Somalia

WASHINGTON | US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise

WASHINGTON  — A spate of American airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia is the latest in a dramatic uptick in U.S. attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump took office. The weekend strikes, which killed 62 people, targeted al-Shabab militants who want to establish their own version of repressive Shariah law … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise

United States | Reestablishment of a Permanent Diplomatic Presence in Somalia

United States – On December 2, for the first time since the closure of the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu on January 5, 1991, the United States reestablished a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia. This historic event reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years and is another step forward in formalizing U.S. diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since … Continue reading United States | Reestablishment of a Permanent Diplomatic Presence in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya | Extremists kill Islamic leader and 17 followers in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya — A prominent Islamic leader and at least 17 of his followers have been killed by extremists in an attack in Somalia’s northern city of Galkayo, say police. Early Monday two suicide bombers exploded in front of the preacher’s residence, which is also a Sufi shrine, and then four gunmen stormed the building … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Extremists kill Islamic leader and 17 followers in Somalia

JOHANNESBURG | US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 7 extremists

JOHANNESBURG— The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in central Somalia targeting al-Shabab that killed seven extremists. The U.S. Africa Command statement says Tuesday’s airstrike occurred in Quy Cad in the Mudug region. The strike was carried out a day after two other U.S. airstrikes killed 37 extremists with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab. … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 7 extremists

WASHINGTON | US: 2 airstrikes killed 37 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. military says it killed a total of 37 Islamic extremists in two airstrikes in Somalia. U.S. Africa Command, which carries out counterterrorism missions in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa, said in a statement Tuesday that both airstrikes were conducted on Monday. It said 27 members of the al-Shabab extremist group were … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: 2 airstrikes killed 37 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

SYDNEY | The Latest: Vehicle in Australian attack held gas cylinders

SYDNEY  — The Latest on a knife attack in Melbourne (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Australian police say a pickup truck that caught fire in the country’s second-largest city contained several barbeque gas cylinders and was part of an apparent terrorist attack. Police said the driver got out of the vehicle, which then caught fire, … Continue reading SYDNEY | The Latest: Vehicle in Australian attack held gas cylinders