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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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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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Somali lawmakers seek to impeach president amid political crisis

MOGADISHU - Some Somali lawmakers said on Wednesday they plan to impeach the president in a mounting political crisis that could put the fledgling government on a violent collision course with one of the country’s most powerful clans. The political turmoil endangers fragile gains against the Islamist al Shabaab insurgency and could derail the government of President Mohamed Abdullahi. Universally known by h ...

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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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