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Somalia presidential adviser linked to militants – U.N. monitors

(Reuters) – U.N. investigators have accused an advisor to Somalia’s president of involvement in the unauthorised diversion of Somali government weapons to Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda, according to a confidential new report seen by Reuters. The accusation by the Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group, an eight-member panel of independent experts that oversees compliance with […]

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Somalia: Al-Shabaab Steals Livestock From Middle Jubba Residents Suffering From Drought

Mogadishu — Al-Shabaab is ordering residents of Middle Jubba region to round up their livestock that survived the drought and turn them over to the militant group, Interim Jubba Administration (IJA) officials and residents told Sabahi. Al-Shabaab, which still controls most of Middle Jubba region, has started collecting camels, cattle and goats in the towns […]

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Shabaab weakening, says Somalia envoy

   The al Shabaab is now desperate and losing more ground after the recent liberation of key towns by Somali troops backed by African Union peacekeepers, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Nur has said. Speaking in Mombasa on Saturday during a talk show on Radio Salaam, Nur said Amisom troops have defeated the group and taken over […]

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Somalis ‘feeling safer’ in Mogadishu, survey says

Many Somalis have returned home in recent years as security has improved Continue reading the main story Residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, are feeling safer and more optimistic than they were a year ago, according to a new survey. The Heritage Institute of Policy Studies, which analysed data collected from more than 1,600 residents, […]

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Muslim community asks feds to fund programs after apparent death of Hamilton man in Syria

Metroland News ServiceMohamud Mohamed Mohamud of Hamilton has been identified online as an ISIS fighter who has been killed in Syria. The local Muslim community is calling on the federal government to help fund more programs to engage youth in the wake of the apparent death of a 20-year-old Hamilton man fighting with ISIS. Mohamud […]

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Weeks after photos surfaced of two Somali-Americans allegedly killed fighting with Islamist militants in Syria, the father of one man is still waiting for official confirmation that his son is dead. Speaking publicly for the first time, Dayib Ahmed Abdi told VOA Somali in an exclusive interview that he does not have conclusive evidence his […]

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US eyes Somalia strategy as model for Islamic State destruction

Nairobi (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State, and has cited the ongoing intervention in Somalia as a model for intervention in Syria and Iraq. So drawing on the experience of US operations against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, what can the Islamic State expect to face in […]

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s plans

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that Washington would not stand by and watch while the brutal extremists terrorizing Iraq continued to spread their “evil.” Kerry made the comments during a visit to Baghdad in which he pledged the U.S.’s support in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), hours […]

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MOGADISHU: Somalia’s president on Friday thanked the United States for killing the leader of the country’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in an air strike earlier this week. “The Somali government thanks the US government and individuals in the Somali security forces who helped the operation,” said a statement from the office of Somalia’s internationally-backed President Hassan […]

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Al-Shabaab leader’s fate unclear after suspected U.S. drone strike, CNN

  Mogadishu, Somalia – A suspected U.S. drone strike targeted senior leaders of Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, but it’s not clear if the leader of the Islamic militant group was wounded or killed, a Somali official said Tuesday. The Pentagon would only say it carried out an operation in Somalia, but didn’t offer additional details. […]

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