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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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Return to Mogadishu: Trying to Reclaim a City for Its People

From the New York Times By JOSHUA HAMMERJAN. 6, 2017 Harding, one of a handful of foreign reporters who have visited Somalia on a regular basis in recent years, followed the charismatic Nur as he braved death threats and tried to revive the ruined city. Part on-the-ground war reporting, part investigative biography, Harding’s book captures […]

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In Somalia, U.S. Escalates a Shadow War

By MARK MAZZETTI, JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and ERIC SCHMITTOCT. 16, 2016 Ugandan troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia in 2012. About 200 to 300 American Special Operations troops work with soldiers from African nations to carry out raids, senior American military officials said. Credit Reuters WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified a […]

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Supporting Somalia as It Emerges from Decades of Conflict

Supporting Somalia as It Emerges from Decades of Conflict Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating. UN Photo The Foreign Ministers of Somalia, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia and Italy today led international partners reaffirming their support for Somalia as the country continues its transition from 25 years of war. At a meeting held on the sidelines […]

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America’s Approach To Somalia Has Failed. It Now Has Two Options

From World Politics Review Steven Metz Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 One of the most momentous decisions the United States made after 9/11 was to go on the offensive against violent extremists, seeking to cut them off at their source. This was to be done by helping governments in the Islamic world provide prosperity, security, justice […]

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Peace in Somalia: how can AMISOM succeed?

Institute for Security Studies The African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been active since 2007 – but the mission is struggling to fulfil its peace-support function and is dealing with a plethora of challenges, including an increasing number of attacks from al-Shabaab. The June 2016 attack on the Ethiopian contingent in Halgan highlighted […]

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Gunmen take hostages at hotel in Somali capital, police say

DEVELOPING: A team of gunmen took hotel guests hostage after storming the building in a Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu on Saturday, police have revealed. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the Nasa-Hablod hotel near the capital’s busy KM-4 junction, followed by a second explosion heard inside the hotel as gunmen fought […]

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Al-Shabaab Now

Strathink came across this interesting piece on al Shabaab from OurManintheHorn.com   BY OURMANONTHEHORNIN TERRORISM Based on open source material and testimony from recent defectors, the aim of this post is to provide an insight into the current state of al-Shabaab (aS). As we enter Ramadan, a period that is traditionally accompanied by an upsurge […]

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Ethiopian army killed 122 Al-Shabab militants in Somalia: Sources

Horn Affairs Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 @ 12:01 pm by Fetsum Berhane Al-Shabaab lost several dozens fighters after an attack on an Ethiopian outpost of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The group attacked a military outpost in Halgan (Habden) town of central Somalia, around 300 km of capital Mogadishu, on Thursday, a […]

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Mogadishu attack: 10 dead after gunmen storm hotel

By Omar Nor, Joel Williams and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen set off an explosion and stormed a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, police said. At least 40 others were injured in the attack on Mogadishu’s Ambassador Hotel, according to Capt. Da’ud Hajji, a senior […]

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