Author Archives: Daniele Raineri

Somalia

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.


Somalia

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.


Somalia

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.


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]



Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]