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My Parents’ Country, in the Grip of the Shabab

NAIROBI, Kenya — One evening in August, I climbed onto a dusty old truck in the Dadaab refugee camp in the eastern Kenyan desert, about 50 miles from the border with Somalia. A tarpaulin in the truck bed covered the sacks of beans it was transporting to the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The driver readily picked up some passengers: four women and eight men for $60 each. The women sat in the front beside the dr ...

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Somalia bombing may have been revenge for botched US-led operation

The man who killed more than 300 people with a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday was a former soldier in Somalia’s army whose home town was raided by local troops and US special forces two months ago in a controversial operation in which 10 civilians were killed, officials in Somalia have said. The death toll from the bombing now stands at more than 300, making it one of the most devastating ...

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Massive truck bomb blast rocks Somalia’s Mogadishu

At least 20 people have been killed and several others wounded in a massive truck bomb attack outside a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police said, with officials fearing many casualties from the unusually large explosion. The blast on Saturday, in the central K5 Junction which is lined with government offices, hotels and restaurants, destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on fire. " ...

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Somali troops vacate Key military base in Lower Shabelle

Mogadishu (Harar24)  - Somali military forces  have vacated a key base in Barrire town in Lower Shabelle region, only 45 kilometers (27 miles) from Mogadishu, the country's capital city. Residents told Harar24 that Somali troops Backed by US Special for left the base early Saturday Morning, It was not immediately clear the reason which comes less than 24 hour after resignation of former Somalia military chi ...

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MOGADISHU – Two of Somalia’s highest-ranking military officials have resigned, state outlets said on Thursday, in moves that could deal a blow to the war-torn Horn of Africa country’s efforts to fight Islamist militants. Somalia has been at war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other. For a decade, the weak UN-backed government has also been fighting ...

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Kenyan opposition leader withdraws from election rerun

NAIROBI, Kenya—Opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from a rerun of Kenya’s presidential election, saying the vote wouldn’t be fair and calling for protests across the East African nation. The surprise move on Tuesday casts one of Africa’s biggest economies and most stable democracies deeper into uncertainty following a decision by its Supreme Court to annul the results of the initial poll in August, in ...

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7 dead after Somalia militants attacked Puntland checkpoint outside Bosaso town

BOSASO, Somalia – Islamist al-Shabaab militants attacked a checkpoint in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing at least seven people in the early hours of Monday, police said. The fighters then ambushed officers rushing in to help colleagues on the outskirts of the city of Bosaso, an officer at the scene told Reuters. Al-Shabaab said it took the checkpoint then left, though the police said they ...

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US Ambassador to Somalia Resigns

The U.S. ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwartz has resigned, citing personal reasons, the embassy confirmed Friday. An emailed statement to VOA said the ambassador resigned September 29. It provided no further details. Schwartz was sworn in as the 13th United States ambassador to Somalia in June last year. As ambassador, he headed the U.S. mission to Somalia, which is located in the U.S. embassy in Nairobi ...

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Ousted Somali state president reinstated, declares state of emergency

Ousted president of Somalia’s Galmudug State Ahmed Haaf has declared a three-month state of emergency after he was reinstated amid the political crisis in the semi-autonomous region. The reinstatement was followed by an emergency parliamentary sitting which resulted in the sacking of speaker of parliament Ali Ga’al Asir and Haaf’s deputy Mohamed Haashi Abdi Arabey on Saturday night in a vote of no confidenc ...

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Police chief at airport in Somalia’s Puntland shot dead

A policeman shot dead on Monday the chief of security at an airport in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region and also his bodyguard, police said. The assailant’s motive for killing Colonel Abdisalan Sanyare Owke and his bodyguard at the airport in Galkayo, a city in Puntland, was not immediately clear. Police detained the assailant and have begun an investigation of the incident, said Mohamed Jama, anot ...

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