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Al-Shabaab militants vow to intensify attacks in Mogadishu

Mogadishu (Harar24) – Al-Shabaab Islamists have vowed to intensify their attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which has already witnessed numerous deadly attacks carried out by the group in recent weeks.   In a recorded audio message aired from the group’s station Radio Andalus, Al-Shabaab’s appointed governor for the Benadir province Sheikh Ali Mohamed Hussein who’s more commonly known as “Ali Jab ...

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Fourteen ministers call on Somali PM to resign amidst growing political dispute

Mogadishu (Harar24) – Fourteen Somali cabinet ministers have called on the Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed to resign from his post in an attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute between him and President Hassan Sheikh Mahmud.   A paper signed by fourteen out of twenty-five cabinet ministers requesting him to step down was passed on to the Prime Ministers on Sunday night. Those who signed the ...

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Uganda Sends Fresh Troops to Somalia

Wall Street Journal (KAMPALA, Uganda) — Uganda has started sending 2,700 new troops to war-torn Somalia, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, as African Union peacekeeping troops continue efforts to stabilize the nation. The fresh troops will reinforce the security of Somalia’s presidency, the parliament, all ministries and the airport, as well as the country’s sea port, Ugandan army chief, General Katumba ...

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Donors pledge $8 billion for Horn of Africa

Addis Ababa (AFP) - International donors pledged $8 billion in development aid Monday for projects across eight countries in the Horn of Africa, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced at the start of a visit to the region. The aid, from organisations including the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union and Islamic Development Bank (IDB), will support efforts to boost economies and stem conflict ...

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Political tension feared after Somali PM announces cabinet reshuffle

Mogadishu (Harar24) – The Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, declared a small cabinet reshuffle today, resulting in some ministers and deputy ministers being changed from their current positions to others.   The decision which came from the Prime Minister’s office was announced by the Minister of Information, Mustafa Dhuhulow, on government media outlets. Among those who were part of the res ...

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“No Sierra Leone peacekeepers should be deployed to Somalia”

Horseed Media - Somalia has refused the deployment of fresh peacekeepers from Sierra Leone, the country’s Federal Parliament Speaker said. Mr Mohamed Osman Jawari revealed that they had written a letter to the Sierra Leone government, rejecting the deployment of new forces from the West Africa nation, which has been hit by the deadly Ebola Virus. "We have told the Sierra Leone government not to send any tro ...

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Five US airports to begin Ebola screenings for west Africa arrivals

The Guardian - Passengers travelling from west Africa will face additional Ebola screenings at five US airports, the White House said on Wednesday, amid mounting concern that not enough controls were in place to prevent the deadly disease from entering the US. The additional screenings will be carried out by personnel from US Customs and Border Protection, US Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control ...

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Somali militants stone woman to death

MOGADISHU, (Reuters) - Somali al Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe on Friday after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery, the militants and witnesses said. The group, which pledges loyalty to al Qaeda, has waged an armed campaign to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. Forced out of many areas of the east African country by African ...

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Kenya to shut down radical madrassas in terror clampdown

AFP - Kenyan authorities said Wednesday that they would close down Islamic schools or madrassas teaching radical doctrines, in a bid to combat terrorism. At least one madrassa in Machakos, 60 kilometres southeast of the capital Nairobi, has already been shut down after 30 youth were detained on suspicion of being recruited to join Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al Shabab rebels. "We are targeting religious schoo ...

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Kenyan counterterrorism efforts against Al-Shabab are counterproductive

Aljazeera - On Sept. 6, a day after the White House announced the killing of Ahmed Godane, the leader of Somali Islamist group Al-Shabab, in a nighttime airstrike five days earlier, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Godane’s death was “a small measure of closure to Westgate attack victims.” The Al-Qaeda-affiliated group was behind the Sept. 21, 2013, mass shooting at the Westgate shopping mall in Na ...

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