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Al Shabaab militants overrun Somali army base, killing several soldiers

Al Shabaab fighters attacked a remote Somali army base northwest of the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, killing several government soldiers, officials and the militants said. The Islamist group, which has launched several attacks there in the last few years, said it had seized control of the entire town of Goofgaduud. "We have captured Goofgaduud. We killed 16 soldiers in the fighting," said Sheikh Abdiasis A ...

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Defense Department identifies Navy SEAL killed in Somalia as Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken

Washington - A Navy SEAL who was killed in an operation against terrorist group al-Shabaab in Somalia earlier this week has been identified by the Department of Defense as Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine.. Milliken, a senior chief special warfare operator, was killed Thursday in a remote area of Somalia 40 miles west of Mogadishu when he and other troops came under small-arms fire. Milliken was a memb ...

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One Navy SEAL Killed, 2 injured in during clashes between Al-Shabaab fighters & US Forces in Lower Shabelle region

WASHINGTON — An American Navy SEAL was killed on Thursday during a raid against the Islamic militant group known as the Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said. Defense Department officials said the service member was in Somalia as part of an advise-and-assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army. He was killed in an operation near Barii, around 40 miles west of Mogadishu, according to a ...

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Somali minister shot dead near presidential palace

Bodyguards for Somalia's auditor general shot dead a government minister in an apparent accident near the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Wednesday evening, police said. Auditor general Nur Farah's bodyguards opened fire on a car carrying Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, the public works and reconstruction minister, near a checkpoint close to the palace, said police captain Mohamed Hussein. Senior Somali ...

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Germany’s Gabriel makes surprise visit to Somalia

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday pledged to double aid to drought-hit Somalia, where more than 6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Gabriel arrived in the capital, Mogadishu, under heavy security on an unannounced visit, the first ever by a German foreign minister to the Horn of Africa country. Echoing warnings from the United Nations, Gabriel said several years of drough ...

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Al-Shabab criticises secular schools

Al-Shabab militants have told parents in Somalia not to send their children to non-Islamic schools and universities. In a 26-minute recording, al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Rage said children should only attend Islamic schools as others are immoral and, he alleged, encourage them to adore Christianity and migrate to the West. Earlier this month, al-Shabab's Education and Youth Engagement departmen ...

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Somalia forces kill two militants firing mortars in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU - Two men were killed in the Somali capital after they were spotted firing mortars that appeared to be aimed at the international airport on Sunday, police and officials said. The heavily guarded, sprawling airport base is the site of many U.N. agencies, African Union peacekeepers and embassies. "Two militants firing mortars were killed and then their car bomb exploded. There was no other casualty ...

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‘A few dozen’ US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon

Washington - The United States is deploying "a few dozen" troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday. The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, a light infantry unit trained for air assaults, will mainly train and equip Somalia's army "to better fight Al-Shabab," an Al-Qaeda linked extremist group, the spokeswoman f ...

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At least 10 killed in two bomb attacks in Somali capital

A suicide bomber wearing army uniform killed at least nine soldiers at a camp in Somalia's capital on Monday, authorities said, and a government official was killed by a bomb planted in his car. Al Qaeda-linked insurgent group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the military training camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu. "An armed suicide bomber with an explosive jacket entered the ca ...

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Somali pirates flee hijacked Indian dhow, take one crew member

Somali security forces rescued a hijacked Indian cargo dhow on Monday, but pirates took one of the 11-strong crew with them when they fled to land, authorities said. "Our Galmudug forces attacked and rescued the Indian ship – however, the pirates disappeared with one crew and we are pursuing them," Hirsi Yusuf Barre, mayor of the town of Galkayo in Galmudug state, told Reuters. "There were no casualties." T ...

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