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Al-Shabab criticises secular schools

Al-Shabab militants have told parents in Somalia not to send their children to non-Islamic schools and universities. In a 26-minute recording, al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Rage said children should only attend Islamic schools as others are immoral and, he alleged, encourage them to adore Christianity and migrate to the West. Earlier this month, al-Shabab's Education and Youth Engagement departmen ...

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Somalia forces kill two militants firing mortars in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU - Two men were killed in the Somali capital after they were spotted firing mortars that appeared to be aimed at the international airport on Sunday, police and officials said. The heavily guarded, sprawling airport base is the site of many U.N. agencies, African Union peacekeepers and embassies. "Two militants firing mortars were killed and then their car bomb exploded. There was no other casualty ...

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‘A few dozen’ US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon

Washington - The United States is deploying "a few dozen" troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday. The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, a light infantry unit trained for air assaults, will mainly train and equip Somalia's army "to better fight Al-Shabab," an Al-Qaeda linked extremist group, the spokeswoman f ...

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At least 10 killed in two bomb attacks in Somali capital

A suicide bomber wearing army uniform killed at least nine soldiers at a camp in Somalia's capital on Monday, authorities said, and a government official was killed by a bomb planted in his car. Al Qaeda-linked insurgent group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the military training camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu. "An armed suicide bomber with an explosive jacket entered the ca ...

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Somali pirates flee hijacked Indian dhow, take one crew member

Somali security forces rescued a hijacked Indian cargo dhow on Monday, but pirates took one of the 11-strong crew with them when they fled to land, authorities said. "Our Galmudug forces attacked and rescued the Indian ship – however, the pirates disappeared with one crew and we are pursuing them," Hirsi Yusuf Barre, mayor of the town of Galkayo in Galmudug state, told Reuters. "There were no casualties." T ...

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New army chief survives assassination attempt in a deadly Mogadishu bomb blast.

A car bomb targeting senior officials leaving a military base in Mogadishu killed at least 15 people and destroyed a minibus carrying civilians, the Somali military said on Sunday, an attack claim by Islamist al Shabaab militants. It occurred a week after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed replaced his security chiefs and called on al Shabaab fighters to surrender within 60 days in return for education and ...

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Somalia’s breakaway Somaliland sentences journalist to two years in jail

A court in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced a reporter to two years in jail for what it said was endangering peace and security, a journalists' rights group said on Saturday. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said that Abdimalik Muse Oldon was detained in February upon his return from the Somali capital and charged with "anti-national activity and violating the sovereign ...

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Roadside bomb kills 10 in Somalia, Islamists deny responsibility

MOGADISHU  - A roadside bomb killed 10 people in a minibus in southern Somalia on Thursday, a military officer and residents said, blaming Islamist militants who denied planting the device. The blast in Golweyn village occurred hours after Somalia's president replaced his security chiefs and called on al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants to surrender within 60 days in return for education and jobs. "We ...

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Trump signed a directive declaring parts of Somalia an “area of active hostilities”. Pentagon says

WASHINGTON — President Trump has relaxed some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties when the American military carries out counterterrorism strikes in Somalia, laying the groundwork for an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa. The decision, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations, gives commanders at the United States Africa Command greater latit ...

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What’s really behind Trump’s laptop ban

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new restrictions on electronics brought on board certain U.S.-bound flights. Passengers on planes leaving from 10 airports throughout the Middle East and North Africa will no longer be able to carry laptops or similar ...

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