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German military to end role in EU training mission in Somalia

BERLIN  - The German military will stop participating in a European Union training mission in Somalia at the end of March, a Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday, expressing frustration at the pace of progress. Germany has about five soldiers taking part in the training mission alongside 15 from other EU countries. The decision to end Germany’s participation in the program, which began in 2010, was fi ...

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Somali citizens count cost of surge in US airstrikes under Trump

Dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in Somalia as US-led airstrikes against Islamist militants increase to unprecedented levels, a Guardian investigation has found, raising fears that Washington’s actions could bolster support for extremists. The escalation in strikes is part of the Trump administration’s broader foreign policy strategy in Africa and the Middle East. There have been 34 US airst ...

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Somali president sacks Mogadishu’s powerful mayor, names replacement

KAMPALA - Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi sacked the mayor of the capital Mogadishu and appointed his information minister to replace him on Sunday. The president, in a decree, named Abdirahman Omar Osman as the new mayor, replacing Taabit Abdi Mohamed. The president’s office did not give a reason for Mohamed’s dismissal. Local media reported on Saturday that Mohamed and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire ...

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Former Black water chief , Erik Prince, and his Frontier Services Group wins security contract in southern Somalia

Baidoa, Somalia — Former Navy SEAL and founder of the now defunct private security company Blackwater, who holds the title of CEO for the Hong Kong based private equity firm Frontier Services Group (FSG), Erik Prince,  just signed a lucrative contract deal with South-West State within the highly contested, conflict-ridden region of southern Somalia. Prince and his FSG are no strangers to investing in Africa ...

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Ethiopia Is Falling Apart

For a brief moment last week, Ethiopia seemed poised to shed its reputation as Africa’s Stasi state. At a press conference on Jan. 3, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn vowed to free political prisoners and shutter the notorious Maekelawi prison, which has long served as a torture chamber for government critics, opposition leaders, journalists, and activists. Desalegn’s announcement shocked Ethio ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab denounces ex-spokesman as apostate who could be killed

MOGADISHU  - Somali Al-Shabaab Islamist militants, who have carried out frequent bombings in the capital, Mogadishu, said a former leader who defected to the government side was an apostate who could be killed. Al Shabaab fell out with its former spokesman and deputy leader, Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, in 2013. He defected to the U.N.-backed government in August last year. Al Shabaab has been fighting for yea ...

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A Trump decree is killing innocent civilians in Somalia

By Jamal Osman US President Donald Trump loves signing executive orders. During his first year in office, he has signed dozens of controversial orders on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from national security to trade. Some of these executive orders, such as the ones on the Muslim travel ban and the Mexican border wall, received a lot of media attention and triggered protests around the world. But many ...

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Reports of Heavy fighting Between ONLF and Ethiopian Forces in Jaleelo village inside Ogaden region

Mogadishu (Harar24) The latest news from the Ogaden regions reports that there has been clashes between ONLF fighters and the Ethiopian regime’s army in Jaleelo village in Shillabo district yesterday on the 8th of January according to ONA. ONLF media wing  (ONA ) claims to that its fighters attacked Ethiopia forces fierce near Jaleelo village and that fierce fighting took place between ONLF and Ethiopian so ...

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Miraa transporters in Kenya change route over threat from Al-Shabaab

Transporters have changed the route they use to ferry miraa from Nyambene Hills in Meru County to North-Eastern and southern Somalia due to fear of Al-Shabaab attacks. From the previous route of Maua via Garba Tula-Modogashe and Wajir road, the traders now use the Isiolo town-Marsabit and Moyale highway before getting to Mandera via Takaba and Bute. Nyambene Miraa Growers’ Association chairman Isaiah Mwambi ...

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Five security officers killed in Mandera Shabaab attack

Five security officers were killed on Tuesday in an attack by suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists on the Elwak-Kotulo road in Mandera. The attackers also burnt a police lorry while several officers were injured in the evening ambush. Mandera South deputy county commissioner Daniel Bundotich said three police reservists and two Administration Police officers died in the attack. “We lost five security officers in ...

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