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US forces conduct precision airstrike against ISIS-Somalia, 3 militants killed

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On 31 May, US Africa Command (Africom) carried out an airstrike targeting Islamic State in Somalia (ISIS-Somalia), in the area of Dhaardaar, about 81...

Report: Al-Shabaab extends reach with offer to protect Somali pirates

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After a six-year lull in major attacks, Somali pirates in December attacked four vessels as international navies relocated from the Indian Ocean to the...

From global jihad to local insurgencies: the changing nature of Sub-Saharan...

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For more than a decade the Islamist insurgency in Sub-Saharan Africa has seemed unstoppable. 2022 saw another uptick in jihadist violence across the continent. Fatalities...

Inconsistencies are costing the AU Mission in Somalia

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In September, a call was made for a technical pause to the African troop drawdown from Somalia, following the initial withdrawal of 2 000...

Somali President Mohamud aims to eradicate Al-Shabaab within a year

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Somalia has one year to eradicate al-Shabaab from the country and end 17 years of war, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced in late November. The...

Al-Shabaab hopes to recruit by celebrating Hamas attacks

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It only took a matter of days for the Somali terror group al-Shabaab to congratulate Hamas for its deadly October 7 attack on Israel. Al-Shabaab,...

Bell 412 helicopters support Somalia’s counter-insurgency efforts

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The delivery of Bell 412 helicopters to Somalia's government has provided a critical boost to its counter-insurgency capabilities, marking a significant development in the...

Global Terrorism Index finds attacks down, but becoming more lethal

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The Institute for Economics & Peace's (IEP) latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) has found that last year, terrorism resulted in 6 701 deaths -...

ATMIS drawdowns do not mean support lessens

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Troop and equipment drawdowns by the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) will not affect ongoing operations against Al Shabaab in the east...

Attack on Kenya Defence Forces outpost confirms Al-Shabaab drone use

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Kenyan security forces have increased their operations along the country’s 680-kilometer border with Somalia in response to recent attacks by al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab, which has suffered...

Al-Shabaab attacks surge in Somalia as ATMIS troops withdraw

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has vowed to wage “total war” against al-Shabaab, but the extremist group continues to launch brazen attacks targeting civilians...

ISS: Kenya’s rise in al-Shabaab attacks calls for localised solutions

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In the past three weeks, over 30 security force officers have been killed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in more than 10 attacks across...

Battlefield losses may result In Al-Shabaab cross-border attacks

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In 2022, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud ordered a major offensive against the al-Shabaab terror group. With the help of African Union forces, those...

Reclaiming Al Shabaab’s revenue

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Cutting off al Shabaab’s estimated $100 million in extortion-generated annual revenue will require restoring the integrity of Somalia’s compromised financial, judicial, and intelligence agencies. Despite...

Al-Shabaab attacks in Somalia affect communities as far as 900km away...

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Policymakers tend to assume that the effects of conflict are felt only where violence occurs. As a result, humanitarian aid, protection efforts or asylum...

US donates weapons, equipment to support the Somali National Army

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The United States has handed over $9 million worth of weapons, vehicles, medical supplies and other equipment to the Somali National Army to support...

Al-Shabaab: sensational media reports about Kenyan terror attacks keep kids out...

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Sensational reporting on terror attacks in Kenya is keeping children out of school, with dire consequences for their education and their futures. That is the...

Al-Shabaab in Somalia has resisted military force: now is the time...

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In October 2022, Somalia’s capital Mogadishu suffered yet another massive suicidal attack. More than 100 people were killed. Hundreds more were wounded and thousands...

al Shabaab Somalia attack branded cowardly

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“Barbaric” and “cowardly” is the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) response to an al Shabaab attack on a transition mission in...

South Africa poorly prepared to deal with terrorism – report

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South Africa’s security institutions are poorly prepared to deal with Islamist extremists and terrorists operating across the border in Mozambique, a new report has...

Multiple failures contributed to deadly 2020 Manda Bay attack in Kenya

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Inadequate force protection, inadequate understanding of the threat, inadequate security force preparation, and problems with mission command were some of the contributing factors that...

Five reasons why militants are targeting Kenya’s Lamu county

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The frequency of terrorist attacks within Kenya’s Lamu County on the border with Somalia has been alarming. Frequent kidnappings there were the ostensible reason...

Suspected Islamist kills two in western Kenya – police

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A suspected member of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab detonated an explosive device that killed two people at their home in a western Kenyan...

Islamist car bomb attack kills at least eight in Somalia, officials...

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At least eight people were killed in Somalia's capital on Thursday when Islamist militants launched a suicide attack on a UN security convoy using...

Somali suicide bomber kills well-known Somali journalist

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An al Shabaab suicide bomber in the Somali capital killed himself and a well-known Somali journalist on Saturday, al Shabaab and the journalist's family...

Somali militia, former government ally, captures two towns from federal forces

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A militia previously allied to the Somali government in its fight against militant group al Shabaab has captured two towns in central Somalia from...

Suicide car bomb targeting convoy in Somali capital kills at least...

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A suicide car bomb killed at least eight people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president's palace, police...

Somalia’s Puntland sends troops to fight al Shabaab in neighbouring state

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Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland said on Friday it had sent forces to the neighbouring region of Galmudug to help the military there push...

Tanzania says gunman who killed four people last month was a...

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Tanzanian police said on Thursday that a slain gunman who killed three police officers and a private security guard on a rampage through a...

Al Shabaab attacks Somali military base, recaptures central town

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Al Shabaab fighters stormed a military base in the centre of Somalia on Tuesday and recaptured a town it lost to government forces earlier...

Blast hits bus carrying soccer team in Somalia’s Kismayo, 5 dead...

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An explosive planted on a bus carrying soccer players in Somalia's port city of Kismayo killed at least five players, a police officer said...

US military carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden

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The United States on Tuesday carried out an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, the first strike in the country since President...

At least 30 killed in al Shabaab attack in Somalia –...

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An estimated 30 people died on Sunday when Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab group launched an attack in a town in the country's semi-autonomous state...

Suicide bombing by Somalia’s al Shabaab group kills six

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A suicide bomber killed six police officers in front of a district police station in the Somali capital Mogadishu late on Sunday, police said,...

Improvised Explosive Devices are becoming a growing threat in Africa

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Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are increasingly widespread in Africa, with al Shabaab and Boko Haram largely responsible for most new IEDs being planted. IEDs refer...

Ten killed in suicide bomb attack in Somali capital

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At least ten people were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber struck makeshift kiosks in the Somali capital, hitting hours after al Shabaab...

At least 20 killed by suicide car bomb near restaurant in...

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At least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded by a suicide car bomb just outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia’s capital...

Al Shabaab militants storm Somali jail, seven soldiers killed

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At least seven soldiers were killed when fighters of the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab stormed a jail in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland...

Somalia’s opposition cease recognising president as election row escalates

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An alliance of Somali opposition parties proposed the creation of a national council of lawmakers, opposition leaders and civil society to govern the Horn...

Bomb kills 12 security agents in Somalia as politicians wrangle over...

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12 security agents were killed on Sunday by a roadside bomb planted outside a Somali town where political leaders had been meeting to try...

Nine killed in hotel attack in Somali capital: police

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Nine people died after al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents stormed a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, battling security forces until the early hours of...

US military carries out another air strike against al-Shabaab

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The US military’s Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Buulo Fulaay, Somalia, on 13 January, killing one al Shabaab member...

US military conducts strike on al-Shabaab leaders

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Saaxa Weyne, Somalia, on 7...

US military conducts strikes on al-Shabaab compound

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted two airstrikes in Somalia on 1 January 2021. Both strikes targeted al-Shabaab compounds...

Somalia, US target al-Shabaab explosives makers

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted two airstrikes targeting al-Shabaab explosives experts in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia,...

US decision to withdraw troops dismays some Somalis

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President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Somalia in the waning days of his presidency triggered dismay on Saturday from some...

Ethiopia says disarms Tigrayan peacekeepers in Somalia over security

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Ethiopia said on Wednesday peacekeepers from its Tigray region serving in Somalia had been disarmed over a security issue, raising concerns over the forces’...

Trump may withdraw troops from Somalia as part of global pullback

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President Donald Trump may withdraw nearly all US troops from Somalia as part of a global pullback that includes reductions of forces in Afghanistan...

US designates al Shabaab leaders as terrorists

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On 17 November, the US Department of State designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman, senior leaders of al Shabaab as Specially Designated Global...

Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali government, fighters

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Dozens of soldiers and Somal were killed in two days of fighting between Somali government forces and al Shabaab militants northwest of the capital...