2am. A local resident who spoke to the Nation on condition of anonymity said the militants went to the chief’s home but did not f ...

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AL-SHABAB: THROUGH THE SMOKESCREEN

During war and conflict, there is always a distinct and striking difference between the propagated news and the reality on the ground.  In such environments, propaganda is an instrumental tool of deception in creating an image or a view that is intended to label the opponent in the eyes of public as a vicious predator whose obliteration is a legally binding matter. In Somalia, the misinformation in the elec ...

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Dozens of soldiers killed during clashes over land between Somalia’s Breakaway region of Somaliland& Puntland regional admin

GAROWE - Fighting between Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region and breakaway Somaliland killed dozens of soldiers, according to a witness and a military commander who spoke of a "hellish" outbreak of violence. The clashes on Thursday morning appeared to be a resumption of more than 10 years of periodic conflict between Puntland and Somaliland over the disputed Sool region. "Somaliland attacked us and w ...

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Cyclone Sagar: At least 15 people killed in Somalia

At least 15 people died in northern Somalia after heavy rains caused by tropical cyclone Sagar caused havoc in the Horn of Africa over the weekend. "In the last 24 hours, heavy rains killed 15 people in the districts of Lughaya and Baki," Abdirahman Ahmed Ali, governor of the Awdal area, told reporters on Sunday. The cyclone slammed into a region that has suffered three years of drought. The lack of rain ha ...

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Suicide bomber kills four army officers in Somalia: mayor

BOSASO, Somalia - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a military camp in the Somali town of Galkayo on Saturday, killing four officers, officials said, an attack claimed by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group.   The dead included a military commander and two colonels, the town’s mayor, Hirsi Yusuf Barre, told Reuters.   The camp houses a force made up of soldiers from the country’s semi-autonomou ...

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Exclusive – Weapons stolen from UAE training facility in Somalia, sold on open market

MOGADISHU - At least 600 weapons were stolen in the past week from a former United Arab Emirates-run training center in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and are for sale in the city, weapons dealers said on Wednesday.   The weapons, including new Kalashnikov assault rifles and Chinese versions of them, were stolen by Somali National Army soldiers who had been trained by the UAE at its facility, three Somali ...

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Rival groups from Somali army clash at former UAE training facility

MOGADISHU - Rival forces in the Somali army shot at each other in the capital Mogadishu on Monday, with one group trying to storm a former United Arab Emirates-run training center, soldiers and residents said. The clash was an indication of the difficulty in rebuilding unified security forces for a state where centralized authority collapsed in 1991 and an internationally backed government, elected last yea ...

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U.S. shadow war materializes in Africa

AIR BASE 201, Niger -- Rising from a barren stretch of African scrubland, a half-finished drone base represents the newest front line in the United States' global shadow war. At its center, hundreds of Air Force personnel are feverishly working to complete a $110 million airfield that, when finished in the coming months, will be used to stalk or strike extremists deep into West and North Africa, a region wh ...

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