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Suspected al-Shabab attackers behead 3 in Kenya’s Lamu


Suspected members of Somalia’s al-Shabab armed group beheaded at least three men in an attack on a Kenyan village. “They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies,” a police source told Reuters news agency, asking not to be named. Police said four bodies had been found at Maleli village in Kenya’s coastal county of ...

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US says airstrikes kill 7 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia


The U.S. military said Thursday it has killed seven al-Shabab fighters in a series of airstrikes in Somalia as the Trump administration steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. A statement from the U.S. African Command said the three airstrikes were carried out Wednesday and Thursday in Jilib, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southwest of Somalia’s ...

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Turkish students leave for Somalia on Africa project


A group of Turkish students set off for Somalia on Tuesday to participate in an exchange program. The program has been organized by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Agency and Turkish Radio and Television (TRT). Omerul Faruk Kaya, who studies public finance at Istanbul University said in the 10 days he spends in Somalia, he will ...

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Russian Navy vs. Somali pirates


Somali pirates attempt to take over a ship under protection of the Russian Navy. It doesn’t go well for the pirates. This video is from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Humans at Sea. Why would anyone in Somalia turn to piracy? In this 2014 article from The Telegraph a former kidnap victim named Colin Freeman explains: “Young people get ...

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An Ex-Shabab Leader Surrenders in Somalia, Officials Say


Abu Mansoor Mukhtar Robow, an elusive, charismatic militant who was once a senior commander of Al Shabab in Somalia, surrendered to government forces on Sunday in a surprise move that could weaken the country’s Islamist militants. More than any deep change of heart, Mr. Robow may have turned himself in simply to save his skin. According to Somali security officials, ...

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Somali ‘Pirates’: 27 sentenced to 7 yrs in jail


The men have been convicted under charges, including attempt to murder, kidnapping and relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act. They were acquitted of charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder and kidnapping for ransom. In the third case involving Somali pirates, 27 men were convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a sessions ...

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Clashes in Somalia kill 19


MOGADISHU, Somalia At least 19 people including Al-Shabaab militants were killed and several others injured as a fierce fighting broke out in Somalia’s South West State, government officials said Thursday. Mohammed Hasan Fiqi, acting president for the state, said that the fighting which continued all through Wednesday in the Bakool region, killed 13 Al-Shabaab and six Abu Mansoor militants. Abdirasak ...

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Turkey’s Military to Move Into Somalia After Backing Qatar in Gulf crisis


Turkey is set to open the largest military camp in Somalia, where locals are battling an Islamist militant group in addition to drought and disease. Somali Defense Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed said the camp would open next month, after two years of construction, and would be equipped to host up to 1,500 troops at one time, making it the largest ...

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Blast rocks Bloomington Islamic center


Early morning worshipers at a Bloomington mosque were shaken Saturday by an explosion that blew out windows in the imam’s office. The blast was reported at the Dar AL Farooq Islami Center at 5:05 a.m., a time when 15 to 20 people were gathered for morning prayers. No one was hurt, and damage was largely confined to the imam’s office, ...

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Somaliland:Events have Consequences


When it comes to matters of religious belief it is worth noting that Somaliland is a remarkably homogeneous society. Traditionally the Sunni Islam as practiced in the Horn of Africa has been viewed as moderate in nature, with elements of Sufism being common right across the Horn and the Greater Horn. In recent years, change has been afoot, largely due ...

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