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AMISOM to up ops against al Shabaab

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Operations against al Shabaab in Somalia will escalate to a final push according to a communique from AMISOM, the AU mission in the east...

Somali Islamists target Kenyan recruits

A youth recruited while watching football. A Catholic school graduate. Girls desperate for cash and jobs. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency is using unconventional...

US conducts air strike against al Shabaab

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The United States military has carried out an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, killing three. US Africa Command said the air strike...

U.S. carries out air strike against al Shabaab

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia's continued efforts to weaken al-Shabaab, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in the vicinity of Jilib, Middle...

Al Shabaab attack Somali government building

Somalia’s al Shabaab stormed a government building, detonating a suicide car bomb in the heart of Mogadishu with at least 15 people, including an...

US carries out air strike in Somalia

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US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed two militants, the US military has said. The air strike was carried out in...

US conducts air strike in Somalia

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US Africa Command conducted a collective self-defence air strike in the vicinity of Dara Salaam, Lower Shabelle Region, Somalia, on 11 March in support...

Battle rages in Mogadishu

Heavy gunfire rang out across central Mogadishu as Somali troops battled to dislodge Islamist insurgents holed up next to a hotel they bombed the...

U.S. says air strike killed 20 militants in Somalia

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A U.S. air strike in central Somalia on Monday killed 20 al Shabaab fighters, the U.S. Africa Command said on Tuesday. The United States carries...

Somali street cleaners killed

Suspected al Shabaab militants shot and killed nine street cleaners in a village near Mogadishu, police and a local governor said. Gunmen opened fire on...

US conducts air strikes on Somalia

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The United States has carried out four air strikes against the al Shabaab group in Somalia in support of the Federal Government of Somalia. United...

Port operation head in Puntland killed

Gunman shot dead the head of Dubai government-owned P&O Ports’ operations in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland, a local government official said and Islamist...

Suicide car bomb explosion in Somalia leaves casualties

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A suicide car bomb exploded outside a military base for Ethiopian soldiers in southern Somalia on Saturday, leaving an unspecified number of casualties, a...

ISS: Home-grown terror a worsening threat for Kenya

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The six attackers and 12 suspects in court for the 15 January terror attack on Nairobi’s dusitD2 hotel complex are mostly Kenyans. This was...

US conducts air strikes against al Shabaab

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The United States has carried out two air strikes against al Shabaab targets in Somalia, the US military has announced. US Africa Command said the...

Suspected al Shabaab attack stopped in Kenya

Kenyan police thwarted an attack by suspected Somali militants al Shabaab on a Chinese-owned construction company , an official said, days after the Islamist...

Nairobi hotel attackers “eliminated”

Kenyan security forces "eliminated" militants who stormed an upscale hotel compound and killed at least 14 people in an attack claimed by Somali Islamist...

U.S. says air strikes killed 62 militants in Somalia

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The U.S. military said on Monday it had killed 62 militants in six air strikes on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh...

AMISOM finds its voice

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sometimes has struggled to get its message out. The mission had several false starts in trying to...

Four dead after Somali air strike

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The US military killed four militants in an air strike against al Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Awdheegle, Somalia, part of...

Somali extremism can be defeated – Gorod

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Maj. Gen. Abdiweli Jama Gorod was named Somalia's chief of Defence Forces (CDF) in 2017. He sat down with Africa Defense Forum...

ISS: How ‘foreign’ are foreign terrorist fighters in Africa?

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In September 2018, five people acquitted of the July 2010 terror attacks in Kampala, Uganda, were re-arrested by the Ugandan Police. Omar...

Somalia’s al Shabaab executes five men

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Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists shot five men in a public execution, including a Somali British citizen accused of spying, a sign the...

Kenyan teachers killed in militant attack

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Two Kenyan teachers were killed when suspected al Shabaab militants threw an explosive device at a teacher's house in Mandera county near...

Iran is new illicit transit point for Somali charcoal

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Criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit Somali charcoal exports earning Islamist militants al Shabaab millions of dollars...

Mogadishu hit by two car bombs

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One person died and another was injured in two car bombs that exploded in the heart of the Somali capital with Islamist...

Mogadishu attack

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At least six people were killed in al Shabaab attack on a local government building in Somalia's capital, the director of an...

Killings and kidnappings in Somalia

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Gunmen from Somalia's Al Shabaab group killed six people including four soldiers in the streets of the capital, a day after the...

Puntland forces recapture strategic town

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Military forces of Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region retook a strategic town from Islamic militant group al Shabaab, an officer said. Captain Saiid Mohamed...

Suspected al Shabaab militants kill five soldiers in Kenya’s Lamu

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Five Kenyan soldiers were killed in an attack claimed by the Somali group al Shaabab in Lamu County on Kenya's north coast...

Conference examines charcoal smuggling and terrorism

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The inaugural conference on combatting the illicit smuggling of charcoal was held at the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain on...

Somali military base attacked

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Al Shabaab group fighters attacked a military base with a suicide car bomb in the south of Somalia, killing 27 soldiers in...

Puntland town now held by al Shabaab

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Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab captured a small but strategic town south of Bosaso in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, a military...

Islamist militant activity on the rise in Africa

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Militant Islamist groups in Africa have been growing over the last decade, with violent events up dramatically since 2010, including fatalities. There...

Somali government security building attacked

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At least five people were killed and 21 wounded when militants from Somalia's al Shabaab group set off two bombs in central...

Al Shabaab, militia clashes leave 17 dead

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At least 17 people were killed in fighting between militants from Somalia's al Shabaab group and clan militias in the central semi-autonomous...

Shabaab claims Somali attack responsibility

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Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack in which a US commando was killed and four others wounded when...

Shabaab retakes Somali town

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Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab retook a small town in the middle of the country after it was abandoned by government...

U.S. conducts airstrike in Somalia

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Forces conducted an airstrike targeting al Shabaab militants approximately 15 miles southwest of...

Nine Kenyan soldiers dead in al Shabaab clash

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Islamist militant group al Shabaab killed nine Kenyan soldiers in Somalia, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said. The president's office offered no other details...

Five dead after Somali airstrikes

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The US military killed five militants after launching an air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab, a militant Islamist group allied with...

US conducts airstrike in Somalia

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The United States military said it carried out an airstrike agains al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia on 19 March. "In coordination with the Federal...

Kenyan police officers killed in al Shabaab attack

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Somalia's al Shabaab group killed five police officers in north-east Kenya, an area where the Islamist militants have previously attacked military and...

Citizen support can help fight terrorism

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As Somalia's national elections took place in February 2017, government and African Union forces took action to head off violence aimed at...

Al Shabaab militants killed in airstrike

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A US-led air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia killed three of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the US military...

Somalia lures defectors in new push against insurgents

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As an undercover operative for Somalia's al Shabaab militia, Nasteh spied on the insurgent group's senior commanders to ensure loyalty and planned...

Somali authorities say troops rescue 32 children from “terrorist school”

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Somali authorities said troops stormed a school run by al Shabaab on Thursday night and rescued 32 children who had been taken...

Former Somali al Shabaab leader denounced as apostate

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Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants, who carried out frequent bombings in Mogadishu, said a former leader who defected to government was an...

Al Shabaab kills five Kenyan policemen who were out on patrol

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Five Kenyan policemen were killed in an attack on their vehicle in the northeast county of Mandera near the border with Somalia...

Air strike close to Mogadishu

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An air strike hit a village south of Mogadishu and a local official said the attack targeted Islamist al Shabaab militants fighting...