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Pentagon Says Shabab Bomb Specialist Is Killed in Missile Strike in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The United States military carried out a missile strike against a top Shabab operative in Somalia on Monday, according to Defense Department officials, three weeks after a Navy SEAL raid in another part of the country failed to capture a senior leader of the Somali Islamic militant group. The American strike is the latest evidence that the Obama ...

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Somali Militants Mixing Business and Terror

NAIROBI, Kenya — Illicit ivory, kidnappings, piracy ransoms, smuggled charcoal, extorted payments from aid organizations and even fake charity drives pretending to collect money for the poor — the Shabab militant group has shifted from one illegal business to another, drawing money from East Africa’s underworld to finance attacks like the recent deadly siege at a Nairobi shopping mall. Now ...

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Combating Corruption in Somalia

In the wake of the barbarous attack on Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall last month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants decisive action against the group responsible for at least 67 deaths, the Somalia-based al-Shabaab. He proposes adding 4,000 African Union troops to the 18,000 already in Somalia and providing the forces with attack helicopters and other advanced equipment so they ...

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Deputy UN Chief visits Somalia to show solidarity with people, gov”t – UN

UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu earlier today to show solidarity with the people and Government at this crucial time, the UN press office said in a statement. He held meetings in Villa Somalia, the seat of the Federal Government, with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Speaker of the Federal Parliament Mohammad Sheikh Osman Jawari ...

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Somali radio station raided by army

Somali government security forces have raided Shabelle Radio station in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Al Jazeera has learned. The Somali-owned private station, considered the most popular and influential domestic station in the country, went off air shortly after the raid on Saturday. According to the government, the station was shut down because it was occupying a government building that needed ...

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British links to al-Shabab revealed

The names of almost 50 people from Britain who have links to al-Shabab – and related organisations – have been established by the BBC Most of those on the list travelled to Somalia to fight or attempted to do so. Somali-based militants al-Shabab carried out the deadly attack on the Westgate mall in neighbouring Kenya. Lawyers for the family of ...

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One month after Westgate attack, Kenya police still abusing Somali Muslims

NAIROBI, Kenya — In the middle of a crowded downtown street stand two hundred men and women, listening to a religious debate between a Muslim cleric and a Christian priest. The two take turns shouting into a microphone that amplifies their voices to the curious onlookers: ‘The Bible says…’ the priest begins. The cleric responds, “The Koran says…” and so ...

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AU cites war on terror in plea for Kenya deferral

The African Union on Tuesday cited Kenya’s status as “a frontline state in the fight against terrorism” in a formal plea to the United Nations Security Council for deferral of the International Criminal Court cases against Kenya’s leaders. The proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto “may pose a threat to the ongoing efforts in the promotion ...

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Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opens in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – A new museum showcasing Somali art and culture is now open in the Twin Cities. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opened Saturday and features paintings of nomadic life and photos of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu along with traditional rugs, ancient writing tablets and lots of items made from animal skins. Twin Cities businessman and restaurant owner Osman Ali ...

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Meet the British al-Qaeda ‘supergrass’ dishing the dirt on terrorists

A British man with connections to al-Qaeda terrorist branches has been revealed as the “supergrass” who is helping British and U.S. intelligence officials fight terrorism across the Middle East and North Africa. Ahmed Warsame, 27, reportedly has links to an al-Shabaab chief known as Ikrima. He is also believed to have links with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Ikrima is ...

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One suspect in Kenya mall attack identified as Norwegian-Somali national

NAIROBI, Kenya — Almost one month after gunmen attacked an upscale mall in Kenya, one of them has been identified as a Norwegian-Somali, officials said Friday, as charred body parts taken from a collapsed portion of the shopping centre awaited forensics analysis to determine if they were the remains of the assailants. The suspect was identified as Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, ...

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Somali actors get a shot at the big-time

When Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in a Tom Hanks movie they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean. “It was exciting,” Abdi recalls of that day on the beach in Santa Monica “We had to make sure that wasn’t a dream.” Abdi and his fellow ...

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