26 September 2021
US Kills 8 al-Shabab Fighters in 2 Airstrikes Amid Troop Reduction in Somalia
Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew to the Middle East today from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, the second deterrence mission against Iran in recent weeks and comes on the same day U.S. drones attacked al-Qaeda-linked 'explosives experts' in Somalia
9 month ago
Senior Al-Shabaab leader captured in southern Somalia
Two men, Omar Aden Mohamed Abdulle Ahmed Mudey, appeared before a military tribunal in Mogadishu charged with Al-Shabaab membership and murder. Their lawyer denies the charges against them and asks for psychiatric evaluation of the defendants.
Armed confrontation b/w two regional forces in Wanlawayn town leaves at least 4 dead, reports. Reports say members of traffic police and regular police clashed over a checkpoint erected in Wanlawayn, Lower Shabelle. No reaction yet from Southwest Admin
Somalia: At least five military personnel were killed in an ambush by gunmen near the town of Guri-El in Galmudug administration late Wednesday, reports. The attack happened as the personnel were returning from officer training workshop in Gur-El, some 450km north of Mogadishu
Reports of gunfire in Arwo Itko area of Mogadishu. Unclear who is fighting who
Final communique, Somalia Partnership Forum: "Continued inclusive dialogue to build on the consensus-based agreement is necessary to ensure the timely implementation of credible and acceptable elections in order to preserve the Somali tradition of peaceful transfer of power"
Putting journalists in prison no longer acceptable - @NBerlangaEU tells Somali leaders
Somalia's presidential opposition candidates announce a parallel Federal Election Commision naming 22 members two days after the disputed national electoral committee cgose a chair
From Dec 13, Kenyan nationals travelling to Somalia are required to obtain visas from the Somali embassy in Nairobi before arriving in the country; holders of diplomatic Kenyan passports must also obtain prior approval from @MofaSomalia of their travels
The Somali Partnership Forum, an event that brings together national and int'l stakeholders opens in Mogadishu. Participants discussed federal govt priorities including security, elections, constitution issues, Covid-19 were discussed, reports. A communique is to be issued later
The federal govt of Somalia welcomes efforts to mediate between Gulf countries. the gulf between stakeholders in Somalia continues
Jubbaland statement on election process
Turkey military training efforts in Somalia are full speed ahead. Some 2500 graduates thus far, as Ankara aim for 10,000. Somali battalions also sent to Turkey for elite training. The entire US IMET program only trains 5000 globally per year
Spokesperson for 14 presidential candidates in Somalia says they've appointed a "national salvation electoral committee", essentially a parallel committee to work on holding elections. It followed after the disputed national electoral committee chose a chair earlier today
Colonel Ahmed Abdullahi Sheikh, former commander of Somalia's American-trained commando unit, the Danab, said a U.S. withdrawal would be a setback for efforts to stabilize the country. Al-Shabaab will claim the withdrawal as victory, he said
Withdrawal of US troops from Somalia is a gift to Al-Qaeda, says Congressman Jim Langevin
"The forces re-positioning from Somalia are moving to partner countries elsewhere in the region to accomplish their missions," U.S. Africa Command spokesman says. "The U.S. military is not withdrawing from East Africa
US to withdraw nearly all troops from Somalia by jan 15, leaving small presence in Mogadishu: US Defense official
The @DeptofDefense announced late Friday that President Trump has ordered "the majority" of the ~700 US troops in Somalia to leave the country "by early 2021," in what is just the latest major military policy decision being taken in the final days of the Trump Administration
Clan militias clash with security forces in Beledweyne town as some residents took to the street in opposition to a reported visit from the federal govt-supported leader of Hirshabelle regional admin. Beledweyne residents say recent election of Ali Gudlawe violates power-sharing
Somalia electoral process agreed between the federal govt and regions comes to an impasse due to the ongoing dispute over the composition of electoral, and disputes commissions. There are also disagreements over the election process of Somaliland MPs and Gedo
9 month ago
3 federal soldiers from the 60th Division were killed, one escaped during an encounter with Al-Shabaab in Daynunay area near Baidoa. The 4 soldiers left their base in attempt to reach Baidoa but were ambushed by Shabaab. Officials could not be reached to comment on what happened
Kenya: Al-Shabaab suspected militants attacked a police base in Garissa on Wednesday, destroyed an arsenal and shot a policeman, seriously injuring him
Air Djibouti plane suffers landing gear collapse on landing at Garowe airport, Somalia. The flight headed from Djibouti to Mogadishu with stop at Hargeysa and Garowe. No casualties reported9 month ago
Air Djibouti plane suffers landing gear collapse on landing at Garowe airport, Somalia. The flight headed from Djibouti to Mogadishu with stop at Hargeysa and Garowe. No casualties reported
In a new war of words, a Somali minister accuses Kenya of treating Somalia "the way Tigray (leadership) did to us"
Somalia: Opposition presidential candidates expressed concern at federal govt's recent decision to recall Amb to Kenya, a move they see being used as an "election campiagn"; worried negative impact on Somali businesses, students, travellers and refugees in Kenya - statement
Somalia is running for the post of Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, sources. Amb to China @Awalekullane is Somalia's candidate for the post. Djibouti's Hasna Barkat Daoud also running. Election is to be held in Feb 2021. It is the 1st time Somalia is running for this post
Huge protests held in Bosaaso as local residents are calling on Somali president @M_Farmaajo to save them from Said Deni of Puntland and DP world - based in Dubai9 month ago
Huge protests held in Bosaaso as local residents are calling on Somali president @M_Farmaajo to save them from Said Deni of Puntland and DP world - based in Dubai
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