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Amid security challenges, Somalia removes 1,500 intel officers

Somalia’s intelligence chief fired 1,500 intelligence officers including the Mogadishu chief in a new major shakeup of the country’s spy agency which is struggling to contain a deadly insurgency by al-Shabab militants, sources told Alleastafrica Saturday. Gen. Abdullahi Gafow told the officers to abandon their positions, accusing them of failing to perform their duties, saying […]

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Terror suspect sentenced to 20 years in prison

Mandera attack suspect Abdirazak Muktar Edow has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Muktar was sentenced after he was found guilty of 7 out of 8 counts of terrorism related activities. The 24 year old appeared before magistrate Joyce Gandani who while delivering the ruling stated that the evidence before her led her to […]

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119 Somali pirates plead guilty; 50 of them face death sentence

In a major turn of events, the 119 Somali pirates nabbed in four operations by the Coast Guard and Navy off Lakshadweep in 2011-12, have pleaded guilty to offences against them. Special public prosecutor Renjeet Sangle will file a reply next week. The accused said their previous plea of not guilty may be disregarded. This comes at […]

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Miraa cartels will kill me, Munya says after being blamed for ban

Meru Governor Peter Munya has said his life is in danger after he was blamed for a ban on miraa flights to Somalia. A combative Mr Munya said miraa cartels are likely to “trail and kill him” after Somali Ambassador to Kenya Gamal Hassan said he was to blame for the ban that took effect […]

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Somali government confirms Sakow raid, affirms key Al-Shabaab leaders felled

US trained Somali forces have killed several Al-Shabab fighters including senior commanders and Al-Shabaab technical vehicles destroyed during covert operations in southern Somalia, Defense ministry said Tuesday. In a statement to newsrooms, the Defence Ministry confirmed its elite forces carried out clandestine operations in Sakow town inflicting heavy losses on the militant group in a sustained […]

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Somali commandos destroy Al-Shabaab base in Southern Somalia-Defence HQs

Somali government said on Tuesday  that its elite forces destroyed several military sites in Middle Jubba where Al-Shabaab used to organise attacks against the government and the African Union forces. Somali Ministry for Defense said US trained Somali Commandos (Danab) carried out operations in Sanguni town where the forces destroyed training bases. “We were able […]

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Somali Govenmenta Welcomes The New US Amb to Somalia

The Government of Federal Republic of Somalia is honored to welcome H.E. Ambassador Stephen M. Schwartz to his new post as the Ambassador of the United States to Somalia. Ambassador Stephen M. Schwartz is the first Ambassador from the United States since 1991. His appointment is evidence of the further strengthening of bilateral relations between […]

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UAE warns against travel to 3 more countries

UAE nationals warned against travelling to Somalia, Afghanistan, South Sudan. UAE nationals have been warned against travelling to three more destinations outside the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region due to security concerns. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE issued a warning on Sunday advising citizens not to travel to Somalia, Afghanistan and South […]

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Puntland Captures Ethiopian migrants in Bosaso city

A police officer says Puntland security forces have detained hundreds of Ethiopian migrants heading to Yemen in the coastal city of Bosaso on Saturday. Col Abdihakin Hussein, the police boss of Bar region, told reporters that the army netted 200 of people, including Somalis who were trying to depart from Bosaso coast. Hussein said the […]

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Somali National Forum to kick off today in Mogadishu

Somali National Consultative Forum is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday in Mogadishu amid concerns over  poll delay continue to emerge. Somali federal, regional state leaders will be attending the NCF to iron out the wide range issue about Somalia’s upcoming elections. Among the issues on the table are number of elders to take part […]

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