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Exclusive: U.S. suspends aid to Somalia’s battered military over graft

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month. African Union (AU) troops landed in Mogadishu a decade ago to fight al Shabaab Islamist militants and Somali forces are supposed to eventually take over their duties. But the United States, which also f ...

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Al-Shabaab bomber kills at least 18 at police academy in Somalia’s capital

MOGADISHU - A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday and killed at least 18 officers, officials said. Police spokesman Major Mohamed Hussein said the attacker strapped explosives to his body and infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy during an early morning parade. “Police were preparing for the 74th an ...

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Uganda begins Somalia troop withdrawal

Uganda’s military says it has begun the withdrawal of 281 troops serving in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The move announced on Wednesday is part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year. 20,000 SOLDIERS At the moment there are more than 20,000 soldiers serving in the AU mission (Amisom). Uganda, which first sent troops to ...

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Ethiopia Used Israeli-made Surveillance Technology to Spy on Journalists, Dissidents

Israel-based defense outfit Elbit Systems Ltd. provided the Ethiopian government with spyware software that was used to track journalists and dissidents, according to a report published Tuesday by The Citizen Lab, a laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. The report reveals a cyber campaign by Ethiopia targeting advocates of the Oromo ethnic group across 20 countr ...

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PRESIDENT FARMAJO’S DIFFICULT ROAD AHEAD

By Abdinasir M. Hashi On Feb. 8th, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed also known as "Farmajo", shown on above, won Somalia's 2017 presidential election defeating the former president Hassan Mohamoud along with other candidates.  His victory was hailed with cheers and jubilation, erupting celebrations inside and outside the country as the man who will resurrect Somalia from the utter misery to its heydays. The new pr ...

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Amisom begins to withdraw troops from Somalia, As peacekeeper forces lost 281 soldiers in 2017

African Union’s Mission in Somalia has begun withdrawing its troops from the country against the backdrop of heightened insecurity in Mogadishu. The capital has witnessed almost 1,000 deaths in just three months. SECURITY This is the highest number of fatalities recorded in the country in such a short time since Amisom operations began in 2007. The intensified attacks have caused a security scare in Somalia ...

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UAE violates UN arm embargo in Somalia

The UAE is violating internationals sanctions on the sale of arms to war-torn countries by supplying Somalia weapons, a UN report has revealed. According to monitors, the continuous support of some foreign countries for terror in Somalia threatens peace and security due to the possible return of piracy off the Somali coast. The report said that it had enough proofs that a UAE ship could have been carrying i ...

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Two vehicles carrying 12 police officers escorting a bus to Mandera hit by rocket propelled grenades

Transport in Mandera County has been paralyzed after operators suspended bus services in the county for three days after Al Shabaab attacked two police vehicles on Monday evening. Al-Shabaab militants ambushed and burnt down two police land cruisers in an attack in Daba City, Mandera County on Monday. he two vehicles carrying 12 police officers were escorting a bus to Mandera when they were hit by rocket pr ...

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Militants who killed 23 at Mogadishu hotel used intelligence service ID cards

Attackers who stormed a hotel in Mogadishu killing 23 people and wounding more than 30 on Saturday used identity cards from the country’s intelligence service to gain access to the building. The five gunmen, from the Islamist al-Shabaab militant group, were dressed in intelligence service uniforms and did not draw suspicion as they entered the hotel in the centre of the Somali capital after a truck bomb dem ...

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Top Somali security officials fired over deadly blasts

The Somali government has fired two top security officials after twin blasts and a siege left at least 27 people dead on Saturday. The country's police chief and the director of national intelligence were sacked following an emergency cabinet meeting, officials said. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out Saturday's bombings. They came just two weeks after at least 358 people died in anot ...

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