In ‘Default,’ Somali Pirates’ Demand Is for Coverage

In a morbid synthesis of two Paul Greengrass movies, “United 93” and “Captain Phillips,” the found-footage film “Default” imagines the hijacking of a United States news crew after a visit to the Seychelles. Somali pirates storm the crew’s plane; as the aircraft sits on the tarmac, the hijackers’ leader, Atlas (David Oyelowo), insists on having […]

AU Special Representative condemns last night’s suicide attack.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou has strongly condemned the vehicle borne suicide attack on Sunday night in a Mogadishu coffee shop by suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists which killed innocent civilians and wounded many others. A car filled with explosives parked outside a coffee […]

Somalia National Army and AMISOM forces liberate Bula-Gaduud town

Troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) together with the Somali National Army (SNA) have registered more success against the Al-Shabaab, with the capture of Bula-Gaduud town in the Lower Juba Region. Bula-Gaduud town is located approximately 30 km North of Kismayo along the Kismayo-Jamaame-Jilib road. The joint operation by AMISOM Kenya Defence […]

UAE distributes raw meat for over 4000 IDPs, poor families in the Somali capital during Eidul-adha (Press Release)

  Mogadishu :(08-10-2014)- The Red Crescent of the United Arab Emirates has carried out a program in which it was participating Eid-happiness with the internally displaced people and poor families in Mogadishu by giving them raw meat in the past three days. The agency implemented this program of distribution in Benader province, in particular, Hodan […]

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth visits Somalia

The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmed Alhendawi visited Mogadishu to discuss the role of youth in State Building and Peace Building initiatives and ways the UN can support government initiatives on youth. This two day visit consisted of series of meetings with the Speaker of the Parliament, Prime Minister, Minister […]

African Forces Plan Surge on Somali Militants’ Supply Routes

African troops in Somalia are planning a surge to free areas still controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants, with more than two-thirds of the country already liberated, government and African Union officials said. The multinational force is advancing on the al-Shabaab stronghold of Barawe at the coast, which the militant group uses as an operations and logistics […]

UN fears repeat of Somalia food shortages when thousands died

Famine is stalking Somalia after a year of poor rains and heavy fighting, with more than a million lives at risk and little sense of urgency from the international community, the top UN envoy to the country warned. Three years ago food shortages killed 260,000 people. Many of the warning signs ahead of that disaster […]

US marks Nairobi mall attack anniversary

The United States marked the anniversary Sunday of the Westgate Mall attack that killed 67 people in Nairobi, pledging to help Kenya fight extremist groups like the Shebab. “As a strong and enduring partner, we will continue to support the Kenyan people in their efforts to improve their security and confront terrorism,” National Security Council […]

Uganda arrests Somali Shabaab bombers

Ugandan police said Sunday that suspected Islamist Shabaab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks, as the U.S. embassy said the immediate threat had been “countered.” Police raids on Saturday came two weeks after Ugandan troops, fighting in Somalia, reportedly provided intelligence that helped U.S. Special Forces kill the Shabaab’s […]

Yemen and Somalia are examples of U.S. mission creep, not success

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria. U.S. action in Iraq will involve sustained targeted air strikes combined with ground offensives by […]

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