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After long break, US welcomes Somali ambassador

After long break, US welcomes Somali ambassador

The United States on Monday welcomed a new ambassador from Somalia — the first in over two decades. The State Department said the government of the troubled east African nation had sent Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. “We are pleased to announce the arrival of Ambassador Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, the first Somali ambassador to the […]

UNSOM Supports Screening of New SNA Recruits

UNSOM Supports Screening of New SNA Recruits

In light of the recent United Nation Report that alleged the presence of child soldiers within the Somali National Army (SNA) and militias allied with the army, the Somali government and the United Nation Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) begun the screening of recruits hoping to join the military. The recruitment exercise which began at […]

Kenya opposition demands troops quit Somalia after attacks

Kenya opposition demands troops quit Somalia after attacks

Kenya’s opposition leaders demanded on Monday the country withdraw troops from Somalia after a spate of bloody attacks by militants at home, but dropped a demand for talks with the government. Before the opposition rally began, police fired tear gas at protesters who chanted slogans against President Uhuru Kenyatta and clambered over statues in Nairobi’s […]

UN warns of Somalia’s worsening famine

UN warns of Somalia’s worsening famine

War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warns. “Somalia’s food security crisis is expected to worsen over the next several months following poor performance of the major rainy season, shrinking humanitarian assistance and access, increasing malnutrition, conflict […]

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on Somali Parliament

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on Somali Parliament

Mogadishu, 5 July 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the attack on the Somali Parliament and the many killings claimed by Al-Shabaab’s since the start of the holy month of Ramadan. “I condemn this morning’s attempted attack on Somalia’s Federal Parliament. I commend the bravery of […]

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns murder of Somali MP

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns murder of Somali MP

Mogadishu, 3 July 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the murder of Mohamed Mohamud ‘Hayd’, a Member of the Somali Federal Parliament, killed in Mogadishu today and expressed his deep concern regarding recent attacks in the city claimed by Al-Shabaab since the start of the holy […]

Al Shabaab militants kill Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu

Al Shabaab militants kill Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A Somali lawmaker and his bodyguard were killed in Mogadishu on Thursday when al Shabaab gunmen blocked their car and sprayed it with bullets, a fellow legislator said, the fifth such attack in as many days. The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist militants were pushed out of the capital by African peacekeeping forces in […]

U.N. sees warning signs of return to famine in Somalia

U.N. sees warning signs of return to famine in Somalia

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hunger is set to worsen in Somalia due to rising food prices, patchy rains and a lack of access to people in need, undermining efforts to rebuild the conflict-scarred country, senior U.N. officials said late on Wednesday. The last two rainy seasons, which people rely upon to grow food and […]

Exclusive: U.S. discloses secret Somalia military presence, up to 120 troops

Exclusive: U.S. discloses secret Somalia military presence, up to 120 troops

U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab, U.S. officials said. The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgement of a U.S. military presence in Somalia dating back since the U.S. […]

Defeating al-Shabab and dismembering Somalia

Defeating al-Shabab and dismembering Somalia

Will the current strategy of the Somali government and the international community bring peace to Somalia? Two years ago, the African Union Military Force (AMISOM) liberated the Somali capital, Mogadishu, from al-Shabab. More recently AMISOM and the Somali Army declared victories over al-Shabab by capturing major towns. The international community which supports AMISOM has touted […]

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