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AU confirms ISIS infiltration in countries, including Somalia

AU confirms ISIS infiltration in countries, including Somalia

Islamic State has come to be known as the most dangerous jihadist groups, after making gains in Syria and Iraq in the recent past.
The group, initially known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), was formed …

Al-Shabaab attacks separate military bases in Lower Shabelle region

Al-Shabaab attacks separate military bases in Lower Shabelle region

The Al Qaeda-allied Al-Shabaab militants have launched well-organized overnight attacks on several Somali military bases in the country’s southern volatile Lower Shabelle region.
The first attack took place…

Somali PM appoints new ministers

Somali PM appoints new ministers

Thursday May 24, 2018

MOGADISHU (HOL) – Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheire has nominated thirteen individuals to fill the vacant Cabinet slots on Thursday morning.
The PM appointed six ministers, five assistant ministers and two state ministers…

Korea announces $5-billion financial package for Africa at African Development Bank Annual Meetings

Korea announces $5-billion financial package for Africa at African Development Bank Annual Meetings

Thursday May 24, 2018

The Bank and the Republic of Korea also signed an agreement with the intent to provide up to $600 million towards the energy sector BUSAN, Republic of Korea — The Government of Korea and the African Development Bank have i…

Puntland parliamentarian shot dead in Galkayo, central Somalia

Puntland parliamentarian shot dead in Galkayo, central Somalia

Suspected al-Shabaab gunmen killed a member of parliament in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland state late Wednesday, officials said.
Mohamud Ali, a police officer in Galkayo town, told the media by phone that A…

Somali PM Hassan Ali Khaire names new ministers

Somali PM Hassan Ali Khaire names new ministers

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheire on Wednesday night appointed new ministers after several ministers and assistants resigned from their posts for various reasons.
The names of the ministers appointed are as foll…

Heavy fighting between Puntland and Somaliland erupts in Tukaraq

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A heavy fighting between Puntland and Somaliland regional forces has erupted on Thursday morning in Tukarak area of Sool region, military sources confirmed to Radio Shabelle.
The post Heavy fighting between Puntlan…

St. Thomas grad gets master's degree a day after giving birth

St. Thomas grad gets master's degree a day after giving birth

Thursday May 24, 2018 [embedded content] ST. PAUL, Minn. – It was a big weekend for a University of St. Thomas graduate student. Zeinab
Abdalla gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Friday, then — not even
24 hours later — she walked in St. Thomas’ …

Breaking:Fighting between Puntland and Somaliland forces reignites in Tukaraq town

Breaking:Fighting between Puntland and Somaliland forces reignites in Tukaraq town

Hiiraan Online
Thursday May 24, 2018

Mogadishu (HOL) – Fighting between forces loyal to Puntland State and the breakaway Somaliland escalated in the disputed region of Sool in northern Somalia.

The battle which broke out early Thursday morning in Tukaraq town is reported to be ongoing.

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Reports say both armed factions from Puntland and Somaliland are engaging in heavy artillery fire as hundreds of the residents started fleeing from their homes.

Leaders from both sides have traded accusations over the conflict.

The clashes come barely ten days after over 20 combatants from both sides were killed and dozens other sustained injuries in Tukaraq town following fierce fighting.

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US Military reviews possible civilian casualties in Yemen, Somalia

US Military reviews possible civilian casualties in Yemen, Somalia


Thursday May 24, 2018

Two US military regional combatant commands, CENTCOM and AFRICOM, acknowledged reports of civilian casualties and are reviewing separate recent operations following allegations of civilian deaths.

In a press release last week, US Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) acknowledged reports of civilian casualties in a March 29 strike targeting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Bayda governorate. A “credibility assessment” is currently underway.

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Separately, US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) is reviewing an operation against Shabaab in Somalia following reports of civilians causalities. According to a press release earlier this month, US forces participated in a Somali-led operation near Bulcida on May 9 that resulted in the capture of three Shabaab leaders. The US forces were serving in an advise-and-assist capacity.

American forces participated in a raid that captured three Shabaab commanders on that date, according to a Somali intelligence official quoted by the Associated Press. According to the same report, the raid also killed five civilians believed to be banana farmers.

An AFRICOM press release acknowledged the reports of civilian casualties: “We take these reports seriously. As with any allegations of civilian casualties we receive, U.S. Africa Command will review any information it has about the incident, including any relevant information provided by third parties,” the AFRICOM statement said.

The US did not conduct any air strikes in association with this operation, AFRICOM Media Relations Officer Samantha Reho told FDD’s Long War Journal. The US has conducted a total of thirteen strikes in Somalia in 2018, all of which have targeted Shabaab.

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