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Somalia to delay election for 4th time, official says

Somalia has decided to delay its presidential election for a fourth time amid allegations of fraud and intimidation, an electoral official said Monday. The vote had been set for Wednesday, but the official said it likely will be Jan. 24 instead, though leaders were discussing the specific timing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. This Horn of A ...

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Al -Shabaab militants shoot dead top regional prosecutor in Somalia’s Puntland

Al Shabaab Islamist militants shot dead a military prosecutor in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, the type of targeted killing that Al Qaeda-allied gunmen frequently commit throughout Somalia. Al Shabaab's insurgency aims to drive out African Union peacekeepers, topple Somalia's Western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of ...

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Somalia threatens to impose ban on miraa from Kenya

Somalia is threatening to re-impose a ban on miraa from Kenya in what it accuses Nairobi of disregarding an agreement to resume direct flights with Mogadishu. Mogadishu claims it agreed to lift the ban back in September because Kenya had agreed to allow direct flights between the two cities by December 13. Last week, officials from the Federal Government accused Kenya of remaining silent over a deal that wo ...

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Deadly Car bomb kills at least 29 at Somalia’s main port: police

A suicide truck bomb hit the entrance of Somalia's biggest port on Sunday, killing at least 29 people, police said, an attack claimed by Islamist al Shabaab militants. The fighters said they were trying to disrupt protracted parliamentary elections - part of efforts to rebuild the fractured nation after decades of war. The three-month vote is due to end on Dec. 29. Gunfire rang out after the blast at Mogadi ...

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Somalia’s Puntland forces say killed three in attack on Islamic State-linked fighters

Soldiers allied to the Western-backed Somali government killed three fighters loyal to the Islamic State in northern Somalia on Monday as they pressed ahead toward the insurgents' main stronghold, officials said. The troops, alongside militia fighters, launched an offensive last week to wrest back control of the port town of Qandala in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. The insurgents launched countera ...

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U.S. to Fight Somali Militants Under 9/11 War Authorization

WASHINGTON — The escalating American military engagement in Somalia has led the Obama administration to expand the legal scope of the war against Al Qaeda, a move that will strengthen President-elect Donald J. Trump’s authority to combat thousands of Islamist fighters in the chaotic Horn of Africa nation. The administration has decided to deem the Shabab, the Islamist militant group in Somalia, to be part o ...

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Somalia: Elders negotiate with Al-Shabaab over soldiers

Gal'ad, Somalia - "Line up in a straight line. We will do the talking on your behalf," an elderly man with a henna-dyed beard tells the group of young men. They are standing in front of an iron-gated compound in the centre of the town of Gal'ad in Somalia's central region of Galguduud, holding AK-47 rifles. Until a few days ago, the young men, who are all from the town, were government soldiers fighting aga ...

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US forces in Somalia take on more risk as advisory mission expands

STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. special operations forces working with Somali troops are facing increased risk in an advisory mission that has shifted from basic soldiering to complex battlefield missions, U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said. “When you get into that phase of (troops) accompanying that should tell you that the units you’re working with are at a point where the military operations the ...

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‘Anything that flies is an enemy’: Filming Al-Shabaab with a drone

"Anything that flies that's not a bird, we consider it an enemy." That's how Hassan Yakub, al-Shabab's most senior leader in Somalia's Galguduud region, responded when I requested that we use a drone to film his fighters at one of the armed group's training camps. His reaction was not surprising. Over the past few years, drone strikes have killed dozens of al-Shabab fighters, including the group's former le ...

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African Union angry over EU payment for Somali troops

Nairobi - The African Union has lashed the EU for saying it will pay Burundian peacekeepers in Somalia directly, rather than through their government, ostensibly to prevent the money being diverted to the regime in Bujumbura. In a statement issued late on Friday after a meeting of its military operations co-ordination committee in Addis Ababa, the AU said it "strongly rejects" the EU's decision to "differen ...

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