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Somalia’s new President inaugurated, vowing to welcome fighters who leave from Al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who also holds U.S. citizenship, was elected earlier this month in a step toward Somalia's first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century. "Multiple ...

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Deadly car bomb in Mogadishu leaves 39 dead & over 50 injured

MOGADISHU - A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 39 people and injuring around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president. The car was driven by a suicide bomber, said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district where the bombing happened. "We carried 39 dead bodies and there were many others injured," Dr Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the A ...

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Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's breakaway northern territory of Somaliland has said the United Arab Emirates can establish a military base in its territory. The Emirati government in January submitted a formal application seeking permission from the Somaliland government to open a military base in the port town of Berbera. The parliament of Somaliland on Sunday approved the UAE plan. The plan is controversia ...

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Grand Island resident, A technocrat & former PM is elected president of Somalia

Mohamed A. Mohamed, who sought asylum here more than two decades ago and later gained U.S. citizenship, was elected president in his homeland of Somalia on Wednesday, an ironic twist to President Trump's immigration order banning people from that predominantly Muslim country. Mohamed, a Grand Island resident who has spent most of the past year campaigning in Somalia, was elected in that country's first orga ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab executes four men accused of spying

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia publicly beheaded four men accused of spying for the country's Western-backed government, the United States and neighboring Kenya, residents in the south of the Horn of Africa country said. The al Qaeda-linked group confirmed the executions, which took place on Sunday after the men were found guilty by an al Shabaab court in Jamame district of lower Jubba region, some 70 km ( ...

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Al-Shabaab fighters take BVR kits, guns, police car & destroy Safaricom Mast in Mandera attack

Al Shabaab militants stole BVR kits in their attack on Arabia police camp in Mandera East on Thursday. A senior security officer, who did not want to be named, said two of the weapons belonged to the AP and one to Kenya Police Reservists. The weapons were stolen from the strong room. Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery said the attackers also took a police Land Cruiser. Nkaissery said the militants overpowered 21 ...

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African leaders back plan for mass ICC withdrawal

African leaders on Tuesday adopted a strategy calling for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The decision which is not legally binding came behind closed doors near the end of an African Union summit in Ethiopia. Reports said countries had been divided on whether to call for leaving the court individually or together. Africa has 34 signatories to the Rome Statute, the treat ...

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Somalia Needs Urgent Aid to Avert Famine: UN says

ROME — Drought-ridden Somalia is at risk of a repeat of the famine that killed nearly 260,000 people in 2011 if aid is not stepped up over the next two months, United Nations agencies said Wednesday, calling for more funds. Five million Somalis do not have enough to eat because of a lack of rain that has led to poor harvests and livestock deaths, according to the U.N. With initial forecasts predicting a thi ...

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Somalia islamist group releases details of the deadly raid on Kenya military Camp in Kulbiyow town.

In photos released yesterday, Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, detailed last week’s deadly assault on a Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) base in southern Somalia near the Kenyan border. The raid came just over one year after another assault on a KDF base in El Adde, which killed more than 100 Kenyan soldiers. In last week’s assault, Shabaab said its “Saleh al Nabhan Battalion” launched a coordinated, l ...

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Deadly Kulbiyow camp attack by Al-Shabaab left 68 Kenya soldiers dead – Military sources

At least 68 Kenyan soldiers were killed in the Friday dawn attack on their camp by Al Shabaab militants in Somalia, according to military resources. Two platoons consisting of 72 men survived after their commanders ordered that they retreat, in a possible tactical error in which the other two platoon took on the attackers, suffering massively before the camp was overrun. A company, in military terms, has fo ...

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