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Farmajo Shakes Security Chiefs to Rump Up War On Al-Shabaab

Farmajo Shakes Security Chiefs to Rump Up War On Al-Shabaab

The president of Somalia’s Federal government, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has made a major security shake-up on Thursday to step up the fight against Al-Shabaab. In a presidential decree, President Farmajo appointed General Dahir Adan Elmi as the country’s new military chief, replacing Gen Abdiweli Jama Gorod. Amina Sa’ed Ali named as the new the Chief […]

US-Somalia forces ‘take over’ Al-Qaeda hideouts

US-Somalia forces ‘take over’ Al-Qaeda hideouts

The United States-backed Special Forces have taken over a strategic base from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab in Southern Somalia, Garowe Online reported today. A surprise dawn attack was launched by American Special Forces along with the “Danab”, Somalia’s Special Forces unit, triggering a lengthy gun battle. The operation resulted in taking back key villages, including […]

Al-Shabaab Militant Group Getting Lucky, Not Stronger – US Intelligence

Al-Shabaab Militant Group Getting Lucky, Not Stronger – US Intelligence

Somalia’s most dangerous terror group is likely not getting any stronger despite a series of deadly attacks, including one that claimed the life of a U.S. special operations soldier earlier this month. The assessment, by U.S. military and counterintelligence officials, runs contrary to the conclusions of some analysts and comes as al-Shabab has been flexing […]

Mozambique Terrorists Burn Down 44 Houses

Mozambique Terrorists Burn Down 44 Houses

The terrorist group, known locally as “Al Shabaab”, last Thursday attacked the village of Ibu, in Macomia district, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, where they burnt down 44 houses, according to a report in Monday’s issue of the independent newssheet “Mediafax”. The houses destroyed were all traditional huts, covered with thatch. The […]

Is Islamic Extremism On the Rise in Africa?

Is Islamic Extremism On the Rise in Africa?

Extremists are increasingly shaping the image of Islam in Africa. But despite warnings that Islam is becoming increasingly conservative in Africa, experts say the religion is also becoming more diverse as a whole. Over and over one reads the same disturbing reports: In Somalia, members of the al-Shabaab militia cut off the hands of two […]

Somali Islamist insurgents stone man to death for adultery

Somali Islamist insurgents stone man to death for adultery

Somali Islamist insurgents stoned a man to death on Sunday as punishment for alleged adultery, they said, a reminder that the militia is still strong enough to carry out public executions despite losing its grip on most towns and cities. Hundreds of witnesses watched the death of 44-year-old Dayow Mohamed Hassan in Ramo Adey village […]

High-Ranking Al-Shabaab Expert Held After Kenya Blasts

High-Ranking Al-Shabaab Expert Held After Kenya Blasts

Police say several terror suspects behind the attacks within Mandera County have been arrested. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet says one of the suspects, Ahmed Abdi Yare, who is a high-ranking Al-Shabaab explosives expert, is helping in the probe. Police found the suspect with assorted weapons and IED making materials. “We have also stepped […]

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 […]

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 […]

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