Eleven people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu; a man was also beheaded. Insurgents warned private radio stations to stop playing music in Mogadishu. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a fighters have taken control of a district in the Middle Shabelle region from Shabaab. President Barack Obama announced an executive order blocking Shabaab’s assets in the US.
A US warship captured six pirates after a firefight and destroyed their skiff off the Horn of Africa. A Turkish cargo vessel seized three days ago has been abandoned by pirates; all 25 crewmen are unharmed.
Shabaab has taken the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) off the air in regions under its control and has looted the transmission equipment. Last week Hizbul Islam ordered Mogadishu-based radio stations to stop broadcasting music within 10 days.
Shabaab fighters raided a UN base in southern Somalia. For the second time in a week, Hizbul Islam invited Osama bin Laden to Somalia: “Seeing Osama in Somalia will be a triumph for the Muslims in Somalia, and in fact we shall be the happiest people on the planet,” said Sheikh Mohammed Wehliye Odowa. Three […]
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s leadership reportedly moved its military base temporarily from Yemen to Somalia. Sheikh Ali Mohamud Raghe “Ali Dhere”, the spokesman of Shabaab, swore that the group will capture Mogadishu before the European Union trained forces in Uganda reach the capital. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a and Shabaab fought over the Mataban […]
“We have beheaded and shot dead at least 680”
The government appointed a Shabaab sympathizer as envoy to the US. Shabaab reportedly sent 2,000 fighters with armored vehicles to the central town of Dhusamareb, where the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a has imposed a curfew. At least 16 people were killed in clashes between rival clans in central Somalia. Pirates hijacked an Indian […]
India is attempting to trace the whereabouts of nearly 100 sailors on seven Indian vessels taken captive by pirates off the Somali coast. Shabaab fighters in the coastal town of Marka claimed that they hit a helicopter with rockets. Kenya denied a Somali request for thousands of troops trained in Kenya to be deployed to […]
Hundreds of people protested against Shabaab in Mogadishu.”
Shabaab claimed responsibility for killing a senior Somali government official in Mogadishu. Three people were killed in clashes between soldiers and armed protesters opposing the demolition of their houses near Mogadishu’s main airport. Israeli security guards on board a ship repelled an attempted hijacking off Somalia for the second time in a week.
Two civilians were killed in a mortar attack in the northern part of Mogadishu. Somali police demolished several homesteads built near the Mogadishu Airport after reports emerged that they were built and used by Shabaab to carry out attacks. A Toronto student reported dead in Somalia was a blog author who posted the extremist propaganda […]
Five civilians were killed in heavy shelling in Mogadishu. Kenyan police arrested a Somali-American as he and two associates attempted to fly to Somalia. Hashi Hussein Farah, who escaped from Kenya last weekend, is believed to be a major al Qaeda-linked fundraiser for Shabaab. The government is planning to launch its offensive to retain the […]
The United States denied helping Somalia’s government launch an offensive against Shabaab, saying it had no plans to “Americanize” the conflict. Fighting between two clans over water killed 11 people in Galgaduud region. The French navy handed over 22 suspected pirates to semi-autonomous Puntland’s authorities to be arraigned in local courts.
In Mogadishu, Shabaab fighters attacked government positions near the president’s palace as the death toll reached 60 during the third day of fighting. Government soldiers backed by AMISOM troops crossed into the Shabaab-held district of Karan and killed a Kenyan al Qaeda leader. Shabaab mined the roadways and is reported to have entrenched in the […]
A businessman strongly linked to Shabaab has been a contractor for the World Food Program and UNICEF, a UN report said. He has pocketed $1.36 million ransom for the release of kidnapped aid workers, has been the financier of Shabaab in Baidoa and was involved in the looting of the UN compound, and is a […]
Fighting between government forces and Shabaab fighters in the north of Mogadishu killed 17 people, including a “white Shabaab member.” Shabaab beheaded two employees of a telecommunications company in the capital accused of spying. As much as half the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted to a web of corrupt contractors, radical Islamist militants, […]
Gunmen shot and killed senior Hizbul Islam official Bare Ali Bare in central Bakara market in Mogadishu; Hizbul Islam fighters killed four Shabaab members in revenge. Bare declared that his group Ras Kamboni did not merge with Shabaab. The most senior figure of al Qaeda in Nigeria, Ibrahim Haman Ahmed, was extradited to the US. […]
The US is aiding Somalia in its plan to retake Mogadishu and has provided covert training, aerial surveillance, fuel, and money for weapons. A foreign official of Shabaab, Abdiqadir Al Muqraawi, was wounded by soldiers in Mogadishu and has died while he was being taken to Kismayo. A 12-year-old boy defected from Hizbul Islam and […]
Fourteen people were killed in fighting between the Quebys and Suleyman clans in central Somalia. AMISOM troops clashed with Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu. Gunmen killed a businessman in Galkayo. A French warship arrested 11 suspected pirates and destroyed their vessels. Pirates seized a Norwegian oil tanker.
The Somali president held a press conference and called on Shabaab and Hizbul Islam to join the government. Shabaab destroyed revered graves in Baidoa. A new Chinese naval task force with a crew of more than 800, including a special forces unit and two ship-borne helicopters, is sailing to Somali waters. Private security guards aboard […]
Seventeen people were killed in the last 24 hours in heavy fighting between rebel fighters and government troops backed by African Union forces in Mogadishu. The fighting erupted in the capital™s Hodan district where government forces carried out surprise attacks on Shabaab positions. Pirates hijacked a Saudi-owned ship and seized a fishing vessel in the […]
The British government said it was going to ban Shabaab; the group could be active among Britain’s large and socially deprived community of Somali refugees. At least eight people were killed in heavy fighting and artillery shelling in Mogadishu. Three UN trucks and their drivers were being held in the pirate town of Eyl after […]
A Danish destroyer sunk a pirate mothership in the Indian Ocean after allowing the crew to leave. Four civilians were killed in heavy fire exchange between gunmen in Galkayo. A revered clan elder has been kidnapped in Jowhar. Hizbul Islam leader Sheikh Ahmed Madobe vowed to intensify the fight against Shabaab. “We will target Shabaab […]
More than 10 top Shabaab officials, including among others Sheikh Hassan Abdullahi al Turki, who recently joined, and Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, held a closed-door meeting in Kismayo. Shabaab has announced it will ban World Food Programme (WFP) operations in Somalia, “generally starting from today,” a statement read. Pirates have freed a Greek-owned cargo […]
US authorities have arrested and charged a Virginia man with trying to help nearly 300 Somali people illegally enter the United States. Unidentified gunmen killed a deputy commissioner in the Mudug region in central Somalia. Shabaab™s spokesman in Mogadishu, Sheikh Ali Mohammued Raghe “Ali Dhere,” blamed Hizbul Islam for recent explosions in Shabaab strongholds including […]
A US Navy warship prevented an attack on a Tanzanian ship and apprehended eight suspected pirates. Three Shabaab fighters were killed and their bodies abandoned in the area inside Bakara Market in Mogadishu. A Somali man is fighting extradition from the Netherlands to the US, which suspects him of supporting Shabaab. His lawyer argues that […]
The US accused Eritrea of working to destabilize the Horn of Africa region. Shiekh Fuad Mohamed Qalaf, also known as Shongole, survived a roadside bomb attack in Mogadishu; Shabaab fighters arrested three Hizbul Islam officials linked to the assassination attempt. Shabaab leader Sheikh Abu Mansur said that he forgave the former members of the transitional […]
In Mogadishu, the information secretary of Hizbul Islam, Sheikh Mohamed Moallim, declared war against Shabaab. Shabaab killed a clan chief in Warmahan Village in the southern Lower Shabelle region and prohibited the World Food Programme from returning to southern Somalia unless it stops supplying US-flagged rations. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki rejected claims that his country […]
Hundreds of Hizbul Islam fighters have taken control of the town of Dhobley near the Kenyan border. Shabaab fighters were forced to flee after fierce clashes that left at least 15 people dead. Government forces have embarked on security search operations in major roads. Vehicles and people traveling to Bakara market, a Shabaab stronghold in […]
The World Food Programme said its investigation into the possible diversion of aid had absolved staff and partner organizations distributing food in Somalia. The US is withholding millions of dollars in aid amid fears it benefits Shabaab. Soldiers have conducted house-to-house search operations in districts under the control of the Somali government in Mogadishu. Pro-government […]