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U.S. forces launch missile strike against Shebab leader in Somalia

The US military launched a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday targeting a suspected Shebab militant leader, defense officials said. One of the officials said an unmanned drone launched the missile in the late evening hours, but declined to confirm……

Kenya’s Westgate mall attackers spent four month’s planning in Nairobi

All four gunmen who attacked Kenya’s Westgate mall trained in Somalia before crossing into Kenya four months before the September massacre in which they also died, a Western official said Tuesday. crowded complex, firing from the hip and hurling grenades at shoppers and staff. Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed the attack,…

Westgate mall terrorist attack has roots in Kenya’s intervention in Somalia

The ongoing situation at the Westgate mall in Nairobi is the latest manifestation of the increasingly tangled ties between Kenya and its anarchic Horn of Africa neighbour Somalia. Somalia has been without a recognised central government since 1991, when President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown. The country has since splintered…

At least 39 dead in Nairobi mall attack, al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Somali militants claim responsibility

At least 39 people were killed when masked gunmen stormed an upscale Nairobi mall, Kenya’s president said on Saturday. Al Shabaab militants said the attack was retaliation for Kenya’s involvement fighting Islamists in neighbouring Somalia. Masked gunmen killed 39 people when they stormed an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenyan…

Terror attack on upscale Kenyan mall kills at least 30 (Updated)

At least 22 people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, after gunmen opened fire and threw grenades in an upmarket shopping centre. Witnesses said the men, brandishing AK-47s, told Muslims to leave and shot those they believed were non-Muslims. “We are treating this…

Somalia’s ‘New Deal’ to drive recovery from civil war

International donors met Monday to approve a “New Deal” for Somalia to drive its economic and political recovery after two decades of bloody civil war. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud faced one of “the most difficult challenges in the world”, EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton said as they went into…

Alabama-born Omar Hammami killed in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants in Somalia: witnesses

US Islamist fighting in Somalia was killed Thursday in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants, former comrades he had fallen out with, witnesses said. Alabama-born Omar Hammami — better known as Al-Amriki or “the American” — was one of the most prominent foreigners fighting in Somalia, and the US…

Female suicide bomber in Somalia kills 4, including 2 sports officials

A female suicide bomber blew herself up Wednesday during an address by Somalia’s prime minister in Mogadishu, killing four people, including the country’s Olympic and football bosses. The young woman detonated her suicide belt as Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was on the podium addressing 200 people at the Somali…

U.S. urges support for Somali areas seized from Shebab rebels

NAIROBI — The US special envoy for Somalia on Tuesday urged support for Somali regions seized from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels controlling swathes of territory, but now under pressure from regional armies. James Swan said local authorities should be bolstered in the Mogadishu outskirts recently captured by African Union forces,…

Pirate attacks drop but Somali threat remains high

LONDON — Pirate attacks dropped slightly in 2011 for the first time in five years thanks to increased security, but the situation off Somalia is a growing concern, a maritime watchdog said Thursday. Around the globe there were 439 recorded incidents of piracy and armed robbery last year, compared with…

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