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PFDJ’s Expensive Lobby Campaign: Offering Whatever is Left of its Services for Hire

Note to our readers: We are including here another article written by guest contributor David Elias. His articles on Eritrean President Isias Afewerki have generated a great deal of discussion. Please us the comments section to voice your opinion.           Eritrea’s Trifecta: Bronwyn Bruton, Isias Afewerki, Henry “Hank” Cohen David Elias […]

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A VIEW FROM THE CT FOXHOLE: BRIGADIER GENERAL DONALD C. BOLDUC, COMMANDER, SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AFRICA

Author(s): Brian Dodwell Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc has served as Commander, Special Operations Command Africa, since April 2015. His command assignments include Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan; Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force – Afghanistan; 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Afghanistan; C Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and […]

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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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‘State sponsor of terror’ Sudan seeks role as U.S. ally in Islamic State fight

By Carlo Muñoz – The Washington Times  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Sudan is eager to forge closer ties with American and European intelligence agencies, possibly acting as a hub for Western-led counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State and other indigenous Islamic extremist groups, in a bid to ease U.S. economic sanctions that have been in place for […]

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The Good Wife in Somaliland

New York Times Photo CreditIllustration by Melinda Josie One August afternoon last year, waiting in the polished lobby of the Maan-Soor Hotel in Hargeisa, Somaliland, I wondered if it wasn’t too late to cancel the appointment I had made. I had been returning to the city of my birth regularly for the past eight years, […]

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ISIS celebrates its first-ever attack in Somalia

GILAD SHILOACH The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terror attack in Somalia—its first-ever attack in the East African nation. In an official statement circulated by the group’s supporters on Twitter and Telegram, ISIS said its fighters detonated a car bomb targeting forces belonging to the African Union Forces—peacekeeping troops—on the outskirts of the capital […]

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THE RESILIENCE OF AL-SHABAAB

From West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center Author(s): Christopher Anzalone Abstract: In the face of major territorial, military, and economic setbacks, the Somali insurgent-jihadi group al-Shabaab has proven remarkably resilient thanks to pragmatic decision-making and skilled tactical maneuvering. With strong interpersonal ties and a capable internal security network, the group’s senior leadership continues to maintain overall […]

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Militant Groups Compete for Notoriety in East Africa

Militant Groups Compete for Notoriety in East Africa By JEFFREY GETTLEMANAPRIL 12, 2016 Members of the Kenya Defense Forces carried the coffins of soldiers killed during an attack by the Shabab on a military base in western Somalia. CreditThomas Mukoya/Reuters NAIROBI, Kenya — Apparently there is no brotherly love among East Africa’s Islamist militants. This […]

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Africa’s $700 Billion Problem Waiting to Happen

The Horn of Africa region is central to the world’s maritime trade. It’s also beginning to fall apart. BY ALEX DE WAAL Back in 2002, Meles Zenawi, then prime minister of Ethiopia, drafted a foreign policy and national security white paper for his country. Before finalizing it, he confided to me a “nightmare scenario” — […]

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Hassan al-Turabi’s Islamist Legacy in Sudan

From International Crisis Group By Magnus Taylor Leading Sudanese opposition figure Hassan al-Turabi gestures during an interview in Khartoum on 3 October 2012. REUTERS/Stringer Leading Sudanese opposition figure Hassan al-Turabi gestures during an interview in Khartoum on 3 October 2012. REUTERS/Stringer The death of Sheikh Hassan al-Turabi on Saturday marks the eclipse of a radical […]

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