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Unrest spreads in eastern Ethiopia after deployment of troops

ADDIS ABABA - Mobs looted shops and burned down properties in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region on Saturday, as unrest gained momentum and spread across the province following deployment of soldiers, witnesses said. On Friday evening, Ethiopian troops entered the regional capital Jijiga in an apparent attempt by central authorities to arrest regional officials, residents said. On Saturday soldiers traded fir ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab says it storms southern military base, kills 27 troops

MOGADISHU - Fighters of the al Shabaab group attacked a military base with a suicide car bomb in the south of Somalia, killing 27 soldiers, the group said on Monday, a blast heard by residents of a nearby town. The attack follows a June attack on the base by al Shabaab that wounded seven soldiers. The group is battling to topple the central government and impose its rule based on its own strict interpretati ...

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U.S. lets Somali immigrants stay 18 more months

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow some 500 Somalis to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected status given violence in their home county. Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a statement from the Department of Homelan ...

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Ethio-Somali region releases prisoners

The Ethio-Somali Regional State is said to have released prisoners convicted of different crimes who were former members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), The Reporter has learnt. There are only 15 prisoners who are members of the ONLF, Abdi Muhammed, president of the region told The Reporter. Later, the region said to have released those prisoners. According to him, there are now around 500 p ...

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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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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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