03 Jan 2019

Somalia orders top U.N. official to leave

Somalia has declared the top UN official in the country a persona non grata after his publication of a letter questioning the involvement of U.N.-funded Somali security forces in the arrest of an election candidate who had previously defected from al-Shabaab in 2017. The arrest led to a local uproar

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18 Dec 2018

US conducts 6 airstrikes in Somalia to pre-empt major extremist attack; 62 dead

As the U.S. draws down resources across the African continent, it has continued its air support for counter al-Shabaab operations in Somalia. Most recently, it conducted six airstrikes, killing over 60 people as part of pre-emptive action against  “major terrorist attack.” The remote location of the airstrike has been used

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06 Dec 2018

In Somalia, Businesses Face Triple ‘Taxation’ by Militants

Competition between Al-Shabab and pro-Islamic State groups in Somalia is further stifling economic activity across the area through forced taxation. “Business are paying three taxes today, Al-Shabab taxes, Daesh taxes, and the normal government taxes,” according to the former director of the National Intelligence Agency in Somalia. “If they don’t

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19 Nov 2018

Islamic State warns Al-Shabaab of impending battle in Somalia

“The most recent issue of the Islamic State’s weekly Al Naba newsletter directly threatens Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa. Al Naba’s authors warn Shabaab of an impending clash, saying the al Qaeda arm has restarted its campaign to rout Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization from Somalia. ‘As we

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01 Nov 2018

Al-Shabab’s former No. 2 leader runs for office in Somalia

Somalia and supporting countries are expressing mixed opinions and confusion about how to respond to an Al-Shabab founder and former number 2 member who defected last year and is now campaigning for a regional presidency position. The candidate has openly discussed his departure from hardline Islamism, but the state is

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03 Oct 2018

The Battle of Mogadishu 25 years later: How the fateful fight changed combat operations

US involvement in Somalia in 1993 was a part of its optimistic role for a post-Cold War world in which it could ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid, combat dictators, build democracies, and watch the world flourish. After a two day battle whose aftermath saw images of dead American soldiers

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19 Sep 2018

Djibouti emerges as arms trafficking hub for Horn of Africa

“The rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea has repercussions that go beyond diplomacy on the Horn of Africa. A recent investigation shows that while Eritrea is no longer isolated, Djibouti is emerging as the new regional arms trafficking hub. The small strategically located state acts as a transit location for weapons trafficking

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16 Aug 2018

Al-Shabaab’s Mata Hari Intelligence Network

A researcher has worked to document a surprising element within Al-Shabaab’s operational structure: the use of sex workers and street children in the group’s intelligence apparatus. “If you want information here,” said one interviewee, “you use the prostitutes and street kids – they see everything, go everywhere, and nobody notices

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05 Jun 2018

AFRICOM airstrikes against al-Shabab continue with high death counts

A U.S. airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia killed 27 militants on Saturday. This strike is one of many conducted in the past weeks, all working to strengthen the weak Somali government who continues to suffer from regular al-Shabab attacks as it works to recover from decades of civil war and

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10 Apr 2014

Somalia Report for April 10, 2014

The week saw continuing violence throughout the region. The AMISOM and SNA offensive recaptured further Al-Shabaab territory in South-central; more Al-Shabaab movement north was reported and increased Al-Shabaab operations outside of Somalia are reported. A detailed PDF report is available for download below. If you are interested in continuing to

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