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US targets leader of al-Shabaab with Somalia drone strike

US targets leader of al-Shabaab with Somalia drone strike

WASHINGTON – A U.S. drone targeted the leader of the Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group in a strike in southern Somalia on Monday, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. Officially, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby would not confirm that the strike, the results of which are still being assessed, had been successful. “We are […]

President of Somalia, Strongly Condemns Attack on NISA Facility in Mogadishu

President of Somalia, Strongly Condemns Attack on NISA Facility in Mogadishu

01 September 2014 Speaking in Ankara, Turkey, while attending the inauguration of the President of Turkey, HE the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud strongly condemned today’s attack by al Shabaab on the NISA Facility in Mogadishu. “Just before midday today, 31 August 2014, 7 members of al Shabaab attacked the National Intelligence & Security […]

Long time Secretary General elected Somali FA Boss

Long time Secretary General elected Somali FA Boss

Somali Football Federation’s long time secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab has been elected as the new president of the SFF during the 6th election congress held here in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday 31st of August 2014. Mr. Arab and the former SFF president were competing in the presidential election of the country’s football […]

International partners welcome reconciliation progress in Kismayo

International partners welcome reconciliation progress in Kismayo

Mogadishu, 31 August 2014 – The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and European Union (EU) welcomed the agreement by Col Barre Adan Shire (Barre Hiiraale) to participate in a reconciliation process and for his irregular military forces to present themselves for screening and potential integration into the Somali National Army (SNA) with the […]

UN, EU and USA Appeal for All Armed Forces to Withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

UN, EU and USA Appeal for All Armed Forces to Withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

United States Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty, UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay and European Union Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces and the resultant conflict within Saaxdheer, Sool Region. We call for the immediate withdrawal of forces from Saaxdheer, and the immediate release of all […]

Somalia asks UN court to determine its maritime boundary with Kenya in Indian Ocean

Somalia asks UN court to determine its maritime boundary with Kenya in Indian Ocean

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Somalia has asked the United Nations’ highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya. Somalia filed the case Thursday with the International Court of Justice, contending that both countries recognize its jurisdiction to settle the disputed border. Somalia’s application to […]

Nine killed in fighting between rival regions in north Somalia

Nine killed in fighting between rival regions in north Somalia

At least nine people were killed in fighting on Thursday between rival areas in Somalia’s usually calm Somaliland region, residents said, highlighting the fragility of security improvements anywhere in the Horn of Africa nation. Somaliland forces launched an offensive on a town where people had inaugurated a man they said was president of the newly […]

How Britain’s ban on khat created a supply glut in Somalia

How Britain’s ban on khat created a supply glut in Somalia

“The president has arrived, the president has arrived,” chant youths in Mogadishu’s Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng. The joking salutation is not for Somalia’s president, but hails white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across […]

Minister under pressure after homeless refugee dies in garage squat

Minister under pressure after homeless refugee dies in garage squat

Junior justice minister Fred Teeven is facing questions in parliament after the death of a failed Somali asylum seeker in Amsterdam. Opposition MPs are calling on Teeven to organise ‘bed, a bath and bread’ for a group of around 100 asylum seekers who have lost their right to stay in the Netherlands and are currently […]

Building a literary tradition in a land with no alphabet

Building a literary tradition in a land with no alphabet

Hargeisa, Somaliland (CNN) — In 1856, British explorer Richard Burton described Somalia as a nation of poets. It may seem an unlikely moniker for a country that has since become defined by piracy, state collapse, and the many horrors unleashed by Al-Shabaab — the Islamic extremists who control much of the country. But, much has […]

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