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Rival groups from Somali army clash at former UAE training facility

MOGADISHU - Rival forces in the Somali army shot at each other in the capital Mogadishu on Monday, with one group trying to storm a former United Arab Emirates-run training center, soldiers and residents said. The clash was an indication of the difficulty in rebuilding unified security forces for a state where centralized authority collapsed in 1991 and an internationally backed government, elected last yea ...

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U.S. shadow war materializes in Africa

AIR BASE 201, Niger -- Rising from a barren stretch of African scrubland, a half-finished drone base represents the newest front line in the United States' global shadow war. At its center, hundreds of Air Force personnel are feverishly working to complete a $110 million airfield that, when finished in the coming months, will be used to stalk or strike extremists deep into West and North Africa, a region wh ...

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Somalia disbands UAE program to pay and train soldiers

Somalia has disbanded a United Arab Emirates programme to train some of its troops in a new sign of rising tensions in bilateral relations. The Somali government announced on Wednesday that it will take over paying and training the soldiers in the programme, Defence Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman told Somalia's state news agency Sonna. "Somalia will fully take over [its troops] trained by the UAE... Tho ...

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Al-Shabaab attack kills dozens of Ugandan soldiers in Somalia

Dozens of Ugandan soldiers are thought to have been killed when Islamist extremists attacked their base on Sunday in the latest of a series of bloody strikes against peacekeepers in Somalia. Local officials told the Guardian that as many as 46 Ugandan troops, part of the 22,000-strong regional force in Somalia, died in the attack by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabaab movement in the town of Bulamarer, 80 mi ...

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In Somalia—or Afghanistan—Can Insurgent Defections Change a War’s Course?

MOGADISHU, Somalia—When a former deputy head of al-Shabaab turned up last August in a Mogadishu hotel to denounce the extremist armed group, government officials were exuberant. Mukhtar Robow, after all, was among the most notorious leaders of Somalia’s al Qaeda affiliate. Luring senior insurgents like him to switch sides is a major war aim for the Western-backed Somali government—and for the U.S. military, ...

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Gunmen shot dead Former Mayor of Buloburde town in Hiiraan region

Mogadishu (Harar24) Former mayor of Buloburde, 220km north of the capital Mogadishu, in Central Somalia's Hiraan region was shot dead by Unidentified gunmen, in Beled Weyne on Monday night. According to locals Abdi Idow Sabriye was shot dead near his home in Beled Weyne town by men armed with pistols who approached him as he was heading to his home in the Hawa Tako neighbourhood. “Two men armed with pistols ...

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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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