Author Archives: Daniele Raineri

Somalia

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. […]


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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.


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]


Somalia

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 […]