Tag Archive | Terrorism

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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Eritrea’s Military Got Help From U.A.E., Foreign Firms, UN Says

By Nizar Manek November 12, 2017, 12:53 AM EST Gulf nation reportedly setting up base in Horn of Africa Assistance would violate eight-year UN arms embargo on Eritrea Emirati armed forces show their skills during a military show at the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. […]

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What Trump’s stance on Africa means for continental security efforts

From the Institute of Security Studies America’s preference for cost-saving at the UN while pursuing bilateral approaches is affecting African peacekeeping. 06 NOV 2017  /  BY OMAR S MAHMOOD AND NDUBUISI CHRISTIAN ANI When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States (US) in January, many wondered what his administration’s policy towards Africa would be. Ten months later, it […]

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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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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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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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Eritrea’s Perpetual Winter

By The Strathink Editorial Team Last week there were reports that 20 members of a rebel movement—known as the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM)—had been captured while attempting to attack the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The dam, now close to completion, is expected to quadruple Ethiopia’s current electricity and export […]

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Donald Trump and Africa

From the Brookings Institution Witney Schneidman For Africa, at stake in this election of Donald Trump is the strong bipartisan consensus in Congress that has been the cornerstone of U.S. policy toward the continent for the last three administrations. This consensus, supported by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, was predicated on the notion that Africa […]

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UN renews Somalia-Eritrea arms embargo

By Associated Press November 10 at 3:01 PM UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has renewed an arms embargo on Somalia and Eritrea citing a continuing threat from al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants. The 15-member council on Thursday approved the renewal of sanctions with 10 nations voting in favor and five abstaining. “The sanctions are preventing […]

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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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