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

United States | International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

United States – Today, we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. We renew our steadfast commitment to promoting a free and independent press and advocating for accountability against those who commit violence or other crimes against journalists. Commemorating this day is particularly important this year, as we continue to seek … Continue reading United States | International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

NAIROBI, Kenya  | At least 11 dead in suicide bombing in Somalia’s Baidoa

NAIROBI, Kenya  — A suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a restaurant in the Somali town of Baidoa and a grenade struck a hotel nearby, leaving at least 11 people dead and more than 10 wounded, authorities said Saturday. The death toll may rise, Col. Ahmed Muse told The Associated Press. Most of the … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya  | At least 11 dead in suicide bombing in Somalia’s Baidoa

JOHANNESBURG | Somalia says ‘no’ to al-Shabab defector’s run for office

JOHANNESBURG— Somalia’s government has issued a sharp “no” to the candidacy of a high-level al-Shabab defector for a regional presidency. A statement by the internal security ministry says Mukhtar Robow is not eligible to run for the leadership of the South West region because he is still under sanctions. Robow is the highest-ranking official to … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Somalia says ‘no’ to al-Shabab defector’s run for office

JOHANNESBURG | Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia leaders to meet in Asmara

JOHANNESBURG — Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somalia leaders are set to meet in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, furthering the diplomatic thaw in the strategic Horn of Africa region. By bringing together the leaders of former arch-foes in a summit Wednesday, Eritrea is building newly friendly relations with neighbors Ethiopia and Somalia. Ethiopia’s Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed arrived … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia leaders to meet in Asmara

NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital kills at least 6

NAIROBI, Kenya  — At least six people were killed, including two children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a district headquarters in Somalia’s capital, authorities said Sunday. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber tried to speed through a checkpoint but was stopped by security forces, prompting him to detonate the vehicle near … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital kills at least 6

NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital kills at least 3

NAIROBI, Kenya — At least six people were killed, including two children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a district headquarters in Somalia’s capital, authorities said Sunday. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber tried to speed through a checkpoint but was stopped by security forces, prompting him to detonate the vehicle near … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital kills at least 3

NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital wounds at least 4

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Somali police officer says at least four people are wounded after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the compound of a district headquarters in Somalia’s capital. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the bomber tried to speed through a checkpoint but was stopped by security forces, prompting him to detonate the … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital wounds at least 4

ROME | Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

ROME — A delegation from Italy’s rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly. The comments challenge Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister, who has declared that no migrants whom he considers “illegal” will set foot in a Sicilian … Continue reading ROME | Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

MOGADISHU, Somalia | 2 car bomb blasts kill 6 in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia  — Two car bombs hit Somalia on Sunday, killing six people. Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels claimed responsibility for the first suicide car bomb blast that that killed four people when it exploded near the gate of a military base in Afgoye town, 30 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab has claimed the … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | 2 car bomb blasts kill 6 in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Suicide car bomb hits military base in central Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle killing four people near the gate of a military base in Afgoye town, 30 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. Col. Ahmed Ali said that two of the dead were soldiers and fatalities could increase from the 10 injured … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Suicide car bomb hits military base in central Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Eritrea and Somalia restore ties, want UN sanctions lifted

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Eritrea and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations, both countries announced Monday in another thaw in the restive Horn of Africa region, while Somalia’s leader called for sanctions on Eritrea to be removed. Eritrea’s information minister shared the joint statement on Twitter as Somalia’s president ended a historic three-day visit to … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Eritrea and Somalia restore ties, want UN sanctions lifted

MOGADISHU, Somalia  | Eritrea says it and Somalia restore diplomatic ties

MOGADISHU, Somalia  — Eritrea says it and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations in another thaw in the restive Horn of Africa region. Eritrea’s information minister has announced the agreement on Twitter as Somalia’s president ends a historic three-day visit to one of the world’s most closed-off nations. There is no immediate comment from … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia  | Eritrea says it and Somalia restore diplomatic ties

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Somali leader makes 1st visit to Eritrea in diplomatic thaw

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Another diplomatic thaw was underway Saturday in the restless Horn of Africa region as Somalia’s president visited Eritrea for the first time and years of tensions gave way to an embrace. “Somalia is ready to write a new chapter of its relations with Eritrea,” Abdinur Mohamed, a spokesman for President Mohamed Abdullahi … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Somali leader makes 1st visit to Eritrea in diplomatic thaw

MOGADISHU, Somalia | Extremists attack Somali military base in country’s south

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali military officer says its troops have repulsed an extremist assault on a military base. Col. Ahmed Hassan said that the attack targeted a military base in Sanguni, a small village in southern Somalia. Hassan said the troops identified a car bomb and detonated it and then extremists on foot attacked … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | Extremists attack Somali military base in country’s south

U.S. Department of State News: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Shabaab

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The Department of State has amended the designation of al-Shabaab – an al-Qa’ida affiliate in Somalia – to include al-Hijra and other aliases.  These aliases have been added to al-Shabaab’s designations as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Shabaab

UN News: Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia

UNITED NATIONS – In the resolution, unanimously adopted, the Council also recalled its earlier decision to authorize the AU to reduce the Mission’s level of uniformed personnel to 20,626 by 30 October this year from 22,126 now; but to include a minimum of 1,040 AMISOM police personnel, including five specialist Formed Police Units. It also … Continue reading UN News: Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia | German nurse’s abduction in Somali capital raises fears

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As night fell, gunmen sneaked into the International Committee of the Red Cross compound in Somalia’s capital through a back door and seized a German nurse and a local colleague before forcing them outside and into a waiting car. The daring attack, carried out despite the presence of nearly 10 security … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | German nurse’s abduction in Somali capital raises fears

US airstrike in Somalia destroys vehicle carrying explosives

MOGADISHU, Somalia/January 03, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)—The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed two al-Shabab extremists and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives, “preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu.” The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred early Tuesday about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of the … Continue reading US airstrike in Somalia destroys vehicle carrying explosives

State Dept says Trump travel ban fully implemented

WASHINGTON/December 8, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — The State Department says President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. The announcement follows the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week to allow enforcement of the ban as it is challenged in lower courts. The department said … Continue reading State Dept says Trump travel ban fully implemented

Death toll from blast in Somalia’s capital rises to 189

MOGADISHU, Somalia/October 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said Sunday. Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burnt … Continue reading Death toll from blast in Somalia’s capital rises to 189

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

DJIBOUTI/April 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday. The attacks follow about a five-year respite for the region, where piracy had grown to crisis proportions during the 2010-2012 period, drawing the … Continue reading US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia