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Tread Carefully On Somalia, East African Community Told

Tread Carefully On Somalia, East African Community Told

With Somalia’s application to join the East African Community (EAC) key on the agenda of the heads of state summit in Dar es Salaam today, analysts have said the Horn of Africa country should be assisted to fix its insecurity issues first. “Before Somalia is brought on board, it has to be assisted to become […]

As Somalia combats insecurity, drought worsens ‘more rapidly than projected’ – UN official

As Somalia combats insecurity, drought worsens ‘more rapidly than projected’ – UN official

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is worsening, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council, calling for more than $800 million in aid to offset the impact of a severe drought in a country that is already battling insecurity and poverty. “The humanitarian crisis has deteriorated more rapidly than was originally projected,” the Deputy […]

Somali Government Minister Shot Dead in the Capital

Somali Government Minister Shot Dead in the Capital

Bodyguards for Somalia’s auditor general shot dead a government minister in an apparent accident near the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Wednesday evening, police said. Auditor general Nur Farah’s bodyguards opened fire on a car carrying Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, the public works and reconstruction minister, near a checkpoint close to the palace, said police […]

Somalia is at a tipping point

Somalia is at a tipping point

The election of a new president with cross-clan support, the emergence of a youthful and reform-minded parliament, and renewed international interest present a genuine opportunity to promote needed political and security reforms to combat Al-Shabaab and stabilise more areas. The London Conference on Somalia in May coincides with this moment and should be seized upon […]

Ethiopian Troops Withdraw From Dhusamareeb As Al-shabaab Amasses Forces

Ethiopian Troops Withdraw From Dhusamareeb As Al-shabaab Amasses Forces

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops on Friday withdrew from the central Somalia town of Dhusamareeb under unclear circumstances. Accoriding to a security official who seeks anonymity the troops left the town on Friday morning. “Most of the traders have fled the town after the Ethiopian troops pulled out this morning, we can see many people including […]

Appeal for $4bn as mix of drought and conflict threatens 20 million in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

Appeal for $4bn as mix of drought and conflict threatens 20 million in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

The risk of mass starvation in four countries – Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – is rapidly rising due to drought and conflict, the UN refugee agency has warned. About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among young children, the UNHCR said on […]

New Army Commander Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale Escapes Mogadishu Blast

New Army Commander Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale Escapes Mogadishu Blast

The new Commander of the Somali National Army (SNA) Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale escaped a car bomb explosion Sunday. Initial reports indicate that a suicide mission was waged on a convoy of cars leaving the military base in Mogadishu. Gen. Jimale and his deputy had left the army headquarters moments earlier where they attended a […]

Al-Shabaab Dismisses Somali President Faramajo War Declaration

Al-Shabaab Dismisses Somali President Faramajo War Declaration

Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab has dismissed President Mohamed Abdullahi Faramajo’s declaration of war. The response was carried on the Somali Memo website which is affiliated to the al-Qaeda-linked group. On Thursday, President Farmajo offered the militants an amnesty at the same time as declaring war on the group. The UN-backed government in Mogadishu has […]

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Declares New War Against Al Shabaab

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Declares New War Against Al Shabaab

Somalia’s new president on Thursday declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabab extremists. The shakeup is an attempt to improve the worsening security situation as the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab steps up its deadly bombings in the capital since President […]

United States to Return 4,000 Somali Migrants to Their Homeland

United States to Return 4,000 Somali Migrants to Their Homeland

Somalia’s U.S. ambassador says his embassy has learned that U.S. immigration agents are planning to deport about 4,000 Somali nationals now living in the United States. “We learned through immigration sources that the total number of the Somalis that are in the books of [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to be removed are close to […]

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