05 Aug 2022

Somalia’s cabinet appointment fuels debate

Somalia has appointed a former al-Shabaab leader to the cabinet and has been fueling international debate. Some criticize Hamza Abdi Barre’s administration for the appointment of Mukhtar Robow, however, others view this as a step forward towards reconciliation and a strategic way to battle against the group.  The former spokesperson

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16 May 2022

Former Somali president returns to power, vows to return Somalia to stability

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected by Somalia’s parliament as the country’s tenth president on Sunday. Mohamud was previously the president of Somalia from September 2012 to February 2017, he is the first leader of the country to be elected twice as Somalia’s president.  Mohamud promised to work on stable politics

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05 Apr 2022

Somali intelligence says Al-Shabab plans to target president, PM

Al-Shabab is an Al-Qaeda-linked armed group and has plans to target the Somali president and Prime Minister. Somali intelligence warned the two parties, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Mohamed Hussein Roble on Tuesday. Al-Shabab aims to take down the UN-backed central government and impose Islamic law in Somalia. The group

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01 Apr 2022

UN authorizes new AU mission in Somalia to dislodge armed groups

A new transitional mission in Somalia has been proposed by the African Union and endorsed by the United Nations Security Council unanimously. The African Union has been authorized to take action against al-Qaeda and other armed groups linked to ISIS as well as allowed a shifting in security responsibilities to

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19 Nov 2021

UN sounds alarm on Somalia’s ‘rapidly worsening’ drought

The United Nations has warned that Somalia’s worsening drought has caused more than two million people to face sever food and water shortages. The Horn of Africa is on the verge of a fourth consecutive failed rainfall season according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the

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22 Oct 2021

Somalia leaders strike deal on long-delayed election process

A deal to speed up the process for elections in Somalia has been agreed upon by the president and prime minister. A dispute between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble halted the election that was supposed to occur earlier this month. The dispute was over who

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28 Apr 2020

US reports deaths of civilians in Somali air strike

On Monday, a statement from the US Africa Command disclosed that civilian casualties occurred as a result of a US military airstrike in Somalia that occurred in February. The attack also killed two members of al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group. The statement confirms that two civilians were killed and three

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11 Dec 2019

Al-Shabaab claims attack on elite hotel in Mogadishu

Somalian security forces ended a deadly attack in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, on Tuesday after a shootout that lasted seven hours and left three civilians and two soldiers dead. Five heavily armed gunmen overpowered security guards at the upscale SYL hotel, according to law enforcement. Eleven people were injured, including

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20 Mar 2019

US airstrikes in Somalia are killing civilians, Amnesty International says

On Tuesday, human rights organization Amnesty International released a report in which it claims that US airstrikes in Somalia have killed 14 civilians and injured 8 more. US airstrikes on the African country have increased under US President Trump. In 2018, 47 airstrikes were carried out, killing 338 members of

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08 Mar 2019

U.S. Bombardments Are Driving Somalis From Their Homes

UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Somalia are warning that US airstrikes on areas controlled by al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda offshoot and the most successful fundamentalist organization in Africa, are exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in the region. Last year, 320,000 people were displaced due to violent events including airstrikes,

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