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Kenya church attacks ‘kill 16′ in Garissa

Kenya church attacks 'kill 16' in Garissa

NAIROBI — Sixteen people have been killed in attacks on churches in the Kenyan town of Garissa near Somalia, say the Kenyan Red Cross and a medical official. Regional deputy police chief Philip Ndolo said balaclava-clad “goons” attacked the town’s Catholic church and the African Inland Church (AIC). A combination of grenades and gunfire was […]


SOMALIA: Turkey succeeds where Western nations failed

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) welcomes Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed during an international conference on Somalia, in Istanbul last week

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) welcomes Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed during an international conference on Somalia, in Istanbul last week. (Osman Orsal/Reuters) MOGADISHU — In a sprawl of plastic refugee shelters and mortar-blasted buildings in Mogadishu, a mud-caked Turkish engineering team monitors the drilling of a new borehole while their armed guards chat […]


IN PICTURES: Operation Free Shabelle

Battle for Afgoye

Photo: Securing and delivering econonic revival to the 400,000 people of the Afgoye Corridor and beyond in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia (AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE). African Union troops in Somalia (AMISOM) on Friday secured the strategic-agricultural town of Afgoye, 30 kilometers North-west of Mogadishu, during a joint military operation by AMISOM […]


Somali government accused of misdirecting donor funds

Somalia's new Prime Minister Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed (© 2009 AFP)

NAIROBI — Hundreds of troops loyal to Somalia’s weak transitional government claim that they have not being paid for years despite Western nations pledging millions. Abdi Barre, a military spokesman, told Mogadishu-based Shabelle media that troops in Somalia’s central region of Gedo have not received any salary since the formation of former cleric Sheikh Sharif’s […]


Kenya blocks Somalia’s own troops for Mogadishu-battle

NAIROBI (Somalilandpress) — Somalia’s president wants thousands of troops trained in Kenya to be deployed to Mogadishu for an upcoming offensive against Islamist militants, but Kenya has denied the request — yet another complication for a military campaign that has already been delayed several times, officials said Tuesday. The fact that Kenya could veto Somali […]


Ethiopian troops cross into Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somalilandpress) — Ethiopian troops have crossed back into the northern regions of Bakool and Hiiraan in Somalia on Sunday, local residents confirm. Ethiopian troops return comes as Somali government launches a fresh offensive against Islamist insurgents in the south of the country vowing to drive them out. Residents in Elbarde and Yeed said that […]


Somalia: Some 350 Troops Complete Training in Djibouti

MOGADISHU, 17 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Djibouti prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita today attended the ceremony to mark the end of training of some 350 Somali soldiers by France. The charge d’affaires at the Somali embassy in Djibouti, Mr Abourhaman Mohamed Hirabe, the French ambassador, Mr Dominique Decherf, the chief of staff of French forces […]


African Union Sending More Troops To Somalia

Addis Ababa, Jul 8 2009 (Somalilandpress) — Somalia’s prime minister signaled his regime is expanding the 4, 300 strong African Union troops by several thousand as more are expected to arrive in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Abdirashid Ali did not say where the troops will come from, but sources close to the Prime Minister’s office have […]