Author Archives: Daniele Raineri


Somalia

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.


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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.


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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, […]