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Could Somalia’s biggest terror attack in history see a turnaround in combating al-Shabaab?

FROM ISS BY OMAR S MAHMOOD AND GUSTAVO DE CARVALHO The attack in central Mogadishu on 14 October that killed more than 350 people has not drawn much attention from traditional or social media. Despite being the largest terror attack in Somali history, the now-common supportive hashtags disseminated globally after such deadly incidents – such as #PrayforMogadishu – […]

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Somalia Bombing Exposed the Security Cracks That Have Allowed Al-Shabab to Thrive

From World Politics Review On Oct. 14, a huge truck bombing in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killed at least 350 people, the deadliest act of terrorism in the country’s history. The manner and scale of the attack reveal much about the security situation in Somalia and the ongoing war against the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. In an email […]

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Days after devastating truck bomb in Somali capital, death toll still climbing

From The Washington Post  Death toll from blasts in Somalia’s capital rises At least 300 people were killed after two truck bombs went off in Somalia’s capital on Oct. 14, the deadliest attack in the country’s war with Islamic insurgents. (The Washington Post) By Kevin Sieff and Abullahi Mire October 16 at 9:53 AM NAIROBI — The death toll from two […]

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Eritrea Extorts UK Refugees to Fund Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamist Fighters [SPECIAL REPORT]

From the International Business Times By Gianluca Mezzofiore Members of Somalia’s al-Shabaab militant group on a desert drill (Reuters) Eritreans living in the UK are being forced by their own government to pay a “diaspora tax” that ultimately funds the secretive country’s network of influence in the Horn of Africa, including supporting the al-Shabaab group of […]

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New York Times Correspondent Jeffry Gettleman’s Tribute to Himself: Another Paean to the White Man in Africa

By the Strathink Editorial Team New York Times East Africa Bureau Chief Jeffrey Gettleman loves Africa. We know this because he titled his book “Love, Africa.” “Love, Africa” is a memoir about Jeffrey Gettleman’s rise as a journalist—and what a story. The thrills and chills of a Pulitzer prize winning journalist chasing a dream of […]

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Testing the waters: Somaliland dives into the international arena

From The Messenger By Jason Patinkin for The Messenger With a sea breeze to his back, Ali Farah Negeye greets the lunch crowd at the Al Xayat restaurant in the Somaliland port city of Berbera. For the last fifteen years, he’s served lemonade and fried barracuda to a steady stream of regulars, who debate the […]

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Can Military Might Alone Defeat al-Shabaab?

March 21, 2017by Mustafa Bananay A Somali woman walks past a soldier protecting a nomad settlement at Sadumay. Somalia, December 1, 2014 (Sipa/Associated Press) Developing a “security pact” to tackle insurgent jihadists al-Shabaab, who continue to stifle state-building efforts, is one of the key agenda items at the upcoming high-level conference on Somalia scheduled for […]

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Will the world heed the warnings of Somaliland’s savage drought?

From ITV News RAGEH OMAAR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS EDITOR The international community has only now taken tentative steps to help Somaliland’s drought-hit population. Credit: ITV News ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar has travelled across Somaliland as severe drought brings the unrecognised east-African nation to the brink of a preventable humanitarian catastrophe. Somaliland is a […]

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How an American Bureaucrat Became President of Somalia

From Politico AP Photo He was a refugee who embraced U.S.-style democracy. Now’s he’s trying to bring it home. By TAYLOR GEE On the morning of February 8, a civil servant from Buffalo, New York—a Somali by birth but an American by choice—walked into a heavily guarded airplane hangar in the battle-scarred capital of his […]

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A Measured U.S. Strategy for the New Africa

We don’t like what comes out of the Atlantic Council on Eritrea and Somalia under the name Bronwyn Bruton, but J. Peter Pham more often than not hits the mark. Rumors of Dr. Pham being named Undersecretary of State for Africa is good news to the policy community in Washington, D.C. Here are his thoughts […]

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